Archive for September, 2009

Just thought I’d share this upcoming workshop. I wrote about David Alan Harris’ work with former child soldiers in Sierra Leone in an earlier post. (You can read that post and link to the radio podcast here.) This is an amazing opportunity to learn about his approach in person. If only I lived on the East Coast!

: A Dance/Movement Therapy Workshop For Dance Therapists and Movement Professionals

DAVID ALAN HARRIS, MA, LCAT, ADTR, a leading dance and movement therapist, will share his work with former child soldiers in Sierra Leone and other parts of Africa, and with young male survivors of severe trauma. Combining his careers in human rights advocacy and choreography to work on the ground in Sierra Leone’s Kailahun District, David has collaborated with local counselors to develop an innovative dance and movement program to provide treatment for 12 former child soldiers, all of whom were orphans who survived the brutality of Sierra Leone’s 11-year civil war. David’s inspiring work has demonstrated that “dance and movement therapy (DMT) interventions, if designed to promote cultural relevance and community ownership, may enhance healing among adolescent survivors of war and organized violence.”

Saturday, October 17, 2009
10 AM – 5 PM

At Preinkert Dance Studio
University of Maryland
College Park

$30 for professionals
$20 for students and retired professionals

To register, email Teresa Redmon at TREDMON1964@COMCAST.NET
And send check, made out to MD/DC/VA chapter of ADTA, to
3018 Benefit Court, Abingdon, MD 21009

For more information please call Karen Bradley at 202-669-3927

In this workshop you will:
1. Be introduced to David’s particular approach to working with survivors of trauma and violence.
2. Share best practices with movement professionals in working with clients with stress and somatoform issues.
3. Consider ways in which dance therapy might intersect with and influence international relief work.

Come and learn from his stories.
Read David Alan Harris’s article on his work in Foreign Policy in Focus.


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As I was consulting Topsy for the most “tweeted” links to dance/movement therapy, I came across this article published in Dance Magazine in 2008. I had read it when it was first published in hard copy and am delighted to re-discover it in its online format. Written by Anne Wennerstrand, a dance/movement therapist with decades of clinical experience and an extensive prior career as a professional dancer, it is a great introduction and overview of both the profession and the training needed to become a dance/movement therapist. It also contains a list of graduate programs where a Master’s degree in dance/movement therapy may be obtained.

I really like the following quote from the article which touches on the fact that other branches of “verbal” psychotherapies are starting to utilize the body more in their work, following in our footsteps…

Susan Imus, chair of Columbia College Chicago’s graduate department of dance/movement therapy & counseling says, “Western medicine is beginning to accept a holistic approach to healing, such as that used in D/MT.” Imus continues, “Psychobiologists are studying and proving the efficacy of nonverbal methods of communication to treat trauma.” In fact, there is a current trend in the field of psychotherapy to focus on body-based modes of treatment. These new methods use some of the techniques of D/MT, but leave out the expressive, more creative aspects, as well as the dance/movement therapist’s intimate knowledge of movement.

You may read the entire article here. It’s a short, light read. Perfect for the holiday weekend. Enjoy!

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