Mind, Body and Creative Arts Therapy Healing: A Weekend Workshop in Integrative Medicine | Saturday & Sunday May 4-5, 2019

Mind, Body and Creative Arts Therapy Healing: A Weekend Workshop in Integrative Medicine | Saturday & Sunday May 4-5, 2019

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10 Credit Live In-Person 2-Day Continuing Education Workshop in Cold Spring, New York!

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Saturday & Sunday, May 4- 5, 2019
10:30AM – 4:30PM


Dancing Dialogue LCAT LMHC PLLC
26 Main Street
Cold Spring, NY 10516

Course Description:

Join a team of experienced clinicians from New York City’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for a two-day multidisciplinary exploration in the role that creative arts therapies play in integrative medicine in beautiful Cold Spring, NY.

Saturday May 4

Registration 9:45 – 10:25 AM

10:30 AM

Martial arts: A Pediatric Mind Body Modality  

Robin Hardbattle, M.S. L.Ac

 This course introduces the unlikely field of martial arts as a mind-body approach to relieve the challenges commonly faced by patients in hospital or managing chronic medical illnesses. Although commonly seen as simply a way to fight, the field of martial arts, in fact, is an ideal mind-body modality, with a rich multi-layered body of knowledge on dealing with physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual adversity. With appropriate adaption to the pediatric environment, the martial arts can be used as a safe, enjoyable, and non-threatening introduction to mind-body principles, which form the foundation to mindfulness and mediation practices used to soothe the physical and emotional needs of children in pain and/or managing symptoms from a medical illness.

12:00 PM

Chronic Pain & Early Attachment: Dance/Movement Therapy Approaches to Healing 

Suzi Tortora, ED.D., BC-DMT, C.M.A., LCAT, LMHC

Approximately 1 in 4 American adults have chronic pain.  Research shows the development of chronic pain is associated with “insecure” adult attachment styles, rooted in infancy/early childhood experiences with primary caregivers.  These early experiences – initially registered on a somatic, kinesthetic and sensorial level – shape how we make sense of the world, express our emotions and respond to threats throughout our lifetime.  Using case study interventions, nonverbal ways to explore the relationship between chronic pain and early relationship patterns through moment-to-moment movement explorations that metaphorically reveal old and new ways to engage with self and others will be explored.  

Lunch Break 1:30- 2:30 PM

 2:30 PM

Music Imagery Relaxation 

Holly Mentzer, MA, MT-BC, LCAT

This workshop will introduce the technique of Music Imagery Relaxation (MIR), which has been shown to effectively reduce post-operative pain in medical settings with pediatric and adult patients.  The aim is for the client to have a vivid positive experience in an altered state of consciousness utilizing a personalized relaxation script accompanied by relaxing classical music. Through didactic and experiential learning, participants will learn basic methods for assessment, treatment goals, and procedures to reduce stress and pain. Participants will develop skills to write music and imagery scripts to achieve clinical goals. The information provided in this workshop would be beneficial to anyone who works in a medical setting and is interested in imagery and relaxation music therapy techniques.

4:30 PM End of Day One

Sunday May 5

 Registration 9:45 – 10:25 AM

 10:30 AM

Following their Lead: Medical Dance Therapy for Infants, Children and Their Families

Suzi Tortora, Ed.D, BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHC & Jennifer Whitley, M.S., BC-DMT, LCAT, CMA

A pediatric medical diagnosis affects the whole family. As the medical team attends to the treatment finding emotional support for the patient and family members is challenging. Using the creative arts as a means of expression creates a safe environment where the patient and family can share their emotional responses and experience ways to enjoy childhood. A multi-sensory approach developed by one of the presenters that helps families and even the youngest children cope with treatments that has painful side effects is presented. This workshop demonstrates the use of dance/movement therapy, highlighting its role during medical procedures, pain management, and coping with emotional themes that arise. 

11:30 AM

Shaping Body Image in Medically Ill Patients: Embodied Approaches in Understanding Body Changes During Treatment

Jennifer Whitley, M.S., BC-DMT, LCAT, CMA

Body image and one’s perception of their sense of self can be difficult for cancer patients to process given the many changes a body goes through during treatment.  Dance/movement therapy (DMT) offers a unique approach to helping those undergoing medical treatment as it combines an individual’s body, mind, and emotional state in relationship to each other.  Using the DMT lens, multi-arts approaches will be discussed to allow the patient to reconnect to their body, identify how and where they experience difficulties in their body, express feelings about their body image through verbalization, movement, and art-making, and adapt to their changing body image. This workshop will include use of movement, body drawing exercises using art materials, and embodied meditation to use with teen and young adult patients. 

12:30 – 1:30 PM lunch break

1:30 PM

 Dance to the Beat: A Pediatric Dance/Movement and Music Therapy Group

Karen Popkin, MA, MT-BC, LCAT  & Suzi Tortora, Ed.D, BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHC

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.

2:30 PM

Percussion Power: Introduction to community drumming

Karen Popkin MA, MT-BC, LCAT 

This workshop will introduce the concept of community drumming, which can be beneficial to a wide variety of populations. Rhythm circles rely on participants to listen, cooperate and communicate. It is widely reported that therapeutic drumming promotes relaxation and can support relief of chronic pain.  In this workshop, participants will learn about various percussion instruments, basic foundations and explore drumming techniques.

4:30 PM End of Day Two

About the Instructors

Robin Hardbattle, M.S. L.Ac. is a Mind Body Therapist and Martial Arts instructor with Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Integrative Medicine Service, where he has worked as lead for the Pediatric Mind Body Fitness Program since 2012. In addition to working with children, he teaches Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and meditation, to patients, caregivers and staff. He has over 25 years experience practicing and teaching martial arts, holding a third degree black belt in Aikido. When he is not working in the hospital he runs his own practice as a NY State licensed Acupuncturist. 

Holly Mentzer, MA, MT-BC, LCAT received her MA in music therapy from New York University.  She is a music therapist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and has worked with children with developmental delays at HeartSong. Ms. Mentzer has presented at interdisciplinary conferences and music therapy conferences. Holly also performs with early music ensembles in New York, and is the alto section leader at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Larchmont.

Karen Popkin, MA, MT-BC, LCAT is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist with certificates in Hospice and Palliative Music Therapy and Neurologic Music Therapy.  Her Master of Arts in Music Therapy is from New York University and Bachelor of Music Education from Ohio University. 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. Karen has lectured at symposia in New York and internationally. Some interviews include  ABC Health Newscancer.net blog and "Making Time for Making Music" by Amy Nathan.  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, LMHC holds a doctorate from Columbia University 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-Kettering Cancer Center since its inception in 2003. Dr. Tortora has published numerous papers about her therapeutic and nonverbal communication analysis 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. 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.

Jennifer Whitley, M.S., BC-DMT, LCAT, CMA received her M.S. degree in Dance Therapy at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, is a Ways of Seeing practitioner, Level II Reiki trained, and a Certified  Laban Movement Analyst. She has been at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in NYC since May 2012, working with the pediatric oncology population as a dance/movement therapist and with hospital staff as a fitness/dance instructor with Integrative Medicine Services.  Ms. Whitley’s DMT experience also includes working with children diagnosed with ASD, ADHD, down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, eating issues, family issues, and attachment disorders, both in the therapeutic school setting, and privately at Dr. Tortora’s Dancing Dialogue in Cold Spring, NY. Ms. Whitley has taught as interim instructor at The New School and presented workshops locally, nationally, and internationally.  



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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.

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.