Earn 2 New York State LCAT, LCSW, LMHC or LMSW Continuing Education Credits

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Course Description:

As practitioners working with “at-risk” families, how do you hold a child’s attention through video conferencing sessions? During this extended period of time when parents are asked to continue to maintain “stay-at-home” orders, what activities can they do to engage their children and support them to express the array of diverse feelings they have? Mindfulness activities are helpful, but how do you get children to slow down, breathe and focus when they have been confined indoors and are quite literally “bouncing off the walls”? 

Learning Objectives Include:
  1. Gain understanding about how young children's body actions and behaviors are nonverbal cues that can be transformed into meaningful movement and dance-based self – expressive activities during telehealth sessions/lessons.
  2. Learn how to create individualized movement and dance- based activities to reduce stress in young children and engage them with their therapist/teacher during telehealth sessions.
  3. Explore and learn how to use movement and dance activities to transform dysregulated behaviors into more regulated actions that focus a young child’s attention to obtain a mindful state of awareness that the child can use during and after telehealth sessions/lessons.
  4. Learn activities you can teach caregivers to do with their young children to support stress reduction and a more mindful state of awareness.

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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How can we provide attuned and embodied engagement with young children and their caregivers using telehealth platforms?

... Play...

Learn how to use props and embodied play therapy to help children process the complex emotions and experiences caused by living through a global pandemic.

... And Dance!

Learn how expressive dance and movement can help children to better express their internal state and tools to facilitate remote dance/ movement therapy activities.

Course Curriculum

  Welcome to the Continuing Education Program at Dancing Dialogue
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  Movement and Dance-Based Activities to Support Families Through Telehealth
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  Course Examination and Closing
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