The mission of the California Chapter of the ADTA is to bring together dance/movement therapists from all over the state in the common goal of growing our profession as a group and as individual practitioners. The Chapter protects and promotes the interests of dance/movement therapists in California while serving the needs of its members. We provide networking, support, and advocacy for our members as we lead our community. These services will be provided in part through the Chapter website, workshops, and licensing efforts.
Our vision is to increase educational and professional support for dance/movement therapists with a commitment to using dance and movement as our therapeutic medium. We also connect with the broader mental health community to offer our unique skill set that complements and supplements the services they offer. We will move forward with the goal of integrating dance/movement and body awareness into the mainstream of mental health practices, through promotion and advancement of dance/movement therapists in the broader mental health community.
Malini Nagpal – MA, LPCC, R-DMT
Malini obtained her MA in dance/movement therapy in 1998 from University of California, Los Angeles, MA in science in 2005 from California School of Professional Psychology, and in 2012 a PhD specializing in Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Elizabeth Fluck, MA, R-DMT
Elizabeth received her BA in dance from Point Park University. She obtained her MA in dance/movement therapy from University of California, Los Angeles and her MA in Clinical Psychology from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.
Megan Shaffer – MA, R-DMT
Megan is a dance/movement therapist at Patton State Hospital, a forensic psychiatric hospital in San Bernardino, CA. She obtained her M.A. in clinical counseling with a specialization in dance/movement therapy at Lesley University and holds a B.F.A. in dance performance from California State University. As a dance/movement therapist Megan has worked with children, adolescents, and adults, focusing on crisis and trauma and severe mental illness. She is currently interested in investigating utilizing the creative process and performance as intervention tools to help patients learn about and make sense of their past, heal, and move forward. Megan is working towards her board certification as a dance/movement therapist (BC-DMT), as well as her licensure as a professional clinical counselor (LPCC). Megan is excited to flourish in her first year as a practicing dance/movement therapist.
Chandra Chaikin – MS, LMFT, R-DMT
Chandra Chaikin earned her M.S. in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton and her B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. She trained in dance therapy with Danielle Fraenkel, Ph.D. via the Alternate Route Dance Therapy Program at Kinections in Rochester, NY. She is a Spanish-speaking Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Chandra has spoken widely on the healing potential of Dance Therapy (having given presentations at Cal Optima, NAMI, the South Bay Therapist Network and in the community through the South Bay Eating Disorder Coalition) and has facilitated dance and movement workshops for people suffering from eating disorders and chronic mental illness, for dual diagnosis adolescents and for survivors of sexual assault. Chandra has interned with Alison Salter, BC-DMT and the Prime Hospital Group, the Victorian Residential Treatment Center for Eating Disorders, Newport Academy and Project RENEW. Chandra is currently in private practice in Redondo Beach, CA and does a weekly DMT group for adults with eating disorders at Center For Discovery, Palos Verdes.
Kiran Easwarachandran (Northern California)
Erin Howe (Southern California) - MA, R-DMT
Erin Howe is a dance/movement therapist at Aurora Behavioral Health Hospital in San Diego, California providing movement therapies for inpatient behavioral health and chemical dependency services for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Erin obtained her M.A. in dance/movement therapy and counseling from Columbia College Chicago, IL, and holds a B.A. is psychology with a minor in dance from CSU San Marcos, San Diego, California. Erin currently resides in San Diego, California and is committed to helping spread knowledge about DMT to the San Diego area. She has been spending her time as a guest artist/presenter at CSUSM regarding DMT and wishes to continue leading presentations. Erin looks forward to completing her hours for California state licensure (LPCC) and moving into private practice.
Bobbi McKissick (Southern California) – MA, R-DMT, RYT
Bobbi McKissick received her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and counseling from Columbia College Chicago. She holds BA degrees in both Dance and Psychology from University of Maryland. She currently resides in Costa Mesa, CA and is working at an in-patient psychiatric center in Long Beach, CA. Bobbi is offering movement therapies, yoga and meditation to adults with severe mental illness. In addition, she teaches adaptive dance classes with children with disabilities through Segerstrom Center for the Arts. She is working towards obtaining her hour requirements for California state licensure (LPCC) and board certification for dance/movement therapy (BC-DMT). She is a 200hr-RYT, with additional trauma-informed yoga training. Bobbi has clinical experience with children with developmental disabilities, geriatrics, adults with mental illness and substance abuse, and adults with traumatic brain injury.
Government Affairs Chair Committee
Deva Connett –BC-DMT, GL-CMA, LPCC
Deva Connett is a board certified dance/movement therapist, certified Laban movement analyst and licensed professional clinical counselor. She graduated from Wittenberg University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and minored in theater and dance. After briefly working in business, she returned to school and received her master of arts from Columbia College Chicago in dance/movement therapy and counseling. In Chicago, Deva worked with various populations including clients with traumatic brain injuries, substance abuse, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and PTSD. At Riveredge Hospital where she worked for 3 years, she helped to create an intensive outpatient program for adolescents and focused her work in the program on utilizing creativity and relationships to help her clients grow, learn, and heal. While in Chicago, Deva danced professionally with Tiffany Lawson Dance until relocating to Los Angeles in 2014. In therapy, Deva utilizes a holistic approach that helps clients connect and integrate the mind and body.
