Wellness Classes

2016

arrow February 27–28, 2016
Dance/Movement Psychotherapy with Infants and Children
92 Street Y
New York, NY

Dance/Movement Psychotherapy with Infants and Children
February 27–28, 2016
9:30am - 5:30pm, 2 Sessions

Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY

Sensitize yourself to the ways young children learn and express themselves through their movement and senses.

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arrow January 9 – 10, 2016
2nd Columbia Psychosomatics Conference - Healing Unexplainable Pain
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY

Healing Unexplainable Pain: Translating developmental neuroscience into multimodal treatments for chronic pain
Saturday & Sundaym January 9 & 10, 2016
New York State Psychiatric Institute
at Columbia University Medical Center
Hellman Auditorium, 1st floor
1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032

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In January 2015, we gathered an international group of developmental neuroscientists and clinical researchers in a symposium that bridged the communication gap between new neurobiological insights on psychosomatic distress and novel treatment approaches for these difficult to treat conditions. Responding to the great interest generated by that meeting, we are glad to present the 2nd Columbia Psychosomatics Conference.

This year, we bring a new two-day program that will focus on the recent insights into treatment of patients with chronic pain who are often misdiagnosed and suffer for years without effective alleviation of pain, which significantly impairs their lives. Somatoform pain, fibromyalgia, "idiopathic" or "medically unexplained" pain are some of the many terms that describe chronic pain - a disorder, recent research suggests, which stems from malfunctioning of the central nervous system.

Developmental neuroscience research point to a crucial role of early interpersonal experience in the development of the brain and its capacities to regulate emotions, pain, immune, and all other body systems, leading to a long-term impact on health and disease throughout a person's life. Early emotional distress and a non-optimal interpersonal environment may have detrimental neuroimmune effects on life-long development. These effects can, however, be reversed to a large extent by engaging neuroplasticity - a change elicited by new experience and aided by pharmacologic treatments. While most current treatments are focused on modulating the interaction between emotions and somatic experiences through verbal interventions (e.g., talk psychotherapy), early learning, emotional experience, interpersonal communication, and interaction of with the external and inner world of a person are multimodal. That is, preverbal multisensory, cognitive, and emotional functions play an important role in our functioning and distress regulation. Cutting-edge psychosomatic treatment programs around the world engage all these systems in multimodal treatment programs that include talk-, music-, art-, body-, dance/movement-, physical-, individual and group psychotherapies combined with pharmacotherapy.

International group of leading psychosomatic researchers and clinicians will present the science and the clinical approaches to multimodal emotion-, body-, and development- focused treatments for central chronic pain. We invite a multidisciplinary community of psychosomatic clinicians and researchers, psychiatrists, psychologists, neurologists, nurses, primary care-, pain-, internal medicine, and family physicians, social workers, art-, music-, dance/movement-, and body-psychotherapists, physical therapists, as well as clinical and basic researchers to take part in exchange on the cutting-edge psychosomatic treatments and research on centrally-modulated chronic pain, and to engage in discussions with each other and our presenters.

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2015

arrow October 22–25, 2015
ADTA 50th Annual Conference – Reflecting – Reaching – Moving Forward
The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA)
Hyatt Regency La Jolla San Diego, California

ADTA pre-conference intensive with Nancy Beardall, Amber Elizabeth Gray
and Suzi Tortora
October 21, 2015
Hyatt Regency La Jolla San Diego, California

DMT, Mindfulness and Trauma: Creating Pathways for Healing and Compassion Across Cultures

Dance Movement Therapy as a therapeutic approach may provide the most direct access to mindful processing for clients who have experienced trauma. When we engage in movement, we access the neurological underpinnings of all our thoughts, feelings, behavior, and actions. Current research and emergent theories around interpersonal neurobiology, neuroplasticity, and social engagement all promote interventions for working with survivors of trauma that are inclusive of mindfulness practice and physical movement. Participants in this full day intensive will experientially explore being present and processing DMT as a comprehensive mindful and movement based therapy for working with trauma in a variety of contexts and with people of varied ages, experiences and cultures.

