Therapeutic Art of Movement Institute
presents a short online CPD course
As Phoenix from the ashes:
Attachment in DMT practice during a pandemic

TAOMI offers this course to helping professionals who utilise embodied approaches (Dance Movement Therapy (DMT), arts-based and somatic practices). Over a 5-week period this course will develop and deepen professional skills regarding the topic of attachment.

So much has changed in our lives, from the way we give birth to how we die. Our fundamental sense of safety and relatedness are formed at an early age through primary attachments, relationships and experience. 
TAOMI wants to consider the evidence of this change and explore new perspectives. We wish to develop new skills that address the issues facing ourselves and our clients, of all ages. Now is the time to attend to our attachment processes and explore new ways to rise from the ashes of this pandemic and recreate our professional and personal selves.



2 languages

simultaneous translation from English to Russian on webinars, discussion groups

leading experts
in DMT and somatic practice


8 live webinars and discussion/experiential group sessions,small groups and self-study
In this course you will:
consider new perspectives on issues of attachment arising out of Covid-19
identify new approaches to the issue of over- or understimulation, within family or community
gain new embodied and creative tools to enhance self-care, as you face similar challenges to your clients
play an essential part in building this supportive community of growth, learning and inspiration
Our tutors

TAOMI has invited three Dance Movement Therapists and one Somatic Movement Educator/Therapist, all prominent specialists in their field of expertise, working with issues of relationship in their practice and research.

Rosemarie Samaritter
Netherlands , Shared Movement Approach
Programme Leader Research Arts Therapies, Codarts University of the Arts, Rotterdam (NL); Researcher at KenVaK, Research Centre of the Arts Therapies (NL); Senior Dance Movement Therapist and Supervisor at EDT Maastricht (NL), mental health centre for experiential psychotherapy; committee chair of the EADMT research group.
Her therapy work focuses on outpatient settings with clients with personality disorders, trauma and disturbed sense of self. At Codarts Rotterdam, she teaches DMT theory and methods, neurophysiology for DMT and video-based movement analysis. Her research focus is on DMT intervention studies.

Suzi Tortora
USA, New York; Dancing Dialogue
Ed.D., BC-DMT, CMA, LCAT, LMHC Founder/Director: Dancing Dialogue, LCAT LMHC PLLC
holds a doctorate from Columbia University. She has a private practice in New York. Since 2003 she created and is the senior DMT of the pediatric DMT program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. An author and lecturer, she offers trainings about her Ways of Seeing method nationally, internationally, and through webinars.

Karen Studd
Virginia, USA, Whole Movement
has a Master’s degree in Dance from University of Oregon and is certified in movement analysis through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS). Studd is also a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator through ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association). Studd is a founding member of WholeMovement, a group of movement analysts working together to increase the visibility of the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS) worldwide. She also serves as a LIMS and Emove Program Coordinator and core faculty member and has taught LBMS in the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Israel and in China. 

Marianne Eberhard-Kaehele
Germany , Langen Institute
DMT Therapist, -Trainer, -Supervisor BTD, ECP, Co-Founder: German DMT Association, German Arts Therapies Association, and a DMT training program. 20 years DMT advocacy work. Has presented and published widely nationally/internationally. 35 years clinical experience, currently lecturer and researcher at German Sport University, Cologne with a private practice specializing in trauma.

Our curators

will facilitate the opening session and discussion/experiential group meetings, will curate each webinar, and the online forum, to ensure the learning needs of our students are met in the most optimal way.

Julia Morozova
Alkmaar, Netherlands, director of TAOMI
Senior DMT practitioner, supervisor, trainer.

Julia is currently working in private practice in the Netherlands, with both individuals and groups, and teaching on DMT programmes in Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania and other countries. She is on the Dutch DMT Association Board.

Susan Scarth
Edinburgh, UK, director of TAOMI
Senior DMT practitioner, supervisor, trainer, Laban Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CMA).

Susan runs a private practice in Scotland. She is an international trainer on EU DMT programmes, and collaborates with Estonia DMT Association & Whole Movement to run LBMS for Therapists programmes. Susan is Training Standards coordinator for EADMT.

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗲𝘀:
An opening session with the TAOMI curators to contextualise the subject, introduce the learning space and our experiential model

4 webinars with esteemed practitioner/researchers, each unfolding the theme from their different perspectives, thus enriching our understanding of the subject

3 meetings to discuss specific topics rising from the webinars, facilitated by TAOMI curators
Ongoing discussion online forum in closed group

Recordings of the webinars and discussion groups available during the course and one month after the course is finished
Completion of all webinars and active participation in discussion groups will be rewarded with a Certificate of Attendance

Week 1
Tue May 18th 18.00 - 20.00 CET

Week 1
Tue May 18th 18.00 - 20.00 CET

Opening Meeting
hosted by Susan Scarth and Julia Morozova
to contextualise the subject, introduce the learning space and our experiential model

Week 2
Tue May 25th 18.00 - 20.00 CET
Week 2
Tue May 25th 18.00 - 20.00 CET
Webinar “Choreographies of intersubjectivity: re-connecting after trauma”
Rosemarie Samaritter
The webinar will address and discuss the impact of trauma and developmental disorders on interpersonal attunement and attachment. Participants will learn some basic principles of dance-informed procedures and techniques from the Shared Movement Approach. The interventions will be discussed for their contribution to resilience and recovery after trauma and crisis.

