Faculty

IMG_2049Kalila Homann, MA, LPC-S, BC-DMT

Kalila is the founder and program director of the Embodied Neurobiology Training Program, which began in 2010.  Kalila teaches and supervises at the graduate and postgraduate level in dance therapy and expressive arts therapy, alongside an active clinical practice in Austin, Texas.  Her thirty years of clinical experience includes program development and implementation in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric treatment,  public schools, community resources, and private practice. 

With a specialized focus in how DMT impacts the brain,  Kalila published articles and chapters on the topic of dance/movement therapy and neurobiology, and developed courses and workshops on this subject which have been presented nationally and internationally, including courses at Drexel and Antioch Universities.

Kalila is passionate about preparing and empowering dance/movement therapy students to embark on successful, innovative, and rewarding careers.  She received the 2018 Excellence in Education Recognition Award from the ADTA Board of Directors in recognition of her specific and significant contribution to education in the field of dance/movement therapy.

Kalila  teaches 12 Credits of specialized courses in various content areas including Embodied Neurobiology, Moving through the Cycles of Life, Movement Observation and Assessment.

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Amber Elizabeth Gray, PhD, MPH, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC

Amber is a pioneer in the use of Dance Movement Therapy with survivors of trauma, particularly torture, war and human rights abuses; and in disaster and complex humanitarian emergencies. Dr. Gray is an ADTA Outstanding Achievement Award recipient; a recent nominee for The Barbara Chester Human Rights award, and featured expert on torture treatment through Tulane University’s Institute of Traumatology. She has championed embodied approaches to staff care globally, and her expertise is represented in many published articles, chapters, keynote addresses, professional collaborations and presentations around the world.

Amber  originated a resiliency-based framework and trauma-informed clinical approach (Restorative Movement Psychotherapy) for DMT – integrated with somatic, mindfulness, movement and arts-based therapies – for survivors of trauma in cross cultural, low resource contexts. Her Polyvagal-informed DMT is a product of 20+ years period of collegial and generous idea-sharing  and collaborative teaching with Dr. Porges.

Amber is the program director of Restorative Resources, which collaborates with Embodied Neurobiology to offer a 6 credit series on trauma informed approaches in dance/movement therapy.

Visit Amber’s website here.

Abijan Johnson, MA, LPC-R-DMT

Abijan is a teaching assistant with Embodied Neurobiology as she completes of the final stages of her dance/movement therapy training. She has a BA in English from Dillard University and an MA in Dance/Movement Therapy amd Counseling from Columbia College in Chicago.

A specialist in working with homelessness, Abijan is passionate about early childhood development and currently is working as a Behavioral Interventionist in an early childhood center that serves families with a history of homelessness.
 
Abijan assists with most courses in the Embodied Neurobiology sequence and is available as a supportive listening ear and networking resource for students. 

Nanine Ewing, PhD, FAGPA, BC-DMT, CGP, LMFT

Nainine is a licensed psychologist and certified group therapist, neurolinguistic programmer, and a certified dance/movement therapist. Dr. Ewing’s theoretical orientation is Jungian and Object-Relations. Her specialty is group therapy and she does in-depth therapy in areas of Relational Issues, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Dream Analysis, Psyche and Soma, Hypnosis; Death and Dying, Incest Survivors; Substance Abuse, and Body Image. She speaks regularly on her work and was the keynote speaker at the American Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama Conference.

Nanine teaches the 6 credit group process course series for Embodied Neurobiology.