Embodied Neurobiology; Engaging Neurophysiological Intelligences through Dance/Movement Therapy

IMG_0601“The neurocognitive system…..exists only enmeshed in the world in which we move and live with others through our bodily existence” -Thomas Fuchs, from Embodied Cognitive Neuroscience and its implications for Psychiatry.

This signature program course is designed to explore emerging concepts in affective neuroscience research related to embodied clinical practice. The course explores the neurologically interrelated functioning of sensation, perception, memory, and emotion. Clinically relevant inquiry regarding neuroplasticity, attachment, and the developing mind orient each session.

How do we engage and impact another’s brain functioning? How are states of mind co-created? How does attachment impact brain functioning? How does this inform clinical interventions, such as pacing and initiation, nonverbal dynamics in the session, tracking of implicit and explicit content?

This dynamic course engages visual learning, theoretical research, interactive experiential methods, and discussion. A comprehensive online component with four interactive learning modules is followed by a dynamic experiential weekend. Specific topics include polyvagal theory, somatic markers, implicit/explicit processing, and right/left brain integration, and the role of relational and social environments in brain functioning. Participants learn about the potential of experiential approaches therapy to impact the brain through strategic clinical interventions designed to stimulate and support optimal brain functioning.

A final integrative project consolidates the learning for each participant.

ADTA 2019