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Embodied Neuroscience: Engaging the Full Power of Dance/Movement Therapy with Kalila Homann

January 19, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

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The Workshop

This playful and potent intensive workshop will investigate the neurophysiology of state changes, as we experience how embodied metaphors from neuroscience can become resources in treatment. In particular, we will explore the brain’s three “mothers”- the protective layers of the pia, arachnoid, and dura mater and which contain and support the brain. In the process, we will experience how attuned somatic attention sound, touch, and movement facilitates access memory, emotion, motivation, and choice.

This workshop is designed for students and clinicians interested in understanding more about how experiential process and movement engages neurophysiology and impacts psychological process.

The workshop illustrates how movement-based approaches, clinically informed by neuroscience can:

1) Address chronic and physiologically based fear, pain, and anxiety.

2) Enrich capacity for attunement and empathy in relationship.

3) Engage and impact perception and cognitive processes.

Dance movement therapists know that the body anchors an ongoing experience of being, and provides orientation as we navigate our lives from birth to death. Our interventions are rooted in the understanding that consciousness is deeply informed by the body. Concepts of embodied neuroscience can help us clarify, refine, and reinvigorate our intuitive and felt understanding of the healing power of movement.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • describe how metaphor engages the simultaneous cognitive processing capacity of both the left and right hemispheres.
  • list three ways in which movement can be engaged to shift a client’s neurophysiological state from defensive to receptive and engaged functioning.
  • Describe how experiential process engages the participant’s imagination to activate self engagement and motivation in healing.

Schedule 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

9:00 Welcome and warmup

9:15 Introduction to concepts

9:30-10:45 Experiential Exploration

10:45 Break

11:00 Process and Discussion

11:30 Closure Experiential

About the Presenter

Kalila Homann, MA, LPC-S, BC-DMT is a dance/movement therapist and licensed professional counselor and supervisor in private practice in Austin, Texas. She is an affiliate faculty member and clinical instructor for Antioch University New England. Ms. Homann has taught and supervised at the graduate and postgraduate level in dance therapy and expressive arts therapy for over 20 years. She has developed numerous courses and training programs, and directs the Embodied Neurobiology Alternate Route Dance/Movement Therapy Training Program. Her 30 years of professional experience have included program development in expressive arts therapy for inpatient and outpatient psychiatric treatment facilities, community mental health, and public school programs. Kalila has a lifelong interest in engaging the body through the use of dance/movement therapy to help the mind heal, learn, and thrive.

Registration Information

Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Register early to avoid disappointment.



Antioch University DMT Students and DMT Faculty FREE

AUNE students: $15

Other Professionals: $45


Cancellations received in writing between 30 and 15 days in advance of the workshop will be eligible for a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 14 days of the workshop are not eligible for a refund.

Continuing Education

This program qualifies for 2.75 contact hours.



Antioch University New England has been approved by the NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #4338. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Antioch University New England is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

If a participant or potential participant would like to express a concern about his/her experience with NBCC ACEP #4338, Antioch University New England – Department of Applied Psychology, he/she may call or e-mail Liz White, 603-283-2141, [email protected] Although we do not guarantee a particular outcome, the individual can expect us to consider the complaint, make any necessary decisions and respond within a reasonable amount of time.

Certificate of Attendance


A certificate of attendance will be available for all participants who request a certificate upon registering for the event.



January 19, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm EST


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