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ADTA 50th Annual Conference–Reflecting–Reaching–Moving Forward (San Diego, CA)

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ADTA pre-conference intensive with Nancy Beardall, Amber Elizabeth Gray and Suzi Tortora

October 21, 2015

Hyatt Regency La Jolla San Diego, California

DMT, Mindfulness and Trauma: Creating Pathways for Healing and Compassion Across Cultures

Dance Movement Therapy as a therapeutic approach may provide the most direct access to mindful processing for clients who have experienced trauma. When we engage in movement, we access the neurological underpinnings of all our thoughts, feelings, behavior, and actions. Current research and emergent theories around interpersonal neurobiology, neuroplasticity, and social engagement all promote interventions for working with survivors of trauma that are inclusive of mindfulness practice and physical movement. Participants in this full day intensive will experientially explore being present and processing DMT as a comprehensive mindful and movement based therapy for working with trauma in a variety of contexts and with people of varied ages, experiences and cultures.

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ADTA Friday Seminar

October 23, 2015, 10:15AM–12:15PM

Hyatt Regency La Jolla San Diego, California

Mother-Son Transgenerational Transmission of Eating Issues Using A Co-Treatment Method with Suzi Tortora and Jennifer Whitley

Celebrating our 15th year, this forum creates a DMT network, sharing ideas about working with children and their families. This year the focus includes the transgenerational transmission of complex family dynamics; eating issues related to individual regulation and co-regulation in the parent-infant relationship; and the use of a DMT program to support the family. The treatment design includes the DMTs working separately with the parent and child; and a specific sequence of multi-arts activities using drawing, dance-play and storytelling, to integrate the experiences on a mind-body-emotional continuum. Participants will explore these themes and methodologies through discussion and experiential activities.

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