Heartlines: Gathering Wisdom from a Survivor-centered DMT Approach

Continuing Education: 1.25 ADTA, NBCC, NYLCAT CEs

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Dr. Amber L. Gray, MPH, MA, Ph.D, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC, LPCC, is a Dance/Movement Therapist & Human Rights Psychotherapist who, for 23 years, has worked with survivors of war, torture and human rights abuses in the US and overseas in active conflict zones, refugee camps, and disaster zones.  Equally activist, artist and therapist, she provides education and training to clinical professionals and paraprofessionals on her survivor-centered, creative clinical approaches to Dance/Movement Therapy. She is the originator of Restorative Movement Psychotherapy, a trauma-informed, survivor of torture and refugee-centric, multi-cultural framework that integrates DMT with her many years working, dancing and living alongside Survivors. She also originated Polyvagal-informed Somatic & Dance/Movement Therapies through 21 years of  immersive  mentoring in Polyvagal Theory. A lover of all things wild, she regularly guides her  Wildzeness eco-somatic retreats  to offer nurturing spaces to therapists, activists, advocates, artists, and healers longing to reconnect to our earth mother.

Ryan Kennedy, PsyD, LAC, LMFT, LPC, RN, BC-DMT, CLMA, RSME/T, is the Founder and Executive Director of Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute in Denver, Colorado, USA and also serves as the Training Director for its Center for Professional Development. Previously, he served for 18 years as core faculty at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, USA in the Somatic Counseling Psychology Graduate Program. He has practiced as a psychotherapist and dance/movement therapist in a broad range of psychiatric and addiction recovery treatment settings since 1993 and served as a clinical supervisor and counselor educator since 1996. Dr. Kennedy has also served on the Boards of Directors for both the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) and the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA) as well as on the advisory panel with the international journal, Body, Movement, and Dance in Psychotherapy, published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis. His professional background includes extensive work with graduate and post-graduate education and training, particularly in the areas of experiential learning, contemplative education, spiritual emergence, trauma-informed psychotherapy, addiction recovery, couple/family therapy, human sexuality, diversity and multiculturalism, social and restorative justice, creative process work, expressive arts therapies, and body-centered psychotherapy. The clinical training of Dr. Kennedy is in the areas of somatic psychology, chronic and persistent mental illness, psychiatric nursing and psychopharmacology, trauma and dissociative disorders, addictions and recovery, domestic and family violence, and living with life-threatening illnesses. His doctoral work focused on the intersection of attachment-based approaches to understanding human development and how the experience of social trauma affected that process. In both his clinical work and his personal life, he is committed to the practice of living and working as a “citizen therapist.”