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Kris Eric Larsen

Kris Eric Larsen

Kris Larsen


Adjunct Faculty


Kris Eric Larsen, Master of Arts (MA), Dance/Movement Therapy, Naropa University, Colorado; Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist (BC-DMT), American Dance Therapy Association; Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Department of Professional Regulation, State of Illinois; Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (GL-CMA), Columbia College Chicago, Illinois.

Kris interned at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., the birthplace of DMT.  Subsequently, he worked at Charter Behavioural Hospital where he was part of the development and the clinical coordinator of the first LGBT program in Chicago (Lifestyles Program) as well as coordinator for both the outpatient addictions and mood disorder programs. Later, he worked for the Pride Institute, also an LGBT program, housed at Lakeshore Hospital. In addition to Columbia College's programs, he coordinated the dance/movement therapy concentration in the Psychology department at Barat College, Illinois until the college's closure in 2004. 

Kris is the Faculty Development Coordinator and Alumni Relations Coordinator for the Department of Creative Arts Therapies (DCAT) where he has taught for over 15 years. In 2006, he received the part-time faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. He provides CEU workshops for the department and for the Illinois Counseling Association. He is a group supervision consultant at Riveredge Hospital, and he has worked on the nominating committee of the American Dance Therapy Association. He has been the co-director of Sling Dance Company for 12 years and creates new dances each year. Kris provides clinical supervision and maintains a private practice in dance/movement therapy with focus on trauma and the healing aspects of movement and spirituality. In 2014, Kris authored two chapters in Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning.