Using Body and Movement to Work with Emotions in Clinical Practice

Earn 5.0 CEUs!  $60 for MAMFT members, $120 for non-members

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Presented By: Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb, MA-MFT, MFA  LMFT, BC-DMT, CMA, PWAssociate, SEP, WoS

Workshop Description:

Research has validated the embodied nature of our feelings and we now know that emotions are always experienced and expressed through our bodies and movement patterns. Addressing emotion on a non-verbal level can augment therapeutic healing and growth and is essential to the clinical process of integration and change. This experiential workshop will explore how the body and movement can be safely and appropriately used to access and work with the client’s emotions.  It will also provide opportunities to learn and practice simple and practical tools for working with emotions for various ages, issues and contexts.  This workshop is appropriate for all levels of physical ability.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Participants will experience and practice techniques for working with emotions using movement and embodied experiences to integrate both non-verbal and verbal processes.
  • Participants will learn how to adapt movement and body interventions to specific populations and therapeutic goals.
  • Participants will discuss the efficacy and counter indications for working with emotions in relationship to specific populations and settings.

Presenter Info:

Barbara Nordstrom-Loeb, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, board certified dance/movement therapist, Laban Movement Analyst, Somatic Experiencing and Ways of Seeing Practitioner. She is trained in Somatic/Body Therapies and uses alternative healing modalities to address psychological, somatic, and spiritual transformation.  She teaches at the University of Minnesota and directs a Dance/Movement Training program in Minneapolis. She has a private practice with individuals, families and couples specializing in attachment, trauma, Dissociative Disorders, Depression, anxiety, identity and life transition issues.  Barbara’s diversity expertise includes working with GLBTQ clients, women’s issues, and with a range of different nationalities, cultures and religious/spiritual practices.   Her international Dance/ Movement Therapy teaching experiences include courses in Vilnius, Lithuania (1997), Tallinn University, in Tallinn Estonia through a Fulbright Scholar’s Grant (2011) and with Inspirees Institute in China (2014-present) and in Seoul, South Korea. She is past chair of the American Dance/Movement Therapy Association Alternate Route Educators’ Subcommittee.   She has also published on the use of trauma and DMT-based approaches with people diagnosed with Eating Disorders, the development of DMT programming in long term care facilities, and the historic development of DMT in Estonia.

Refund Policy: 

Requests must be made in writing. Refunds will be given on requests received 10 days prior to the training event. A 20% administrative fee per person will be deducted from all cancellations. No refunds will be given if received less than 10 days prior to the event, but registrants can transfer their registration to another person.

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Saint Mary’s University
Brother Louis Hall
2207 Oakland Ave.
Minneapolis MN 55404

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