Wellness Classes

2017

arrow November 16, 2017
CT-AIMH 2017 Fall Conference
The Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health
Woodwinds in Branford, CT

CT-AIMH 2017 Fall Conference
November 16, 2017
The Underlying Meaning of Infant and Young Children's Behavior: How the embodied experiential nature of our interactions can build emotional expression, social engagement, and strengthen the attachment relationship between infants/young children and their caregivers
Keynote Presenter: Suzi Tortora, EdD, BC-DMT
Woodwinds in Branford, CT

It is not just what you say but how you say it - with your body - that counts. We communicate with babies, and each other before we even say a word. Babies also talk to us right from the beginning through their facial expressions, body actions, the quality of their vocalizations and even the way they look at us. This embodied experiential nature of our interactions can be used to understand the underlying meaning of an infant and young child's behaviors as well as build emotional expression, social engagement and strengthen the attachment relationship.

This conference will demonstrate how dance, movement, music and rhythmic activities can be used to support infants, young children and their families who have experienced trauma and are "at-risk". Participants will learn a nonverbal analysis tool that can be used for clinical observation; assessment; and video-feedback parenting- infant education and intervention. The afternoon will include embodied activities supporting reflective practice and self-care for the practitioner.

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arrow November 2 - 5, 2017
ADTA Annual Conference
Movement as Pathway to Neuro-Resilience and Social Connection: Dance/Movement Therapy at the Forefront
San Antonio, TX

ADTA Annual Conference
November 2 - 5, 2017
Early Childhood Forum - Where Somatic Movement Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy meet: Similarities and Distinctions
Suzi Tortora and Martha Eddy
Hyatt Regency, San Antonio, TX

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arrow October 23 - 28, 2017
AACAP meeting
The Dancing Dialogue: The Role of the Unspoken and the Creative Arts in Therapeutic Change with Infants, Children and their Families
Washington, DC

Circle of Care: Caring for Children, Caring for You, mini-conference
October 26, 2017, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
AACAP meeting
The Dancing Dialogue: The Role of the Unspoken and the Creative Arts in Therapeutic Change with Infants, Children and their Families
Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC

Metaphors be with you! Creative psychotherapies in child and adolescent psychiatry. Talk with Jenna Saul-Kuntz MD and others.

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arrow October 21, 2017 10am - 1pm
Teacher College

Teacher Collge
October 21, 2017, 10 - 1 PM

arrow October 14, 2017
Circle of Care: Caring for Children, Caring for You, mini-conference
Child Care Council of Dutchess & Putnam, Inc.
Fishkill, NY

Circle of Care: Caring for Children, Caring for You, mini-conference
October 14, 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Suzi Tortora
The Dancing Dialogue: Promoting Positive Communication to Support Babies' and Toddlers' Social and Emotional Development Before Words
Sharpe Reservation, 436 Van Wyck Lake Rd., Fishkill, NY

Our bodies speak! It is not just what you say but how you say it that counts. You are communicating with babies even before you say a word. Babies also talk to you right from the beginning through their facial expressions, body actions, the quality of their vocalizations, and even the way they look at you. In this talk, you will learn how to read babies' and toddlers' nonverbal cues, while attending to the messages your actions are communicating. Through the use of movement, rhythm, dance and music activities, you will create a Dancing Dialogue, exploring activities that promote positive communication and self-expression to support a baby's regulatory skill and enhance social engagement.

