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Friday, December 21, 2018 to Wednesday, January 6, 2021 (GMT+8)

Min-Jeong Bae (Myongji University)

Min-Jeong Bae

Myongji University

Min-Jeong Bae earned her Ph.D. from University of Kansas. She is a U.S. board-certified music therapist (MT-BC), Korean certified music therapist (KCMT), and a fellow and primary trainer of the association for music and imagery (FAMI). She has taught numerous music therapy classes and workshops on the graduate level at universities in the U.S., Korea, and China. Her research and clinical interest is on mindfulness-based techniques and guided imagery and music for adults with anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. She is also part of the guided imagery and music (GIM) training faculty at the institute for music and consciousness.

Iris Bräuninger (PhD, Researcher, Co-Leader at the BA Program Psychomotor Therapy)

Iris Bräuninger

PhD, Researcher, Co-Leader at the BA Program Psychomotor Therapy

Dr Iris Bräuninger is a researcher, co-leader of the BA Program Psychomotor Therapy (University of Applied Sciences of Special Needs Education, Zurich/Switzerland). PhD from University of Tuebingen (Germany), M.A. in DMT from Laban Centre/City University of London. She teaches internationally and at the DMT Master Program Autonomous University (Barcelona/Spain). Iris was a former researcher and deputy head of DMT department at University Hospital of Psychiatry Zurich, a post-doctoral researcher at Stress Resilience Research Team (University of Deusto, Bilbao/Spain). Iris is a DMT supervisor, KMP notator, and holds the European Certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP). Numerous publications on DMT research.

Hsiao-hua Chang (Professor at National Taiwan University of Arts, Department of Drama)

Hsiao-hua Chang

Professor at National Taiwan University of Arts, Department of Drama

Hsiao-hua Chang Full Professor of National Taiwan University of Arts, Department of Drama. He is the Convener of curriculum guideline committee in Ministry of Education, Taiwan. He has, worked for several important governmental education projects including policies were:12-year Civic Basic Education Curriculum Guideline of Arts Domain in Performing Arts; Technique High School Curriculum Guideline of Arts Domain; High School Curriculum Guideline of Arts and Living Course; Performing arts for the Grade 1-9 Curriculum Guideline of Arts and Humanities Domain. Professor Chang is also the part time faculty for National Taiwan Normal University, National Taipei Education University, Taipei Municipal University.

Associate Editor of Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (CAET)

Tina Chen (Professor at Tong Ji University)

Tina Chen

Professor at Tong Ji University

Tina Chen- Founding Member and Head of Dance, Dance Division, College of Arts and Media, Tong Ji University; Chief Representative, Royal Academy of Dance China; Committee Member of the Ministry of Education Higher Education Institutions Music and Dance Disciplines Advisory Committee; Member, Royal Academy of Dance Education Committee; Fellow, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

Associate Editor of Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (CAET)

Xijing Chen (PhD. at Institute of Psychology, Chinese Acadmy of Sciences)

Xijing Chen

PhD. at Institute of Psychology, Chinese Acadmy of Sciences

Dr. Xi-Jing Chen received a doctorate of philosophy in music therapy at Aalborg University. She is currently working as a post doctor at the Psychology Institute, the Chinese Academy of Sciences. As a registered music therapist, she mainly focuses on group music therapy and has been working with prison inmates, people with drug use disorders, and children and adults with developmental disorders.

Associate Editor of Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (CAET)

E. Connor Kelly (Regional Convener at the DTAA committee)

E. Connor Kelly

Regional Convener at the DTAA committee

E. Connor Kelly offers DMT in a school and with Circle of Care for cancer survivors. She teaches, supervises and mentors DMTs and students in New Zealand, Australia and China. She teaches an on line Authentic Movement course with colleague Anne Hurst (NZ). She co-created Physical Storytelling with her husband, Dr. Steve Harvey. Her therapy experiences include people with disabilities, brain injured adults, frail elderly and children. She offers workshops and retreats in Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand and is on the faculty of Inspirees Institute, China. She is regional convener for the DTAA committee teaches yoga and resides in GUAM, USA.

