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arrow October 31 – November 3, 2007
2007 Joint National Conference
Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Inc.
Novotel–Sydney Olympic Park
Australian Association for Infant Mental Health Inc.

2007 Joint National Conference
October 31 – November 3, 2007
Novotel–Sydney Olympic Park

Suzi Tortora Ed.D, CMA, ADTR, LCAT, LMHC
Pleary Talk
Baby Cues: the Nature of Nonverbal Communication between Parent & Child

Suzi Tortora Ed.D, CMA, ADTR, LCAT, LMHC
Workshop 4 – Let's Dance!
Nurturing Relationships through Multi-sensory Interaction

Based on the intricate relationship between the brain and body, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the role multi-sensory learning plays in all levels of a young child's development, using a program developed by this presenter called Ways of Seeing. The focus of this relationship-based program emphasizes the primary significance of movement and multi-sensory experience in building the attachment relationship through nonverbal and experientially-based engagement. Participants will learn how the nonverbal aspect of interactions with young children influence the child's development in all areas, by emphasizing why playful spontaneous movement-based interactions involving a mutual give and take between baby and significant adult, support the development of a healthy bond. Discussion will include how the nonverbal aspects of a parents quality of touch and holding can influence the developing relationship and the infant's budding sense of self.

Participants will learn how to apply this multi-sensory and nonverbal perspective across a continuum of infant mental health practice, from typical parent-infant relationships to special populations: such as medically ill young children in a hospital setting and children with developmental issues including sensory processing, communication delay and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Nonverbal observational skills will be sharpened as participants learn how to organize and interpret the information observed to develop a program unique to each child and family; using touch, rhythm, movement and body awareness techniques. Multi-sensory activities that capture the young child's interest become a tool for communication; helping the child navigate the environment, supporting relationships, enhancing self-expression, and, in the case of medically ill children, for pain management. Through lecture, video, worksheets and experiential participation, participants will understand the role of movement in development; and learn age appropriate movement, dance and play activities that support the attachment relationship while enhancing physical, cognitive, communicative and social/emotional development. These activities can be used with families in group, dyadic, and individual therapeutic, hospital, preventative, and daycare settings.

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arrow September 27 – 30, 2007
ADTA 42nd Annual Conference
American Dance Therapy Association
Brooklyn, NY

ADTA 42nd Annual Conference
September 27 – 30, 2007
NY Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, NY

3 Lectures

Beyond Crying: Pain, Trauma, and Stress in Eearly Childhood
– Eigth Forum on Early Childhood Settings

Discussant: 13th International Panel:
"Dance Therapy with Children Throughout the World"

Dance Across America...The Andréa Rizzo Foundation Takes Flight

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arrow August 19, 2007
6th Annual "Walk for the Children"
The Andrea Rizzo Foundation
Newport, RI

The Andrea Rizzo Foundation Invites You
To The 6th Annual "Walk for the Children"
August 19, 2007, Sunday 4:00 PM
Rodgers Rec Center, Salve Regina University, Ochre Pt. Ave. Newport, RI 02840


A Family Fun Event Benefiting Children with cancer and special needs through:
The Andrea Rizzo Dance Therapy Program
Join us for a 2 mile walk along the scenic Cliff Walk followed by dance performances, raffles
and refreshments!

Want to form a team? Walk in memory or in support of a loved one! Walk as a school, business, youth group, organization etc.
Individuals Walkers Welcome!

To donate online: www.dance-across-america.com
For any questions or team info packets email DreasDream@aol.com
and check out our website: www.ridance.com/andrearizzo.html

arrow August 19, 2007
Collaborating With a Mission – ADTA/NDEO/RI Dance Alliance
Andrea Rizzo Foundation
Newport, RI

Collaborating With a Mission – ADTA/NDEO/RI Dance Alliance
Cliff Walk Andrea Rizzo Foundation
August 19, 2007

Suzi Tortora
Keynote Lecture 1:45 PM
Held at Salve Regina University, Newport, RI at the O'Hare Academic Center

1:15 Registration O'Hare Academic Center 2nd floor
1:45 Keynote: Suzi Tortora
2:45 Breakout sessions: 2 dynamic seminars on dance/movement therapy in several settings.

Speakers: Christina Devereaux, ADTR Public Relations Director of the national ADTA:;
Cathy Lebeaux, ADTR President, NE Chapter of the ADTA

Collaborating With a Mission: Spreading the word on Dance/Movement Therapy

Followed by a Walk-A-Thon along the scenic Newport Cliff Walk to support the work of
The Andréa Rizzo Foundation

American Dance Therapy Association/ New England Chapter
Rhode Island Dance Alliance/ An affiliate of the National Dance Educators Organization
The Andréa Rizzo Foundation/ a non profit organization dedicated to bringing dance/movement therapy to children with cancer and special needs

The New England dance community invites all in the dance, education and health related fields to join us at Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island

These seminars are geared toward anyone interested in Dance/Movement therapy in the fields of education, special education, Dance and health related settings.

Walk: 2 miles in scenic Newport along the magnificent Cliff Walk overlooking Narragansett Bay

Join in a "Walk for the Children" benefiting The Andréa Rizzo Foundation's pediatric dance/movement therapy program for children with cancer and special needs, entitled
"Dréa's Dream".