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arrow October 12-15, 2017
Expressive Therapies Summit
Chronic Pain & Early Attachment:
A Movement Process for Awareness and Healing
New York, NY

Expressive Therapies Summit
October 15, 2017, 2-5 PM
Chronic Pain & Early Attachment:
A Movement Process for Awareness and Healing
Executive Conference Center - Sunday
1601 Broadway (enter on 48th St.), New York, NY

Chronic Pain & Early Attachment: A Movement Process for Awareness and Healing

Suzi Tortora, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHC

Approximately 1 in 4 American adults have chronic pain. Research has shown that the development of chronic pain is associated with “insecure” adult attachment styles, rooted in infancy and early childhood experiences with primary caregivers. These early experiences–initially registered on a somatic, kinesthetic and sensory level–shape how we make sense of the world, express our emotions and respond to threats throughout our lifetime. This 3-hour workshop will demonstrate nonverbal ways to explore early relationship patterns through moment-to-moment dance/movement explorations that metaphorically reveal old and new ways to engage with self and others. I will demonstrate their movement styles and provide descriptions for the participants to “try-on.” This workshop will include dyadic, small group, and whole group hands-on learning. Therapist participants will learn how to gain visceral insight into clients when moving with them and witnessing their affective and physical attunement during partnered movement explorations. Designed for participation by healthcare professionals of all disciplines and interested others.

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arrow July 13-14, 2017, Workshop 1
Resilience Or Rebound? How Your Childhood Experiences Shape Who You Are Today
arrowJuly 15-16, 2017, Workshop 2
Your Baby Is Speaking To You! Understanding The Role Of The Body And
Nonverbal Communication To Create Loving Relationships: An Introduction
To Infant And Early Childhood Development – Introductory Level
Human in Motion
Beijing, China

Resilience Or Rebound? How Your Childhood Experiences Shape
Who You Are Today
July 13-14, 2017, Workshop 1

Your Baby Is Speaking To You! Understanding The Role Of The Body
And Nonverbal Communication To Create Loving Relationships:
An Introduction To Infant And Early Childhood Development –
Introductory Level
July 15-16, 2017, Workshop 2

Organization: Human in Motion
Beijing, China

Director: Tina Ma

arrow July 7-9, 2017, Workshop
Dance Movement Therapy Workshop
arrowJuly 10-12, 2017, Training
Children Nonverbal Communication Professional Training
A Discovery Early Education
Xi’an, China

Dance Movement Therapy Workshop
July 7-9, 2017, 9-12PM, 14-18PM, Workshop
July 10-12, 2017, 9-12PM, 14-18PM, Training
Children Nonverbal Communication Professional Training
Organization: A Discovery Early Education
Xi’an, China

Director: April Su

arrow June 13, 2017
New Alternatives for Children
Child/Play Therapy Training Program
New York, NY

New Alternatives for Children
Child/Play Therapy Training Program
June 13, 2017
37 West 26 Street, 8th Floor New York, NY

Child/Play Therapy Training Program, a series of lectures helping child therapists improve their skills working with parents and children.

Dr. Suzi Tortora's lecture at 10:45-12:15pm -
Trauma, Stress & Postpartum Depression: Video-analysis and treatment of parent-infant attachement relationship

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arrow June 1, 2017
More Than Just 'Use Your Words': Promoting Positive Communication with Children
Videoconference
New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and the Professional Development Program
Statewide sites

More Than Just 'Use Your Words': Promoting Positive Communication with Children
Videoconference
June 1, 2017 from 7-9PM
Statewide sites

Hosting Organizations: New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and the Professional Development Program

arrow May 2–5, 2017
14th Annual Young Child Expo & Conference
at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel
New York, NY

14th Annual
Young Child Expo & Conference
May 2–5, 2017
Wyndham New Yorker Hotel

Young Child Expo & Conference May 2-5, 2017

Dr. Suzi Tortora will be giving a talk at the Young Child Expo & Conference
on Ways of Seeing: Supporting Early Attachment and Development in ASD using Creative Dance/Movement Psychotherapy

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 3:30-4:30PM
at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel

Please come join us!

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arrow March 30 – April 2, 2017
UCLArts & Healing Conference
in partnership with the Expressive Therapies Summit
Los Angeles, CA

UCLArts & Healing Conference
Creativity & the Arts in Healing
March 30 – April 2, 2017
Hilton Los Angeles Airport

UCLArts & Healing Conference, March 30-April 2, 2017

Learn arts-based tools for facilitating communication, building connection, promoting positive emotions, fostering engagement, reducing stress, and managing the impact of trauma in our inaugural experiential training conference.