Pam Dunne (Executive Director of Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles)

Pam Dunne

Executive Director of Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles

Pam Dunne, PhD, RDT/BCT, is a clinical psychologist, registered drama therapist, board-certified trainer, professor emerita at California State University Los Angeles, and executive director of the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles and of the Creative Therapies Center. With well over a dozen books, films, articles, and book chapters, Dr.Dunne is credited with developing narradrama, which is a specific method in drama therapy that integrates drama, narrative, and the creative arts. Dr. Dunne operates a private practice and training program at the Drama Therapy Institute of LA, which was established in 1990. She also directs the Creative Therapies Center, which offers psychotherapeutic services and support groups for the Los Angeles area community. For fourteen years, Dr. Dunne through the Drama Therapy Institute of LA has offered an annual summer abroad program, conducting training and workshops in Eastern and Western Europe. She has pioneered drama therapy and narradrama training in China and Russia. Dr. Dunne is a past president of the North American Drama Therapy Association and founding member of its board of examiners. In 2014, she was honored to receive the Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of her outstanding dedication to education in the field of drama therapy through teaching and mentorship. In 2016, she was honored to receive the Gertrud Schattner Award. The Gertrud Schattner Award has been given since 1993 in recognition of distinguished contribution to the field of drama therapy in education, publication, practice, and service. This is the highest award that the NADTA gives in recognition of outstanding service to drama therapy.

Kim Dunphy (Post-Doctoral at the Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit at the University of Melbourne, Australia)

Kim Dunphy

Post-Doctoral at the Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit at the University of Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Kim Dunphy is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where she is exploring her interests in assessment and evaluation of DMT. She publishes widely on these topics, including a recent article in Arts in Psychotherapy on ‘developing an iPad app for assessment in dance movement therapy’. Kim is President of the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia and Convenor of the new World Alliance for Dance Movement Therapy. She previously practiced as dance teacher and movement therapist specializing in working with children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Diana Fischman (Director of Buenos Aires Dance Movement Therapy Institute)

Diana Fischman

Director of Buenos Aires Dance Movement Therapy Institute

Diana Fischman is director of Brecha – Buenos Aires Dance Movement Therapy Institute, and is an academic advisor and professor at DMT Master at Universidad Nacional del Arte, UNA - Universidad de Buenos Aires. She also teaches at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona DMT Master Program. She mentored and teaches in different DMT programs in Latin American countries: Colombia, Chile, México and Brasil. Dr. Fischman is the founder president of the Argentina Association of Dance Therapy. She has published articles in journals and contributed with chapters in books. She published EmpatíaEncarnada, in Editorial Académica Española.

Andrew Greenwood (Founder of Dance and Creative Wellness)

Andrew Greenwood

Founder of Dance and Creative Wellness

After an international career as a professional classical ballet dancer and renowned International Ballet Master. He turned his attention to dance and creative wellness. Setting up as founder and co-founder four national and international foundations which concentrate movement programs for different neurodegenerative pathologies and lobbying for more creative based health interventions using dance and dance artists. Simultaneously setting up education programs using the Switch2Move methodology developed by Andrew. Over the course of 5 years he has educated over 250 dance teachers and health facilitators in over 15 different countries. Setting up classes for different physical and mental challenged groups in Italy, Germany, Austria, Indonesia, England, Russia and Holland. Conducted medical research with the VU medical university Amsterdam on the effects of his movement program on individuals with multiple sclerosis. At present conducting a research with the Caterina hospital Eindhoven with individuals with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Pilot study on the feasibility of in-hospital dance and creative wellness to improve quality of life of community-dwelling people with dementia. Currently running a year pilot program in St Petersburg with the State University of St Petersburg: Faculty of Psychology & Special Pedagogy. Educating professional dancers in transition to lead classes for three specific groups of people with physical and mental challenges. Which will be research by the State University of St Petersburg.

Haiping Guo (Contemporary Artist at Nanjing Outsider art studio)

Haiping Guo

Contemporary Artist at Nanjing Outsider art studio

Guo Haiping (b.1962, Nanjing) is a contemporary artist, the pioneer of Chinese Outsider art, the founder of Nanjing Outsider art studio and the chief editor of Outsider art Series. He devoted himself to the discovery and research of Outsider art of people with mental disturbance for changing the environment of Chinese culture. He established the first art institute for the mental patients in 2010 and established two Outsider art studios in the community of Jianye District and the community of Gulou Distirct in Nanjing. His books include Out of the maze of mind, Sunbathe: art projects of 20 years, I am sick, therefore I am, Notes of Outsider art in China.

