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American Dance Therapy Association | Tracing the Roots of Infant, Child and Adolescent DMT: Part 1 17th Early Childhood Forum (Miami, FL)

  • Hyatt Regency 400 South East Second Avenue Miami, FL 33131 United States (map)

When a Baby is Very Sick: Treating his Soma and Psyche as One

Friday, October 18 9:30am -12:30pm


Hyatt Regency

400 South East Second Avenue

Miami, FL 33131

Course Description:

Tracing the history of infant, child and adolescent DMT from its origins to its growing applications today, this seminar highlights five pioneers work from the 1970’s – 1990’s. They demonstrate diversity through their ethnicity, populations served, and methods used. Collectively they have expanded DMT to include: psychiatric clinics for mothers with psychiatric disorders and their infants; children challenged in physical, cognitive, emotional and relational development; DMT in special education; bridging contemporary infant/child mental health, psychology; and creating nonverbal assessment tools. Through experientials and videos each presenter will describe their contributions and those that influenced their journey. (NBCC CE hours; ADTA CE hours; NY LCAT CPE hours)

Movement: 26-50%

Touch: Yes

Target Audience: Mid Level

Course Objectives:

  1. Learn the early historic development of dance/movement therapy with infants, children, adolescents and families.

  2. Understand the personal and professional journey that each pioneering DMT took to contribute to the early growth of DMT with infants, children, adolescents and families.

  3. Understand how historic DMT theories and intervention methods based on infant, child adolescent development relate to contemporary DMT practice.

About the Instructors

Suzi Tortora, EdD, BC-DMT, CMA, LCAT, LMHC has a full-time private practice in Cold Spring, New York and NYC, specializing in parent- infant/child and family therapy; trauma; medical illness; and adult chronic pain. She is the International Medical Creative Arts Spokesperson for the Andréa Rizzo Foundation, having created and continuing to be the senior dance/movement therapist for pediatric patients at Integrative Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NYC, since 2003. She received the 2010 Marian Chace Distinguished Dance Therapist award from the ADTA. She teaches in Europe, South America, New Zealand, Israel and Asia; holds faculty positions in the USA, The Netherlands, Chech Republic, Argentina and China; offers the Ways of Seeing International Webinar Training Program for dance/movement therapists and allied professionals; has published numerous papers about her work; and her book, The Dancing Dialogue: Using the communicative power of movement with young children is used extensively in dance/movement therapy training programs internationally.

Nancy Beardall, PhD, BC-DMT, LMHC, CMA is Associate Professor and the Dance/Movement Therapy Coordinator at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. As a dance/movement therapist, consultant, Certified Movement Analyst, and educator, Dr. Beardall’s work has focused on the physical, cognitive, social/emotional and relational development of students using dance/movement therapy and the expressive arts in the schools. Dr. Beardall has integrated DMT programs within the schools with students from K-12. Beardall has developed numerous programs for middle and high school students focusing on the prevention of bullying, sexual harassment and teen dating abuse, promoting healthy relationships and making a difference in the school community. Her community building programs through the arts have involved students, teachers, parents and community members. Dr. Beardall has been on the Board of the ADTA (2011-2013) as well as Chair of the Approval Committee and currently serves on the Educational Committee.

Jane Wilson Cathcart, BA, Adelphi University; MSW, New York University; BC-DMT; Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R); Certified Movement Analyst (CMA); and Certified EMDR Practitioner. Ms. Cathcart’s early clinical training was in dance therapy at Turtle Bay Music School and with dance therapy pioneer Marian Chace at Bellevue Medical Center. She has had 48 years of clinical experience in settings such as Manhattan Children’s Psychiatric Center and Little Meadows Early Childhood Center with children, adolescents, physically challenged and developmentally delayed populations. She taught in the Wesleyan University Graduate Liberal Studies Program for 17 years. Her work is shown in the ADTA film “Dance Therapy: The Power of Movement”, where she is identified as “Jane Downes”. Jane has been a Trustee of the Marian Chace Foundation of the ADTA since 1996. In 2018 Jane received the ADTA Lifetime Achievement Award. She maintains a private practice in New York City and Cold Spring, NY.

Susan Loman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, KMP Analyst, former director, Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Program, Antioch University New England, Keene, NH (1987-2017) is currently Professor Emerita and adjunct faculty. She served as: co-editor American Journal of Dance Therapy; on the editorial board of The Arts in Psychotherapy; former chair of the ADTA Education Committee; and on the ADTA Approval Committee. Co-author, The meaning of movement: Embodied developmental, clinical and cultural perspectives of the Kestenberg Movement Profile, 2nd Edition, she authored numerous articles, chapters, and books on the Kestenberg Movement Profile and dance/movement therapy. She presents throughout the US and abroad in: Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, England, Scotland, South Korea, Argentina, Switzerland, and will teach in China in 2019. In 2014, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ADTA and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award in Munich at Ezetthera (European Center for Dance Therapy) in 2017.

Glorianne JacksonMA, Dance Professor Emerita, founding director of Marymount Manhattan College BA and BFA dance major programs; worked as a registered dance/movement therapist in the Creative Arts Department of Bronx Psychiatric Center; taught in special education programs of NYC Board of Education and University of Chicago Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School; Arthur Mitchell’s Dance Theatre of Harlem; and the dance major program of Hunter College, CUNY. Glorianne holds a MA in Dance Education,Teachers College, Columbia University, NY and a BA in Psychology from DePaul University, Chicago, IL. She is an registered dance/movement therapist and certified special education professional. She is a dance minister; a graduate of Eagles International Training Institute and the Living Word Christian Center School of Ministry and Missions. She has participated and led in local, national and international arts programs that enhance her passion for prophetic dance incorporating the use of large twirling flags and poetic scripting.