Choose from 125+ workshops delivered by leading national experts in art, dance, drama, drumming, music, and writing integrated with mental health practices.

Friday, March 31, 2017 from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Chronic Pain & Early Attachment: A Movement Process for
Awareness and Healing

Suzi Tortora, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHC

Approximately 1 in 4 American adults have chronic pain. Research has shown that the development of chronic pain is associated with “insecure” adult attachment styles, rooted in infancy and early childhood experiences with primary caregivers. These early experiences – initially registered on a somatic, kinesthetic and sensory level – shape how we make sense of the world, express our emotions and respond to threats throughout our lifetime. This 3-hour workshop will demonstrate nonverbal ways to explore early relationship patterns through moment-to-moment dance/movement explorations that metaphorically reveal old and new ways to engage with self and others. I will demonstrate their movement styles and provide descriptions for the participants to “ try-on.” This workshop will include dyadic, small group, and whole group hands-on learning. Therapist participants will learn how to gain visceral insight into clients when moving with them and witnessing their affective and physical attunement during partnered movement explorations. Designed for participation by healthcare professionals of all disciplines and interested others.

Eligible for 3.0 Credit Hours: ATCB; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing
Eligible for 3.0 Clock Hours: NBCC

Not eligible for APT credits

How to Register: Early-bird discounts available through February 17.

arrow March 16, 2017
New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
Inaugural NYP MSCHONY CAT CHATTs Conference
Creative Arts Therapy Conversations in Healthcare and Therapeutic Transformation
New York, NY

New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
Inaugural NYP MSCHONY CAT CHATTs Conferencee
Creative Arts Therapy Conversations in Healthcare and Therapeutic Transformation
Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 10 - 12:30PM
Wintergarden Lobby, 3959 Broadway, New York, NY 10032

Inaugural NYP MSCHONY CAT CHATTs Conference

Dr. Suzi Tortora, Ed.D, BC-DMT, LCAT, LMHC, CMA
Presenting on

Dancing Dialogues:
Interdisciplinary Nonverbal Communication Through Movement

Activity Objectives: At the end of this session, the learner will be able to:
Describe the powerful expressiveness of nonverbal communication in patient and family dynamcis
Explain specific nonverbal assessment and intervention tools to address the specific needs of patients and families with a variety of difficulties
Identify nonverbal communication in individual and multiple person exchanges

arrow March 15, 2017
Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Lecture for National Creative Arts Therapy Week
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Brooklyn, NY

Psychiatry Grand Rounds Lecture for National Creative Arts Therapy Week
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 1 - 2:30PM
Lecture Hall 1, BSB, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Shall We Dance? Using Creative Arts Therapies to Promote Play, Social-Relatedness and Self-Expression in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Presenter: Dr. Suzi Tortora,

Ed.D., BC-DMT, LCAT
Manager, Dance/Movement Therapy
Pediatrics – Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Learning Objectives:

1) Discover the important role the creative arts therapies can play in supporting children with ASD to communicate their unique feelings and perspectives about their experience and the world around them.
2) Learn how creative movement, dance, body awareness and relaxation activities can be used to support internal regulation, strengthen attachment relationships and build social skills for children with ASD.
3) Learn how to understand, communicate and work with difficult, obscure and hard to read nonverbal cues through an interactive nonverbal observation system based on dance/movement therapy principles and Laban nonverbal movement analysis.

arrow March 9, 2017
MarbleJam Kids, 10 Year Anniversary Gala, Honoring Our Own
at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel
River Vale, NJ

MarbleJam Kids
10 Year Anniversary Gala, Honoring Our Own
March 9, 2017
River Vale, NJ

Dr. Suzi Tortorawill be honored for her work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders at MarbleJam Kids Center for Creative Arts Therapy and Enrichment 10th Anniversary Dinner.

