Restoring Core Rhythmicity: Polyvagal-informed Movement Therapy for Trauma in New York City October 6-8, 2017

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Somatic & Mindfulness-based Approaches to Self-Care & Self-Compassion with Amber Gray: May 6, 2017

05/06/2017 9:30am-4:30pm Foundation House 4 Gardiner Street Brunswick, Victoria, Australia Working with people who have survived extremes of violence and who face all the challenges of settlement or finding permanent safety creates serious challenges for the worker. Vicarious trauma, burnout and other forms of secondary suffering are an ongoing threat to workers’ well-being and their capacity to work sustainably. In this workshop you will add substantially to your understanding of the risks involved and you will experience and learn embodied practices for self-care and self-compassion. CONTENT INCLUDES: Neurobiology of self-care & self-compassion Scientific rationale for somatic & mindfulness based practices Understanding the risks of your work Ethics of self-care Mindfulness practices Embodied self-compassion practices Breath, movement & rhythm based practices Compassion as resiliency practices GENERAL ENQUIRIES 03 9389 8965 or pdregistrations@foundationhouse.org.au TO REGISTER visit http://learn.foundationhouse.org.au VIEW FULL FLYER

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Walking Together: Introduction to Refugee Mental Health in Albuquerque April 21 & 28, 2017

Presented by Amber Gray, LPCC, MPH, MA, BC-DMT Dates, Times, and Locations April 21 & 28, 2017 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Albuquerque, NM Objectives By the end of this training, participants will be able to: 1. Participants will have an overview and framework with which to better understand the complex issues arising in clinical work with refugees and survivors of torture. 2. Participants will understand self-care as an ethical requirement of work with refugees and survivors. 3. Participants will understand the benefits and risks of empathy in psychotherapy with refugees and survivors of torture. 4. Participants will learn one compassion-based, self-care skill. Participants will be introduced to the unique community, social, and health/ mental health issues that can exist within a community of people displaced by extreme hardship, war, organized violence, and human rights abuses. 6. Participants will have increased skills to assess refugees presenting with mental health, social, …

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Easing the Pain with Amber Gray: 2 Day Workshop, May 4 & 5

DAY ONE: Introduces principles and concepts for working somatically with survivors. Drawing from the theoretical knowledge base and practitioner case material, physical and psychosocial practitioners will be provided with a foundation for how to work with the mind, body, soul connection. DAY TWO: Physical and psychosocial practitioners will extend their ability to use somatic approaches, with opportunities to develop skills collaboratively while learning from a world leader in the field. CONTENT INCLUDES: • Basic premises of somatic psychology • Overview of somatic practices • Relationship between developmental progression and pain • Physiological state shifts • Selfcompassion • Mobilisationpractices • Belonging as a clinical outcome • Introduction to Polyvagal theory • Applying somatic approaches with your clients • Case presentations and discussions DATES 4 & 5 May 2017 TIME 9.30 am – 4.30 pm COST $380 per person Morning Tea, Lunch & Afternoon Tea Included Places are strictly limited. GENERAL ENQUIRIES …

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Amber is speaking at the UCLA Expressive Arts Summit in Los Angeles, March 31, 2017

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Amber Gray and colleague Tarrie Burnett spoke on their programs for to empower Refugee Women at the UN Convention on Women, March 17, 2017

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A Brief Blog in Response to Donald Trump

Dear Trump, You are definitely not my President, because you single-handedly just broke hearts, separated families indefinitely, shattered spirits, and undermined the values that truly once made America great. Those values of inclusivity, hospitality, and humanitarianism are omitted from this action. I spent yesterday in my refugee clinic, counseling survivors of human rights abuses from Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. This is the work I have done for twenty years. The sense of relative safety that refugees arriving to the community of the United States have always felt is now shattered. The place we, as a nation, once held in the world — of sanctuary, of acceptance, of pragmatic humanitarian compassion and action, of equality and liberty for all — is eroded. I would love to know what you suggest I tell the woman I counseled yesterday; who was tortured and raped by Isis in two different countries, and who had …

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Amber in NYC for The Dance & Social Justice Conference

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The Dance & Social Justice Conference December 7, 2016 New York, NY The first part is an experiential workshop from 2-5 at Gibney Dance (890 Broadway). Amber, Shawn and one of Yasemin’s colleagues from Gibney will be sharing their movement methodologies. Here is the link to the RSVP for the experiential workshop: https://gibneydance.org/event/move-body-community-action-hub-intensive/ The second part is our panel event at NYU, Gallatin at 1 Washington Place from 7-8:30pm with refreshments in the lobby until 9pm. Here is the link to the RSVP for the panel event: http://gallatin.nyu.edu/utilities/events/2016/12/TheDanceAndSocialJusticeMovement2016.html Facebook Event Page Event page on the Free Body Project website

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Dancing with Whales: Tonga, August-September, 2016

Dancing with Whales Tonga, August-September, 2016 There is no word for problem in Tonga. I learned this from the spotter on the boat that took us out, daily, to swim with whales. Anything that arises, troubles, distresses, or hurts, has a solution. Or, with time and perspective, it will ease. After 11 days in Haa’pai, facilitating “Dancing the Wild Home”, a Continuum Movement and Whale Encounter Depths Retreat, and being with the humpback whales almost daily, I believe in this ease. So much of what causes me to stress or distress, can shift when my perception and perspective shift. This is not always easy, but—it’s possible. Whale encounters have shown me that anything is possible. How We Meet The World I awake an hour before I am usually comfortable getting up, and am drawn to the edge of sea and land, where I also see the edge of sky and …

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Body Collective // Collective Body // 10/15/2016 – 10/16/2016

Body Collective // Collective Body www.bodyiq.berlin BODY IQ is a festival that celebrates ourselves as living, pulsating bodies. Without the body there is no experience and without experience there is no ground for intelligence. BODY IQ is a festival of and by the conscious body – ensuring discovery, exchange and unexpected synergies. International experts, artists and teachers gather distinctions and commonalities of somatic approaches, then disseminate them into a wide spectrum of applications, penetrating – from arts to healing to politics – many domains of human activity. BODY IQ aspires to be a platform that generates impulses for the knowledge, wisdom and wonder of the conscious, human form. ——————————-————————–—— Pre-design your own journey through the festival or let yourself be guided by your intuition as you choose from three possible events four times a day. Although Body IQ’s program is evolving throughout the 3 days, all workshops & events are …

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