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Body as Voice: Restorative Movement Psychotherapy for Trauma Treatment

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Date(s) - 05/22/2015 - 05/25/2015
All Day

Rudolf Steiner Centre


With Amber E Gray, MPH, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC

Friday May 22, 9-5:30, Saturday May 23, 9-5:30, Sunday May 24, 9-5:30, Monday 9-5:30, for ADTA CE (30 Hours) & Alternate Route 2 credits (30hrs)

Rudolf Steiner Centre, North Vancouver, BC

Current neuropsychiatric research demonstrates that the impact of trauma on the human body reduces and disorganizes our internal, rhythmic coherence. In other words, we “lose our beat”.

This introductory “overview” workshop will balance theory with experiential learning to introduce participants to some of the core restorative components of the Center Post Trauma & Resiliency Framework (CPF) and its clinical counterpart, Restorative Movement Psychotherapy. This framework integrates Somatic Psychology, Dance Movement Therapy, Developmental Psychology, Body-Mind Centering, Continuum Movement, the Polyvagal Theory, Mindfulness-based therapies, creative arts modalities and traditional healing practices. It is strongly influenced by the powerful dance and rhythm-based healing traditions of Haiti.
CPF is built on years of clinical and program experience with survivors of human rights abuses, disasters, and other forms of trauma from many areas and cultures. It is a components-based, phasic and developmental framework that specifically addresses and honors the complexities of working across diverse cultures, and the impact that trauma, or a soul wound, has on survivors’ life experience.
Workshop participants will be able to begin accessing the body as a powerful resource in literally “moving” the frozen and fixated nature of traumatization. Participants in this workshop will learn the importance of “resourcing” as a way to facilitate recovery from severe trauma. In addition, the importance of culture and spirituality as both a resource and a paradigm to guide somatic and expressive arts interventions will be highlighted. This workshop will begin to prepare participants to integrate movement, body-based, creative arts and the strength-based CPF into their work with survivors of trauma. This is a highly experiential workshop.

Amber Elizabeth Gray, MPH, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC is both a longtime practitioner of body-centered arts and sciences and an advocate of human rights. She has worked internationally and nationally as an activist, an artist, a mental health professional, a program director and a trainer/consultant on behalf of victims of human rights abuses. As a human rights professional, Amber’s expertise is in the development of culturally congruent programs that reinforce individual and communal resilience for communities that have experienced mass social trauma such as war or natural disaster. She combines somatic psychology, dance movement therapy, ritual, creative arts, drumming, and Continuum Movement in her work. Currently, she is Director of Restorative Resources Consulting and Training ( and is The Refugee Mental Health Coordinator for New Mexico’s Department of Health.  She is an Authorized Continuum Movement Teacher and is the 2010 recipient of the ADTA Outstanding Achievement Award. Her work has taken her to Haiti, Indonesia, Kosovo, Central America, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Lebanon, Palestine, Republic of Georgia, Jordan, and many African and European countries.

3-day course Fri-Sun May 22-24, 2015: $600.00 (includes GST)
4-day course Fri-Mon May 22-25, 2015: $800.00 (includes GST)
Space limited to 20 People. Register with $200 nonrefundable deposit by May 1, 2015. Final payment due by May 15, 2015.

LOCATION: Rudolf Steiner Centre, 3743 Delbrook Plaza, North Van, BC
On bus route, nearby river/parks, restaurants walking distance. Fridge available. Lunch not provided. Tea served.

To register: please call Anna Kemble at 604 781 6040. Send deposit to Anna Kemble: #222-2556 East Hastings St., Vancouver BC V5K 1Z3 or by Etransfer to (By PAYPAL, you will pay the service fees). Please also fill in the attached Registration Form and return by email to Anna with your deposit.

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