Earn 1 New York State LCAT, LCSW, LMHC or LMSW Continuing Education Credit

From the Comfort of Your Own Home on Your Own Schedule!

Course Description:

Approximately 1 in 4 American adults have chronic pain. Research shows the development of chronic pain is associated with “insecure” adult attachment styles, rooted in infancy/early childhood experiences with primary caregivers. These early experiences – initially registered on a somatic, kinesthetic and sensorial level – shape how we make sense of the world, express our emotions and respond to threats throughout our lifetime.  Using case study interventions, nonverbal ways to explore the relationship between chronic pain and early relationship patterns through moment-to-moment movement explorations that metaphorically reveal old and new ways to engage with self and others will be explored.  

Course Objectives

  1. Describe 3 ways that early childhood experiences influence the development of self in general and in your own life. 
  2. Explain how your body-mind- emotions create a continuum that can be explored through supporting discovery and healing using 3 creative arts methods.
  3. Learn how to gain deep somatic insight into clients when moving with them and witnessing their affective and physical attunement during partnered movement explorations

Through this online course, join Dr. Suzi Tortora...

Join Dr. Tortora in the Classroom...
...in the classroom

...to learn, to explore...

...and to dance!

Course Curriculum

  Welcome to the Continuing Education Program at Dancing Dialogue!
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  Chronic Pain and Early Attachment
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  Treating Chronic Pain Using the Ways of Seeing Method
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  Course Examination and Closing
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Suzi Tortora

Hi, I’m Suzi!

Suzi Tortora, Ed.D. BC-DMT LCAT LMHC CMA is a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LCAT) and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT) with her doctorate from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. She serves as consultant to the “Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001: A Primary Prevention Project” in the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University under Dr. Beatrice Beebe. She has a full-time private practice in Cold Spring, NY and NYC for over 30 years, specializing in parent- infant/child and family therapy; trauma; pediatric medical illness; and adult chronic pain. Dr Tortora is a pioneer in the field of dance/movement therapy bridging the fields of infant mental health, dance/movement therapy and nonverbal movement analysis. Dr. Tortora is the International Medical Creative Arts Spokesperson for the Andréa Rizzo Foundation, having created and continuing to be the senior dance/movement therapist at Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NYC, dance/movement therapy program for pediatric patients, since its inception in 2003. She received the 2010 Marian Chace Distinguished Dance Therapist award from the American Dance Therapy Association. She teaches in Europe, South America, New Zealand, the Middle East and Asia and holds faculty positions in the USA, The Netherlands, Chech Republic, Argentina and China. She also offers international webinar-based Ways of Seeing training programs for dance/movement therapists and allied professionals. She has published numerous papers about her work and her book, The Dancing Dialogue: Using the communicative power of movement with young children is used extensively in dance/movement therapy training programs around the world. 

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