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    • 10 Jun 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar: Eastern Time

    Nonconforming Bodies: The Role of Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in Dance/Movement Therapy  

    with Thania Acarón, dance movement therapy, performer and choreographer

    Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 12 PM EST
    Registration closes June 9, 2015.
    Continuing Education: 1 hour ADTA; 1 hour NBCC


    Description: This webinar aims to explore body ‘questions’ that emerge in DMT work with LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) clients in a community-based setting. Deeper understandings of sexuality and gender in a therapeutic context can be beneficial to any client population, helping both clients and therapists move towards de-pathologization and acceptance. The participants will be introduced to LGBTI terms, current research and case examples, which will illustrate important considerations in creating safe therapeutic spaces for nonconforming bodies. 



    1. Become familiarized with current terminology pertaining to gender identity and sexual orientation
    2. Understand therapeutic issues LGBTI clients face, and particular benefits DMT can offer
    3. Broaden discussion on therapist competencies regarding gender and sexuality


    Thania Acarón is a dance movement therapist, performer and choreographer from Puerto Rico, and is currently based in Scotland. She holds a Master's Degree in Dance Education from New York University and has been a dance movement therapist for ten years, with advanced credentialing in the US & UK as a lecturer and clinical supervisor. She has taught dance/movement psychotherapy in over six countries and is currently conducting doctoral research on the connection between dance and violence prevention. Thania also  teaches workshops on contemporary dance and interdisciplinary practice, arts-based peacebuilding, and the relationship between dance, health and wellbeing. Website:

    Connecting to webinars:
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

    Mac®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

    Mobile attendees
    Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

    • 17 Jun 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar: Eastern Time

    Coming Out in the Age of the Religious Freedom Act: Unique Challenges and Approaches in Therapy for the LGBT Population

    with Heidi Landgraf, MFA, MA, R-DMT, RSMT/E, PCCI, and Certified Halprin Practitioner

    Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 12 PM EST
    Registration closes June 16, 2015.
    Continuing Education: 1 hour ADTA; 1 hour NBCC

    Description: Coming out is not a one-time event, nor is it specific to the LGBT population. All people are in a continual process of growth and rebirth. As we move through this cycle, we hit blocks during the process. The use of the multi-modal arts in therapy can be an excellent way to move through them. In this webinar we will discuss this process in the broader sense, but will mostly focus on the LGBT population in specific. The challenges of living in a hetero-normative, straight-privileged world will be examined through the lens of recent happenings in politics and popular American culture. Challenges through time will also be addressed, to learn how an LGBT client has been shaped by culture on a generational level. Participants will learn about the unique challenges that the LGBT population faces during the coming out process.  Issues such as low self-esteem, substance abuse, self-harm, and suicide will be examined. Dance/movement therapy interventions, DBT methods, Vipassana techniques, the Halprin 5-Part Process and the multi-modal arts in therapy will be discussed as they pertain to working with this population.  


    1. Participants will become aware of the challenges the LGBT population faces living in a hetero-normative world.
    2. Participants will learn about issues specific to the LGBT population during the coming out process.
    3. Participants will learn about how to use and apply interventions drawn from various fields and practices such as: Dance/Movement Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Vipassana meditation, the Halprin 5-Part Process and Expressive Arts Therapy.


    Heidi Landgraf, MFA, MA, R-DMT, RSMT/E, PCCI, and Certified Halprin Practitioner, has worked with LGBT people at Canyon Manor, a locked residential facility for adults with psychiatric disorders, and Aurora Santa Rosa and Chicago Lakeshore Hospitals, both acute inpatient psychiatric facilities. She was the recipient of the Rosenblum Award to attend the Makings and Meanings of Queer Dance CORD Special Topics Conference at the University of Michigan, where she presented Mind, Heart and Pelvis in the Queer Body: An Expressive Arts Therapy Exploration. She led an 8-part series titled Going In, Coming Out: An Expressive Arts Workshop for Women at the James Howell Studio in San Francisco. Heidi currently volunteers for The Trevor Project, working to prevent LGBT suicide nationwide.

    Connecting to webinars:
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

    Mac®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

    Mobile attendees
    Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

    • 22 Oct 2015
    • 8:30 AM
    • 25 Oct 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • Hyatt Regency La Jolla, San Diego, CA

    ADTA 50th Annual Conference 

    Reflecting - Reaching - Moving Forward

    October 22 - 25, 2015

    Hotel Information

    Hyatt Regency La Jolla 

    3777 La Jolla Village Drive

    San Diego, CA 92122

    If you are in the military or veteran please call the ADTA office 410-997-4040 for a special discount.

Past events

12 May 2015 Expanding Mental Health Services: Advocacy in Action
07 Apr 2015 A Healing Pathway is a Creative Process: DMT with Children Affected by War Trauma and Human Rights Abuse; Part 2-Children
16 Mar 2015 The Expressive Brain in DMT
11 Feb 2015 Black History and the "Black Lives Matter" Movement -- Implications for DMT Practice in a Supposed "Post-Racial" Society
04 Feb 2015 United by Our Differences: DMT and the Dance of Inclusion in a Multicultural and Diverse World
28 Jan 2015 Broken Body, Broken World: DMT and the Restorative Process for Refugees and Survivors; Part 1-Adults
09 Dec 2014 Mindfulness in Dance/Movement Therapy: A Tool for Awareness and Change
18 Nov 2014 DMT with Military and Veteran Clients
06 Nov 2014 49th ADTA Annual Conference, November 6-9, 2014
24 Oct 2014 Webinar: Trends in Autism Research & Intervention: Where does DMT fit in this picture?
09 Sep 2014 Webinar: A Dance/Movement Therapist in Every School: Implications for Institutionalizing DMT Programs
27 Aug 2014 Webinar: Grant Writing for Everyone: What You Need to Get Started (If I can do it, you can do it!)
06 Aug 2014 Webinar: Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Women in Midlife: How are We Doing? A DMT Perspective.
03 Jun 2014 Webinar: Tension Flow Attributes -- An Inroad to Emotional Regulation
08 May 2014 Webinar: Quantitative Research, A Brief Review
16 Apr 2014 Webinar: The Ethical Use of Digital Technology in DMT
18 Mar 2014 Webinar: Connection to Prevention
24 Oct 2013 48th ADTA Annual Conference, October 24-27, 2013
11 Oct 2012 47th ADTA Annual Conference, October 11-14, 2012
20 Oct 2011 46th ADTA Annual Conference, October 20-23, 2011
23 Sep 2010 45th ADTA Annual Conference, September 23-26, 2010

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