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Broken Body, Broken World: DMT and the Restorative Process for Refugees and Survivors

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. In this webinar we will explore the unique needs and issues facing those displaced by violence: refugees and survivors of torture (many of whom are seeking asylum) arriving to the United States, and those still living overseas in refugee and IDP camps. Dance Movement Therapy will be presented as a cross culturally adaptable treatment approach that facilitates a restorative process for those who have lost everything in their flight from persecution. This webinar will touch on the potential for DMT to become a best practice treatment, based on current research on trauma and the body, and the increasing demand for global mental health. Examples of actual DMT work with this community will be shared, and the information will be adaptable and relevant to those working with survivors of other forms of interpersonal, violent and relational trauma, especially across cultures. Original webcast date: January 28, 2015.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn about the unique themes and issues informing the mental health needs that face people displaced by war and human rights abuses.
  2. Participants will learn about a body and DMT-based conceptual paradigm for mental health treatment with survivors of human rights abuses.
  3. Participants will learn a specific approach to using DMT in the treatment of adult refugees and survivors of human rights abuse. 

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.

Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray


ADTA CE Hour: 1

NBCC CE Hour: 1


Course Materials

  • Broken Body Slides PDF