Body as Voice:
Polyvagal-Informed Movement Therapy for Trauma
Instructor: Amber E. Gray, MPH, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC
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.