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Friday Seminars

10:15 am - 12:15 pm

A1. Educating, Advocating, Networking: Harnessing the Exponential Power of Social Media to Grow DMT Globally with Lora Wilson Mau, Angie Giordano-Adams, Sara van Koningsveld, Melinda Malher-Moran, & Ande Welling

A2. Catharsis or Transformation? Using the Lens of Neurobiology in DMT to Help Clients Integrate Change with Annabelle Coote

A3. Body/Mind Connection: Clinical Implications of New Research into Emotion Recognition from Movements Using Laban Analysis with Rachelle Tsachor & Tal Shafir

A4. Balls and Bands for Baby Boomers with Kimberly Dye

A5. Increasing Our Awareness: Culture, Bias & the Body with Aisha Bell, Kyla Gilmore, & Charla Weatherby


A6. The Use of Cross-Curricular Collaboration in the Education of Dance/Movement Therapy Students with Stacey Hurst

A7. Mother-Son Transgenerational Transmission of Eating Issues Using A Co-Treatment Method: 15th Early Childhood Forum with Suzi Tortora, & Jennifer Whitley

A8. The Embodied Protégé, Fifty Years of a Moving Legacy with Marcia Leventhal, Iris Rifkin-Gainer, Sharon Chaiklin, Joan Chodorow, Nana Koch, Elissa Queyquep White, Jane Wilson Cathcart, & Eleanor DiPalma

Friday Seminars

2:15 pm - 4:15 pm

B1. Within Your Reach: A Forum to Support DMT Publication with Christina Devereaux & David Alan Harris

B2. Getting to Know the Proposed Dance/Movement Therapy Code of Ethics: Anchoring our Professional Integrity with Ellen Schelly Hill, Annabelle Coote, Aisha Bell, Paul Sevett, Angela Tatum Fairfax, Ellen Searle LeBel, & Akiko Nishida


B3. The Dialectics Of Dance: Building A Dance/Movement Therapy Program Into Dialectical Behavior Therapy Treatment with Anni Johnston

B4. The Circle of Learning - When West Meets East with Tony Zhou, Joan Wittig, Marcia Plevin, Lin Lin, & Yan Shen

B5. Micromovements: Spanning the Movement Continuum in Clinical Practice with Christine Caldwell

B6. History, Roots and Future Horizons with Ilene Serlin & Marcia Leventhal

B7. Embodying Motherhood: Insights from Dance/Movement Therapists with Kim Rothwell & Laura Allen

B8. The Therapeutic Movement Relationship in Dance/Movement Therapy: A Phenomenological Study with Jessica Young

B9. Aquatic DMT with Vonie Stillson

Saturday Seminars

8:00 am - 10:00 am

C1. The Legacy of Blanche Evan: Dance/Movement/Word Therapy – Thriving, Evolving and Moving Forward. (1939-2015) with Bonnie Bernstein, Iris Rifkin Gainer, & Anne Krantz

C2. Reading and Understanding Qualitative Research with Robyn Cruz, Cynthia Berrol & Jennifer Tantia

C3. Reflections on Death, Dying & Dementia: Applications of Dance/Movement Therapy and Body-Mind Eastern Practices with Diana Franschman & Minh Bui

C4. Pioneering the World of Health & Wellness: New Opportunities for Dance/Movement Therapists with Leslie Armeniox

C5. The Legacy of Judith Kestenberg:  Clinical Applications of the KMP with Adult and Child Populations with Susan Loman, Melanie Johnson & Hilary White

C6. Examining DMT through Post and Neo Modern Lenses to Achieve Cultural Competence with Lysa Monique Jenkins-Hayden

C7. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Working with Adolescents in Residential Treatment with Dawn Morningstar & Mynesha Whyte

C8. Creative Pathways to Resilience: Restorative Interventions for Children, Teens and Families Coping with Suicide Bereavement with Christine Linnehan

Saturday Seminars

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

D1. Dance/Movement Therapist: Redefining the M with Kimberlee Bow

D2. Physical Storytelling with Steve Harvey

D3. A KMP Portrait of the Mother-Child Dyad: Correspondence Among Movement and Empirically Derived Psychological Factors with K. Mark Sossin & Karolina Bryl

D4. The Gift of the Embodied Shadow: Identifying and Integrating our Shadow Parts with Kyla Gilmore & Ande Welling

D5. Deepening Our Understanding of Diversity/I Am Not Your Normal – Implications for 21st Century Education and Practice with Susie Imus, Monimia MacBeth, Rosey PulokaJessica Diaz, Kimberly Rothwell ,& Aisha Bell

D6. Integrating the Arts in Building Resilience in Regional and Global Contexts with Vivien Marcow Speiser, & Ilene Serlin

D7. Dance/ Movement and Active Imagination: Personal, Cultural and Archetypal Dimensions with Joan Chodorow, Linda Aaron-Cort, Cynthia Berrol, Sandy Dibbell-HopeNancy Gurian, Tina Stromsted, & Ellen Searle LeBel

D8. The Moving Child Film: Supporting Early Development Through Movement with Anna Kemble

Saturday Seminars

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

E1. Dancing with the Brain - New Evidence for Neurorehabilitation Associated with Dance with Rebecca Barnstaple, Joseph DeSouza & Debora Rabinovich

E2. Dance/Movement Therapists and Schools In Collaboration A Multi-Cultural, Embodied Approach To Violence Prevention with Rena Kornblum

E3. The Well-Being of Warriors: Dance/Movement Therapy Across the Military Continuum with Jenny Baxley Lee & Allison Winters

E4. East Coast/West Coast: The Influence of Legendary Dance Elders Elaine Summers and Anna Halprin with Heidi Landgraf & Meg Chang

E5. DMT Professional Transitioning from West to East with Kyung Soon Ko

E6. Moving “Drivers” and “Stoppers”: A Dance/Movement Therapy Exploration in Transactional Analysis with Paul Sevett & Zvika Frank

E7. As Above, So Below: Using Bartenieff’s Body Organization Principles for Organizing Bodies of People with Ryan Kennedy

E8. Linni Deihl’s Profiles Panel with Linni Deihl, Vivien Marcow Speiser, Joanna Harris, & Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray

E9. More Aquatic Dance/Movement Therapy with Vonie Stillson


Seminar Descriptions

A1. Educating, Advocating, Networking: Harnessing the Exponential Power of Social Media to Grow DMT Globally with Angie Giordano-Adams, Sara van Koningsveld, Melinda Malher-Moran, Lora Wilson Mau &Ande Welling

Participation across dance/movement therapy themed social media (SM) platforms has exploded in the last two years and continues to grow exponentially. Reciprocity is integral to the SM paradigm, promotion of others at its core. Increasing demand for dance/movement therapy services in the 21st century requires that we harness the power of SM. Through mutual support and active engagement, we can advocate for our profession, educate the public, maximize personal opportunities and make connections with individuals outside of our typical socioeconomic circles. Leave this workshop confident in the use of at least one SM platform and inspired to move dance/movement therapy forward!

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A2. Catharsis or Transformation? Using the Lens of Neurobiology in DMT to Help Clients Integrate Change with Annabelle Coote

Dance/movement therapy (DMT) is growing at an exciting time. The power of the arts in healing and the importance of the mind/body connection are gaining wider visibility and appreciation. DMT has the potential to both contribute to and benefit from this momentum. In this seminar, we will consider how rapidly expanding developments in neurobiology can shape effective approaches in DMT. We will explore the importance of nervous system regulation in managing the pace and scale of the therapeutic process and the value of prioritizing integration of change over momentary felt experience. These concepts will be explored experientially and didactically.

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A3. Body/Mind Connection: Clinical Implications of New Research into Emotion Recognition from Movements Using Laban Analysis with Rachelle Tsachor &Tal Shafir

This workshop will present the clusters of Laban movement elements shown by our recent study to enhance the experience of and recognition of four basic emotions. Participants will learn to move elements from each cluster, have the chance to experience their effect on their own emotions and how to better recognize those elements in others’ movements.  We will discuss the clinical implications of our research and suggest a model for how this research might be used clinically to support emotion regulation through voluntary changes to one’s posture and movements, based upon Laban Space Harmony theories and basic principles of dance/movement therapy.

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A4. Balls and Bands for Baby Boomers with Kimberly Dye

Our boomer clients are often the most appreciative of refining how to move with the challenges and limitations of aging.  Slowing down and listening to the feedback of a well-placed tactile cue goes a long way with building confidence and success whether you are doing resistance work for bone strength, spinal articulation for thoracic mobility, or interpersonal group work.  Teach your clients to move with whole body awareness by utilizing the support and feedback of looped Stretch-eze resistance bands and small molding balls. This sensory approach stimulates our proprioceptive and neuromuscular systems responsible for increased receptivity, assimilation, and memory.

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A5. Increasing Our Awareness: Culture, Bias & the Body with Aisha Bell, Kyla Gilmore & Charla Wheatherby

This presentation was developed by members of the Sistah Circle and seeks to expand the dialogue about race, culture and identity, in an effort to increase cultural awareness. The Sistah Circle was formed by alumni of African descent from the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Columbia College Chicago. This presentation explores race and culture and the exploration of the critical component of personal and body awareness. Participants will be guided through discussion of personal cultural constructs and taught one perspective on cultural competence. This presentation aims to further develop strategies for continual open dialogue within our communities.

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A6. The Use of Cross-Curricular Collaboration in the Education of Dance/Movement Therapy Students with Stacey Hurst

This workshop is especially geared towards the dance/movement therapy educator interested in creating alternative learning tools for the classroom. The development, implementation and outcome of a unique cross-curricular collaboration between an observation and assessment of movement course and a theatre course will be presented. Ways in which the dance/movement therapy students navigated through multicultural issues that arose within this partnership will be discussed. Participants will be shown video clips and movement assessment coding sheets of the students’ work to support their understanding of the material. Additionally, in small groups, participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm options for their own advanced teaching.
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A7. Mother-Son Transgenerational Transmission of Eating Issues Using A Co-Treatment Method: 15th Early Childhood Forum with Suzi Tortora & Jennifer Whitley

Celebrating our 15th year, this forum creates a DMT network, sharing ideas about working with children and their families. This year the focus includes the transgenerational transmission of complex family dynamics; eating issues related to individual regulation and co-regulation in the parent-infant relationship; and the use of a DMT program to support the family. The treatment design includes the DMTs working separately with the parent and child; and a specific sequence of multi-arts activities using drawing, dance-play and storytelling, to integrate the experiences on a mind-body-emotional continuum. Participants will explore these themes and methodologies through discussion and experiential activities.

