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Mindfulness in Dance/Movement Therapy: A Tool for Awareness and Change

Length: 1 hour

Webinar Description

Emphasizing the connections between mind and body, dance/movement therapy inherently makes use of mindfulness practices.  In this webinar, we will delve into ways to consciously and actively use mindfulness as a therapeutic tool.  We will look at how present-moment awareness helps to regulate the nervous system so that clients can work in an optimal zone of affective arousal.  Participants will be introduced to differences in applying generalized mindfulness, such as overall awareness of thoughts, emotions and body experience, and more directed mindfulness, such as bringing focused attention to one aspect of experience to the exclusion of others.  We will explore the importance of bringing mindfulness into movement so that embodied experience and expression can effectively serve growth and change.  Original webcast date: December 9, 2014.

Learning Objectives

  1. Increase awareness of ways to incorporate mindfulness into therapeutic practice.
  2. Understand ways in which mindfulness can be used to regulate nervous system arousal.
  3. Identify unique considerations when using mindfulness in dance/movement therapy.

Presenter Biography

Annabelle F. Coote, MA, LMHC, BC-DMT is a board certified dance/movement therapist and licensed mental health counselor with 20 years experience as a creative clinician, educator, consultant and supervisor. She is passionate about the connections between the brain and the body and helping both clients and therapists harness the power of the creative process and the arts to deepen, enrich and transform life experiences. Her experience includes work with adults, adolescents and children in a wide variety of settings.  Sheoffers creative, body-centered therapy and supervision/consultation in her private practice, Movement Matters (www.movement-matters.com). She regularly presents at regional and national conferences and currently services on the Standards and Ethics Committee of the American Dance Therapy Association.

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ADTA CE Hour: 1

NBCC CE Hour: 1


Course Materials

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