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A Healing Pathway is a Creative Process: DMT With Child Survivors of Torture, War and Violence

Length: 1 hour

Webinar Description

The number of displaced people in the world has surged to more than 50 million, for the first time since World War II. The majority of those displaced are women and children. The inherent vulnerabilities of childhood are heightened for refugee and asylum seeking children who are at risk for both primary and secondary traumatic exposure. In this webinar we will explore the unique needs and issues facing children displaced by violence: Child refugees and children seeking asylum are at risk for primary trauma, when they have been subjected to war, violence and even torture; and as secondary survivors when family members are subjected to torture and human rights abuses. Recent SAMHSA funded initiatives have defined many evidenced based approaches for working with children; many of them are educational or cognitively and/or behaviorally focused. Dance Movement Therapy will be presented as a cross culturally adaptable treatment approach that has potential to become a best practice treatment, based on current researchers and theorists whose work will be highlighted, and who endorse more non-verbal, creative and integrated therapeutic approaches to childhood trauma.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn about the unique themes and issues informing mental health needs that face children displaced by war and human rights abuses;
  2. Participants will learn about a revised behavioral health conceptual paradigm for trauma-informed mental health approaches to working with child survivors of human rights abuses and war;
  3. Participants will learn a specific approach to using DMT in the treatment of child refugees and survivors of human rights abuse, through the sharing of a case examples.

Presenter Biography

Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray, MPH, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPCC, provides training and consultation nationally and internationally to organizations working with survivors of war, torture, and natural disasters. Currently the Director of Restorative Resources Consulting and Training and its non-profit heart, Trauma Resources International, she was Clinical Director at Rocky Mountain Survivors Center for almost six years, Director of Haiti’s first program for Victims of Organized Violence for one year, and Refugee Mental Health Coordinator in New Mexico for 7 years.  She is a Clinical Advisor with The Center for Victims of Torture. One of the primary focuses of her international work is embodied staff care and support programs for humanitarian workers in complex humanitarian emergencies.  She publishes and speaks regularly on DMT and trauma and is the 2010 recipient of the ADTA Outstanding Achievement Award.

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ADTA CE Hour: 1

NBCC CE Hour: 1


Course Materials

  • A Healing Pathway Slides PDF