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A8. The Embodied Protégé, Fifty Years of a Moving Legacy with Marcia Leventhal, Iris Rifkin-Gainer, Sharon Chaiklin, Joan Chodorow, Nana Koch, Claire Schmais, Elissa White, Jane Wilson Cathcart & Eleanor DiPalma

Nine panelists who were mentored by either one or several of our founding pioneers (Marian Chace, Trudi Schoop, Mary Whitehouse, Blanche Evan, Lillian Espenak, and Alma Hawkins) share how being mentored by these women inspired them in the creating and development of the profession of dance/movement therapy as directors of university programs, Presidents of the American Dance Therapy Association, developers of hospital programs, clinical practice, researchers and authors. The Embodied Protégés offer the elements developed from the mentors' theories and relationship to dance that guided their own creative processes helping to evolve and develop DMT.

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B1. Within Your Reach: A Forum to Support DMT Publication with Christina Devereaux & David Alan Harris

This workshop is an experiential and informational session designed to demystify the process of publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Participants at all levels are invited to engage in collaborative discussion to create an atmosphere that promotes dance/movement therapy scholarship and assists in overcoming barriers to publication. American Journal of Dance Therapy co-editors will clarify submission criteria, identify common mistakes in article submission, outline step-by-step procedures to submitting an article, and share examples of relevant personal experiences. 

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B2. Getting to Know the Proposed Dance/Movement Therapy Code of Ethics:   Anchoring our Professional Integrity with Ellen Schelly Hill, Annabelle Coote, Aisha Bell, Paul Sevett, Angela Tatum Fairfax, Ellen Searle LeBel & Akiko Nishida

This workshop heralds the launch of a comprehensively revised Dance/Movement Therapy Code of Ethics in the ADTA’s 50th year. The workshop reprises a 2014 ADTA conference presentation that introduced an earlier code draft. Areas newly addressed or elaborated in the revised code include the use of touch, self-care, multicultural competence, social justice advocacy, assessment, and responsibility to the profession. Standard and Ethics Committee members will share the underlying values, process, and content of the revision and invite acquaintance with the code through its presentation and an interactional code of ethics scavenger hunt.  This workshop is eligible for ADTA ethics CE credit.  

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B3. The Dialectics Of Dance: Building A Dance/Movement Therapy Program Into Dialectical Behavior Therapy Treatment with Anni Johnston

This presentation provides education about the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) model as developed by Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, and through case study presentation how Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) was used to deepen and further growth for clients engaged in DBT treatment. It will also relay important information in developing DMT axillary treatment protocols within this model, including staff education, group development, and client treatment integration.

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B4. The Circle of Learning - When West Meets East with Tony Zhou, Joan Wittig, Marcia Plevin, Lin Lin & Yan Shen

The purpose of this seminar is to stimulate more dialogue between the East and West.  A group of teachers and students from China/Asia, US and Europe will share their dynamic stories of learning, practicing and developing dance/movement therapy in China in unique perspectives. The students will particularly discuss their challenges in learning DMT from Western teachers and how they overcome these challenges and apply dance/movement therapy creatively in many different settings to develop the dance/movement therapy profession in China, and eventually become more aware of their Chinese identity and the invaluable contribution from the ancient Chinese culture and wisdom. 

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B5. Micromovements: Spanning the Movement Continuum in Clinical Practice with Christine Caldwell

Biological movement spans a continuum from cellular to tissue to body system to gross motor. When we look toward the micro end of the continuum, theoretical and clinical questions arise. What is the relationship between micro and macro movement? What are the clinical implications of micro-movements? This presentation attempts to address these questions and create dance/movement therapy-specific interventions that integrate micro-movements as possibly our best indicator of implicit psychological processes, and may be 'closer to home' in terms of core affect. The presentation experientially creates a clinical framework that demonstrates how we can sequence movement from micro to macro and back.

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B6. History, Roots and Future Horizons with Ilene Serlin & Marcia Leventhal

Ilene Serlin and Marcia Leventhal will share their personal and professional narratives to demonstrate their histories, roots, and current applications of dance/movement therapy. From folk dance and modern dance to Labanotation, depth psychology, Gestalt, shamanism, relational psychology and international training, Drs. Serlin and Leventhal will bridge the early days of dance/movement therapy and pioneers to future directions of quantum physic, alternative medicine, and global applications.

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B7. Embodying Motherhood: Insights from Dance/Movement Therapists with Kim Rothwell & Laurie Allen

This workshop is intended for therapists who wish to examine the multifaceted experience of motherhood from an embodied place. Participants may include mothers, prospective mothers, and professionals that support clients who are mothers. What issues do mothers face throughout the lifespan of this role? How can dance/movement therapy best support them? Experiential exercises and a panel presentation comprised of dance/movement therapists who are also mothers will provide opportunities to explore participants’ perspectives on parenting, grow appreciation of the many subcultures of raising children, and consider how embodied parenting and research regarding interpersonal neurobiology support those who are adventuring through motherhood.

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B8. The Therapeutic Movement Relationship in Dance/Movement Therapy: A Phenomenological Study with Jessica Young

This workshop will present research findings that describe the meaning and essence of the therapeutic movement relationship in dance/movement therapy as well as a comprehensive definition.  Participants will embody and discuss their current understanding of the phenomenon paired with the conclusions of the study.   

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B9. Aquatic DMT with Vonie Stillson

Attendees will have the opportunity to experience dance/movement therapy practices in water. Participants will be getting into the pool to experience this. Appropriate swim wear is a must. Physical benefits of putting clients in the water, who potential clients for this intervention may be, precautions, contraindications, appropriate facilities, props and aquatic dance/movement therapy case studies will be discussed, demonstrated and experienced.     

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C1. The Legacy of Blanche Evan: Dance/Movement/Word Therapy – Thriving, Evolving and Moving Forward. (1939-2015) with Bonnie Bernstein, Iris Rifkin Gainer & Anne Krantz

Three dance/movement therapists who collectively studied for decades with Blanche Evan have found her philosophy, theories and methods to be sustaining and guiding tenets fundamentally shaping our own work in clinical practice. Each of us has taken these fundamentals into different creative directions and our thriving dance/movement therapy work validates the resilience of Evan's profoundly brilliant principles and far-reaching approach. In this workshop each presenter will describe and provide dance experiences highlighting aspects of these guiding foundations and ways we have implemented them over our own lifetimes of dance/movement/therapy practice.

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C2. Reading and Understanding Qualitative Research with Robyn Cruz, Cynthia Berrol & Jennifer Tantia

Reading research is an important professional development activity that can seem like a lot of extra work!  But professional reading can be enjoyable and rewarding when one feels confident in interpreting and applying the research findings. Many associate difficulty with research that uses quantitative methods, but it can be equally difficult feeling confident understanding research that uses qualitative methods. Refreshing your skills about qualitative research and get more out of your professional reading with this workshop.

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C3. Reflections on Death, Dying & Dementia: Applications of Dance/Movement Therapy and Body-Mind Eastern Practices with Diana Franschman & Minh Tuyet Bui

This workshop will showcase six residents ranging from ages 85-95 with mild dementia in order to explore new meanings in mortality. Dance/movement therapy techniques and cross-cultural body/mind practices were used to reflect on life events, accomplishments, and closure, providing a space for group processing and bonding through shared experience for both participants and therapists.

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C4. Pioneering the World of Health & Wellness:  New Opportunities for Dance/Movement Therapists with Leslie Armeniox

This workshop explores the application of dance/movement therapy to health promotion and wellness in the medical and public health sectors. Salient terms will be defined and direct application of dance/movement therapy principles and techniques that can be utilized in health promotion and wellness will be explored.  Special consideration will be given to multicultural perspectives and addressing health disparities. Positioning dance/movement therapists to advance in these areas will be strategized.  Ultimately, participants will understand how to connect these areas of practice.

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C5. The Legacy of Judith Kestenberg:  Clinical Applications of the KMP with Adult and Child Populations with Susan Loman, Melanie Johnson & Hilary White

In this workshop we will explore concepts drawn from the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) that are relevant to working with adult in-patient and out-patient settings and family community settings. Topics addressed will be the creation of a safe holding environment, consideration of cultural differences, development of trust, attunement, and attachment, and channeling antisocial behavior into forms of self-expression. We will cover Kestenberg’s developmental framework, presenting issues that arise for adults and families with examples of practical interventions.

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C6. Examining Dance/Movement Therapy through Post and Neo Modern Lenses to Achieve Cultural Competence with Lysa Monique Jenkins-Hayden

In modernism, the world was looked at through a specific truth. Postmodernism deconstructed modernism, acknowledging socio-political changes.  Neo-modernism encourages sincere dialogue about differing ways and methods (Pate, 2013). Dance/movement therapy grew up in the postmodern era and sought to rebel against modern day theories of ballet and psychoanalytic approaches. This workshop will examine socio-cultural perspectives of the dance/movement therapy pioneers.  Using narrative theory, and post/neo-modern lenses, participants will deconstruct dance/movement therapy basic assumptions, including how dance/movement therapy differs from indigenous dance healing traditions. Participants will examine how the founders' socio-cultural histories and a clinician's personal identity factors influence practice with culturally-similar and different populations.

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C7. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Working with Adolescents in Residential Treatment with Dawn Morningstar & Mynesha Whyte

Presenters will review adolescent development from a cognitive, social/emotional, psychological and movement perspectives. Examples from dance/movement therapy (DMT) groups at an all-female residential treatment program will be presented using traditional Chacian methods as well as a discussion of some nontraditional uses of dance/movement therapy that the presenters found successful in groups. The implications of being an African American dance therapist working with an African American population will be discussed as it related to teenagers’ experience of their own cultural identity. This presentation will involve both didactic and experiential learning.

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C8. Creative Pathways to Resilience: Restorative Interventions for Children, Teens and Families Coping with Suicide Bereavement with Christine Linnehan

A death by suicide is often traumatic and complicated for those left behind. Suicide loss puts the bereaved at a higher risk for developing a combination of trauma and grief distress that can interfere with the natural bereavement process. In this interactive workshop, case examples and experiential practices will be used to illustrate how dance/movement therapy and other creative arts interventions can be integrated into a restorative retelling treatment approach designed to promote stability, emotional regulation, and resilience while providing the bereaved a safe way to process their loss and reconnect with the life and memories of the deceased.

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D1. Dance/Movement Therapist: Redefining the M with Kimberlee Bow

Within our own title, dance/movement therapist, we have a built-in word that highlights an inherent skill set - movement. Movement, in literal terms, refers to physical movement, but this presentation hopes to redefine movement in the context of social justice, empowerment, and advocacy work. Within our own history and field comes an advocate role, advocating for dance/movement therapy, ourselves as professionals, and sometimes our clients and communities in several different realms.
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D2. Physical Storytelling with Steve Harvey

Physical Storytelling is a form of improvised dance theatre which can be applied to therapy, supervision, and arts based research projects.  The basis of the form includes Playback Theatre, Contact Improvisation and other dance improvisation.  In Physical Storytelling, movers create improvised episodes in response to a teller’s story. This form draws on the elements of storytelling, movement improvisation, and witnessing with the aim of transforming inner subjective experience though metaphor in a shared setting. Over the last year, this form has been used in two research projects that address nonverbal experience. These projects will be reviewed within this workshop.

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D3. A KMP Portrait of the Mother-Child Dyad: Correspondence Among Movement and Empirically Derived Psychological Factors with K. Mark Sossin & Karolina Bryl

Across 30 mother-infant dyads, forty-two Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) elements and flow factors were examined for correspondence with psychological measures infant temperament, dyadic emotional availability, parenting stress, parent personality, and parent perceptions/behaviors. Numerous robust findings, linking, for example, higher child regulatory capacity with higher bound flow, bear upon the validity of the KMP in identifying embodied states. Cross-dyad correspondences, as between a mother’s extraversion and a child’s use of shaping in both directions and planes, underscore the KMP’s usefulness in explicating transmission. Coherence of KMP developmental theory, pathways for future research, and implications for dance/movement therapy practice will be discussed.

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D4. The Gift of the Embodied Shadow: Identifying and Integrating our Shadow Parts with Kyla Gilmore & Ande Welling

This presentation seeks to explore Jung’s archetype, the Shadow and evaluate how it can be viewed and applied in a dance/movement therapy lens. Drawing from Jung’s theory of the conscious/unconscious mind, the Internal Family Systems Model and Wilhelm Reich’s concept of body armoring, the shadow and its integration will be explored. To assist participants in identifying aspects of their subconscious they will engage in movement, choreography, witnessing and discussion. Identify and evaluate the definition of Jung’s archetype, the Shadow; and use this to bring awareness to how we embody this shadow part. 

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D5. Deepening Our Understanding of Diversity/I Am Not Your Normal – Implications for 21st Century Education and Practice with Susie Imus, Monimia MacBeth, Rosey Puloka & Jessica Diaz

DMT graduate students and dance/movement therapy faculty collaborated from inception to delivery on a course harnessing the power of relationship to bring compassion to verbal and non-verbal conversations of difference within and beyond educational and clinical settings. The purpose behind this course was to explore preconceptions and assumptions about culture and identity from an embodied place, examining intersectionality as it relates to identity; and situatedness as it relates to culture. Improving cultural competence and facilitating best practices in educational and clinical work were overarching goals. Three students and three faculty co-taught the course. They will share their experiential and learning outcomes.

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D6. Integrating the Arts in Building Resilience in Regional and Global Contexts with Vivien Marcow Speiser & Ilene Serlin

This workshop will explore how the use of dance/movement therapy, the arts and storytelling, can be used to build resilience and effect personal, group and social change. The telling and enactment of stories and the expression of personal narratives will serve as the vehicle for understanding how these arts forms can be applied and integrated within education, therapy and community transformation. The presenters have facilitated groups across the world and believe that the arts bring engagement at spiritual and communal levels, developing efficacy and agency. By serving as generators of creative ideas, the arts contribute to social transformation and resilience.

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D7. Dance/Movement and Active Imagination: Personal, Cultural and Archetypal Dimensions with Joan Chodorow, Linda Aaron-Cort, Cynthia Berrol, Sandy Dibbell-Hope & Nancy Gurian, Tina Stromsted, Ellen Searle LeBel

Our presentation will comprise: lecture/discussion and brief experiential amplifications, drawn from the contributions of Mary Whitehouse, Trudi Schoop and other dance/movement thrapy pioneers. For the lecture/discussion, each of the seven panelists will present one aspect of Dance/Movement and Active Imagination. Reflecting years of seminar study and discussion, we embrace shared teaching, presenting, and moving together. Our process illuminates transgenerational, multi-cultural and other dimensions of human development.                 

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D8. The Moving Child Film: Supporting Early Development through Movement with Anna Kemble

The Moving Child Film: Supporting Early Development through Movement, is a film that integrates the application of the principles of dance/movement therapy for children ages 0-7, along with expert interviews on the power and value of movement in shaping development. This presentation features viewing film footage, with a question and answer period, and small group discussion.

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E1. Dancing with the Brain - New Evidence for Neurorehabilitation Associated with Dance with Rebecca Barnstaple, Joseph DeSouza & Debora Rabinovich

Recent research points to the role of dance in neurorehabilitation of serious disorders including Parkinson's. Our lab has developed research methods for working with the complex variables associated with dance interventions, conducting onsite research in conjunction with initiatives at National Ballet School in Toronto (Dancing with Parkinson's) and Les Grands Ballets in Montreal (National Centre for Dance Therapy, Alternate Route Training Program). Our data show promising trends for further examination, including reductions in motor and non-motor symptoms, and neurological changes corresponding with improvements in motor skills (DeSouza et al., 2013; Levkov et al., 2014; Dhami et al., 2015).

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E2. Dance/Movement Therapists and Schools In Collaboration A Multi-Cultural, Embodied Approach To Violence Prevention with Rena Kornblum

Embodied learning increases productivity, emotional growth, and the sense of well-being. Participants will experience a movement-based social skills and violence prevention curriculum authored by the presenter. Empathy, anger management, modulating arousal & multi-cultural uses of proximity in clinical and prevention settings will be explored. New concepts from 2014-15 that work on self-regulation and anger management as well as unpublished handouts will be available.

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E3. The Well-Being of Warriors: Dance/Movement Therapy Across the Military Continuum with Jenny Lee & Allison Winters

Evidence indicates that combat-related stress, due to prolonged exposure to war, has profound impact on active duty military service members and veterans. At a national level, dance/movement therapy is represented among leaders, policymakers, veterans, caregivers, providers, mental health professionals, and artists who are considering the roles we might play in order to best alleviate the impacts of stress and trauma across the military continuum. In this workshop, two dance/movement therapists working with individuals along the military continuum will share their practices and explore the question, “what is the role of dance/movement therapy in serving our nation’s warriors as we move forward?”

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E4. East Coast/West Coast: The Influence of Legendary Dance Elders Elaine Summers and Anna Halprin with Heidi Landgraf & Meg Chang

As dance/movement therapists lean into our future we are inspired by these dance foremothers. The workshop introduces Movement Ritual and Kinetic Awareness ™ and explores how these embodied practices enhance bodymind awareness with embodied creativity. After moving, participants will share their experience of both movement forms. Presenters will provide historical context, and together we will consider the implications of integrating these movement resources in dance/movement therapy. We will discuss how such dance techniques can be used in clinical settings, in teaching and education, in multicultural community dance, and in an intercultural context.                 

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E5. Dance/Movement Therapy Professional Transitioning from West to East with Kyung Soon Ko

The current study aimed to explore participants’ dance/movement therapy learning experience in the US and teaching experiences in their home country in East Asia after completing dance/movement therapy training. Finally, individual interview data analysis revealed eight themes, 23 categories, and 72 subcategories from. The eight themes were: emergence of new personal and professional identity, dance/movement therapy training experience in the US, unwanted return and not welcomed home, challenges as a dance/movement therapy educator in one’s home country, unfamiliar and different learning styles,  problems and needs, effort to develop the field of dance/movement therapy as a dance/movement therapy educator, and giving advice and sharing meaningful moments.

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E6. Moving “Drivers” and “Stoppers”: A Dance/Movement Therapy Exploration in Transactional Analysis with Paul Sevett & Zvika Frank

Moving “Drivers” and “Stoppers”: A Dance/Movement Therapy exploration in Transactional Analysis. Transactional Analysis is an accessible theory for understanding human behavior by examining the method of interactions between individuals. This workshop explores two TA concepts; Drivers and Stoppers. Drivers are dysfunctional behavior patterns arising when positive self-esteem is challenged. Stoppers are messages that “stop us in our tracks”. Through discussion and movement exploration, these concepts will be clarified and embodied giving participants’ insight and understanding into client/patient behavior. Clinical examples from presenters and participants will further understanding of these concepts’ relevance in clinical work.

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E7. As Above, So Below: Using Bartenieff’s Body Organization Principles for Organizing Bodies of People with Ryan Kennedy

Within Laban’s system of movement analysis, Bartenieff became well-known for articulating several body organization principles that continue to mobilize and inspire a variety of movers and movement facilitators today. Though these principles have a clear application in terms of the efficient and expressive life of the actual body, they also offer a great deal of wisdom in terms of how to understand and support metaphoric bodies such as families, groups, and larger organizational systems. Learning how to apply body organization principles to a variety of contexts is a skill that secures our future while confirming the wisdom of our past.

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E8. Linni Deihl’s Profiles Panel with Vivien Marcow Speiser, Judith Koltai, Joanna Harris & Amber Gray

A living history of the field of dance/movement therapy given by our panel of dance/movement therapists, who have lived, danced and practiced dance/movement therapy for many decades. We live in different states, we practice in different ways, but we all have significantly contributed to the body of knowledge in our field. Let’s capture these stories while we still can! The panelists will present theories and concepts from our pioneer dance/movement therapists, integrated and implemented with our own resources in our work in private practice, in psychiatric hospitals, in dance/movement therapy education, in research and publishing, and in our ADTA organization.  We present people whose lives and work has been grounded in dance/movement therapy. Most of us have been educators in the field and it is our promise to influence, inspire, and share our love for our chosen profession.

