Authentic Movement Therapy (AM) Summit is part of World Arts & Embodiment Forum 2023 brought to you by Inspirees and its partners. The theme of WAEF 2023 is Stabilization, Innovation & Breakthrough – Cultivating Resilience through the Embodied Arts.
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Authentic Movement (AM) Summit contains 23 sessions with 35 speakers involved, including 3 key conversations (120min),12 Presentations (30min) and 8 Workshops (90min) in online format.
Authentic Movement (AM) grew out of Mary Starks Whitehouse's teaching of an approach to inner-directed movement, which she called Movement-in-depth. She was an American dance therapist informed by her studies in Jungian psychology, particularly active imagination. Authentic Movement is an experiential practice sometimes used within Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP), involving a mover who is following inner impulse in the presence of an outer witness. Joan Chodorow (Jungian Analyst) and Janet Adler were both Mary's students. Joan took the Jungian stream further and Janet developed the mystical element, which she calls the Discipline of Authentic Movement (Adler, 2002).
AM may be particularly beneficial for those who have difficulty processing their issues verbally through traditional forms of therapy. Through expressive, spontaneous movement the whole self can be experienced to facilitate integration in the healing process.
The therapist's/witness role is to be present and witness the mover, subsequently making a self-referential, verbal offering if requested by the mover, avoiding interpretation, projection, and judgment. Meanings discovered through the movement experienced and witnessed and the verbal dialoguing between witness/s and mover helps to bring about change.
This summit will offer presentations from leaders in the field of AM. Both from a psychotherapeutic and spiritual perspective. AM training and practice are in different ways globally and it has also been used for arts-based inquiry, so we are pleased to present sessions on these elements.
* The Schedule below is Beijing Time. Please download the Schedule with different time zones at bottom of this page. Please note that all the sessions will be recorded and will be available for viewing within 3 days after the whole summit. Contact us if this is not clear.
Day 1 (April 21, 2023)
9:00 AM - 9:30 AMAuthentic Movement - An Entry Point to Symptom and Chronic Illness
Session: Presentation (30 min) Topic: Clinical application/Wellbeing/Professional practice Speaker: Elyn Selu
9:30 AM - 10:00 AMDesire - An awakening into the deep body
Session: Presentation (30 min) Topic: Community Speaker: Brinda Sarah Jacob
4:45 PM - 6:15 PMEbb and Flow: continuity of experience through Art and Authentic Movement
Session: Workshop (90 min) Topic: Wellbeing/Professional practice Speakers: Rosa Maria Govoni, Mimma Della Cagnoletta
7:00 PM - 7:15 PMOpening
7:15 PM - 8:45 PMDuet: Blending Internal Family Systems (IFS) with the Discipline of Authentic Movement(DAM)
Session: Workshop (90 min) Topic: Theory/Clinical application/Spirituality Speakers: Susan E Cahill, Betina Waissman
8:45 PM - 9:00 PMBreak
9:00 PM - 11:00 PMOpening a Global Door: Questions and Reflections on the Teaching of Authentic Movement
Session: Key Conversation (120 min) Topic: Reflexions on various themes made with an International Authentic Movement Teachers Discussion Group Speakers: Tina, Helen, Irina, Soraya, Marcia, Rosa Maria, Yael (moderator: Hilda)
Day 2 (April 22, 2023)
8:00 AM - 9:30 AMThe body knows: harvesting the essence of gesture integrating meditation and aspects of Authentic Movement
Session: Workshop (90 min) Topic: Wellbeing/Spirituality/Professional practice Speaker: Susan Bauer
9:30 AM - 11:00 AMDreamDancing: Engaging the Opposites through Authentic Movement
Session: Workshop (90 min) Topic: Clinical application Speaker: Tina Stromsted
3:00 PM - 3:30 PMPlease do not look at me-Authentic Movement within the setting of Eating Disorders