Restoring Core Rhythmicity: The Art of Play and Social Engagement for Trauma Dance Movement Therapy Playshops

Restoring Core Rhythmicity: The Art of Play and Social Engagement for Trauma

Dance Movement Therapy Playshops  

With International presenter – Amber Gray

December 4th, 5th and 6th, 2015, 9.45am registration for 10am-5pm.

At Abbotsford Convent, Dorm 1, Rosina building, 1 St Helier Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne

The playshops will simultaneously build on the Body as Voice: Restorative Movement Psychotherapy Trauma training the DTAA offered in 2013/2014, and new clinical insights and experiences to promote playful social engagement for work with adult and child survivors of trauma.

Exposure to traumatic events literally and metaphorically “freezes” our bodies, minds and spirits in a “lock-down” of past memories. Current neuro-psychiatric research has shown that when someone is traumatized, a majority of traumatic memory is implicit— or sensory-motoric and image-based. Many of the researchers endorse the use of non-verbal therapies for survivors to fully integrate the past with the present and restore well-being and balance.

This training will support clinicians, dance movement therapists, art therapists, and somatic therapists to work with survivors of trauma (in particular, relational trauma, complex trauma, and trauma secondary to violence) using a variety of very practical, body, movement, and dance-based approaches. It will benefit all mental health professionals who work with survivors of trauma and wish to integrate body-based and creative arts approaches into their work in individual and group contexts.

The pathways include neurobiological research such as Stephen Porge’s Polyvagal Theory, Dance/Movement Therapy, Somatic Psychology, Continuum Movement, and Embodied Developmental Psychology. This workshop will integrate a framework for working with play and rhythmicity co-collaborated by the facilitator with Dr. Porges.

Amber Gray is a licensed mental health professional specialized in working with survivors of trauma. She is an award winning dance movement therapist, who is trained in Somatic Psychology, Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Historic Trauma, and Authentic Movement. She is also an Authorized Continuum Movement teacher and an advocate of human rights.

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