Dance to the Beat: A Pediatric Dance/Movement and Music Therapy Group
Sunday May 5, 2019, 1:30 pm- 2:30pm
Dancing Dialogue LCAT LMHC PLLC
26 Main Street
Cold Spring, NY 10516
A creative arts group therapy program used with a mixed- age pediatric oncology patients, their siblings and adult family members is presented by a dance and music therapist. This program draws upon each participant’s personal creativity and expressivity to care for their psychological, emotional and physical health. This approach creates a link between the mind, body and emotions to assist individuals in adjusting and coping with oncological diagnoses and treatment in an outpatient pediatric playroom. This group experience provides a unique way for each participant to get in touch with their feelings through creativity, dance, movement, music, play, relaxation, symbolic imagery, mindfulness and talk techniques. This non-verbal experiential approach enables children and families to get in touch with their feelings that transcends language. This presentation will include lecture, discussion, and experiential opportunities.
Learn how to use a creative arts approach to draw out each participant’s personal creativity and expressivity to address psychological, emotional and physical health, related to the participant’s experience of medical illness.
Learn how to create a link between the mind, body and emotions to assist individuals in adjusting and coping with oncological diagnoses and treatment
Learn techniques that strengthen body awareness and body/self-image and decrease anxiety in relation to treatment procedures and hospitalization
Learn how to use creative arts approaches to build community and interpersonal relationships.
About the Instructors
Karen Popkin, MA, MT-BC, LCATis a Board-Certified Music Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. Practicing since 1996, she has worked in mental health and medical populations. At Memorial Sloan Kettering, Karen is the Program Coordinator for Creative Arts and Movement therapies in the Integrative Medicine Service where she engages in program development and clinical work with inpatients. When not working, Karen enjoys spending time outdoors and playing euphonium as a member of the Metropolitan Music Community.
Suzi Tortora Ed.D, BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHCholds a doctorate from ColumbiaUniversity and serves as consultant to the “Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001: A Primary Prevention Project” in the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University under Dr. Beatrice Beebe. Dr Tortora has a dance/movement psychotherapy practice, in New York City and Cold Spring, New York. She is the manager of the Integrative Medicine Services DréasDream dance/movement therapy program for pediatric patients at Memorial Sloan-KetteringCancer Center since its inception in 2003. Dr. Tortora has published numerous papers about her therapeutic and nonverbal communication analysis work and her book, TheDancing Dialogue: Using the communicative power of movement with young children is used extensively in dance/movement therapy training programs. She has been featured on “Good Morning America”, “Eyewitness News” ABC –TV and Malcolm Gladwell’s book, What the Dog Saw. Dr.Tortora received the 2010 Marian Chace Distinguished Dance Therapist award from the National Dance Therapy Association. She holds a board position at NY Zero to Three Network. Dr. Tortora has international training programs in Europe, South America and Asia including faculty positions in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Argentina and China; lectures; and offers international webinar-based training programs for dance/movement therapists and allied professionals.