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.