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E9. More Aquatic Dance/Movement Therapy with Vonie Stillson

Participants will be getting into the pool to experience this. Appropriate swim wear is a must. This presentation is meant for those who have attended aquatic dance/movement therapy and would like to learn more interventions, including treatments for chronic pain and various injuries. Aquatic dance/movement therapy case studies will be discussed, demonstrated and experienced.  

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Presenter Bios

Linda Aaron-CortMA, BC-DMT, has enjoyed a long and diverse career as a dance/movement therapist in California, including over thirty years of work in a range of mental health settings, and as faculty at the Authentic Movement Institute from 1999 to its closing in 2004. She is currently on the faculty of the Inspirees Institute of Creative Arts Therapy in China, and the Center for Movement Education and Research in California and Seoul, Korea. She is the Chair of the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board for the ADTA, and continues to study Active Imagination and Authentic Movement with Joan Chodorow, and improvisational dance with Terry Sendgraff.

Laura AllenMA, BC-DMT, LCPC, GL-CMA, lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and toddler-aged son. She is an Assistant Professor and the Clinical Coordinator in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies (DCAT) at Columbia College Chicago. Laura has previously served on the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board and is a Past President and Past Treasurer of the Illinois Chapter of the ADTA. She also co-coordinates the Annual Alumni Concert for which DCAT alumni perform as a way to raise funds for a student scholarship. Laura’s professional clinical work has included extensive experience with older adults and dementia care, as well as inpatient psychiatric and intensive outpatient psychiatric treatment for adults with chronic and severe mental illness.

Leslie Armeniox, PhD, LPC, BC-DMT, has over 30 years’ experience as a dance/movement therapist, psychotherapist, educator, and clinical supervisor, primarily in mental health settings. Since 2008, she has taken dance/movement therapy into college counseling centers, wellness centers, and public health promotion. Leslie serves as the Public Relations Liaison to Counseling for the ADTA and previously served as GAC Chair. She works as a health coach for Piedmont Medical Center in South Carolina.

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Rebecca Barnstaple is a graduate student in interdisciplinary studies at York University, and one of 19 trainees completing Dance/Movement Therapy at Les Grands Ballets Canadiennes in Montreal. Her research examines movement, cognition, and the development of hybrid research methodologies bridging science and the humanities.

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Aisha Bell, MA, BC-DMT, LCPC is the Program Supervisor of the Building Family Foundations Program (BFF) at Association House of Chicago. BFF is a program developed in partnership with the University of Illinois Chicago and provides services for first time mothers with psychological vulnerability. Aisha has worked with families in varied capacities including providing individual, family and group therapy services in community, office and school based settings. Aisha is also a Part Time Faculty member and Thesis Advisor for Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Creative Art Therapies. She is also a member of the ADTA Ethics Committee. Aisha is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Creative Art Therapies.

Bonnie BernsteinMEd, MFT, BC-DMT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Dance/Movement Therapist mentored by pioneer dance therapist Blanche Evan from 1970-82. For over 40 years she has worked primarily in in-depth, insight oriented dance/movement/word therapy for the higher functioning client. She specializes in therapy for survivors of sexual trauma and has published in this area. Since 2008 she has facilitated month-long workshops for survivors of social trauma and sex trafficking in Kolkata, India. Her lifelong research is on the therapeutic use of dance in indigenous world cultures. She teaches at JFK University and is Director of Education for Center for Movement Education and Research (CMER) in California and in South Korea. Ms. Bernstein has a private practice in Palo Alto, California.

Cynthia F. Berrol, PhD, BC-DMT, Professor Emerita, California State University, East Bay where she developed the former Special Graduate major in DMT. She served as treasurer of the ADTA, and remains a member of the Research Committee. In 1987, she piloted a dance/movement therapy program at the Rehabilitation Center for Brain Injury at the University of Copenhagen. In 1993-95 she was Project Associate for the ADTA study of effects of dance/movement therapy on older individuals with brain injuries and stroke, funded by the U. S. Administration on Aging. She serves on the editorial boards of: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation; American Journal of Dance Therapy; and The Arts in Psychotherapy. She has many publications and co-edited Dance/Movement Therapists in Action: A Working Guide to Research Options.

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Kimberlee Bow, MA, LPC, R-DMT, CT, RYT200 is currently the Assistant Director of Whole HeARTs Family Center and active in her community. She enjoys the opportunity to work in the mental health field supporting children, adolescents, adults, elders, and veterans through individual counseling, group counseling, intergenerational programing, and support groups.

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Karolina Bryl is a Ph.D. student and Graduate Research assistant in Creative Arts Therapies Department at Drexel University, PA. She also holds a position of collaborative researcher in Mind, Movement, Interaction and Development Lab at Pace University, NY. MS Psychosomatic Regeneration, BA Dance, Certified Dance Movement Psychotherapist (Polish Institute of DMP), Certified Laban movement Analyst (LIMS, NY), Kestenberg Movement Analyst in training, Instructor of Movement Improvisation and Symbolism of the Body (Institute for Dynamics of Dance and Movement, Essen), Member of Polish Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Polish Choreological Forum, Global Committee of American Dance/Movement Therapy Association, Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME) and Therapist (RSMT) (ISMETA). Clinical experience in adult mental health and children with special needs.

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Minh Bui is a Fulbright scholar at Sarah Lawrence College in New York where she will complete a M.S. in dance/movement therapy in May, 2015. Minh has been working in education for 10 years in Vietnam, where she specialized in serving as an art-based facilitator for personal and social development.  Her aim is to apply dance/ movement therapy to education to benefit her home country. In her internships, Minh refined the principles of dance/movement therapy to attune and enrich her clients—children with autism at their first stage of life at Heartsong Organization and seniors with dementia in their last stage of life in Menorah Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing Care, New York.

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Christine Caldwell, PhD, BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, ACS, is the founder and former director of the Somatic Counseling Psychology Program and Dean of Graduate Education at Naropa University, where she teaches somatic counseling, clinical neuroscience, research, and diversity issues. Her work, called the Moving Cycle, spotlights natural play, early physical imprinting, fully sequenced movement processes, the opportunities in addiction, and a trust in the authoritative knowledge of the body. She has taught at the University of Maryland, George Washington, Concordia, Seoul Women’s University, Southwestern College, and Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, and trains, teaches and lectures internationally. She has published over 30 articles and chapters, and her books include Getting Our Bodies Back, and Getting in Touch.

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Jane Wilson Cathcart, BC-DMT, CMA, MSW, has worked with people of all ages for over four decades. Her early clinical training was with Marian Chace and Irmgard Bartenieff among others. She designed, developed, and implemented dance therapy programs for children at Manhattan Children’s Psychiatric Center and Little Meadows Early Childhood, New York City. From 1985 to 2002 she was on faculty at Wesleyan University’s Graduate Liberal Studies Program. The ADTA film Dance Therapy: the Power of Movement shows her work with a child credited under her former name Downes. Ms. Cathcart has been a trustee of the Marian Chace Foundation since 1996. She maintains her private practice with adults at offices in Greenwich Village, New York City, and Cold Spring-on-the-Hudson, NY.

Sharon ChaiklinBC-DMT, apprenticeship with Marian Chace 1964-St. Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, DC. Background in dance from Sarah Lawrence College and various performing settings. Created a job at a Maryland state hospital (seven years), 2nd hospital (worked over 25 years). One of the creators of ADTA, and a charter member, the first Vice-President, and President from 1968-1972. Served on many committees. Currently President of the Marian Chace Foundation of ADTA. Has taught at Goucher College Graduate DMT Program, University of Haifa in Israel with Mara Capy in the country’s first dance/movement therapy program and has offered workshops nationally and internationally. Author of several articles; co-editor of Foundations of Dance/Movement Therapy: The Life and Work of Marian Chace; recently The Art and Science of Dance/Movement Therapy: Life is Dance.    

Meg H. Chang, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT, NCC, is currently applying dance/movement therapy approaches to teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Center For Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Former faculty at Lesley University, The New School, and California Institute of Integral Studies. A charter member of the ADTA Multicultural and Diversity Committee, and author/researcher of intercultural considerations in dance/movement therapy, she maintains a private dance/movement psychotherapy practice and supervision in New York City.

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Joan Chodorow, PhD, BC-DMT is a semi-retired dance/movement therapist and Jungian psychoanalyst. Early studies with Trudi Schoop, Mary Whitehouse and others led her to continuing studies of the emotions; their forms of expression and transformation; and the multi-sensory nature of human experience. One of the former presidents of ADTA; she was invited to present the 1999 Chace Lecture; and received the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award. Publications include Dance Therapy and Depth Psychology (1991); Jung on Active Imagination (editor, 1997; and her work-in-progress entitled Active Imagination: Healing from Within. In addition to papers and books in English, translations in other languages include Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, Russian and Spanish; she lectures and teaches internationally.

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Annabelle F. CooteMA, LMHC, BC-DMT, CADC, NCC, has 20 years’ experience as a clinician, educator, consultant and supervisor. She is intrigued with the neuroscience of the brain/body connections and loves helping both clients and therapists harness the power of the creative process to deepen, enrich and transform life experiences. She currently offers creative, body-centered therapy along with supervision and consultation in her private practice, Movement Matters ( She serves on the ADTA Standards and Ethics Committee and webinar working group. Annabelle regularly presents at conferences and is the author of a forthcoming book chapter, “Returning Home: One Woman’s Journey from Depression to Joyous Living using Body-Centered and Creative Approaches in Dance/Movement Therapy” (2015).

