Embodied Holding: Identifying Embodied Countertransference Stresses in the Therapeutic Relationship | December 15, 2019

Embodied Holding: Identifying Embodied Countertransference Stresses in the Therapeutic Relationship | December 15, 2019


4 Credit Live In-Person Continuing Education Course in New York City!


Date + Time:

Sunday, December 15, 2019
1PM – 5PM


Dancing Dialogue LCAT LMHC PLLC
25 W. 26th Street, Suite 404
New York, NY 10010

Course Description:

This workshop explores how to use your body as a therapeutic tool to achieve intersubjective and inter-sensory attunement with your clients. This deep embodied attunement with your clients will lead to an understanding of your own somatic and emotional countertransference experience.  This exploration is beneficial and crucial in understanding how your own embodied countertransference stresses emerge while working with clients.  You will use a creative process to identify these embodied stresses to explore the working of the unconscious from various angles: Authentic Movement, mandala-making, improvisation, and body awareness exercises.  You will thread together and analyze your findings using various arts-based tools to document your deep dive into self-exploration. A four-phase creative process will be used: Phase One – Preparation of the mind and body; Phase Two – Re-centering, accepting the shadow self; Phase Three – Embodying Another; Phase Four – Returning to Self.  

Learning Objectives Include:

1.    Develop an understanding of how the body can be used as a therapeutic tool in witnessing, engaging, and being with your clients.

2.    Identify and understand the concept of embodied/somatic countertransference.  

3.    Learn to use creative arts modalities to guide you gently into deeper awareness of your clients and yourself from an embodied experience.  

4.    Increase your body awareness before, during, and post-sessions, to develop deeper intersubjective and inter-sensory attunement with your clients.

5.    Develop an understanding of your clients by working with the unconscious in various forms. 

About the Instructor

Jennifer Whitley, M.S., BC-DMT, LCAT, CMA is a board certified Dance/Movement Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist who received her master’s degree, with honors, in Dance Therapy at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.  She is trained through the Ways of Seeing program at Dancing Dialogue and Certified as a Laban Movement Analyst from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies. She has been a DMT at Dancing Dialogue since 2014 working with children and families using Dr. Tortora’s Ways of Seeing psychotherapeutic multi-arts approach. Ms. Whitley’s experience also includes medical DMT at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, joining the Integrative Medicine Services team in 2012, with a focus in pediatric oncology alongside Dr. Tortora. Additionally, she works with children who have special needs facilitating group DMT sessions in the public school setting since 2013.  She taught as interim instructor in The New School’s Creative Arts Therapy Certification Program, worked as DMT/Choreographer for Angelight Films, and presents workshops locally, nationally, and internationally.


$140 for 4 credits ($35/ credit)

Cost is $35/credit hour. Cancellations prior to two weeks before a scheduled training receive a refund minus a $15 processing fee. Participants who cancel their enrollment less than 10 days before the first continuing education session will not be refunded but can receive credit towards a future training. A full refund or credit is given to participants with unexpected medical or personal emergencies. If Dancing Dialogue LCAT LMHC PLLC cancels the entire workshop or training your paid fee will be refunded in full or credited to another workshop at your request. If you transfer to another workshop and then cancel, do not attend or leave early there is no further transfer.  For clinicians with more than one license, an additional CE certificate can be purchased towards your second license CE requirement at the cost of $25/credit. Clinicians, please contact kelley@suzitortora.com for purchase.

Dancing Dialogue LCAT LMHC PLLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists #CAT-0066, licensed social workers #SW-0512 and licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0131.