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Current Events and Announcements

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2011-2012 Schweitzer Fellowship Winners Announced

CONGRATULATIONS to Jessica Sittig (MA, 2012) for being awarded a Schweitzer Fellowship for her proposal to introduce dance and movement into the trauma-focused psychotherapy program for clients and caregivers at LaRabida Children’s Hospital – Chicago Child Trauma Center.

Movement Therapy for Parkinson's patients at Hubbard Street Dance

Department Chair Susan Imus and Adjunct Faculty member Kris Larsen are mentioned in this article from Time Out Chicago about the benefits and future research on movement therapy for patients diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

First Year DMTC Students’ Idea Featured in Manifest

Graduate students from all departments joined forces to create a “mini-golf art course” for Columbia’s annual end-of-the-year Manifest celebration, which celebrates graduating students and showcases the college’s creative mission and spirit.

First year DMTC students Emily D’Annunzio and Courtney St. Clair answered the call for mini-golf “hole” ideas with their proposal to form a landscape, or “Bodyscape”:

…Participants will be encouraged to interact with the movers within “Bodyscape” to help create shapes and/or sounds of the landscape.  Ultimately, we hope that participants will move in the space with the movers.  By walking into the space they are walking into the piece, whether or not they are actively participating with the work.  As for the movers within “Bodyscape,” we hope to include dance/movement therapy students, other Columbia graduate students, and people within the community.

Their proposal was accepted and can be experienced on May 13, 2011!
First year student chosen for Exchange Program: “Emerging Grassroots Leaders in Nicaragua, Belize and the US”

Heartland International chose MA student Amy VanBecelaere to participate in an exchange program focusing on domestic violence, human trafficking, and women's rights/empowerment. Not only is Amy one of ten American women selected to participate, but she is one of the youngest candidates this year! One of the main reasons she was selected was because she is studying dance/movement therapy.

In mid-April, she and other Americans will join participants from Belize and Nicaragua for a two week training session. During training, participants will develop community projects to implement in Belize and Nicaragua. Their plans will be actualized when participants reunite overseas in September.

Amy’s ideal project involves forming a creative arts therapy group to help survivors of human trafficking and/or domestic violence. She has a deep passion for these issues as well as for trauma-based care and trauma-informed services. In fact, Amy decided that she wanted to become a dance/movement therapist while she was working at a Domestic Violence Shelter in Adrian, MI. One day she hopes to integrate this and her Heartland experience to start her own service agency for survivors of body-based traumas.

For additional information on the program, visit http://www.heartlandinternational.org/Belize%20Nicaragua%20Summary.pdf

Andrea K. Brown, adjunct faculty, was honored with Catholic Charities’ Employee Recognition Award on December 18, 2010 for her exemplary service as a Clinical Counselor. The award is given to just three of the agency’s 2000+ employees per quarter. The catholic Charities press release states:


"Andrea’s knowledge, skills, and experience make her one of the most informed professionals in the Chicago community for treating child victims of trauma.  She specializes in working with children with sexual behavioral problems and treats clients with dignity and respect, preventing future incidents of abuse.   While engaged in extremely stressful and heart-wrenching work, Andrea consistently maintains a full caseload, represents the department on external workgroups, always provides support, consultation, and assistance to her coworkers, and volunteers for additional projects such as training her colleagues on new assessment tools and clinical techniques."

Read an excellent interview with one of our students, Megan Hall, on our website!

Student Annie Snow is a member of Dance>Detour, recently featured in an article in Columbia College Chicago's DEMO Magazine.

May 22 - 23, 2010, the department hosted a Motus Humanus Advanced Seminar titled "Rudolf Laban: New Facets of His Life and Work" with featured guest speakers Dr. Vera Maletic, Dr. Evelyn Dörr, Dr. Jeffrey Longstaff, and Dr. Carol-Lynne Moore.

Lisa Goldman, alumni of both our MA and GLCMA programs, now adjunct faculty and internship supervisor, was interviewed on the local news about the work being done at her site, the New Focus Program at the Anixter Center.

Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling Graduate Program in Demo Magazine. Read the article...