"Dréa's Dream" touches the lives of fragile children at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Ronald Mc Donald Houses in NYC and Providence and public schools throughout the country. Walk alone, with friends or form a team to walk in honor of someone or something special in your life. A $500 prize is Awarded to the highest pledge raising team.

Fee $25
email: DreasDream@aol for an info packet if you would like to form a team.

Dance: Enjoy free dance performances by area dance companies before and after the walk

Kayak Raffle, Baskets, Free Refreshments, and family fun!
Proceeds will benefit the Andréa Rizzo Foundation which funds Dréa's Dream. If you can not make the event but would like to make a donation online, you can go to: www.Dance-Across-America.com

arrow July 29, 2007
Authentic Movement Workshop
Suzi Tortora
Cold Spring, NY

Authentic Movement Workshop
July 29, 2007
Cold Spring, NY

Teacher: Suzi Tortora

An inner focusing movement meditation practice involving listening to your body and allowing your body to move you

Location: Cold-Spring-on-the-Hudson – in the beautiful Hudson Valley region
Dates: Sunday, July 29, 2007
Time: 1:30 – 4:15 PM
Fees: $40

arrow July 17 – 19, 2007
Keynote Lecture: Movement as a Vehicle for Communication
University of Syracuse
Syracuse, NY

Keynote Lecture: Movement as a Vehicle for Communication

Creative Family Dance Workshop

Private Sessions with Dr. Suzi Tortora

July 17 - 19, 2007
the Summer Institute 2007: Communication through the Arts: University of Syracuse

Ways of Seeing Dance movement Psychotherapist Dr. Tortora States: "Young children communicate, learn, and express themselves through their movements and senses. For adults – parents, caregivers, and professionals – it is of vital importance to connect with children of all ages on this nonverbal level. This is an especially effective tool for children with communication differences. Using the language of movement and the senses as an entryway into the child's world. Dr. Tortora creates activities that join the children, stimulate their social, emotional, physical, communicative and cognitive development, improve their body awareness and coordination and quality of life.

Contact Information:
Syracuse for keynote & workshop: soeweb.syr.edu - research - institutes - facilitated communication - training
or phone 315-443-9379
To book private sessions contact Dr. Suzi Tortora via e-mail or 845-265-1085

arrow June 23, 2007
Authentic Movement Workshop
Suzi Tortora
Cold Spring, NY

Authentic Movement Workshop
June 23, 2007
Cold Spring, NY

Teacher: Suzi Tortora

A 3 Session Workshop

arrow June 21, 2007
Exploring Children's Love of Movement
Infancy Institute Infants, Toddlers, Families: Supporting Their Growth
New York, NY

Exploring Children's Love of Movement
June 21, 2007 9 – 11:15 AM & 1 – 3:15 PM
Infancy Institute Infants, Toddlers, Families: Supporting their Growth
Bank Street College, New York, NY

Suzi Tortora
Dance Therapist, Laban Movement Analyst, Private Practice and
Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center Pediatrics
Exploring Children's Love of Movement from typical
to atypical development

Through lecture, video, and experience, participants will learn how to support the young child's natural movement explorations, using music, movement, and dance. These activities will be discussed within a developmental perspective, focusing on enhancing the parent-infant relationship as well as the infant's overall emotional, social, cognitive, communicative, and physical growth.

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arrow June 9, 2007
The Dancing Dialogue
Idaho Falls, Idaho

The Dancing Dialogue:
Using the Communicative Power of Movement
with young Children
June 9, 2007
Region 7 Department of Health and Welfare, Child Development Center,
Idaho Falls, Idaho

Sponsored by Brookes–On–Location, a program offered by Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co, Inc.

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arrow April 21, 2007
On Clinical Momentum
Division 39 American Psychological Association
Toronto, Canada

On Clinical Momentum:
Time, Process and Complexity in the Psychoanalytic Arena
April 18-22, 2007
Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Ontario

Suzi Tortora presented with Phyllis Cohen, Rita Reiswig, Sally Moskowitz,
Donna Demetri Friedman , and K. Mark Sossin
Transmission of Trauma in the Wake of Loss: Implications for Intervention Derived from the World Trade Center Project

Saturday, April 21, 2007 from 1 PM – 2:50 PM

The Use of Nonverbal Movement Analysis in the Treatment of Women Pregnant and Widowed on 9-11

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arrow February 24, 2007
Dance Movement Psychotherapy: Infants and Young Children
92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center
New York, NY
92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center

Dance Therapy Program at the 92nd Street Y
February 24, 2007, Saturday 1:00 – 5:00 PM
92nd Street Y

Dr. Suzi Tortora
Dance Movement Psychotherapy: Infants and Young Children

Sensitize yourself to the ways young children communicate, learn and express themselves through their movement and senses. Gain hands-on experience information that is useful for all professionals and parents of young children, with or without special needs. Learn about Dr. Suzi Tortora's Ways of Seeing dance movement psychotherapy program through exploring nonverbal cues expressed by infants and young children and experiencing movement activities that support early attachment relationships and social, emotional, and cognitive development. For parents, caregivers, and professionals, these activities can be used with families or in groups and in dyadic and individual therapeutic, hospital, preventative and childcare settings.

Tuition: $75 plus $7 registration fee
PDF file with all the details including information about the faculty