Wellness Classes

2010

arrow December 9–11, 2010
25th National Training Institute Conference
Zero to Three
Phoenix, AZ
Zero To Three

25th National Training Institute (NTI)
December 9-11, 2010
Phoenix, AZ

Conference theme is

Connecting Science, Policy, and Practice

Friday, December 10, 2010 from 3:15 – 4:35 PM
Symposium
Suzi Tortora, EdD, BC–DMT, LCAT, LMHC, CMA
"Military Families and Complicated Parental Death: Supporting the Youngest Child in the Context of Traumatic Loss and Suicide"

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arrow November 12–15, 2010
Expressive Therapies Summit
Institute of the Arts in Healing
New York, NY
Expressive Therapies Summit

Institute of the Arts in Healing presents The First Annual
Expressive Therapies Summit
November 12 – 15, 2010
Times Square

Sponsored by Expressive Media, Inc.
in cooperation with the
Creative Arts Therapies Center, NYC

 

Art – Drama – Music – Poetry – Psychodrama – Dance – Sandplay

Link to PDF flyer

Saturday Workshop
November 13, 2010, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Suzi Tortora, EdD, BC–DMT, LCAT, LMHC, CMA
Karen Popkin, LCAT, HPMT, MT–BC
Dance to the Beat: A Pediatric Dance/Movement and Music Therapy Group

This creative arts therapeutic approach for children and families draws upon each participant's personal creativity and expressivity to care for their psychological, emotional and physical health. This approach creates a link between the mind, body and emotions to assist individuals in adjusting and coping with oncological diagnoses and treatment in an outpatient Child Life playroom.

Saturday Workshop
November 13, 2010, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Suzi Tortora, EdD, BC–DMT, LCAT, LMHC, CMA
Fortress and Flower: Embodied Experience and Psychotherapy

Through lecture, video and experiential activities this workshop will present the essential role the body, nonverbal expression and nonverbal analysis can play in psychotherapy with all age populations. Following a developmental perspective, participants will discover how our embodied experiences, beginning in early infancy, are the foundation for all levels of growth and development. Activities that are applicable to all the creative arts therapies will be explored.

Expressive Media, Inc.

Barry M. Cohen, ATR-BC, Executive Director of Expressive Media Inc., is pleased to announce the Expressive Therapies Summit: Time Square, which offers creative arts therapists and educators, arts professionals, and interested healthcare colleagues the opportunity to come together to learn, collaborate, and network. A variety of approaches, including multi-modal techniques, will be featured. Practical solutions to critical issues facing contemporary practitioners will also be addressed.

A distinguished faculty of more than 100 clinicians, educators, researchers, and others will offer an inspiring program of papers, panels, workshops, half-day master sessions, and full-day classes.

Expressive Media, Inc. (EMI) is a nonprofit organization cofounded in 1985 by art therapist, psychologist, and analyst, Judith A. Rubin, with her colleague Eleanor Irwin, pioneer drama therapist and psychoanalyst. Until recently, EMI's focus has been on the production and distribution of films demonstrating "best practices" in the expressive arts for education and therapy. The Institute of the Arts in Healing furthers EMI's educational mission to "extend the healing power of the arts" to people of all ages.

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arrow November 6, 2010
Coming Back to Self, Authentic Movement Workshop
Dr. Suzi Tortora
Cold Spring on the Hudson, NY

Coming Back to Self
Authentic Movement Workshop

Teacher – Dr. Suzi Tortora
Ed.D, BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHC, CMA

An inner focusing movement meditation practice involving listening to your body & allowing your body to move you

Authentic Movement is a type of mediation that occurs by closing your eyes and listening to your body – as you listen to your body with this inward focus, you will find a natural state -- through an unfolding process that can be active, taking you through the room; or deeply internal, where you may not be moving in any perceivable way to your outside observer. This observer is called the witness. The experience occurs in pairs. One person moves while another person witnesses, from a place of respect and attunement. The witness stays attuned to his/ her inner experiences & reactions to your movements. It is an active place of observing. After your movement experience you both have the opportunity to process and share your experiences, through art work, writing and talking. Verbal sharing is done in a very particular way, respecting that you always have the options to not share your experience. The witness never assumes s/he knows what your experience is for you, but rather explains the images and sensations that have come up for her or him. As you listen, you attend to your reactions, to see if any of these images resonate with your experience. Then you switch, with your witness moving and you witnessing.

