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Trauma and The Moving Body

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Amber Elizabeth Gray, PhD
1 Hour 01 Minutes
Sep 25, 2020
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Those oppressed by violence in daily life struggle due to lack of access to everything that provides refuge and safety. This presentation will share embodied breath, somatic and movement practices that offer stabilization, grounding, and state-shifting for both client and therapist well-being.

Recognizing that the most essential ingredient for client co-regulation is therapist self-regulation, this presentation offers embodied approaches that equally serve the therapeutic alliance.

A mix of theoretical and scientific principles from Polyvagal-informed Dance/Movement therapy will buoy these practices, developed by the presenters 23 years working with survivors of complex, relational and historic trauma seeking refuge from war, violence and torture. 



This online program is worth 1 hours CPD.



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Amber Elizabeth Gray, PhD, is a long-time human rights activist and pioneer in the use of Dance Movement Therapy with survivors of trauma, particularly torture, war and human rights abuses. She is an ADTA Outstanding Achievement Award recipient; a recent nominee for The Barbara Chester Human Rights award, and featured expert on torture treatment through Tulane University’s Institute of Traumatology. Amber’s expertise is represented in many published articles, chapters, keynote addresses, professional collaborations and presentations around the world. Amber has provided clinical training on the integration of refugee mental health and torture treatment with creative arts, mindfulness, and body-based therapies to more than 30 programs worldwide. She is the originator of Polyvagal-informed Dance/Movement and Soma-Movement Therapies, developed over 20+ years of immersion in The Polyvagal Theory, and Restorative Movement Psychotherapy, a resiliency-based framework and clinical approach for somatic, mindfulness and dance/movement therapies with refugees and survivors of torture war trauma.  

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Amber Elizabeth Gray is the founder and director of the Kint Institute. She is an advisor/consultant to The Center for Victims of Torture, UNICEF, Foundation House, the State of New Mexico, Las Cumbres Community Services, the Garrison Institute, The Department of Veterans Services, Psychosocial Refugee Teams, and Restorative Resources. She is a published author and receives royalties. Dr. Gray receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Amber Elizabeth Gray is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the American Dance Therapy Association, the Colorado Association for Play Therapy, and the Colorado Sandplay Therapy Association. For a complete list, please contact


  1. Formulate a human rights framework for body-based therapies with survivors of trauma 
  2. Appraise the theories that are central to polyvagal-informed dance/movement therapy. 
  3. Practice 3 state-shifting practices to promote grounding, stabilization, enhanced interoception, self-and-co-regulation and self-reciprocity. 


Landing in Our Bodies Practice

Restorative Movement Psychotherapy and Polyvagal-informed Dance/Movement Therapy

Practices for Regulation and Reciprocity  

  • Grounding and Stabilizing Practice 
  • Enhancing Interoception Practice 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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