Roots, Rhythm, Reciprocity: Polyvagal-informed DMT for Trauma

Date & time:
Sat, October 9, 2021 • 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM CDT


We are movement. In the words of somatics innovator Emilie Conrad, “Movement is not something we do. It’s who we are.” The body, an ongoing sea-change of movement, speaks through breath, posture, muscle tone, movement patterns and moving narratives. Life experience shapes these movements; stress, fear and trauma can force us into shapes that are not our own.

This one-day workshop on Polyvagal-informed Dance/Movement Therapy is an embodied introduction to the effects of traumatic experiences on the human body and our human experiences — from the individual to the collective. A combination of basic theory, neuro-scientific evidence and rich, varied somatic, movement, rhythm and dance-based experientials will support participants to integrate this trauma-informed wisdom into their work. Theory and experiential processes will be contextualized through case examples illustrating this work in a human rights framework to support survivors of relational, complex, and collective trauma through an empowerment-based reciprocal alliance.

Who should attend? Dance/Movement Therapists, Expressive Arts Therapists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and other mental health practitioners.

What can I expect to learn?

1. Participants will be able to describe the core theoretical principles of Polyvagal-informed DMT.

2. Participants will be able to describe the pathways of engagement and reciprocal alliance.

3. Participants will be able to apply at least 5 Polyvagal-informed DMT practices for self-compassion and for client stabilization.

Schedule Format (will combine discussion and experiential)

10:15 am – 10:30 am ET Attendance, gathering, housekeeping

10:30 am – 1:30 pm ET Morning session

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm ET Lunch break on your own

2:45 pm – 5:45 pm ET Afternoon session

5:45 pm – 6:00 pm ET Evaluations

NBCC contact hours awarded to those with 100% active and full participation.

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