Robyn Flaum CruzPhD, BC-DMT, LPC is Professor, Lesley University Expressive Therapies Ph.D. Program; Past President, ADTA; Former Co-Editor, American Journal of Dance Therapy, and Editor-in-Chief Emerita, The Arts in Psychotherapy. She is contributor and Co-Editor of Dance/Movement Therapists in Action: A Working Guide to Research Options (2nd ed., 2012, Charles C. Thomas); and Co-author of Feders’ Art and Science of Evaluation in the Arts Therapies, (2nd ed., 2013, Charles C. Thomas). A research methodologist, she has authored numerous papers published in a range of professional journals such as Brain, Neuropsychologia, and Psychiatric Services.

Linni DeihlMEd, BC-DMT, maintains a clinical practice specializing in psychogenic somatic disorders. A dance/movement therapist since 1964, she supervises alternate route students working toward their R-DMT and BC-DMT. She teaches at the university level and since 1972 has taught June and Winter intensive courses for alternate route students. She is the recipient of the 2007 ADTA award "Excellence in Education". She is a past ADTA board member and currently serves on the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board (DMTCB). She has been the Pied Piper of dance education on the East End of Long Island, New York, and directs the "DanceAbility” program for special needs children and a dance therapy program for seniors. Her publications include A Dance Therapy Bibliography and "Treating Psychogenic Somatic Disorders through Body Metaphor".

Joseph DeSouza is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University’s Centre for Vision Research. He received his graduate training at the University of Western Ontario, which was followed by postdoctoral training at the Robarts Research Institute and the Centre for Vision Research. His lab ( focuses on how multisensory signals are attended and/or suppressed depending on the appropriate behavioural context and how the next decision is chosen through improvised or trained motor movements (eye, hand, body or dance).

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Christina Devereaux, PhD, LCAT, LMHC, BC-DMT, NCC is an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Antioch University New England. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Pratt Institute, on the senior faculty at Inspirees, a training program for DMT in China, and is a clinical consultant and supervisor for dance/movement therapists at schools and agencies servicing children with autism. In 2008, she was the recipient of the President's Award from the ADTA for her outstanding contributions to the profession.  Christina currently serves as co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy and has a blog with Psychology Today “Meaning in motion: Dancing with the mind in mind.”

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Jessica Diaz is a second year student at Columbia College Chicago in the dance/movement therapy & counseling program. Jessica got her BA in psychology with a minor in Dance from Arizona State University in 2012. Jessica was diagnosed with cancer and continued to pursue her education despite her disability. Jessica danced and choreographed in Phoenix for three years prior to her arrival in Chicago. She is currently interning in the Expressive Therapy Department at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Jessica is conducting a heuristic study on the integration of dance/movement therapy and ecopsychology in the hopes of evolving her practice as a therapist.

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Sandy Dibbell-Hope, PhD, BC-DMT, is a clinical psychologist, dance/movement therapist and expressive arts therapist who has had a private practice in the San Francisco East Bay since 1986, in which she integrates verbal, movement and expressive arts therapy into her work with individuals, couples and families. In addition, she is adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University where she teaches Dance and Expressive Arts therapy, and was adjunct faculty for ten years at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco in the Expressive Arts Masters Degree program. Her DVD, “Moving Toward Health,” based on her doctoral degree research on the use of Authentic Movement for women with breast cancer, is available on the ADTA website.

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Eleanor M. DiPalma, PhD, BC-DMT, LCAT, NCC, Adjunct Associate Professor - State University of New York at the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC and at Plaza College, Forest Hills, New York; Private Practice in dance therapy, dance education, and professional development/training - New York City and Delhi, New York; PhD in dance movement analysis and therapy - New York University, M.S. Dance Therapy – Hunter College; Published author of: Liljan Winifred Espanek, pioneer: Her life and work in the profession of dance therapy and Liljan W. Espanek, Ihr Leben und Werk als Tanztherapeutin as well as numerous articles on dance therapy, workforce development and training and more recently, on language access. 

Kimberly DyeMS, BC-DMT, CEO of Dyenamic Movement Products, Inc. has worked in clinical settings for eating disorders, psychiatric, and substance abuse. She created a ”Bodily Knowing and Movement” course for Antioch Seattle’s masters of counseling program and taught it for 5 years.  She had a 15 year private practice in the Seattle area specializing in eating disorders and pain management using movement and EMDR. She currently recruits trainers for her Stretch-eze and Elastablast programs as well as creates new programs and products that are used in therapy and fitness. Her award-winning products are sold both nationally and internationally.  

Angela Tatum FairfaxPhD, BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, is the CEO of Good Fruit Expressive Arts Counseling & Psychotherapy LLC, a counseling and creative arts psychotherapy practice. She is a graduate of Drexel University’s Hahnemann Creative Arts in Therapy program where she currently serves as adjunct faculty. She is a contributing writer to several publications and a sought after speaker. Dr. Angela is passionate about the interconnection of culture and spirituality especially in relation to healing practices through dance and has taught nationally and internationally regarding multicultural aspects of sacred dance and dance/movement therapy. ADTA service includes member of the Board of Directors, charter member and Chair of the Multicultural and Diversity Committee, President of the Pennsylvania Chapter and member of the ADTA Standards and Ethics Committee.

Zvika FrankBC-DMT joined ADTA in 1990. He worked for 28 years in the Psychiatric Centre in Rotterdam working with various client populations and also had a private practice. In 1990 he developed a dance/movement therapy program for sexually abused men publishing about this in the AJDT.  He has presented on this special program in various countries since 1995.  He is part of the committee of the Master Program CMT in Rotterdam, provides supervision, teaches DMT in China since 2006, and has presented workshops on male abuse in Sweden, Israel, Holland, Prague and Belgium. He studied the Eric Bern method of Transactional Analysis from 2000-2003. In 2011 he received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the ADTA.

Diana Franschman, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT, CDP completed her master’s degree in dance/movement therapy at Pratt Institute. She has extensive experience with the geriatric population and those with Dementia for over ten years. Diana supervises graduate level creative arts therapy interns as well as other students studying mental health. Institutions include: NYU, Pratt Institute, Sara Lawrence College, The New School and Kingsborough Community College. Diana is a strong advocate for the residents residing at Menorah Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care, New York, where she provides support and education for them and their families in dealing with loss and grief.

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Kyla Gilmore, MA, BC-DMT, LCPC, is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois. She completed her dance/movement therapy training at Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Creative Arts Therapy. Kyla began her clinical work at Jewish Child and Family Services working with pregnant and parenting wards of the State in residential care. Kyla then transitioned into working with the inpatient psychiatric adult population at St. Bernard Hospital. Currently she is the Coordinator of Expressive Therapy Riveredge Hospital where she has been working for the past 6 years with patients of all ages in inpatient psychiatric and behavioral health. Additionally, she has a private practice and serves on Columbia College Chicago’s Department Thesis Committee as a Thesis Advisor.

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Angie Giordano-Adams, MS, R-DMT, LCAT is the PR Chair for the New York State Chapter of the ADTA and has served on the ADTA PR Committee for two years. A graduate of Pratt institute, she has worked clinically with children who witness domestic violence and is currently employed in the NYC public school system, offering therapy to students who have experienced trauma.

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Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray, MPH, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPCC, has spent much of the last 17 years dancing and working in Haiti. Formerly co-director of The Planetary Dance Ensemble, she began to study Haitian dance in 1991. Her passion for Haitian dance led her to dance/movement therapy. Her professional journey includes public health, somatic psychology, political science, dance movement therapy, deep tissue bodywork, cranial-sacral therapy, aromatherapy, shiatsu, hatha yoga, Continuum Movement and a lifelong commitment to human rights and social change. Amber is recognized as a pioneer in movement therapies and trauma, and she received the 2010 ADTA Outstanding Achievement Award for her global dance therapy work with survivors of displacement, violence, war, torture and natural disasters.

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Nancy Gurian, BC-DMT, LMF, has worked as a dance/movement therapist in both acute and sub-acute psychiatric settings. She was a co-founder and facilitator of the Alta Bates Summit Partial Hospitalization Program, where the creative arts were a primary therapeutic modality. Nancy spent a year in Israel working with school age children, adolescents and special needs adults. She supervised dance and MFT interns who were trained at ABSMC, Herrick campus. On staff at JFK University, she supervised trainees who were part of the Creative Arts Therapy program in Psychology. More recently, Nancy taught dance/movement therapy with seniors to graduate students pursuing their alternate route training in dance/movement therapy at CMER.

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David Alan Harris, MA, BC-DMT, LPC, LCAT, NCC, co-editor, American Journal of Dance Therapy, has provided therapeutic services to torture survivors and their families in the U.S. and West Africa since 2001, when a student in the Drexel DMT program.  He has lectured on five continents about dance/movement therapy with this population, and has also published a number of pertinent articles—available at  
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Joanna G. Harris, BC-DMT

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Steve Harvey, PhD, BC-DMT, RPT-S, is a clinical psychologist currently working with children, adolescents, and their families in the New Zealand public health service. He is a board certified dance/movement therapist (ADTA), and a registered play therapist/supervisor with Association of Play Therapy. He has published extensively on the use of physical play with families and children and was a pioneer in the field of family play therapy. He has conduct several research project investigating outcomes of expressive arts and play intervention with children. Recently he has incorporated arts based projects within more traditional settings.

Ellen Schelly HillMMT, BC-DMT, LPC, NCC  has 35 years of dance/movement therapy clinical, supervisory, and teaching experience. Her clinical practice has primarily been with adults with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and/or a history of trauma. As Director of the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling MA Program in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Drexel University, she teaches Professional Orientation and Ethics for Creative Arts Therapists as well as dance/movement therapy theory and practice courses, DMT group supervision, and advises theses. Ellen is currently an ADTA Board Member and Chair of the Standards and Ethics Committee.

Stacey Hurst, MA, BC-DMT, GLCMA, LCPC has worked at a variety of mental health settings and is currently in private practice at Mind Body Connections located at Clarus Center in Warrenville, IL where she works individually with adolescents and adults, co-leads women’s groups and provides supervision. Stacey has taught in the department of Creative Arts Therapies at Columbia College Chicago for the past 16 years in both the DMT and GLCMA programs. Stacey served on the Board of Directors for the American Dance Therapy Association for eight years as Central Region Member-at-Large and Secretary. She returned this past spring to serve on the DMTCB and is excited to be teaching in Prague, Czech Republic again this fall.    