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ADTA Friday Seminar
October 23, 2015, 10:15AM–12:15PM
Hyatt Regency La Jolla San Diego, California

Mother-Son Transgenerational Transmission of Eating Issues Using A Co-Treatment Method with Suzi Tortora and Jennifer Whitley

Celebrating our 15th year, this forum creates a DMT network, sharing ideas about working with children and their families. This year the focus includes the transgenerational transmission of complex family dynamics; eating issues related to individual regulation and co-regulation in the parent-infant relationship; and the use of a DMT program to support the family. The treatment design includes the DMTs working separately with the parent and child; and a specific sequence of multi-arts activities using drawing, dance-play and storytelling, to integrate the experiences on a mind-body-emotional continuum. Participants will explore these themes and methodologies through discussion and experiential activities.

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arrow October 18, 2015
The Power of Play: How to Keep Engagement and Creativity at the Forefront of
Development for Children with Autism and Other Special Needs
Profectum Foundation
New York, NY

The Power of Play: How to Keep Engagement and Creativity at the Forefront of Development for Children with Autism and Other
Special Needs
October 18, 2015
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
524 West 59th Street New York, NY

Suzi Tortora will be one of the keynote speakers

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arrow August 28 – September 1, 2015
The Korean Society of Dance/Movement Psychotherapy
Director: Nayung Kim
Seoul, Korea

The Korean Society of Dance/Movement Psychotherapy
August 28 – September 1, 2015
Seoul, Korea

August 28–30

three days of workshops highlighting "Families in Motion: The Dancing Dialogue– Using the Power of Movement to Support Communication and Attachment with Infants, Young Children and Families using Ways of Seeing™," and

August 31–September 1

"Ways of Seeing™: Dance Movement Therapy with Infants, Children & Families" two-day advanced training for professional DMTs

arrow July 10–12, 2015
National Conference: Broadening the Spectrum:
Dance and other expressive arts therapies for health and healing
Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia (DTAA)
The Historic Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford, Victoria

DTAA Conference Program
Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11:15AM
The Historic Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford, Victoria

Teaching through Technology: Utilising video conferencing to bring DMT Knowledge to NZ

Anaia Treefoot

Dancing Together From Home: Connecting Through Cyberspace Using The Ways of Seeing™ International Webinar

Suzi Tortora, Chia-Chun Hu, Elizabeth Ng and Jung-Hsu Wan

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arrow April 17, 2015
New York Zero-to-Three Network 19th Annual Spring Conference
Stress, Risk & Resilience: The Interplay of Parenting, Child Development and Social Context
The Conference Center, NYC

New York Zero-to-Three Network 19th Annual Spring Conference
Friday, April 17, 2015, 8AM-4PM
The Conference Center, NYC

Stress, Risk & Resilience: The Interplay of Parenting, Child Development
and Social Context

Breakout sessions include:

Suzi Tortora / Jessica Anenberg / Jennifer Whitley

Shall We Dance? Collaboration Across Disciplines Including Integrative Medicine And Child Life To Support Medically ill Babies And Their Families In A Cancer Hospital

This presentation will discuss an innovative collaboration across disciplines including Dance/Movement Therapy and Child Life at a major NYC cancer hospital to provide integrative services that support long-term in-patient medically ill infants and their families. How key principles of infant mental health are used to support each infant’s social and emotional development to address complex family issues that challenge the baby’s medical treatment -- including socio-economic stressors and the lack of consistent caregivers at bedside -- will be discussed. This collaborative model will highlight the use of the creative arts therapies, including music and dance as an instrumental tool for coping and healing for both the baby and their parents.

