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United by Our Differences: DMT and the Dance of Inclusion in a Multicultural and Diverse World

Length: 1 hour

Webinar Description

It is virtually impossible to complete an application without divulging personal identity factors such as age, race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, etc. Western society in particular is constructed of categorization which emphasizes separateness and difference. However, the zeitgeist in the helping professions has shifted to more inclusive models of multiculturalism and diversity to strive for understanding and acceptance. This has proven to be a delicate dance for many therapists including DMTs to balance cultural competence, awareness and sensitivity when working with clients from different backgrounds and worldviews. To address this important shift the ADTA endorsed the formation of the Multicultural and Diversity Committee (MDC) in 2008 to meet the needs of a new diverse generation of DMTs. In 2009, Affinity Groups began forming in affiliation with the MDC to serve particular constituencies and to give voice to non-dominant groups within the DMT community. We will explore the four layers of diversity and nine complex cultural factors and influences as a means to work through our personal differences to create a community of inclusiveness in our DMT practice.  Original webcast date: February 4, 2015.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will gain understanding of the four layers of diversity and nine complex cultural factors and influences in relation to DMT theory and practice.
  2. Participants will be able to identify personal attitudes and behaviors toward valuing diversity.
  3. Participants will gain foundational knowledge of the current need for the Multicultural and Diversity Committee and Affinity Groups within the ADTA structure.
Presenter Biography

Angela Tatum Fairfax, PhD, LPC, BC-DMT, NCC is CEO and Chief Clinician of Good Fruit Expressive Arts Counseling and Psychotherapy LLC, a mental health and wellness practice that focuses on reducing stress and creating a holistic mental, physical and spiritual life balance through therapeutic expressive arts. She is a sought after Transformational Healer, Speaker, Author, Stress Management Coach, Educator and Corporate Consultant. Dr. Angela is passionate about the interconnection of culture and spirituality especially in relation to healing practices through dance and has taught nationally and internationally regarding multicultural aspects of sacred dance and dance/movement therapy. As a professional member of the American Dance Therapy Association, Dr. Angela serves on the Board of Directors, is a charter member and Chair of the Multicultural and Diversity Committee, President of the Pennsylvania Chapter, Vice President of the Black American and African Descendants Affinity Group and member of the Standards and Ethics Committee. She also holds membership with the American Psychological Association, the Association of Black Psychologists, the Delaware Black Chamber of Commerce and the National Liturgical Dance Network. 

Angela Tatum Fairfax


ADTA CE Hour: 1

NBCC CE Hour: 1


Course Materials

  • Course Slides PDF