Susan D. ImusBC-DMT, LCPC, GL-CMA, is an associate professor and chair in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Columbia College Chicago. She has practiced and taught locally, nationally, and internationally for approximately thirty years on various topics including suicide prevention, chronic pain and rehabilitation medicine, the arts in healthcare, and applied uses of Laban Movement Analysis. She has also consulted nationally and internationally to various educational organizations on curriculum development and program design.

Lysa Monique Jenkins-Hayden, BBA, MA, CH, LPC earned her MA from Drexel’s DMT Program and her BS in business administration. Her thesis “Movement Encounters in Black and White: Understanding race and cultural competence in DMT” stimulated the creation of the Black American and African Descendants (BAAD) ADTA affinity group.  She is the publisher of The BAAD Review, a publication to broaden clinicians’ worldview and Afro-centric sensibility regarding health, ( A charter member of ADTA’s Multicultural/Diversity Committee, and annual MDC Conference Manager, she organized the 2013 ADTA Conference “Bridge” initiative to begin dance and dialogue between dance/movement therapists and indigenous cultural dance/healing practitioners. She works in private practice and is a national speaker on clinical cultural competence, marketing, and advises organizations on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Melanie JohnsonMA, R-DMT, NCC, KMP Analyst is a dance/movement therapist working with adult outpatient populations in Boston, MA. A Certified KMP Analyst, she has been an assistant instructor of the KMP in Munich, Germany and is also on faculty at Kinections alternate route dance/movement therapy program as a KMP instructor. She is a third-year doctoral student in the PhD in Expressive Therapies program at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, where she is pursuing research in embodiment and self-feelings via KMP theory.  

Anni Johnston, MS, LMHC, BC-DMT began her clinical career in the San Francisco Bay area. She received her master’s degree in Educational Psychology, and then completed post-graduate training in dance/movement therapy studying with the late Neala Haze, MA and Cynthia Berrol, PhD, as well as with other early practitioners of dance/movement therapy. In the field for 30 years, she's worked in: adolescent/adult inpatient psychiatry, eating disorder prevention/treatment, addiction/recovery treatment, hospice bereavement, and private practice. Anni has advanced training in Family Therapy at UCSF, Authentic Movement, Chacian Dance Therapy, Rapid Trauma Resolution (hypnosis), Emotional Freedom Technique, and in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She currently maintains a private practice as a staff psychotherapist/ dance/movement therapist at The Therapeutic Oasis of the Palm Beaches in Delray Beach, Florida.

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Anna Kemble, MA, BC-DMT, CLMA, RCC, practices in British Columbia. She specializes in supporting healthy attachment and trauma healing, and is the creator of The Moving Child film. She graduated from Naropa University (2001), and has studied intensively with Kalila Homann, Janet Adler, Susan Aposhyan and Bonnie Cohen, among other wonderful teachers. Anna offers alternate route training in Vancouver, and travels to present the film for parents, teachers, and other professionals interested in the important role of movement in child development. She also writes children's music for dancing families.

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Ryan Kennedy, LAC, LMFT, LPC, RN, BC-DMT, CLMA, RSME/T, has been a psychotherapist since 1993 and a counselor educator and clinical supervisor since 1996. He served on the faculty of the Somatic Counseling Psychology Program at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado for almost 20 years and currently is the Executive and Training Director for Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute in Denver, Colorado. Noeticus also houses the Training Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy, a two-year certificate program offering training in embodied, creative, and contemplative approaches to psychotherapy. Ryan has extensive background in the areas of expressive arts therapies, body-centered approaches, experiential learning, movement observation, clinical assessment, complex trauma, and systemic therapy. His clinical approach is deeply rooted in developmental, humanistic, existential, and transpersonal principles and practices.    

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Kyung Soon Ko, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA, NCC. Former Korean traditional dancer. Trained DMT and counseling at Columbia College Chicago, and expressive arts therapies Lesley University. Taught dance/movement therapy, LMA, and clinical supervision at Myongji University in Korea and coordinated international DMT seminars. Worked for Asian Human Services, providing services for Asian clients with chronic mental illness. Led a violence prevention program funded by United Way at Chicago Passage Charter School. Co-translator of Dance and other expressive art therapies and Healing Arts by Fran Levy. Currently, published her study titled “Korean Expressive Arts Therapy Students’ Experiences with Movement-Based Supervision: A Phenomenological Investigation.” Her research interests are cultural competent dance/movement therapy, dance/movement therapy education, and creativity in Expressive arts therapies. Kyung Soon Ko is a PhD candidate.

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Nana Koch, Ed.D, BC-DMT, LCAT, NCC, LPC, CMA studied with Liljan Espenak in one of the earliest courses she offered at Flower and Fifth Avenue Hospital/Mental Retardation Clinic. Nana has taught dance/movement training courses based on Liljan's work at Kinections in Rochester and in courses in Costa Rica and China. Currently, she is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Movement Science at Long Island University-Post. Nana is the former coordinator of the Hunter College Dance/Movement Therapy Master’s Program, and the former Chair of the ADTA Sub-Committee for Approval of Alternate Route Courses. Additionally, she is a former chair of ADTA’s Credentials Committee and member of the Approval Committee. Nana’s interviews of three dance/movement therapists formed the basis for much of the dialogue used in the film produced by the New York Chapter of ADTA: Moving Stories Portraits of Dance/Movement Therapy. She is the author of several articles appearing in the Journal of the American Dance Therapy Association, and her 1981 interview with Liljan is among them. 

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Rena KornblumMCAT, BC-DMT, DTRL, Executive Director of Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy, facilitates violence prevention classes and individual, group and family DMT at schools and at Hancock Center. She authored the Disarming the Playground book set and training DVDs, which illustrate a comprehensive, movement based, research supported, violence prevention curriculum.  She has also written several chapters and articles on her DMT work with children. She teaches and presents on her work internationally and is on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she co-coordinates an undergraduate certificate program called Introductory Studies in Dance/Movement Therapy.

Anne KrantzPhD, BC-DMT, a dancer, registered dance therapist and licensed clinical psychologist, has practiced, taught, researched, presented and published on dance movement therapy for 40 years. Anne was trained and mentored by Blanche Evan from 1972-1982, whose methods continue to be a foundation of her practice and teaching pedagogy. She works with adults and children with interests in attachment, development, trauma, creativity and integrative health. Anne created Healing Through Dance, a program for cancer patients at UCSF Medical Center, in 1996. A documentary film featuring the group was made in 2013. Anne has supervised and taught in various clinical and academic settings while maintaining an active private practice in San Francisco. She is core faculty of California Institute of Integral Studies, Somatic Psychology Program. 

Heidi LandgrafR-DMT, RSMT/E, PCCI, MFA and Certified Halprin Practitioner, currently works as a dance/movement and expressive arts therapist at Canyon Manor, a locked residential facility for people with psychiatric disorders. Heidi has taught movement using Halprin-based systems at Columbia College Chicago, and in Hubbard Street Dance Company’s Parkinson’s Project and Movement as Partnership Programs. She assisted Anna Halprin in her workshop titled The Body Dances at the Performance Studies International Conference held at Stanford University, and is currently serving as Project Manager for 95 Rituals, a multi-disciplinary set of site-specific works created in honor of Anna Halprin’s 95th birthday. Heidi also volunteers for the Trevor Project, working to prevent LGBTQ suicide, and uses a multi-modal approach in all of her therapeutic work.

Ellen Searle LeBel, LMFT, BC-DMT, CST-T works in private practice. Her therapeutic approach integrates active imagination, movement, and sandplay therapy with individuals and couples. She offers clinical consultation and is a CAMFT approved supervisor. Ellen was on the faculty at Humboldt State University's Counseling and Psychological Services, teaches and presents at numerous conferences and workshops, and has published several professional articles. Her current volunteer activities include serving on the ADTA Ethics Committee and the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Dance Therapy, as well as President of the Northern California Chapter for Sandplay Therapy.  She has practice authentic movement for 30 years and is an expressive painter of sumi-e calligraphy and other media.

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Jenny Baxley LeeMA, BC-DMT, is a lecturer and board certified dance/movement therapist with University of Florida's Center for Arts in Medicine in the College of the Arts. She is a member of the Academy of Research Excellence with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at UF and the Research Committee in the College of the Arts. Jenny is a member of the American Dance Therapy Association and is Book Review Editor for the American Journal of Dance Therapy. She teaches undergraduate and graduate course work on campus, online and abroad. Jenny maintains a dance/movement therapy practice working with children and adults with medical diagnoses, veterans and their families, and providing theatre for comprehensive sex education among middle school and high school students.

Marcia B Leventhal, PhD, CMA, BC-DMT, NCC, 2007 Marian Chace Honoree Keynote Speaker, ADTA. Mentored by Whitehouse, Hawkins, Bartenieff, Hunt, Evan, others. Professor, Founding Director of Graduate DMT program NYU, (1973-1990), Co-Founded Dance Therapy Institute of Princeton, IDTIA, directed Education and Training for eighteen years, and founded Dance Therapy programs in Sweden, Argentina, Greece, Japan, Roehampton University, UK. Co-Founder/Co-Director of the International Institute for Advanced Training in Dance/Movement Therapy, offering training and workshops in Athens, Beijing, Istanbul, and San Francisco, California. Editor of two books and the Author of numerous articles. Past Co-Editor of the AJDT, past ADTA Board Member and initial member of founding committees; professional performer.

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Lin Lin is a child psychologist. She has been studying psychology for seven years (4 as an undergrad and 3 as a master's student). She studied traditional Chinese dance and Latin dance each for six years. She has worked studying child behavior in the USA for two years and continues this study in China till today. Currently she works on both group and individual dance and movement therapies for children with ADD and ADHD in a mental care center.

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Christine Linnehan, MS, LCPC, BC-DMT, FT has been in private practice, Riverview Counseling, in Scarborough, Maine for the past 19 years specializing in creative treatment approaches for traumatic bereavement. She has been a clinical consultant in the Bereavement Support Program at the Center for Grieving Children in Portland, Maine since 2004. Previously, she worked in inpatient and partial hospitalization settings that focused on the treatment of trauma. She was awarded advanced certification as a Fellow of Thanatology from the Association of Death Education and Counseling. Christine has a special interest in the impact of suicide loss on children and families and has extensive training in complicated grief; violent death and restorative retelling; childhood traumatic grief; suicide prevention and postvention.