Steve Harvey (PhD, Psychologist)

Steve Harvey

PhD, Psychologist

Dr. Steve Harvey is a psychologist and registered as both a dance and play therapist. He has worked with children and families in the USA, and New Zealand and consulted for many years internationally on the use of the creative arts therapies. In addition to mental health work, Steve is active in improvisational dramatic/dance performance. He and his wife Connor have developed and continue to practice Physical Storytelling in several countries. He is currently presenting and publishing arts based research using Physical Storytelling in cross cultural contexts.

Associate Editor of Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (CAET)

Annie Heiderscheit (Associate Professor  and Director of Augsburg University)

Annie Heiderscheit

Associate Professor and Director of Augsburg University

Dr. Annie Heiderscheit is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Music Therapy overseeing both the undergraduate and graduate music therapy programs at Augsburg University. She has over 20 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and almost 30 years of experience in a variety of healthcare and clinical settings. She also maintains a music therapy private practice and consults with major healthcare organizations. She is the Chair of the Publications Commission for the World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT) and editor of Music Therapy Today. She is the Chair of Communications for the International Association of Music and Medicine (IAMM).She frequently lectures and presents internationally, nationally and regionally and has published extensively on her clinical work and research in over 20 chapters books and numerous peer reviewed journals. She has authored chapters on music therapy in eating disorder treatment, addictions, depression, spirituality, guided imagery and music, and surgical and procedural support. She edited a book entitled, The Creative Arts Therapies in Eating Disorder Treatment and recently co-authored a book entitled, Introduction to Music Therapy Practice, which will be available through Barcelona Publishers fall 2018. Dr. Heiderscheit also serves on the editorial boards of various peer-reviewed journals including Music Therapy Perspectives, Creative Arts & Expressive Therapies, Music and Medicine and regularly reviews articles for various peer-reviewed journals.

Associate Editor of Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (CAET)

Clive Holmwood (PhD, Senior Lecturer in Drama therapy and Creative Expressive Therapies at University of Derby)

Clive Holmwood

PhD, Senior Lecturer in Drama therapy and Creative Expressive Therapies at University of Derby

Dr. Clive Holmwood PhD is a UK registered Drama therapist with over 20 years' experience who has worked with children and adults in the public, private and voluntary sectors. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Drama therapy and Creative Expressive Therapies at the University of Derby and a Director of Creative Solutions Therapy Ltd. He gained his PhD from the University of Warwick in Education, and his thesis was published by Routledge in (2014) as Drama Education and Drama therapy – exploring the space between disciplines. He is also the co-editor of The International Handbook of Drama therapy published by Routledge in 2016. His latest work Taylor, J. Holmwood, C. (eds) (2018) Learning as a Creative and Developmental Process in Higher Education: A Therapeutic Arts Approach and its Wider Applications will be published later this year.

Associate Editor of Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (CAET)

Fran J. Levy (Doctorate at the Integration of the Arts in Psychotherapy)

Fran J. Levy

Doctorate at the Integration of the Arts in Psychotherapy

Dr. Fran J. Levy has her Doctorate in the Integration of the Arts in Psychotherapy. She is a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist, Psychodramatist and a Diplomate in the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work. Fran is also a protege of Sydney Levy, PH.D. in his pioneering work in Projective Drawing and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Fran Levy has been creatively interweaving the arts into a cohesive form of psychotherapy for over 30 years.She is the author of Dance Movement Therapy: A Healing Art (AAHPERD, 2005) and senior editor of Dance and Other Expressive Art Therapies: When Words Are Not Enough (Routledge Press, 1995). Her books have been translated into Korean and Chinese and are used as text books for graduate and undergraduate programs in the US and abroad. Dr. Levy teaches internationally and has her private practice in Brooklyn, New York.

Sue Jennings (Visiting Professor at University of Derby)

Sue Jennings

Visiting Professor at University of Derby

Sue Jennings has been a pioneer of Dramatherapy in the UK, Greece, Czech Republic and Malaysia. Her many books also have international translations. Her academic appointments include Senior Lecturer at Hertfordshire University, Visiting Professor NYU, and currently Visiting Professor at University of Derby. In 2017 she was made Professor of Play by the European Dramatherapy Federation.
Sue’s doctoral fieldwork was conducted with the Temiar people in the Malaysian rain forest, which has influenced all her subsequent work.

