Trauma & the Moving Body // 92Y Harkness Dance Center, Online

A Polyvagal-informed Dance Movement Therapy Approach for Clients and Therapist

WHEN: Fri April 9th 6:00–9:30pm EST • Sat April 10th 2:00 –6:00pm • Sun April 11th 2:00-6:00pm

WHERE: Online

FEE: $300 until April 1st • $350 after


* Alternate Route Dance Therapy Course, 15 hours credit

* ADTA CEUs available

* CEs for mental health professionals are available for purchase through R. Cassidy Seminars

This 15-hour course provides theoretical, scientific, and contemplative rationale for the use of dance movement therapy with traumatized clients, and as a measure of protection, self care, and increased compassion. The emphasis of this class is client-therapist co-regulation as both a self-care and a clinical skill that supports DMT’s ability to support clients through their own post-trauma restorative process without re-traumatization. Drawing from a contemplative human rights framework, empowerment and developing a reciprocal alliance are focuses of this course. This class also provides participants with a practical introduction and overview to using DMT in work with survivors of trauma, as well as for therapists own resilience and well-being. The course teaches DMT practices to support safety and stability in the reciprocal therapeutic relationship. A contemporary, evidenced-based phasic approach to working with complex trauma provides the foundation for theoretical material.

Basic criteria include current or past master’s level coursework in counseling/psychotherapy or dance/movement psychotherapy, including alternate route classes. Some experience working with survivors of trauma is helpful, but not absolutely necessary. A willingness to consider working with trauma and engaging with “terrible knowledge” is essential.

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