Wellness Classes


arrow December 16, 2008
Lecture – Anni Bergman Parent Infant Training Program
Anni Bergman
New York, NY

Lecture - The Anni Bergman Parent Infant Training Program
December 16, 2008
224 West 20th Street, New York, NY

Suzi Tortora

arrow December 6, 2008
Lecture – Beyond Crying
Zero to Three
Los Angeles, CA

Connecting Science, Policy and Practice:
Improving Outcomes for Infants and Toddlers
December 6, 2008
Zero to Three
23rd National Training Institute (NTI)
Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, CA

Faculty: Suzi Tortora, EdD, ADTA, CMA
Dancing Dialogue, Cold Spring on the Hudson, NY
Beyond Crying: Pain, Trauma, and Stress in Early Childhood

Through a multisensory psychotherapeutic approach, participants will learn nonverbal signs to decipher how a preverbal child experiences pain/stress; medical/physiological indicators; and developmental effects. Preverbal memory will be highlighted, emphasizing how traumatic events are represented/re-enacted through nonverbal expression and play. The psychodynamic role of significant family members will also be addressed.

For more information

arrow November 5, 2008
Interview with Myron Hofer, MD
New York Zero To Three
New York, New York

Tenth Annual Hedi Levenback Memorial Evening
with a Zero-to-Three Pioneer
November 5, 2008
Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services
120 W. 57th St., Room 306, New York, New York

Suzi Tortora will be interviewing Myron Hofer, MD
The Effects of Psychology on Biology:
The Impact of the Parent – Infant Relationship
on Healthy Child Development

For more information

arrow October 30–November 2, 2008
Lecture – Emotion in Motion
The American Dance Therapy Association
Austin, Texas

The American Dance Therapy Association
43rd Annual Conference
October 30–November 2, 2008
Austin, Texas

Suzi Tortora is the invited lecturer for a half day pre-conference workshop
Nurturing relationships through multi-sensory interaction
in dance movement therapy


arrow August 27–30, 2008
Ways of Seeing: Dance Movement Therapy
with Infants, Children & Families
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Four Day Advanced Training
August 27–30, 2008
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Suzi Tortora
Ways of Seeing: Dance Movement Therapy
with Infants, Children & Families

Programa de Entrenamiento en Danza Movimento Terapia de Buenos Aires, Argentina

arrow August 4–5, 2008
Two Sessions: Autism Unfolded and
Beyond Crying: Pain, Trauma, and Stress in Early Childhood
Yokohama, Japan

World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) Congress
August 4–5, 2008
Yokohama, Japan

Suzi Tortora (United States)
Two Sessions: Workshop Training and Poster Session
Autism Unfolded:
Following a Young Child's Journey from Object to Relationship

Through longitudinal videotape case study the emergence of relatedness, self-expression, language, and psychosocial development in a young child with autism will be demonstrated, using a nonverbal dance/movement psychotherapeutic treatment program called Ways of Seeing. By entering this toddler's world of music and idiosyncratic dance-play, these elements were used to create a nonverbal relationship; as a foundation and precursor for the development of language, abstract symbolic play and psychodynamic expression. This case study spanning a period of seven years beginning in toddlerhood, will address the complex relationship between early body and movement based experiences and psychological functioning. It will introduce the concept that each individual enters into the world with an experiential sense of the body that influences how that person gains information about his or her surroundings, processes this information, and then responds. It will demonstrate how body awareness, touch, relaxation, play, and dance/movement exploration activities were used therapeutically to improve motor planning and coordination, as well as physical and emotional regulation. How the treatment focus has expanded from intra- and inter-personal regulation and connection, to include psychodynamic themes of aggression, frustration, rescue, resolution, and empathy will be discussed, opening up the possibility for the development of intersubjectivity. The workshop will conclude with a lively open dialogue about the experience of intersubjectivity in autism. Through lecture, nonverbal analysis worksheets, and experiential demonstrations, participants will learn about the use of nonverbal experience as the primary form of communication and intervention, and as a significant tool to address social/emotional issues – transforming difficult behaviors into communicative links.

Poster session:
Beyond Crying: Pain, Trauma, and Stress in Early Childhood
The role of nonverbal implicit knowing

This workshop will focus on how infants and young children experience and express pain, trauma and stress; introducing a psychotherapeutic intervention program that uses a multisensory approach involving movement, music, creative expression, and nonverbal analysis to facilitate healing and change. Going beyond the known associations with crying and pain, participants will learn what nonverbal signs to look for to help decipher how a young preverbal or newly verbal child is experiencing pain or stress; medical/physiological indicators of pain and stress; when and how difficult experiences can lead to a traumatic reaction; and the developmental effects of such events on the young child's overall growth. The process and role of somatic and experientially based preverbal memory in young infants will be highlighted, enabling participants to recognize how traumatic events are represented and reenacted through nonverbal expression and play. The psychodynamic role of significant family members will also be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on how to support both the individual needs of the dyadic and triadic members as well as ways to create healing partnerships within these relationships. The key elements of this program will be presented through lecture, experiential demonstrations, discussion, analysis of videotape data, and research examining an infant pain management protocol developed through this program. Pre and post clinical case studies of two young children, one baby suffering the impact of serious medical illness; and an infant affected by environmentally induced trauma within the whole family system that impacted the infant's psycho-developmental growth, will clearly illustrate
this method.

For more information WAIMH PDF

arrow April 25 & 26, 2008
Regulation, Attachment and Emotional Development
Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, Every Child Counts –
First 5 Alameda County and California Institute of
Intregal Studies Somatic Psychology Department

An On-going Clinical Education Series
in Infant and Early Childhood Education
April 25, 2008, Friday 9 am – 4:30 pm &
April 26, 2008, Saturday 9 am – 4:30 pm


Presenter: Suzi Tortora, EdD, ADTR, CMA, KMP
Regulation, Attachment and Emotional Development – Part 2

Full Details of the Event PDF

arrow March 29–30 & April, 5, 2008
Dance Therapy and Focusing
92nd Street Y
New York, NY

Spring Weekend Workshop
Saturday & Sunday, March 29 & 30 & Saturday, April 5, 2008, 1 – 6pm
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave, NY, NY 10128

Dr. Miriam Roskin Berger, ADTR and Dr. Joan Lavender, PsyD
Dance Therapy and Focusing

Gendlin's Experiential Focusing is a bodily-centered therapy process which gives you access to a deep level of knowing, leading to inner transformation you can feel immediately and apply to your life. While most approaches to therapy are based on the assumption that it is good to be more "in touch" with yourself, Focusing teaches you how to do this. Focusing is a highly-regarded and well-researched process that has been shown to correlate with positive life change, enhanced self-esteem, and the experience of integration and wholeness. This workshop will explore the relationship from the dimension of Focusing to the world of movement and dance improvisation. Identify felt senses (as distinct from emotions) in your body. Enable the felt sense to communicate its message to you, from the edge of your awareness. Use dance movement improvisation and felt sensing together for healing. Eligible for

Cost: $250 plus reg. fee
March 29, Lower Dance Studio, basement
March 30, Buttenwieser Hall, 2nd Floor
April 5, Lower Dance Studio, basement or call 212 415-5500

arrow March 1, 2008
Dance Movement Psychotherapy:
Infants and Young Children
92nd Street Y
New York, NY

Spring One-Day Workshop
Saturday, March 1, 2008, 2 – 6pm
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave, NY, NY 10128

Suzi Tortora, EdD, ADTR, CMA, LCAT, LMHC
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.

Cost: $75 plus reg. fee
Buttenwieser Hall, 2nd Floor or call 212 415-5500