Phil Jones (Professor of Children's Rights and Wellbeing at UCL's Institute of Education)

Phil Jones

Professor of Children's Rights and Wellbeing at UCL's Institute of Education

Phil Jones is Professor of Children's Rights and Wellbeing at UCL's Institute of Education and was Director of Research, School of Education, at the University of Leeds. He was recently awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and was a Mellon Distinguished Scholar at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Publications include 'Drama As Therapy' (Routledge), 'The Arts Therapies'(Routledge), 'Rethinking Childhood: Attitudes in Contemporary Society' (Continuum); 'Rethinking Children's Rights' (with Welch, Bloomsbury); 'Exploring Education and Childhood' (with Wyse, Davis and Rogers, Routledge) and he is editor of Bloomsbury's 'New Childhoods' Series. Research articles have been published in many journals including the 'European Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy', 'Research in Drama Education', 'Counselling and Psychotherapy Research', 'The Arts in Psychotherapy' and 'Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy'. He has given keynotes in many countries including South Africa, South Korea, the U.S.A., Italy, Greece, the Netherlands and the prestigious Triennial World Congress for Psychotherapy, Sydney, Australia.

Associate Editor of Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (CAET)

Karen K. Bradley (President at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies)

Karen K. Bradley

President at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies

Karen K. Bradley is the former head of dance and director of graduate studies at the University of Maryland, near Washington, DC. She is the President of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and the author of Rudolf Laban, a volume in the Routledge series on 20th Century performance practitioners, and a teacher of the Laban and Bartenieff material around the world.

Debra Kalmanowitz (PhD, HCPC, BAAT reg. Artist and Art Therapist)

Debra Kalmanowitz

PhD, HCPC, BAAT reg. Artist and Art Therapist

Debra Kalmanowitz, PhD, HCPC, BAAT reg. artist and art therapist has worked extensively in the context of trauma, political violence, and social change. Debra has worked with refugees, asylum seekers, survivors of torture and disasters for over 20 years. She is a psychosocial professional advisor for IsraAid and Clinical Lead for Refugee Trauma Initiative- RTI as well as teaching at the Academic College of Society and the Arts (ASA) (Israel). She is the co-author of The Portable Studio, Art Therapy and Political Violence: With art, without illusion and Art Therapy in Asia: To the Bone or Wrapped in Silk.

Associate Editor of Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (CAET)

Mitchell Kossak (Associate Professor at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Mitchell Kossak

Associate Professor at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Mitchell Kossak is an associate professor in the Expressive Therapies program at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has worked as an expressive arts therapist since 1983 and has been a licensed clinical counselor, since 1994. He was the President/Executive Co-Chair for the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and is the Associate Editor of The Journal of Applied Arts and Health. Dr. Kossak is also a professional musician performing for over 30 years in the Boston area. He is the author of Attunement in Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward an understanding of embodied empathy.

David Leventhal (Dance for PD® Program Director of Mark Morris Dance Group)

David Leventhal

Dance for PD® Program Director of Mark Morris Dance Group

David is a founding teacher and Program Director for Dance for PD®, a collaborative program of the Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group that has now been used as a model for classes in more than 250 communities in 25 countries. He leads classes for people with Parkinson's disease around the world and trains other teachers in the Dance for PD® approach. Since 2007, he has trained more than 600 teachers in the Dance for PD® approach in 25 cities around the world. He's co-produced three volumes of a successful At Home DVD series for the program and has been instrumental in initiating and designing innovative projects involving live streaming and Moving Through Glass, a dance-based Google Glass App for people with Parkinson's. He received the 2016 World Parkinson Congress Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Parkinson's Community and was a co-recipient of the 2013 Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award from the Parkinson's Unity Walk. He has written about dance and Parkinson's for such publications as Dance Gazette and Room 217, and has a chapters about the program in two recently published books: Moving Ideas: Multimodal Learning in Communities and Schools (Peter Lang), and Creating Dance: A Traveler's Guide (Hampton Press). He is in demand as a speaker at international conferences and symposiums, and has spoken about the intersection of dance, Parkinson's and health at the Lincoln Center Global Exchange, Edinburgh International Culture Summit, University of Michigan, Rutgers, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Brown, Stanford, Columbia, Georgetown, Tufts, and Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège (Belgium), among others. He's featured in the award-winning 2014 documentary Capturing Grace directed by Dave Iverson. As a dancer, he performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1997-2011, appearing in principal roles in Mark Morris' The Hard Nut, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet, on Motifs of Shakespeare. He received a 2010 Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for his performing career with Mark Morris. He graduated from Brown University with honors in English Literature.