Founded in 2007, MarbleJam Kids provides creative arts therapies and adaptive arts and enrichment to children of all ages with autism and special needs. MarbleJam Kids Center for Creative Arts Therapy provides a safe space for self exploration & expression with the support of therapists, special educators, and support staff. The facility is equipped with a dance, art and music studio and allows for both group and private sessions and instruction. MarbleJam Kids is dedicated to working with each family to ensure affordability through fundraising and advocacy.

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arrow March 6-9, 2017
7th World Congress on Women's Mental Health
Dublin, Ireland

7th World Congress on Women's Mental Health
March 6, 2017
Dublin, Ireland

Women's Mental Health

Dr. Suzi Tortorais lecturing in a Pre-Congress Workshop organized by the World Association of Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) and the Irish Association for Infant Mental Health (IAIMH) for the 7th World Congress on Women's Mental Health. The title of the lecture is: The Multisensory World of the Infant: Understanding the Baby’s Embodied Experience and Nonverbal Cues to Support Attachment.

March 6, 2017
Dublin, Ireland

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arrow January 14–15, 2017
Dance/Movement Psychotherapy with Infants/Children
92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center
New York, NY

Dance/Movement Psychotherapy with Infants/Children*
January 14, 2-9:30pm & January 15, 1-8:30pm
92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center

92Y Harkness Dance Center 92nd Street Y Dance

Sensitize yourself to the ways young children learn and express themselves through their movement and senses. Explore nonverbal cues and movement activities that support early attachment relationships and social, emotional and cognitive development. For parents, caregivers and professionals, these activities are used with families or groups and in dyadic or individual therapeutic, hospital, preventative and child-care settings.

$300 until Jan 6 / $325 after.

*Course is fully approved by the ADTA for Alternate Route credit for R-DMT training. All Dance Therapy courses are eligible for CE hours. For further information about the ADTA, visit www.adta.org.

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2016

arrow November 18–23, 2016
1st Annual Cyprus International Conference on Autism Treatment and Research
at the Coral Beach Hotel & Resort
Paphos, Cyprus

1st Annual
Cyprus International Conference on Autism Treatment and Research
November 18–23, 2016
Paphos, Cyprus

1st Annual Cyprus International Conference on Autism Treatment and Research

"Magic Always Happens" through our interdisciplinary approach to autism!

Dr. Suzi Tortora will be one of the featured speakers at this conference.

Our conference has a true "360 degrees" approach and it aims to bring together experts and luminaries from transdisciplinary scientific research, as well as from applied fields including academicians, psychologists, physicians, geneticists, speech therapists, civil engineers, architects, economists, law, technology, and other subject matter experts. Together, we shall all discuss best practices and suggest ideal ways of working with, treating, educating, building for, and sustaining quality centers for autism excellence. Actions need to follow words if we are to render effective and efficient solutions, thus, allowing all people on the spectrum to enjoy a better quality of life and a brighter future.

Our conference will integrate plenary sessions, workgroups, and poster sessions. Following the conclusion of the conference works an expert think tank will offer specific feedback and consultation (on 23 November; by invitation only).

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arrow October 20–23, 2016
ADTA National Conference
Washington, DC

51st ADTA Annual Conference
October 20–23, 2016
Washington, DC

October 20:Workshop title: Still Dancing: The Evolution of Dance from Creative Process to DMT to Embodied Self Care 2016
- taught by Nancy Beardall, Amber Elizabeth Gray, Suzi Tortora

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arrow October 6–7, 2016
Complementary Therapies in Oncology: Dance, Yoga, Music, Art Workshop Practice
Brescia, Italy

Complementary Therapies in Oncology:
Dance, Yoga, Music, Art Workshop Practice
October 6–7, 2016
Brescia, Italy

International Conference

Two presentations by Dr. Tortora:

1. October 6, 2016: Dance Therapy for Children with Cancer – Experiential Workshop

2. October 7, 2016: Dance therapy in Psycho-Oncology - Lecture

arrow September 9–11, 2016
2nd EADMT Conference Crisis, Creativity and Society
Milano

2nd EADMT Conference
Crisis, Creativity and Society
September 9–11, 2016
Milano

2nd EADMT Conference: Crisis, Creativity and Society

2nd EADMT Conference: Crisis, Creativity and Society
Dance Movement Therapy embodying interdisciplinary pathways

September 10, 2016:Suzi Tortora and Jennifer Whitley
Mother-Son transgenerational transmission of eating issues using a co-treatment DMP method.

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arrow June 6–9, 2016
Masters in Dance Therapy
Codarts University for the Arts
Kruisplein 26, 3012
CC Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Masters in Dance Therapy
Director: Nicki Wentholt
June 6–9, 2016
Codarts University for the Arts, Kruisplein 26, 3012, CC Rotterdam, The Netherlands

arrow June 3–5, 2016
Dance/Movement Psychotherapy with Infants, Young Children and Their Families
Charles University
Prague, Czech Republic

Dance/Movement Psychotherapy with Infants, Young Children and Their Families:
Level 1 – Introduction to the Ways of Seeing Program (2 days)
Chronic Pain in Adults (1 day)
Director: Iveta Koblic Zedkova
June 3–5, 2016
Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

arrow May 29–June 2, 2016
World Congress of the WAIMH (World Association for Infant Mental Health)
Clarion Hotel
Prague, Czech Republic

World Congress of the WAIMH (World Association for Infant Mental Health)
May 29–June 2, 2016
Prague, Czech Republic

1. WAIMH - 2 lectures

1.1. Lullaby circles of connection:The cross-cultural thread in soothing and engaging parenting styles through nonverbal interaction using rhythm, song, and dance

Date: Tuesday May 31
Time: 16:00 - 16:45

1.2. Presidential symposium: Building Empathy Beyond Barriers & Borders: Infant Mental Health Professionals’ Role in the Israeli -Palestinian Conflict

Dr. Miri Keren, Dr Ghassan Abdallah, Dr Suzi Tortora
Date: June 2, 2016
Time: 10:45 - 12:15

arrow March 14–24, 2016
Beijing Apollo Educational Consultant LLP
Director: Smile Li
Beijing, China

Beijing Apollo Educational Consultant LLP
March14–24, 2016
Beijing, China

March 14 – 15 : Therapy Group

March 16 – 19: Ways of Seeing, Level 1

March 20 – 23: Ways of Seeing, Level 2

March 16 – 23: Embodied Parenting (2x/day 1 hour sessions)

March 24: Supervision

arrow Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 8pm
Thinking (and Moving) Outside the Box:
Combining Psychoanalytic Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy
New York Academy of Medicine

Thinking (and Moving) Outside the Box: Combining Psychoanalytic Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 8pm
New York Academy of Medicine, 2 East 103rd Street at 5th Avenue
Open to all • No advanced registration required

Presented by Larry Sandberg, M.D • Suzi Tortora, Ed.D., LCAT

The central importance of the body in mental life is supported by a growing research literature in affective neuroscience that elucidates the primarily embodied nature of emotional experience and thought. Psychoanalysts have become increasingly attuned to somatic experiences and nonverbal modes of communication in the analytic situation where relative immobility is an important parameter. The frame is intentionally altered in Dance/Movement Therapy where attunement to bodily experience is a catalyst for a deepening exploration of psychic experience. We present clinical material combining psychoanalytic psychotherapy and Dance/Movement Therapy to illustrate the potential synergy of these modalities for certain patients. Clinical and theoretical implications regarding containment and free association are discussed.

Larry Sandberg is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical Center and co-chair of the fourth year theory course in contemporary ideas in psychoanalysis at the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center. He is co-author of Psychotherapy and Medication: The Challenge of Integration.

