Polyvagal-Informed Movement Therapy for Trauma

Body as Voice: Polyvagal-Informed Movement Therapy for Trauma

January 4 – 7, 2019, ATX
Body as Voice: Polyvagal-Informed Movement Therapy for Trauma Part I: 30 hours, 2 credits. Instructed by Amber Gray, MPH, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC.

February 15 – 18, 2019, ATX
Body as Voice: Polyvagal-Informed Movement Therapy for Trauma Part II: 30 hours, 2 credits. Instructed by Amber Gray, MPH, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC.

NOTE: Part I pre-requisite is required for this course. 


This intensive trauma informed course series for alternate route students provides a thorough introduction to the clinical use of Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) with survivors of complex and interpersonal trauma.

This framework integrates Somatic Psychology, Dance Movement Therapy, Developmental Psychology, Body-Mind Centering, Continuum Movement, the Polyvagal Theory, Mindfulness-based therapies, creative arts modalities and traditional healing practices such as the powerful dance and rhythm-based healing traditions of Haiti.

The course is intended to be a stand-alone course that provides DMT’s (both experienced DMT’s, and alternate route students) with the foundational skills to address the unique clinical needs of survivors of trauma.  It also serves as the first in a three part series on working with trauma. The course emphasizes dance movement therapy as a self-care practice for DMT’s working with trauma, and DMT practices to support safety, stability and reconnection, which are based on a contemporary, evidenced-based approach to working with complex trauma.

NOTE: Part I pre-requisite is required for parts II & III.

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Amber Elizabeth Gray, MPH, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC brings Dance/Movement Therapy to areas of social trauma, disasters, and complex humanitarian emergencies. She has established clinical programs for refugees and survivors of torture in Colorado and New Mexico, and a program for victims of violence in Haiti. Amber provides training and consultation nationally and internationally on somatic and creative arts psychotherapies with survivors of war, torture, and natural disasters. One of the primary focuses of her work is staff care and support programs for humanitarian workers in complex humanitarian emergencies. She has taken her work to almost forty countries. She is the Western Region MAL for the ADTA Board of Directors, and was the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award recipient.

2019 Courses

January 4 – 7, 2019, ATX
Body as Voice: Polyvagal-Informed Movement Therapy for Trauma Part I: 30 hours, 2 credits. Instructed by Amber Gray, MPH, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC.

February 15 – 18, 2019, ATX
Body as Voice: Polyvagal-Informed Movement Therapy for Trauma Part II: 30 hours, 2 credits. Instructed by Amber Gray, MPH, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC.

NOTE: Part I pre-requisite is required for this course. 

September 20 – 22, 2019, ATX
Embodied Neurobiology: Engaging Neurophysiological Intelligences through Dance/Movement Therapy: 30 hours, 2 creditsInstructed by Kalila Homann, MA, LPC-S, BC-DMT.

 

Courses are open for registration.

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Polyvagal-Informed DMT

Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray, MPH, MA, BC-DMT, LPCC, NCC is a pioneer in the use of dance/movement therapy with survivors of trauma, particularly torture, war, and human rights abuses. Amber’s expertise is represented in many published articles and chapters, keynote addresses, professional collaborations and presentations around the world. Amber has provided clinical training on the integration of refugee mental health, torture treatment, and creative arts, mindfulness, and body-based therapies with survivors and refugees to more than 30 programs worldwide since the late 1990s.

Check out Amber’s most recently published writing on Polyvagal-Informed DMT here.

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