Amanda Levey (Programme Director, Secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA))

Amanda Levey

Programme Director, Secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA)

Amanda Levey studied psychology at the University of Melbourne, Australia and subsequently trained extensively in the Halprin Method in the USA. This model is an integration of movement/dance, visual arts, performance techniques and therapeutic practices. She gained her MA in arts therapy department from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in Auckland, New Zealand, and is the current Head of Department of the arts therapy programme there. Amanda is the former president and current secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA). She has presented at conferences in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe. Her research and artistic interests are in performative video, movement in relation to the natural environment, and duoethnography.

Associate Editor of Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (CAET)

Hans Looijen (Director of the Outsider Art Museum (OAM) in Amsterdam)

Hans Looijen

Director of the Outsider Art Museum (OAM) in Amsterdam

Hans Looijen started as an entrepreneur in culture, organizer and concept creator. He is since 2008 the director of Het Dolhuys, museum of the mind in the Netherlands. In the permanent exhibition of this museum visitors can see how psychiatry and the position of the patient changed through the years. With the temporary exhibitions Het Dolhuys focuses on special minds: artists, writers and scientists, sometimes with a disability or mental illness.

Hans Looijen made it his priority to make the museum act as an agent of change and reflection, further expand the museums network through lasting relations and partnerships, and creating an impact through museum activities. Since March 2016 Looijen is director of the Outsider Art Museum (OAM) in Amsterdam. Looijen is responsible for the artistic and business management of the new Outsider Art Museum. The Outsider Art Museum is the only museum in the Netherlands that shows leading art works by national and international Outsider Artists. Experience the extraordinary art made by individuals who, for the most part, are not formally trained as artists. Their work is authentic, unconventional and goes against the grain.

Shiming Miao (Artist, Curator, Founder of WABC)

Shiming Miao

Artist, Curator, Founder of WABC

Shiming Miao, the founder of WABC, graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts, is an artist and curator. From 2003 to 2009, he worked as an art teacher, and also focusing on his artistic creation and art exhibition planning and cultural activities. A chance opportunity (the first Beijing 798 biennale in 2009) take Shiming Miao’s attention to a group of "special needs", and their reality shocked him deeply. Shiming Miao tried to make friends with them, in an artistic way and touched their hearts deeply. During the course of teaching, ShimingMiao found that many of them are endowed with artistic talent, and the artistic practice has indeed improved their psychological state and mood to a certain extent. Miao said it was a career worth fighting for, though it was difficult but meaningful. Then he launched the "WABC barrier-free art" project, which was registered under the support of Shanghai municipal civil affairs bureau in 2010." At this point, WABC (The World of Art Brut Culture, or "the World of native Art"), officially landed in Shanghai as aNGO. WABC is focusing on disabled people and people with mental-disease. Compared with limb disabled, people with mental disease may face more rejection and fear. However, we hold that people with mental disease have high potential in art field and many other fields that need us to explore. After eight years of exploration and practice, WABC has learned and developed art therapy courses in the service centers of existing communities, providing experience and help for the special needs of people and families.

Sara Owen (Dance Movement Psychotherapist at the Eden Academy in Greater London)

Sara Owen

Dance Movement Psychotherapist at the Eden Academy in Greater London

Sara Owen is a U.K based, registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist. Previous experience includes working in mental health (community and residential), and in public and private school settings with children with additional needs, ASD and challenging behavior. Sara spent 6 months living and volunteering as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist in India where she ran therapy groups in various children’s shelter homes and supported a charity in the development and implementation of its therapeutic provision. Sara has worked for the Eden Academy in Greater London since 2014 running individual and group Dance Movement Psychotherapy sessions in addition to ‘Creative Therapy’ sessions co-facilitated with Music Therapists.