Anna O'Connell –R-DMT, GL-CMA, LPCC Associate
Anna O'Connell moved to CA from Chicago in 2014 and recently moved from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 2018. She is working towards obtaining her BC-DMT as well as her LPCC in the next few years. Anna has various clinical experiences with several types of populations including in-patient and out-patient psychiatric patients with acute mental illness, adolescents, teen mothers, and women with addiction, physically and cognitively developmentally challenged individuals, and geriatric psych. In addition to her R-DMT she holds a graduate certificate in Laban movement analysis. Anna loves the sun and all the wonderful activities that we are fortunate enough to enjoy everyday in CA.
Kristen Crowe - BC-DMT
Julia Rose-Ramo – MA
Maria Ninos - MA, R-DMT, GL-CMA
Maria Ninos obtained her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago, as well as her Certification in Laban Movement Analysis. She received her B.A. in Dance from Loyola Marymount University. She currently resides and works in Long Beach, CA at a College Hospital Cerritos working with clients with acute mental illness. Her passion for mind and body also includes teaching Pilates and yoga classes in Long Beach. When she is not working or advocating for the field of DMT, she is performing and competing in salsa.
Alice Astarita – PhD, MA Candidate
Alice Astarita graduated with a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2015. She holds degrees from Middlebury College (MA) and Wellesley College (BA). While completing the solitary and sedentary act of writing a dissertation, she got involved with her local dance/movement community both as a participant and leader/producer. She remarked the power of movement to transform her mental and physical health and decided to pursue DMT training. Alice is presently on the Alternative Route to licensure. As the student representative, she will focus on facilitating a smooth transition for fellow DMT students by continuing to build the directory of internship sites and supervisor options. When Alice is not hosting a small weekly community movement practice in La Jolla, CA or performing in dance theater pieces around San Diego, you'll find her teaching Italian online or working with Class Action (a non-profit that seeks to raise awareness about classism).
Lisa Manca – MA, LPCC, BC-DMT
Lisa Manca is a licensed professional clinical counselor and certified dance/movement therapist. Lisa provides verbal therapy, dance/movement therapy, or a combination of the two. Lisa believes the mind and body are intimately connected and that movement is an ideal modality for both diagnosing and providing interventions for mental illnesses. Lisa has over eight years experience working with adults, children and seniors. She is currently work as Director of Activities at the Mental Health Rehabilitation Center in the San Francisco area.
California Chapter of ADTA Acknowledgments
Lifetime Achievement Award
Beth Kalish - 2016
The ADTA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a specific individual for her or his lifelong and significant contribution to the American Dance Therapy Association and to the growth and development of the profession of dance/movement therapy. Nominations for this award are made and voted upon by the ADTA Board of Directors.
Exceptional Service Award
Lori Baudino - 2015
This Award(s) is given annually and can be nominated by or given to board members, chapter members, chapter leaders, committee members for exceptional service in their local regions to the ADTA and/or chapter. Several Exceptional Service Awards could be awarded each year as determined by the selection process. Nominees for this award may be made by Board members, chapter members, chapter leaders, committee chairs, or any ADTA member and voted upon by the BOD.
Leader of Tomorrow Award
Melinda Malher-Moran - 2015
Sara R. van Koningsveld - 2014
Lora Wilson-Mau - 2008
This award is given to a dance/movement therapist and Professional Member of the ADTA who demonstrates leadership within the first five years after becoming a Professional member of the ADTA. Criteria for the award are based on significant achievement, such as serving in Chapter leadership roles, creating a program for providing dance/movement therapy services, advocacy in regulatory or legislative affairs, completing or publishing a research project, public relations/marketing achievements, winning a grant or other successes. More than one award can be given each year. Nominees for this award may be made in conjunction with the Members-at-Large, Chapter Leaders, and members of the Board voted upon by the ADTA Board of Directors.
The Outstanding Achievement Award
Lora Wilson-Mau - 2016
California Chapter of the ADTA - 2012
The Outstanding Achievement Award is awarded annually in recognition of an ADTA member or chapter who has made a specific, significant contribution to their local town, city, county and/or chapter for the advancement of the field of dance/movement therapy. CCADTA former President Marybeth Weinstock, along with board and chapter members, accepted the outstanding achievement award at the 2012 ADTA conference in Albuquerque, NM.