Experienced in a group setting, the witnesses sit in a circle around a clear open space in which the movers move. Several movers are moving simultaneously, with their respective witnesses attending to them personally. All moving together with eyes closed or inwardly focused, can be quite a profound process. Unknowingly movers will often pick up on each others actions, moving in synchrony and harmony. Often, as you stay attuned to yourself, sub-conscious and unconscious material will rise to your consciousness through your felt-sense. It is a very respectful and insightful process that involves deeply listening & allowing you to be "seen" by another.

This Coming Back to Self workshop series invites both experienced and new explorers of movement meditation to dialogue with their "sensational voice" as it unfolds their life story. Processing elements include breath awareness, journaling, music, poetry and art media.

Date: October 16 & November 6, 2010
Time: 10:30 – 2:00 PM
Fee: $40 for 1 session; $70 for both sessions
Location: Cold Spring on the Hudson, NY

Call or e-mail: questions – register – directions

arrow October 16, 2010
Coming Back to Self, Authentic Movement Workshop
Dr. Suzi Tortora
Cold Spring on the Hudson, NY

Coming Back to Self
Authentic Movement Workshop

Teacher – Dr. Suzi Tortora
Ed.D, BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHC, CMA

An inner focusing movement meditation practice involving listening to your body & allowing your body to move you

Authentic Movement is a type of mediation that occurs by closing your eyes and listening to your body - as you listen to your body with this inward focus, you will find a natural state -- through an unfolding process that can be active, taking you through the room; or deeply internal, where you may not be moving in any perceivable way to your outside observer. This observer is called the witness. The experience occurs in pairs. One person moves while another person witnesses, from a place of respect and attunement. The witness stays attuned to his/ her inner experiences & reactions to your movements. It is an active place of observing. After your movement experience you both have the opportunity to process and share your experiences, through art work, writing and talking. Verbal sharing is done in a very particular way, respecting that you always have the options to not share your experience. The witness never assumes s/he knows what your experience is for you, but rather explains the images and sensations that have come up for her or him. As you listen, you attend to your reactions, to see if any of these images resonate with your experience. Then you switch, with your witness moving and you witnessing.

Experienced in a group setting, the witnesses sit in a circle around a clear open space in which the movers move. Several movers are moving simultaneously, with their respective witnesses attending to them personally. All moving together with eyes closed or inwardly focused, can be quite a profound process. Unknowingly movers will often pick up on each others actions, moving in synchrony and harmony. Often, as you stay attuned to yourself, sub-conscious and unconscious material will rise to your consciousness through your felt-sense. It is a very respectful and insightful process that involves deeply listening & allowing you to be "seen" by another.

This Coming Back to Self workshop series invites both experienced and new explorers of movement meditation to dialogue with their "sensational voice" as it unfolds their life story. Processing elements include breath awareness, journaling, music, poetry and art media.

Date: October 16 & November 6, 2010
Time: 10:30 – 2:00 PM
Fee: $40 for 1 session; $70 for both sessions
Location: Cold Spring on the Hudson, NY

Call or e-mail: questions – register – directions

arrow September 23–26, 2010
45th Annual Conference
American Dance Therapy Association
Brooklyn, NY

American Dance Therapy Association 45th Annual Conference

American Dance Therapy Association
45th Annual Conference
Friday, September 24
Brooklyn, New York

Seminar
Suzi Tortora
The Essential Role of the body in the
Parent-Child Relationship:
Nonverbal Analysis of Attachment

A comprehensive review of research discussing the infant's experiences that occur outside of verbal conscious awareness, described by Stern as "implicit knowledge" will be presented. Discussed from a developmental and attachment perspective, the important role qualitative aspects of nonverbal expression and exchange with be highlighted using a parent-infant attachment relationship analysis system.

