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The 5th Annual Expressive Therapies Summit

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Friday, November 7 • 10:00am - 5:15pm
Music, Sound, and Yoga in Trauma Recovery

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We are saddened to learn of the sudden passing (10-18) of our colleague, Louise Montello, DA, MT-BC, LP, LCATTo honor Dr. Montello's work, memory, and longterm commitment to the success of the Summit, members of the Summit faculty have joined to offer this daylong master class on this topic of Louise's special interest.

The voice is also a mirror of the soul, a vital link between psyche and soma. In this daylong Master Class, we will examine how expression can be inhibited by unresolved trauma, and how this inhibition can wreak havoc in the mind and body. We will explore natural vocal expression through playful warm-ups, conscious breathing, relaxation, yoga asanas, and basic singing techniques. Trauma themes will be examined through musical storytelling, vocal improvisation, and drumming. Special attention will be given to assessing strengths and weaknesses of traumatized individuals; the effects of early trauma on the nervous system; contraindications for uncovering/releasing techniques; the use of music, sound, and yoga in daily life as an integrative, empowering force during recovery. No singing experience or musical background is required.


Kathy Cass, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CYT

Kathy Cass, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CYT, E-RYT, founded the non-profit therapeutic dance/yoga organization, Chance to Dance, which served all ages and abilities and continues under the direction of her protégé under the new name Dance for All. She served three years (one, as head) on the national BC-DMT panel of the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board. Kathy is currently Director of Programs-Activities for Belmont Village Senior... Read More →

Leigh A. Kirby, MS, MT-BC

Leigh Kirby, MS, MT-BC, BM, is the co-founder and executive director of Alice’s Encore, which offers group music therapy and mindfulness program in Rochester, NY. She is also a self-employed music therapist/piano teacher, and adjunct faculty member in the creative arts therapy program at Nazareth College. Leigh is passionate about working with under-served populations to help people reach their potential and in turn build community. Areas... Read More →

Megan Mae Smith, MA, MT-BC

Megan Mae Smith, MA, MT-BC, is a music therapist in Rochester, NY. She is the co-founder and executive director of Alice's Encore, an organization dedicated to providing music therapy and mindfulness groups to under served children, families, and adults. Megan's clinical and research interests also include mental health and medical settings.

Friday November 7, 2014 10:00am - 5:15pm
Balance Arts Center 34 W 28th St, New York, NY