Fri May 28th 13.00 - 15.00 CET
Fri May 28th 13.00 - 15.00 CET
Webinar "Families in Motion: Understanding the role of embodied experience in the early caregiver- infant relationship during the time of COVID-19"
Suzi Tortora
The global pandemic has brought to light the need for family connection now more than ever. The need for social distancing and limited contact has required us to especially rely on interpreting nonverbal expressions and our embodied experience. This webinar focuses on the key elements of nonverbal expression that support the development of a secure caregiver - infant relationship and how to support this relationship during these stressful times. This is discussed within the context of understanding how to work with the dance/movement therapists’ own embodied countertransference experience to provide a secure holding environment for the whole family.

Week 3
Tue June 1st 18.00 - 20.00 CET

Week 3
Tue June 1st 18.00 - 20.00 CET

Webinar "Finding support through Space Harmony: How LBMS can support awareness and access to oneself and in connecting to other"
Karen Studd
Laban Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS) is framed through what is called Space Harmony. It recognizes Space as a continuum between Inner and Outer and it focuses on the balance and phrasing of our inner and outer existence. This presentation will focus on explicating and mapping the space we contain and the space we inhabit and how to find support through deepening your relationship to space. We have our own space but ultimately, we share space with others in our interactions, so awareness of space is an essential aspect of relationship. Space too plays an important role in creating and dissolving the boundaries we utilize in our relationships. The presentation will be both a lecture and laboratory experience and will have time for questions and answers.

Fri June 4th 13.00 - 15.00 CET
Fri June 4th 13.00 - 15.00 CET
Discussion & practice group meeting
hosted by Julia Morozova and Susan Scarth
Group meeting curators will invite you to discuss and explore in-depth the issues arising from the webinar materials presented so far.
Week 4
Tue June 8th 18.00 - 20.00 CET

Week 4
Tue June 8th 18.00 - 20.00 CET

Discussion & practice group meeting
Julia Morozova and Susan Scarth
Group  meeting curators will invite you  to discuss and explore in-depth  the issues  arising from the webinar materials presented so far.
Fri June 11th 13.00 - 15.00 CET

Fri June 11th 13.00 - 15.00 CET

Webinar "Trauma and Attachment in Adults"
Marianne Eberhard
The learning objectives of this webinar are to
  • refresh knowledge on principles of attachment theory relevant to trauma,
  • know effects of trauma on attachment style and social functioning,
  • understand how maladaptive patterns develop and how they feel from the inside, through experientials,
  • discover interventions in DMT that can aid in diagnosing and treating attachment problems,
  • understand and practice principles for facilitating secure attachment in DMT.
Week 5
Tuesday June 15th 18.00 - 20.00
Week 5
Tuesday June 15th 18.00 - 20.00
Discussion & practice group meeting. Closure
Julia Morozova and Susan Scarth
Group  meeting curators will invite you  to discuss and explore in-depth  the issues  arising from the webinar materials presented so far. The group discussion will consider how we might adapt our practice in the light of this new information gained.
Fees and conditions
The whole course package :
Early Bird price ( before 15.04.2021) - €130,
Full Price (before 15.05.2021) - €160,
Last minute price ( after 15.05.2021) - €190

Single webinar - €35 ( live only),
selection of two webinars - €65,
selection of three webinars - €90.

Payment information explained in the registration form.

Cancellation policy
Refunds, less €25 administration fee, are available until 15th May, 2021.

After 15th May no refunds are available.

Other practical matters
Webinars and discussion group meetings are held on Zoom - with simultaneous translation from English to Russian. The discussion/experiential group sessions will be held in English and in Russian. Reading materials will be provided in both languages.

The recordings of the webinar and discussion groups will be available for participants during the course and for one month after its completion.


TAOMI - Therapeutic Art of Movement Institute is a registered company (registration number 40103194679, Latvia) established to provide education and professional development in the field of Dance Movement Therapy.

TAOMI welcomes Dance Movement Therapists and other allied professionals with the aim to develop an inspirational community for learning and growing, on-line and in person.

TAOMI offers webinars, therapeutic groups, professional training, personal development groups and informal discussion forums.

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