Helen Payne (Professor, Clinical Manager at University of Hertfordshire)

Helen Payne

Professor, Clinical Manager at University of Hertfordshire

Professor Helen Payne, PhD; UKCP; Fellow ADMP Reg. dance movement psychotherapist pioneered DMP in the UK leading the professional association, first post graduate accredited training, research and publications. She is trained in Laban Movement Analysis, Person-Centered Counseling, Group Analysis and Authentic Movement, works with children, adolescents and adults, conducts research, supervises PhDs, teaches and examines at doctorate level nationally/internationally. She is the founding editor-in-chief for the international peer reviewed journal ‘Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy’ published by Taylor and Francis. Trained in the discipline of authentic movement since 1994 she has been facilitating circles as a form of group psychotherapy ever since. She is clinical manager for the University of Hertfordshire’s service which supports people with persistent bodily symptoms for which tests and scans come back negative. She has recently been honored to have been invited to join the Therapies Task Force for Medically Unexplained Symptoms. Her current publication is entitled ‘Essentials in dance movement psychotherapy: International perspectives on theory, research and practice’ published by Routledge.

Associate Editor of Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (CAET)

Yongwen Peng (Associate Professor at Shanghai Theatre Academy)

Yongwen Peng

Associate Professor at Shanghai Theatre Academy

Dr. Yongwen Peng is an associate professor of Shanghai Theatre Academy, with PhD of Performance Studies. His work focuses on arts educational and therapy. His book, Theatre and Training (2011) is the first of its kind in China and he has translated the book on drama therapy by NYU’s professor Robert Landy, The Couch and the Stage: Integrating Words and Action in Psychotherapy (2012) He is a board member of Chinese Arts Therapis Group, and the member of North American Drama Therapy Association, and National Association for Poetry Therapy. He is also a voice artist and has practiced Taichi for 20 years as a member of the 2nd generatioin of the Chen-style TaiChi Master Wang Shi'an.

Associate Editor of Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (CAET)

Vincenzo Puxeddu (President at EADMT)

Vincenzo Puxeddu

President at EADMT

Vincenzo Puxeddu was born in Sardinia, Italy, graduated in Dance with a specialisation in Dance Psychotherapy from Sorbonne University, Paris, in 1988. A year later he got his Doctorate in Medicine and in 1993 a Specialisation in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 2008 at René Descartes University in Paris he got a PhD in Clinical Psychology regarding the empathetic process and the regulation of emotions through DMT. He has worked as Clinical Director of a Rehabilitation Centre for 25 years. Currently he teach DMT in Rome at the National Academy of Dancing and in Barcelona at the Autonoma University. He is Past President of APID – the Italian Professional DMT Association. Since 2011 he has been co-director of Master Program in Dance Therapy in Paris at René Descartes University. Since September 2017 he has been the EADMT President.

Elissa Queyquep White (Charter Member at ADTA)

Elissa Queyquep White

Charter Member at ADTA

Elissa Queyquep White studied with Marian Chace and Irmgard Bartenieff. She co-founded the Dance Therapy Program at Hunter College in 1971 and along with teaching, worked clinically from l967-1998. She is a charter member of ADTA and served in many capacities on the Board of Directors, the last being president of ADTA. She teaches courses at The New School, Pratt Institute and Kinections., is on the advisory board of Inspirees Institute for Creative Arts Therapy (IICAT) in Beijing. She has published articles on dmt and movement observation.

Dick Swaab (Director of The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience)

Dick Swaab

Director of The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience

Dick Swaab was Director of the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research from 1978 to 2005. Since 1979 he is Professor of Neurobiology at the Medical Faculty, University of Amsterdam. In 1985 he founded the Netherlands Brain Bank and was Director until 2005. He is since 1978 Leader Research Team Neuropsychiatric Disorders, Neth. Inst for Neuroscience, an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and is Qiu Shi Professor of Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, P.R. China. He has published over 600 papers in SCI journals, authored more than 200 chapters in books, and edited more than 80 books Swaab is author of the 2 volume monograph The Human Hypothalamus that appeared in the Handbook of Clinical Neurology series, Elsevier. He has also published for the general public the best seller We are our Brains, that is translated in 17 languages. There is also a children’s version of the book (You are your brain). In 2016 Swaab published a second book for the general public Our Creative Brain.

