Master Series in the Field of Early Childhood & Infant Mental Health

Families in Motion: The Dancing Dialogue—Using the Power of Movement to Support Communication and Attachment with Infants, Young Children and Families using Ways of Seeing Suzi Tortora Ed.D.

Thursday, March 7, 2013
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Adelphi University
Alumni House
Garden City Campus (Get Directions)


About the Program

Based on the intricate relationship between the brain and body, the instructor will introduce deeper ways to understanding the role that multisensory learning plays in all levels of a young child’s development, using the Ways of Seeing program. This relationship-based program emphasizes the primary significance of movement and multisensory experience in strengthening the attachment relationship through nonverbal and experientially-based engagement. This perspective will be applied across a continuum of infant and early childhood mental health practice, with typical parent- infant relationships and special populations.

Through the use of the D.A.N.C.E. nonverbal assessment tool developed by this instructor, participants will sharpen their non-verbal observational skills and learn this innovative approach to organize and interpret nonverbal information. Basic knowledge of the theoretical concepts of the Ways of Seeing dance movement psychotherapy program will be explained enabling participants to grasp the role of movement in all areas and across a range of development.

The instructor will teach the use of age appropriate movement, dance and play activities that support the attachment relationship while enhancing physical, cognitive, communicative and social/emotional development. Attachment Theory and current neuroscience as it relates to the relationship of mind-body-emotion will be explicated. The Ways of Seeing treatment program supports typical and special needs infants, children and their families including developmental issues, sensory processing and regulatory difficulties, autism/PDD, ADD/ADHD, trauma and medically ill children.

Participants will learn through lecture, discussion, video analysis, worksheets, Ways of Seeing and LMA- derived nonverbal observation, individual, dyadic and small group experiential participation including both directed activities and improvisation.

About the Instructor

Suzi Tortora Ed.D., BC-DMT, CMA, LCAT, LMHC is a board certified dance movement therapist, Laban Nonverbal Movement Analyst, and a specialist in the field of infant and early childhood mental health and development. Her expertise regarding the importance of early relationships informs her psychotherapeutic work across the life span. Dr. Tortora graduated from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University specializing in child development, education and psychology; received her dance movement therapy masters degree at NYU and her doctorate with a specialization in infant/early childhood development, psychology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Tortora is a certified Laban Movement Analyst and Kestenberg Movement Profiler. She has a private dance movement psychotherapy practice in New York City and Cold Spring-on-the-Hudson, New York. She offers dance therapy and nonverbal video analysis training to professionals who work with infants, children and families nationally and internationally. She is on the board of the New York Zero-to-Three Network and has authored the book The Dancing Dialogue: Using the Communicative Power of Movement with Young Children, which will be available for a book signing at the end of the program.


Who Should Attend

Infant Mental Health Specialists, Early Childhood Educators, Child Care Providers, Pediatricians, Neonatologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Midwifes, Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Obstetricians, Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, School Counselors, Child Life Specialists, Educators, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, students and others who professionally impact the lives of families and children.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Marcy Safyer
Director Institute for Parenting
p - 516.877.3060
e - theinstituteforparenting@adelphi.edu

Scholarship funding to participate in this training may be available through the Educational Incentive Program (EIP). For more information visit tsg.suny.edu. You may also contact EIP at eip@tsg.suny.edu or 800.295.9616.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Education
  • ASHA
  • Psychology
  • NBCC
  • OCFS (Office of Children and Family Services)

This program has been submitted for approval for a total of 6 continuing education/training/contact hours or .6 ASHA Credits

Social work CEU’s are given through the New York State Chapter of the NASW.

CASAC training hours: Program information has been submitted for approval to the New York State Office of Addiction and Substance Abuse Services Education and Training for credits toward recredentialing.

Education Hours/credits: May be received at the discretion of your school. We are happy to provide any information you may need to help towards your approval.

NBCCNBCC Credits/Hours:
Adelphi University Institute for Parenting is an approved provider of the National Board for Certified Counselors- Approved Education Providers (NBCC-ACEP).


Continuing Education Certificates: Certificate of Attendance will be issued at the end of the conference.

Psychology CE credits: Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education credits for psychologists through the Adelphi University School of Social Work. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Attendance to the entire conference is required. No partial credit is given. To apply for CE credits, contact the Institute for Parenting at 516.237.8513.

Nursing Contact Hours: This activity has been submitted to the Arizona Nurses' Association for approval to award contact hours. The Arizona Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Confirmations: No confirmations will be issued due to the high volume of registrations.

Cancellation Policy: No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the event or for no-shows. Cancellations more than seven working days before a workshop will result in a refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

Disclaimer: The University reserves the right to cancel this or any program due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified and full refunds will be issued.


Should you require disability accommodations, please email the Office of Disability Support Services at dss@adelphi.edu, giving notice of 72 hours before the event. Should you require ASL interpreting, 7 days notice is required.

For additional information about this program, please contact:

Marcy Safyer, LCSW-R
Linen Hall, Room 11
p - 516.877.3060
e - msafyer@adelphi.edu

The Institute for Parenting
Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701

f - 516.237.8512

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