Shaping Body Image in Medically Ill Patients: Embodied Approaches in Understanding Body Changes During Treatment | Sunday May 5, 2019

Shaping Body Image in Medically Ill Patients: Embodied Approaches in Understanding Body Changes During Treatment | Sunday May 5, 2019


1 Credit Live In-Person Continuing Education Course in Cold Spring, NY


Date + Time:

Sunday, May 5, 2019
11:30AM – 12:30 PM


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

Course Description:

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. 

Course Objectives

  1. Discuss idea of sense of self through concept of sense of body and its importance in coping with illness.

  2. Provide participants with understanding of embodied mediation through use of body scan and body drawings, incorporating movement to further this exploration.

  3.  Use experientials for participants to explore and embody concepts being discussed for increase learning in how to implement into practice in a variety of scenarios with their own clients.  

About the Instructor

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


$35 for 1 Continuing Education Credit. $35/ Credit. Check out our significantly reduced prices available for those who attend one or two days of the workshop.

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.