Expression of a Dying Trace-form Between Dance Therapist and Patient: A Dance/ Movement Therapy Approach to End of Life Support for Children | April 7, 2019

Expression of a Dying Trace-form Between Dance Therapist and Patient: A Dance/ Movement Therapy Approach to End of Life Support for Children | April 7, 2019


2 Credit Live In-Person and Live Online Continuing Education Course in New York City!


Date + Time:

April 7, 2019
1PM – 3PM


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

Or live online from the comfort of your own home!

Course Description:

Within the context of themes related to end-of-life, movement analysis from David Bowie’s music video, Blackstar (2015), is used to provide knowledge and understanding for a dance/movement therapist that works with patients who are terminal.  Utilizing this analysis and applying Rudolf Laban’s theory about trace-forms, movement stages are considered during one’s final dying trace-form while on the journey of transcending into the unknown.  This will be discussed from the perspective of dance/movement therapy practice, the therapeutic relationship, use of creative arts in supporting this process, and how these approaches assist patients moving from living trace-forms to a dying trace-form.

Learning Objectives Include:

1.    Examine relevant topics related to “successful dying” and how this concept has evolved historically from hospice care to death with dignity.

2.   Define concepts of presenter’s understanding and development of terms “living trace-form” and “dying trace-form” and its use in creating a holding space for the therapeutic relationship while working with those who are at end-of-life.  

3.   Explore key components to the presenter’s questions: “What are people going through as they begin to embark upon the unknown”; “How can the dance/movement therapy process and therapeutic relationship support those going through this transition, including therapist’s process during and after death”.

4. Discuss the importance of the creative process in working with those who are terminally ill and processing concepts of death, particularly with children

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.


$70 for 2 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 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.