Body as Voice:
Polyvagal-Informed Movement Therapy for Trauma
Amber’s Body as Voice Series is coming to Austin, TX in 2021:
PART I: June 4 – 7, 2021
PART II: September 16 – 19, 2021
PART III: November 4 – 7, 2021
NOTE: Part I pre-requisite is required for parts II & III.
This intensive trauma and polyvagal-informed course series for clinicians and alternate route students provides a thorough introduction and strong attentional skill refinement for the clinical use of Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) with survivors of complex and interpersonal trauma. This course is an amalgam of structured practices, somatic and movement processing, and grounded theory, based on the instructor’s 25 years of ongoing work with survivors of war, torture, and political, racial, ethnic, historic and collective trauma who seek refuge. This course is an in process evolution of a moving, breathing, engaged approach to DMT and soma-movement therapies organically developed through a reciprocal alliance with clients who come from globally diverse socio-economic, socio-political, geographic, socio-cultural and socio-spiritual contexts.
This embodied human rights framework integrates the latest neuro-scientific wisdom with ancient traditional dance and rhythm-inspired healing practices from the instructor’s ancestral lineage. This approach to facilitating the restorative process for survivors of complex interpersonal and violence-based trauma has been described as “truly accessible for all cultures, with deep respect for all people” as shared in “a compassionate, humanitarian trauma-informed DMT course”.
Part I can be taken as a stand-alone course that provides DMTs (both experienced DMTs, and alternate route students) with the foundational skills to address the unique clinical needs of survivors of trauma. It also serves as the first in a three-part series on working with trauma. The series emphasizes dance/movement therapy and soma-moving therapies as a self-compassion practice for DMTs working with trauma; DMT practices to support safety, stability and reconnection, and embodied depth trauma processing, all based on a contemporary, evidenced-based approach to working with complex and interpersonal trauma.
For registration information, visit Embodied Neurobiology.