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arrow March 26 – 28, 2015
18th Herbstakademie: "The Circularity of Mind and Body"
Heidelberg University
Germany

18th Herbstakademie: "The Circularity of Mind and Body""
March 26 – 28, 2015
Heidelberg University
Germany
Conference will be held in both the
NEUE UNIVERSITÄT / NEW UNIVERSITY, Universitätsplatz 69117 Heidelberg
and
ALTE UNIVERSITÄT / OLD UNIVERSITY, Grabengasse 1 69117 Heidelberg

18th Herbstakademie: "The Circularity of Mind and Body"

The Circularity of Mind and Body is part of the series of Herbstakademie meetings dedicated to the topic of complex systems in psychology, neuroscience and related disciplines; 2015 will be the 25th anniversary of the series. Please submit (until December 1st) and/or register using this website

The meeting will take place at Heidelberg University, Germany, on March 26 - 28, 2015. We will address questions related to embodiment and dynamical systems theory: Which role does the body play in feeling and thinking? Which new perspectives arise for the philosophy of mind and the cognitive sciences? How can clinicians and psychotherapists incorporate principles of embodiment into their work? How does embodiment influence social and communicative processes?

Confirmed Keynotes by:

Steven Boker, psychology, University of Virginia, USA
Ezequiel di Paolo, theoretical biology and enactivism, Basque Science Foundation, San Sebastian, Spain
Marianne Eberhard-Kaechele, dance therapy, German Sport University, Cologne, Germany
Karl Friston, theoretical neuroscience, Wellcome Trust/University College, London, UK
Hermann Haken, theoretical physics and synergetics, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Scott Kelso, biology and complex systems, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, USA
Mark Solms, neuro-psychoanalysis, Groote Schuur Hospital, Capetown, South Africa

You may attend one of the two pre-conference workshops on March 25:
Miriam Kyselo ""Enacting the self – a bodily exploration of self with others"
Thomas Heidenreich "Embodiment in mindfulness-based interventions"

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arrow March 11 – 26, 2015
Beijing Apollo Educational Consultant LLP
Director: Smile Li
Beijing, China

Beijing Apollo Educational Consultant LLP
March 11   26, 2015
Director: Smile Li
Beijing, China

March 11 – 12 : Week day Therapeutic Group (Beijing)-Fully booked

March 14 – 15: Weekend Therapeutic Group (Shanghai)

March 16 – 17: Therapeutic Group (Shen Zhen)

March 19 – 20: Week day Therapeutic Group (Beijing)-Fully booked

March 21 – 22, 2015 Weekend experiential Workshop (Beijing)-Fully booked

March 23 – 26, 2015 Ways of Seeing 1 Workshop (Beijing)

arrow February 21, 2015
Advancing the Mind-Body Connection:
Seeking Embodiment in the Psychotherapeutic Process
Training Institute for Mental Health
New York, NY
Training Institute for Mental Health, Winter 2015 Continuing Education Series

Advancing the Mind-Body Connection: Seeking Embodiment in the Psychotherapeutic Process
February 21, 2015
115 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001-6217

Winter 2015
Continuing Education Series
February 21, 28 & March 7, 2015
1:15PM – 4:30PM
115 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001-6217

The Body Speaks: Nonverbal Cues to Attachment Syles in Adult Treatment

Dr. Suzi Tortora, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHC is nonverbal analyst consultant for the Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001: A Primary Prevention Project, Dept. of Psychiatry, Columbia Univ. under Dr. Beatrice Beebe. She has a dance/movement psychotherapy practice in NYC and Cold Spring, NY. She manages Integrative Medicine Services Dréas Dream dance/movement therapy program for pediatrics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She is internationally known for her trainings, and publications including The Dancing Dialogue: Using the Communicative Power of Movement with Young Children. She has been featured on “Good Morning America”, “Eyewitness News” ABC–TV and in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, What the Dog Saw.

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arrow January 24 – 25, 2015
Dance/Movement Psychotherapy with Infants and Children
92 Street Y
New York, NY
92nd Street Y

Dance/Movement Psychotherapy with Infants and Children
January 24 – 25, 2015
9:30am - 5:30PM, 2 Sessions
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
New York, NY

Sensitize yourself to the ways young children learn and express themselves through their movement and senses.

For More information