Susan Loman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, Certified KMP Analyst, is director of the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Program, and professor and associate chair of the Department of Applied Psychology, Antioch University New England. She served as: co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy, on the editorial board of The Arts in Psychotherapy, and chair of the ADTA Education Committee.  She is the co-author of The Meaning of Movement:  Developmental and clinical perspectives of the Kestenberg Movement Profile and authored articles, chapters and books on the KMP and dance/movement therapy. The ADTA presented her its “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2014. She teaches the KMP and DMT at Antioch, throughout the United States and has taught in Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, England, Scotland, South Korea, Argentina, and Switzerland.

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Monimia MacBeth is a second year graduate student in dance/movement therapy and counseling at Columbia College Chicago. She received her BA in psychology from Florida International University. Monimia moved to Chicago to work for a non-profit organization, Camp Butterfly, which serves adolescent girls in the DCFS system. She later transitioned to Global Girls, Inc., a youth organization where she served as the program coordinator. Monimia performs with Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago and teaches African dance to children. Monimia is currently intermeshing in the Creative Arts Therapies Department at Lutherbrook Child and Adolescent Center, a residential facility center for youth with behavioral challenges. She is also completing her thesis at Lutherbrook, evaluating her pilot program, Creative Passages; a dance/movement therapy program for adolescent girls.

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Melinda S. Malher-Moran, MA, R-DMT, PCCI, resides in San Jose, CA. She currently works in school-based therapy providing services to teens with emotional disorders as well as at a non-profit agency where she provides dance/movement and other expressive arts therapies to children, teens, adults and couples. Additionally, Melinda is an active member of the ADTA Public Relations Committee and is invested in the professional recognition and progression of dance/movement therapy into the mainstream.

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Lora Wilson Mau, MA, BC-DMT has over a decade of experience facilitating dance/movement therapy groups in psychiatric hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and on college campuses. She earned her MA in Dance as Healing and Therapy from UCLA and completed her alternate route education at Kinections℠ in Rochester, New York. Lora teaches “Nonverbal Communication & Interaction of Mind and Body” for the Dance Department at California State University, Long Beach and is a program adviser for the Arts and Healing Initiative in Los Angeles. Recognized as a “Leader of Tomorrow” in 2008 by the ADTA, she is a former president of the California Chapter and currently serves as the ADTA Public Relations Chairperson.

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Dawn Morningstar, MA, BC-DMT, LPC is an assistant clinical professor and core faculty member of the Drexel Creative Arts Therapy Department in Philadelphia. She received her BFA in dance from Temple University, an MA in Dance/ Movement Therapy from Drexel. Her specialty is working with children and adolescents in dance/movement therapy in clinical, community and residential treatment programs. Ms. Morningstar has been active in the PA Chapter of the ADTA for many years, and choreographed the 2010 ADTA Flash Mob in Brooklyn. She was instrumental to the creation and implementation of the Creative Arts Therapy Program at Philadelphia Family Court. Ms. Morningstar is an active choreographer for both professional theater companies and schools.

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Akiko "kiki" Nishida, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA currently lives in Kyoto, Japan after living and working in Chicago for 7 years. She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents and continues to provide supervision for professionals working towards licensing and credentialing. In Japan, Kiki has been providing multiple DMT workshops and teaching in various academic settings. She also recently created and implemented a body-based curriculum at an alternative school in Osaka, Japan. Kiki has been very active in the ADTA. She is the co-founder of the Asian/Asian American Affinity Group (AAAG) and one of the consultant members of the Standards and Ethics Committee. She is also co-chair of the Global Membership Sub-Committee (GMSC).

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Marcia Plevin, BC-DMT, NCC, previous performing artist, choreographer, dance teacher in US and now a dance/movement therapist in Italy. She helped to pioneer DMT in Italy, Finland and Turkey. Co–founder in 1993 of the training program Creative movement- method Garcia-Plevin. Senior faculty member and supervisor for the Institute of Expressive Arts Psychotherapy, Art Therapy Italiana. Clinical practice in the past 25 years has been with patients recovering from substance abuse, adult psychiatric patients and with hemo-oncological unit patients on the pediatric unit of the Vatican children’s hospital. Authentic Movement teacher and trainer she has begun and followed groups in Italy, Finland and Turkey. Marcia is a faculty member of Inspirees DMT and Creative Movement training program in China. Marcia is a member of the Italian Professional Association of Dance Therapists 

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Rosey Puloka is a second-year dance/movement therapy student at Columbia College Chicago. She received her BA with a distinction in dance from Colorado College. She has since traveled to the kingdom of Tonga, Taiwan, and Scotland to pursue both artistic endeavorsand therapeutic movement practices as a venture grant recipient and artist-in-residence. Her work includes ABA therapy with youth with Autism and residential rehabilitation for adolescent girls. Currently in Chicago, Rosey provides movement groups for women inside Cook County Jail while also interning at Heartland Alliance's International Family and Child Enhancement Services (IFACES). IFACES serves refugee, asylum, and asylum-seeking persons.

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Debora Rabinovich graduated with honors from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (UBA), Faculty of Psychology. She holds a Masters in Science in Experimental Medicine with a Specialization in Bioethics from McGill University. She has lectured at UBA Faculties of Medicine and Psychology. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies at York University in brain, behavioural and cognitive science. Her extensive dance training includes ballet, contemporary and folk dances. As a researcher she works to integrate dance into the field of neurological rehabilitation. She wrote her Master's thesis in "The Use of Argentine Tango as a Form of Rehabilitation for Parkinson's disease. How the embodied experience of dance influences the healing process." She is currently exploring brain activation patterns and networks that are associated with dance.

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Iris Rifkin-Gainer, MA, BC-DMT, mentored by Dance/Movement Therapist Blanche Evan (1947-1982), experiencing the development in Evan’s work from Creative Dance for children and adults to Dance/Movement Therapy with the Normal Neurotic Adult. Taught in Graduate DMT Program NYU (1970-1985), under direction of Dr. Marcia B. Leventhal. Iris taught dance/movement therapy workshops, classes, courses: Smith College, Naropa Institute, Bucknell University, Hope College and in UK. On the faculty of Kinections Institute in Rochester, New York; has presented at numerous ADTA conference; lives, works in Lewisburg, PA; sees individual clients, offers groups in dance/movement therapy and Creative Dance for Personal Growth. Author of numerous articles and book chapters.

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Kimberly Rothwell, MA, BC-DMT, LCPC, CADC, GL-CMA, lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with her husband and two children (5 & 3). She brings all of her dance/movement therapy skills to bear in the role of mother, and she delights in the power of dance to bring joy. She facilitates dance/movement therapy at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center in Lemont, IL, and is adjunct faculty in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Columbia College Chicago. Her professional work includes experience with people suffering from addiction, trauma and eating disorders. As a source of self-care and a way of providing support to therapists, Kim practices Authentic Movement and offers groups within the Chicago community.

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Ilene A. Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT is a licensed psychologist and dance/movement therapist in practice in San Francisco and Marin County. Past president of the San Francisco Psychological Association, Fellow of the American Psychological Association, past-president of the Division of Humanistic Psychology. She has taught at Saybrook University, Lesley University, UCLA, the NY Gestalt Institute and the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. She is the editor of Whole Person Healthcare (2007, 3 vol., Praeger), over 100 chapters and articles on body, art and psychotherapy, and is on the editorial boards of PsycCritiques, the American Dance Therapy Journal, the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice, Journal of Applied Arts and Health, and The Humanistic Psychologist.

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Paul SevettMA, BC-DMT, LICSW, dance/movement therapy education began at the University of Wisconsin over 30 years ago. His practice as a dance/movement therapist began after receiving his MA degree from Goucher College in 1983 working in a variety of psychiatric settings in Maryland, Washington DC, and Minnesota. His work focuses on utilizing the natural wisdom of the body and its energy to promote the integration of body, mind, and heart. Paul is also a certified practitioner of Zen Bodytherapy®, Integral Bodywork® and energy healing using the Three Heart Balancing® technique. Currently, he has a private practice in St. Paul Minnesota where he also teaches DMT alternate route courses, and supervises dance/movement therapists and other mental health clinicians.

Tal Shafir, PhD, R-DMT was certified as a dance teacher in Haifa Dance Center, and as a dance/movement therapist in University of Haifa, Israel. After several years of teaching dance and working as a dance/movement therapist, she completed her Masters and PhD in neurophysiology of motor control, both from University of Michigan. Following two postdoctoral fellowships: in brain-behavior interactions in motor development of infants with iron deficiency, and in affective neuroscience, her research in University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry focused on brain mechanisms underlying movement-emotion interaction. This research is the topic of her TEDx talk: How your Body Affects your Happiness. Shafir continues her research in her current position as Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Creative Arts Therapies in University of Haifa.

Yan Shen (Katee), graduated from medical psychology and psychological counseling in Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2012.  She is a national certified psychological counselor in China. She currently works in Inspirees Institute China as the program manager in charge of the international training programs in China, Europe and US. She also worked as an interpreter in different courses related to Dance/Movement Therapy, Creative Movement and Laban Movement Analysis.  Katee is being trained in Alternate Route Education program of ADTA with Inspirees in China. She is one of the translators and editors for Chinese version of Dance/Movement Therapy – A Healing Art which was written by Fran Levy.

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K. Mark Sossin, PhD, Professor of Psychology at Pace University, clinical psychologist, researcher, and psychoanalyst with particular interests in infancy, psychotherapeutic methods, psychopathology, autism, family-systems, trauma-and-its-transmission, and movement/nonverbal behavior.

