Trauma and the Moving Body // New York


A Survivor-Centered, Polyvagal-Informed approach to Dance/Movement Therapy
Dates: April 28-30, 2023
Location: Online, The 92nd Street Y, New York
Times: Sat 2pm – 6pm • Sun 2pm – 6pm
Price: $300 until Apr 15 / $350 after

This 15-hour Alternate Route approved course, taught by Dr. Amber Gray. This course provides a theoretical, neurophysiological, contemplative introduction to the use of dance movement therapy with survivors of trauma, and as a practice of self-compassion and self-respect for therapists.

The emphasis of this class is client-therapist co-regulation as both a self-care and a clinical skill, that supports dance therapy’s ability to help clients through their own restorative process. Drawing from an embodied, contemplative human rights framework (“Restorative Movement Psychotherapy”), empowerment and developing a reciprocal alliance are primary themes of this course. This equally experiential and theoretical class also provides participants with a practical and applicable introduction and overview to using dance therapy in work with survivors of trauma, as well as for therapists’ own resilience and well-being.  The course teaches dance therapy practices to support safety and stability in the reciprocal therapeutic relationship. A contemporary phasic approach to working with complex trauma provides the foundation for course material.

Students will receive the ZOOM invitation when registered.

For further information contact: Cecilia Fontanesi (
Please register early as there is a limit on the number of students.

Upon completion of the course, students who do the required assignments will be eligible to receive 15 hours of Alternate Route credit toward the R-DMT. In addition, 15 hours of CEs from the ADTA are available.

1.5 hours of asynchronous learning due before class begins Fri, Apr 28 at 6-9:30 pm
Sat, Apr 29 at 2-6 pm with 1-hour asynchronous learning
Sun, Apr 30 at 2-6 pm with 1-hour asynchronous learning

This event is presented by 92NYCenter for Culture & Arts. New York’s global center for culture,
connection and enrichment.