Teresa Torres de  Eça (President at the International Society for Education Through Art – InSEA)

Teresa Torres de Eça

President at the International Society for Education Through Art – InSEA

Teresa Torres de Eça works as art teacher in Associação de Professores de Expressão e Comunicação Visual (APECV) , Portugal; as researcher collaborates with with the CIAC -Research Center in Arts and Communication /Open University of Lisbon and University of Algarve. President of the International Society for Education Through Art – InSEA since 2014 and President of the Portuguese Visual Communication teachers APECV since 2008. Her research interests are focused on participatory research; social engaged arts; trans cultural educational projects and art education activism. She edited the Portuguese visual arts education journal Imaginar, was the assistant editor of the International Journal of Education Through Art during 2008- 2014, currently she co- edits the InSEA e-magazine IMAGand the arts education research journal Invisibilidades. She organized several E- books and articles about art education. Have done several exhibitions and conducts activist art and education international projects with C3 collective of artist educators.

Associate Editor of Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (CAET)

Irina V. Biryukova (Founder and Vice-President of the Association for DMT (Russia))

Irina V. Biryukova

Founder and Vice-President of the Association for DMT (Russia)

Irina Biryukova is dance/movement and expressive arts therapist, clinical psychologist in private practice with 25 years of working experience with groups and individually. She is the founder of the Association for DMT (Russia), and its current vice-president, the head of the 3-year post-graduate Dance/Movement Psychotherapy Program (since 1996) at the Institute of Practical Psychology and Psychoanalysis. She is one of the pioneers in Russia who started Authentic Movement groups, DMT with psychiatric and oncology patients, with children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their parents. She is a guest-teacher at the Institute for expressive arts therapy “L`atelier” (Geneva, Switzerland) and author of 30 publications on the issues of DMT and expressive arts therapy.

Ying Wan (Associate Dean and Associate Professor at Music Education College in Wuhan Conservatory of Music)

Ying Wan

Associate Dean and Associate Professor at Music Education College in Wuhan Conservatory of Music

Prof. Wanying: Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Music Education College in Wuhan Conservatory of Music, the mentor of Master students in the Psychology of music and Therapy, director of Mental Health Education Center of Wuhan Conservatory of Music and Head of Music Therapy Laboratory Center. 2011-2012 Visiting Scholar in Music Therapy at the State University of New York, USA; a registered Music Imaging Therapist (MIT) in The American Music Imaging Association (AMI), a music therapist and a senior counselor. Engaged in the teaching, research and clinical practice of psychological counseling, music therapy, music psychology and other courses.

She is currently a member of the China Association of Art Medicine, a member of the Chinese Music Therapy Society, a member of the Chinese Music Psychology Association, a member of the Chinese Psychological Association, and a member of the university Psychological Counseling Committee of the China Psychological Association. Deputy Director of the Group Psychological Counseling and Treatment Committee of the Hubei Psychological Association.

Clinical field: group and individual music therapy for people with mental disorders during recovery; individual music therapy for college students, sub-healthy people, professional psychologists, and music group for college students with the focus on personal growth.

Joan Wittig (Associate Professor at Pratt Institute)

Joan Wittig

Associate Professor at Pratt Institute

Joan Wittig is the co-founder and former Director of the Graduate Dance/Movement Therapy Program at Pratt Institute in New York City, where she continues to be a full time faculty member. Wittig developed, implemented, and is the Program Director of the first dance/movement therapy training program in China, Inspirees International. She has contributed to several journals and books, including the first book on creative arts therapy published in Japanese. She is the subject of a film on dance/movement therapy, “Moving Stories – Portraits of Dance/Movement Therapy”. Wittig has received an Outstanding Service Award and an Exceptional Service Award from the American Dance Therapy Association. She is currently serving as the Chairperson of the ADTA Standards and Ethics Committee. Wittig teaches internationally, and has a private practice in New York City.

Ruben van Leer (Artist and Filmmaker)

Ruben van Leer

Artist and Filmmaker

Ruben van Leer (1984) is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker. He studied film at the San Francisco Art Institute, design at the Sandberg Instituut and direction at the NederlandseFilmacademie. He recently made Symmetry, a dance-opera filmed in CERN, the particle accelerator in Switzerland. Symmetry is a total work of art starring choreographer Lukas Timulak, soprano Claron McFadden, composer JoepFranssens and physicist RobbertDijkgraaf and recently won a Golden Prague award for ‘Best Performance Art’. His work has been screened on television: Uur van de Wolf, SkyArts, ARTE, HBO and Nowness, exhibited in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Museum Würth, and presented at festivals, such as the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Barcelona Choreoscope, the Los Angeles RAW Science Film Festival, the India All Lights Festival and the Sydney World Film Festival, and praised by critical international media VICE, The Huffington Post and De Volkskrant.