Vivien Marcow Speiser, PhD, BC-DMT, LMHC, NCC is a Professor and the Director of the Institute for Arts and Health, and International and Collaborative Programs, The Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lesley University. Her work has allowed her unparalleled access to working with groups across the United States, Israel and internationally. She has used the arts as a way of communicating across borders and across cultures and believes in the power of the arts to create the conditions for personal and social change and transformation. As former founder and director of the Arts Institute Project in Israel, she has been influential in the development of Expressive Arts Therapy in that country. Her current interests are in generating community training and research partnerships and cross-cultural conflict resolution through the arts. She is a co-editor of The Arts, Education and Social Change: Little Signs of Hope, published by Peter Lang. She is also a co-author of The Arts and Social Change: The Lesley University Experience in Israel. In Israel she has organized such events as: The Imagine Conference: An Arts Approach to Working with Conflict, which brought together Palestinians and Israelis to envision a healed future, Tel Aviv April 2006. She is the author of many articles and books addressing trauma such as An Arts Approach to Working with Cross Cultural Conflicts, The Journal of Humanistic Psychology; The Use of the Arts in Working with Fear and Stress, The Art of Healthcare, Volume 3:13. Her contributions to the field have made her an international leader in dance and expressive therapy, and most recently earned her the 2014 Distinguished Fellows Award from the Global Alliance for Arts and Health and a 2015 Honorary Fellow Lifetime Achievement award from the Israeli Expressive and Creative Arts Therapy Association (ICET)

Voniè StillsonBC-DMT, NNC and 10 year ATRIC aquatic rehabilitation specialist who received her BA in Dance Therapy from Naropa in 2004 and her MA from Antioch New England in 2007. She was the first R-DMT in Mississippi. She was part of a panel where she spoke on dance/movement therapy and aquatics at the New England Chapter of the ADTA's 2005 conference and has presented numerous times throughout the state of MS introducing others to dance/movement therapy. She was a driving force behind creation of the Southern Chapter and recipient of the ADTA's 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award.

Tina Stromsted, PhD, MFT, LPCC, BC-DMT was co-founder and faculty member of the Authentic Movement Institute in Berkeley and currently teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, the Depth Psychology/Somatics Doctoral program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and as a core faculty member for the Marion Woodman Foundation.  With 40 years of clinical experience, and a background in dance and theater, she teaches internationally and has a special interest in the creative process, neuroscience, attachment theory, and embodied spirituality. Developer of Dreamdancing and Embodied Alchemy, her numerous articles and book chapters explore the integration of body, brain, psyche and soul in healing and transformation. Her private practice is in San Francisco.

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Jennifer Frank Tantia, PhD, BC-DMT, LCAT advises masters and doctoral students in somatic psychology and dance/movement therapy research, and teaches developmental and somatic psychology at Adelphi University. She is currently the US research associate for the European Association for Body Psychotherapy and associate editor of Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy journal. Dr. Tantia’s publication topics include: dance/movement therapy for treating trauma, embodied research methodologies, clinical intuition, and the efficacy of body/mind integrative psychotherapy practices. Her private practice is in Times Square in Manhattan.

Suzi TortoraEdD, BC-DMT, CMA, LCAT, LMHC, NCC serves as consultant to the “Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001: A Primary Prevention Project” in the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University under Dr. Beatrice NYC and Cold Spring, New York. She developed and is the manager of the Integrative Medicine Services Dréas Dream dance/movement therapy program for pediatric patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Tortora has published numerous papers and her book, The Dancing Dialogue is used extensively in DMT training programs. She received the 2010 Marian Chace Distinguished Dance Therapist award; holds a board position at NY Zero to Three Network. Dr. Tortora teaches and provides training programs internationally. She has been featured on “Good Morning America”, “Eyewitness News” ABC –TV Malcolm Gladwell’s recent book, What the Dog Saw.

Rachelle Palnick TsachorCMA, RSMT, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago; Senior Research Faculty, LIMS; Alexander Technique Teacher, is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist working with mind-body connections to support functional and expressive integration. She uses Laban and Alexander Techniques as research tools to solve creative, stylistic and therapeutic problems, addressing the relationship of qualitative physical choices to emotional expression and physiological change.  Tsachor recently published Laban/Bartenieff-based Somatic Movement Therapy… Methodology and Case Studies. Certified in Mind-Body Medicine, Tsachor teaches classes in Mind-Body Skills for Global Trauma Relief at the Israeli Center for Integrative Group Counseling, sharing her clinical experience into these evidenced-based practices. Tsachor is co-investigator with Dr. Shafir in Laban Motor Characteristics of Whole Body Emotionally Expressive Movements.    

Sara R. van Koningsveld, MA, R-DMT, GL-CMA, PCCI completed a Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling and Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis at Columbia College Chicago. She currently resides in Los Angeles, where she serves as Southern California Programming Chair for the California Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association (CCADTA), as Local Chair of the Subcommittee for the 2015 ADTA Conference, a member of the national Public Relations Committee, as well as an active member of the Los Angeles - Albert Schweitzer Fellowship/ Fellows For Life program. Sara was co-recognized for the 2014 Leader of Tomorrow Award by the ADTA. Sara is employed as a Dance/Movement Therapist in community mental health and facilitates workshops on: DMT, self-awareness, empathy, wellness, burnout prevention, and self-care.

Charla Weatherby, MA, BC-DMT, LCPC currently works as a psychotherapist at an adult outpatient day treatment program on the southwest side of Chicago. Charla has been working with mental illness in the adult population for about 10 years. Charla has worked with homeless women coping with mental health issues in a residential setting. Charla additionally has a private practice in the Chicago area. Charla is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Creative Art Therapies.

Ande Welling, MA, R-DMT, GLCMA, received her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago. Ande has worked in medical settings with people diagnosed with neurological disorders, with parents and children, and with the Navy providing dance/movement therapy to returning soldiers. She currently works with adolescents in a residential treatment center integrating dance/movement therapy, dance teaching, and mental health therapy. In addition to her clinical work, she continues dancing, creating, and performing professionally. She is passionate about performance as therapy, authentic movement, world travel, and dancing in natural spaces. Ande is a founding member of the blog committee and is currently serving as Editor in Chief.

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Elissa Queyquep White, BC-DMT, CMA, LCAT, studied with Marian Chace and Irmgard Bartenieff.  She co-founded the Dance Therapy Program at Hunter College in 1971 and along with teaching, worked clinically from l967-1998. She is a charter member of ADTA and served in many capacities on the Board of Directors, the last being president of ADTA.  She teaches courses at The New School, Pratt Institute and Kinections., is on the  advisory board of  Inspirees Institute for Creative Arts Therapy (IICAT) in Beijing. She has published articles on dance/movement therapy and movement observation.

Hilary White, MA, R-DMT is working toward becoming a Certified KMP Analyst. She received her MA in dance from The American University and an MA in dance/movement therapy & counseling from Antioch University New England. She has used the KMP in early childhood intervention, with adolescent males with severe emotional disturbances, with adults with intellectual disabilities, and in an inpatient setting with adults with serious and persistent mental illness.

Jennifer Whitley, MA, R-DMT, LCAT received her MS degree in dance therapy at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She has been at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in NYC since May 2012, working with the pediatric population as a dance/movement therapist and with hospital staff as a fitness/dance instructor with Integrative Medicine Services. Ms. Whitley’s dance/movement therapy experience also includes working with children diagnosed with ASD, PDD, ADHD, down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, eating issues and attachment disorders, both in the therapeutic school setting and privately. She is also implementing a creative movement program in a private school setting through Dr. Tortora’s Dancing Dialogue in Cold Spring, NY. Ms. Whitley has taught as interim instructor at The New School and presented workshops locally, nationally, and internationally.

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Mynesha Whyte anticipates graduation from Drexel University’s dance/movement therapy and counseling program in June 2015. Her capstone case analysis was informed by her work as an intern at a residential treatment facility for adolescent girls in the Philadelphia area. Mynesha was born in South Central Los Angeles where she began dancing in high school. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside with degrees in Sociology and Dance. Informed by her experiences growing up in a high-crime, low-income area of LA, some of Mynesha’s goals as a DMT are to connect with traumatized youth based on their shared pasts, especially those of color, help them recognize their potential to heal, and help other clinicians understand the cultural norms that may influence the healing process.  

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Allison WintersBC-DMT, LCAT, holds 2 masters degrees, an MA in clinical psychology and an MS in dance/movement therapy and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in mind-body medicine. Allison is an experienced therapist, having worked with a wide range of clientele, including adults, adolescents, and children in inpatient psychiatry and US military war veterans in residential and outpatient settings. Allison published an award-winning research article Emotion, Embodiment, and Mirror Neurons in Dance/Movement Therapy: A Connection across Disciplines. She has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in psychology and counseling as an adjunct professor and has presented her work both at the community and national levels. Allison is an experienced dancer and a registered yoga instructor.

Joan Wittig, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT. Director of Graduate Dance/Movement Therapy Program at Pratt Institute. Joan has 27 years of clinical experience and 19 years of teaching experience. She served on the Approval Committee of the ADTA from 2005 till 2010. Joan made a significant contribution in the effort to get creative arts therapy as a profession licensed in New York State. Her work has been recognized with an Outstanding Service Award from the ADTA in 2002 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Art Therapy Association in 2003. Since 2010, Joan has been involved with the dance therapy training program development in China with Inspirees and has traveled often to China to teach in our professional courses as well as many workshops.

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Jessica YoungMA, BC-DMT, LCPC, GL-CMA is an Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies where she also serves as the Associate Chair. She has presented workshops in dance/movement therapy, clinical supervision, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, and violence prevention nationally and internationally. She also provides BC-DMT and LCPC supervision, chairs the ADTA Committee on Approval, co-chairs the Education Standards Revision Task Force, and choreographs and performs in departmental events.  Currently, she is researching the therapeutic movement relationship, and strongly values collaborative, creative, and caring relationships. Previously, Jessica has worked extensively with adults who are homeless and living with severe mental illness and addiction.  

Tony Zhou, PhD, started his career as a biomedical scientist and worked in this field for 10 years in both China and Europe till 2006.  He brought dance/movement therapy to China in 2005 and established the first ADTA Alternate Route training program there in 2010 with Inspirees Institute he founded. He is currently trained in ADTA Alternate Route program and CMA Certification Program of LIMS, New York. He is the founder and managing editor of Creative Arts Therapy and Arts Education in China, an international academic journal published in Europe, the peer reviewer and advisor for Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy published by Taylor & Francis. He managed the translation project of the Chinese version of Dance/Movement Therapy–A Healing Art by Fran Levy.

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