Event Details

Time: 8:00 - 9:30am New York / 1:00 - 2:30pm UK / 8:00 - 9:30pm Perth AU

In this global webinar and book launch, presenters from 5 different countries, Israel, Germany, Australia, Canada, and USA, will share about their work as dance/movement therapists with clients who have experienced trauma, as highlighted in the recent book "Dance/Movement Therapy for Survivors of Trauma: Theoretical, Clinical, and Cultural Perspectives." The authors will address the interrelated global and fractured systems that engulf their clients and draw attention to how these systems affect and exacerbate traumatic experiences. They will present dance/movement therapy as a discipline that may foster restoration, wholeness, and healing in survivors of trauma and give personal accounts of their work with various populations. Lastly, presenters will reflect on their own processes of writing about psychological trauma during the global, traumatic COVID-19 pandemic.

The authors will represent three separate sections of the book: foundational concepts in dance/movement therapy and psychological trauma; clinical applications with various populations, and widening the scope of dance/movement therapy. More specifically, the webinar will begin with a presentation of the neurobiology of trauma emphasizing the effects of the global pandemic on the nervous system. Clinical examples will include dance/movement therapy in the criminal justice system in Australia and dance/movement therapy with refugees in Germany during the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, multigenerational trauma will be addressed through the example of Holocaust Descendants. The webinar will end with a recap of the responsibility of dance/movement therapists to be advocates for the healing power of movement and connection.

Learning Outcomes

  • Attendees will identify ways by which interrelated global systems may impact traumatic experiences 
  • Attendees will gain an understanding of the mechanisms that may foster personal wholeness, healing, and resourcing
  • Attendees will reflect about their own healing practices as they engage with the presented material



Anne Margrethe Melsom

MA, BC-DMT, LPC is a Dance/Movement Therapy educator with long teaching experience at Drexel University's Creative Arts Therapies Master's Program and is past Chair of the American Dance Therapy Association's Committee on Approval. She is a dancer/dance-pedagogue from Norway, and Director of a Creative Arts Therapy Department in Philadelphia.

Rebekka Dieterich-Hartwell

PhD, BC-DMT, LPC is a dance/movement therapist and researcher interested in the neurobiological effects of trauma. She currently serves as Member at Large (Eastern Region) in the American Dance Therapy Association.