Suzi Tortora has a dance/movement therapy practice in New York City and Cold Spring, New York. Dr. Tortora has published numerous papers about her therapeutic and nonverbal communication analysis work and a book titled The Dancing Dialogue.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial information to disclose.

    After the lecture, participants should be able to:
  • 1. Recognize clinical situations where “the talking cure” may be advanced by the introduction of body-based therapies.
  • 2. Reevaluate the conventional meanings of the terms “containment” and “free-association."

For CME questions please visit the website or contact George Sagi 212-678-1188.

Questions about the program can be addressed to:
Hillery Bosworth, MD • Chair, Program Committee Email Hillery Bosworth
80 Fifth Avenue #1001, New York, New York 10011 • (212) 604-9355
Edith Cooper, PhD • APM President - Juliette Meyer, PhD • APM Secretary

arrow February 27–28, 2016
Dance/Movement Psychotherapy with Infants and Children
92 Street Y
New York, NY

Dance/Movement Psychotherapy with Infants and Children
February 27–28, 2016
9:30am - 5:30pm, 2 Sessions

Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY

Sensitize yourself to the ways young children learn and express themselves through their movement and senses.

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arrow January 9 – 10, 2016
2nd Columbia Psychosomatics Conference - Healing Unexplainable Pain
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY

Healing Unexplainable Pain: Translating developmental neuroscience into multimodal treatments for chronic pain
Saturday & Sundaym January 9 & 10, 2016
New York State Psychiatric Institute
at Columbia University Medical Center
Hellman Auditorium, 1st floor
1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032

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Columbia Conference graphic

In January 2015, we gathered an international group of developmental neuroscientists and clinical researchers in a symposium that bridged the communication gap between new neurobiological insights on psychosomatic distress and novel treatment approaches for these difficult to treat conditions. Responding to the great interest generated by that meeting, we are glad to present the 2nd Columbia Psychosomatics Conference.

This year, we bring a new two-day program that will focus on the recent insights into treatment of patients with chronic pain who are often misdiagnosed and suffer for years without effective alleviation of pain, which significantly impairs their lives. Somatoform pain, fibromyalgia, "idiopathic" or "medically unexplained" pain are some of the many terms that describe chronic pain - a disorder, recent research suggests, which stems from malfunctioning of the central nervous system.

Developmental neuroscience research point to a crucial role of early interpersonal experience in the development of the brain and its capacities to regulate emotions, pain, immune, and all other body systems, leading to a long-term impact on health and disease throughout a person's life. Early emotional distress and a non-optimal interpersonal environment may have detrimental neuroimmune effects on life-long development. These effects can, however, be reversed to a large extent by engaging neuroplasticity - a change elicited by new experience and aided by pharmacologic treatments. While most current treatments are focused on modulating the interaction between emotions and somatic experiences through verbal interventions (e.g., talk psychotherapy), early learning, emotional experience, interpersonal communication, and interaction of with the external and inner world of a person are multimodal. That is, preverbal multisensory, cognitive, and emotional functions play an important role in our functioning and distress regulation. Cutting-edge psychosomatic treatment programs around the world engage all these systems in multimodal treatment programs that include talk-, music-, art-, body-, dance/movement-, physical-, individual and group psychotherapies combined with pharmacotherapy.

International group of leading psychosomatic researchers and clinicians will present the science and the clinical approaches to multimodal emotion-, body-, and development- focused treatments for central chronic pain. We invite a multidisciplinary community of psychosomatic clinicians and researchers, psychiatrists, psychologists, neurologists, nurses, primary care-, pain-, internal medicine, and family physicians, social workers, art-, music-, dance/movement-, and body-psychotherapists, physical therapists, as well as clinical and basic researchers to take part in exchange on the cutting-edge psychosomatic treatments and research on centrally-modulated chronic pain, and to engage in discussions with each other and our presenters.

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