Marian Chace Foundation Lecture
Saturday, September 25
Suzi Tortora
The need to be seen – From Winnicott to the Mirror Neuron System
DMT Comes of Age

Seminar
Saturday, September 25
Nancy Beardall, Catherine McCoubrey, Carol-Lynne Moore, and Suzi Tortora
An Interactive/Experiential Panel: Exploring "Movement Thinking,"
Labananalysis and DMT

Continuing in the tradition of presenting a yearly Labananalysis panel, this year's panelists will present material and experiential exercises applying movement thinking and problem solving approaches to training DMT students, clinical practice and research.

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arrow July 24–26, 2010
Moving From Within
Second International Congress on Movement Analysis in
Education Therapy and Science
Freising, Germany
Moving From Within

Moving From Within
July 24 – 26, 2010
Freising, Germany

A Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Suzi Tortora
Trauma, Stress and Postpartum Depression

Dear Prospective Participants!

After our very successful first congress in 2007, due to the interesting contributions, the beautiful location, and fruitful international exchange, I am very pleased to announce the second international conference on movement analysis, Moving from Within. The second congress, as the previous one, is aimed at interested people from the fields of dance, therapy, education, and science. This time the focus of the congress will be on movement analysis of interactions.

What can we learn from movement during interactions between caregivers and children, couples, or families? What needs to happen on a body level in order to shape or maintain attachment?

In order to gain insight on new aspects on the work of movement analysis, different instruments will be introduced.

We are not only inviting you to interesting workshops and lectures but also to an exchange with colleagues from around the world. On Sunday we invite you to a dance per-formance with a buffet and dancing afterwards.

Other keynote speakers:

Dianne Dulicai:  Nonverbal Assessments of Family Systems and Groups

Susan Loman:  Interaction with Children with Aggression

Dr. Fabian Ramseyer: Synchronisation of Nonverbal Interaction in Psychotherapy

arrow July 1 & 3, 2010
Infancy in times of transition
12th World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH)
Leipzig, Germany

Infancy in times of transition
July 1 & 3, 2010
Leipzig, Germany

Suzi Tortora poster session: Thursday, July 1, 2010:
Trauma Stress and Postpartum Depression: Video-analysis of a parent-infant attachment relationship

Suzi Tortora Workshop: Saturday, July 3, 2010:
The Essential Role of the Body: How movement and nonverbal experience inform implicit knowing and intersubjectivity in early childhood development

arrow March 4–6, 2010
Educating the Creative Mind
Kean University
Union, NJ
Educating the Creative Mind

Educating The Creative Mind
An International Conference on
Arts-Based Education
March 4 – 6, 2010
Kean University, Union, NJ

Educating the Creative Mind Conference is the inauguration of a new educational project that aims to heighten public awareness of the significance of the arts in children’s learning and development. Throughout this three-day conference, we seek to generate conversations about ways to strengthen arts–based education for young children by inviting educators to share theories, research and best practices with each other and with the community of stakeholders – policy makers, teachers, parents, social workers – all those who influence children’s lives. We hope to establish a network of all these individuals who will join forces in finding innovative ways to bring a wellrounded education to children.

Children's Creative Arts Day: Engaging the Creative Mind

On the morning of Saturday, March 6, 2010, Drs. Lori Custodero, Olga Hubard, and Suzi Tortora, the three leading experts in early childhood arts education from Teachers College, Columbia University, will present creative arts workshops for young children (from 12 months to 6 years of age) and their parents. Following the observations of children's creative arts at work in an educational setting, conference participants will engage in an indepth reflections and discussion led by Dr. Liora Bresler, Professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign. This event will be the concluding highlight of the conference.

Full Details and Registration Information PDF

arrow February 27–28, 2010
1st International Conference
Pediatric Psychological Trauma
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
Pediatric Psychological Trauma

1st International Conference
Pediatric Psychological Trauma
in Infants and Young Children from Illness,
Injury and Medical Intervention

Exploring research and practice in the identification and treatment of trauma resulting from terrifying and disruptive medical experiences

February 27 - 28, 2010
Davidson Conference Center
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Suzi Tortora, EdD, ADTR, CMA, LCAT, LMHC,
Private Practice, New York, Dance Therapist, New York

How Young Children Communicate Distress Nonverbally:
A Developmental Perspective

Day One – Saturday
Recognizing and Understanding the Significance
of Early Childhood Experiences

Day Two – Sunday
Learning from Models and Outcomes of Intervention

Full Details and Registration Information PDF

Please note: This event is a webcast conference at Hunter College. The discount price is $75.00 for both days. If you can’t make both days the price is still the same. The time for both days are 11:00 am – 8:00 pm. This is a non-refundable event, if you miss a day you will not get a refund. This is a time sensitive payment so if you are going please mail your check as soon as possible, so I can place you on the list.

