Trauma and the Moving Body // Montréal

A Survivor-Centered, Polyvagal-Informed approach to Dance/Movement Therapy
Dates: September 16-17, 2023
Location: 1435 de Bleury, 4th floor, Montreal, QC
Times: Sat 9am – 5:30pm • Sun 9am – 5:30pm
Price: 50$ plus taxes

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.

This event is presented by the National Centre for Dance Therapy and supported by the RBC Foundation. It is dedicated to all the dance therapists and students in dance therapy working, or considering working, with trauma.