You can mail a check or money order as soon as possible to:

Jewish Board of Family & Children Services Inc.
120 West 57th Street, 11th floor
New York, New York 10019
Attn: Eula M. Guest

Please make check payable to: JBFCS-IICF
Please put in memo of the check: 1st International Conference webcast

Thank you for your interest in the 1st International Conference webcast on
Pediatric Psychological Trauma in Infant.

arrow February 21, 2010
Creative Arts Therapy Day
Fordham University
West Harrison, NY

Creative Arts Therapy Day
February 21, 2010
Fordham University
West Harrison, NY

Psychodrama and Art Therapy Workshop

This unique, half-day creative seminar in group therapy will introduce participants to Psychodrama and Art Therapy as intervention techniques through experiential and didactic methods. There will be an opportunity to participate in a classic Psychodrama.

Participants will learn skills such as:

  • Doubling and Role Reversal
  • Warm-up through Sociometric choice
  • How to process and Art Therapy exercise
  • Different theoretical approaches

Psychodrama – Gay French-Ottaviani, LCSW, CP, is a certified psychodramatist, group therapist and licensed clinical social worker. She is the Supervisor of Counseling Services at Hope's Door. She has a private practice in Pound Ridge, New York. For more information visit: www.psychodramagroup.com

Art Therapy – Ker (Ulker) Berdinurat Beckley M.S, L.C.A.T., is a Mari and Reiki Practitioner and the Director of Clinical Art Therapy Services at Four Winds Hospital.

Regular fee: $50
Alumni/Field Instructor fee: $45
Student fee: $40

Registration Form PDF

arrow January 30–31, 2010
Dance Therapy Program
Harkness Dance Center
New York, NY
92 Y, Harkness Dance Center

Dance Therapy Program
at the 92nd Street Y

Suzi Tortora, Ed.D, BC-DMT, CMA, LCAT, LMHC
Dance Movement Psychotherapy with Infants and Young Children

Sensitize yourself to the ways young children communicate, learn and express themselves through their movement and senses. Gain hands-on experience information that is useful for all professionals and parents of young children, with or without special needs. Learn about Dr. Suzi Tortora’s Ways of Seeing dance movement psychotherapy program through exploring nonverbal cues expressed by infants and young children and experiencing movement activities that support early attachment relationships and social, emotional, and cognitive development. For parents, caregivers, and professionals, these activities can be used with families or in groups and in dyadic and individual therapeutic, hospital, preventative and childcare settings.

Cost: $75 plus reg. fee
Where: 92nd Street Y – 1395 Lexington Ave, NY, NY 10128 – Buttenwieser Hall, 2nd Floor
or call 212 415-5500

arrow January 24, 2010
Creative Arts Therapy Day
Fordham University
West Harrison, NY

Creative Arts Therapy Day
January 24, 2010
Fordham University
West Harrison, NY

Dance, Music and Poetry Therapy Workshop

This unique, half-day creative seminar in group therapy will introduce participants to music, dance, and poetry as therapeutic techniques, Participants from the first CAT workshop will deepen their skills and learn new techniques.

Dance Therapy

Suzi Tortora, Ed D, ADTR, CMA, LCAT, LMHC, KMP, is a certified dance therapist, specializing in pediatrics. She is a private practitioner, author and senior dance therapist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Poetry and Journal Therapy – Nancy Scherlong, LCSW, PTR, MS is a registered poetry therapist, a clinical social worker, an EMDR practitioner, a certified hypnotist, an AMRC disaster mental health clinician and an internal family systems practitioner.

Music Therapy – Karen Popkin, LCAT, HPMT, MT-BC, provides music therapy services at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Regular fee: $50
Alumni/Field Instructor fee: $45
Student fee: $40

Registration Form PDF