Dance/movement therapy training occurs at the graduate level and involves coursework in the following areas: “psychological theory, human development, multicultural perspectives, group process, behavioral research, psychopathology, psychodiagnosis and assessment skills; DMT theory, expressive and communicative aspects of verbal and non-verbal behavior, movement observation and analysis, human anatomy, kinesiology and basic neuroscience; and clinical applications of DMT with individuals, families and groups. Programs also require and provide at least 700 hours of supervised clinical fieldwork and internships.” (Source: www.adta.org)
There are currently two routes to becoming a registered dance/movement therapist: graduating from an ADTA Approved Dance/Movement Therapy Program or via the Alternate Route.
Extensive information on the Dance/Movement Therapy education can be found on the American Dance Therapy Association’s website, including details on prerequisites, FAQs, and other considerations. To determine if a career in dance/movement therapy is right for you, please see: Becoming a Dance/Movement Therapist.
John F. Kennedy University
12 Altarinda Road, Orinda, CA 94563
Contact: Rhonda James
This school offers an MA in Counseling Psychology with an Expressive Arts Specialization and emphasis in Dance/Movement Therapy. It meets the requirements for the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) licensure process in California and may meet the requirements for the new Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). (Consult www.calpcc.org for clarification.) Further details on the program are provided here.
Embodied Education Institute of Chicago
This institute offers an alternative route of courses in dance/movement therapy, a Laban training program and more! Email for more information.
Life Is Movement
Palo Alto, Ca
Contact: Bonnie Bernstein
Jennifer Farley – MA, BC-DMT, LPCC
(831) 324 3667
Dawn Lyon – MA, BC-DMT
(626) 664 5659
Berti Klein – BC-DMT
(310) 820 4338
Kathy Cass – MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CYT, E-RYT 500
Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy
(310) 804 3044
Stefanie Endler – BC-DMT, LPCC
Somatic Cognitive Psychotherapy
Programming Chair (Northern California), CCADTA
Gail Frizzell – MA,BC-DMT, MSW, LCSW, CMA, RYT
865 West I Street, Benicia, Ca 94510
(707) 290 5394
Deva Connett – BC-DMT, GL-CMA
(402) 770 4164
Carolyn Himmelgren – BC-DMT
200 Edmonds Road Redwood City, Ca 94062
(408) 203 5142
Irene Serlin – PhD
San Fernando Valley or Mill Valley
(415) 931 3819
Lisa Goldfein – BC-DMT, LPCC
Long Beach, Ca
(562) 273 3144
Center for Discovery
Pacific Place, CA and Long Beach, CA
Erin Scott-Haines, MA, M-RAS, CRP, BC-DMT, LPCC
San Joaquin Valley
Pattee Russell-Curry, MFT, BC-DMT, LPCC
Reasons Eating Disorder Center
Nikki Rollo, National Director
Telecare Corporation in Redwood City
Carolyn Himmelgreen, BC-DMT
Costa Mesa, CA
La Paz Geropsychiatric Center
Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Lori Baudino, BC-DMT
Prime Hospital Group
Orange County, CA
Alison Salter, BC-DMT
Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coalition (DVSAC)
Grass Valley, CA
Nancy Ramsey, Program Administrator; Nancy Bassett, Human Resources
For more than eight years, dance/movement therapists throughout California worked tirelessly alongside colleagues of other clinical counseling specialties to establish licensure in our state for the clinical counselor. On October 11, 2009, SB 788 was signed into law by the Governor which made California the long-awaited 50th state to license professional counselors.
What is "LPCC"?
The LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor) is a master’s level license to practice psychotherapy in California. Requirements to become an LPCC are on par with California Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) and Licensed Professional Counselors in the other 49 states.
“Professional clinical counseling” means the application of counseling interventions and psychotherapeutic techniques to identify and remediate cognitive, mental and emotional issues, including personal growth, adjustment to disability, crisis intervention, and psychosocial and environmental problems, for purposes of improving mental health.
Dance/Movement Therapy is considered one of a number of specialties in clinical counseling, just as there are numerous, distinct specialties in the practice of medicine.
Becoming an LPCC
For the most current information on how to apply for the LPCC please visit the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors. http://calpcc.org/
CCADTA Member websites
(California Chapter Of The American Dance
Therapy Association Facebook Page)
(Jennifer Farley, MA, BC-DMT, LPCC)
(Marybeth Weinstock, Ph.D., BC-DMT)
(Tina Stromsted, Ph.D., MFT, BC-DMT)
(Kathy Cass, BC-DMT, NCC, CYT, E-RYT 500)
(Ilene Serlin, Ph.D., BC-DMT)
(Allison Winters, MA, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT, RYT)
(Ellen Searle Lebel, MFT, BC-DMT)
(Lori Baudino, PsyD, BC-DMT)
(Katya Bloom, Ph.D., BC-DMT, CMA)
CCADTA Member Blogs
Psychology Today: Make Your Life a Blessing
(Ilene Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT)
Moving Towards Understanding
(Lora Wilson Mau, MA, BC-DMT)
The Dance to R-DMT
(Blair Cronin, MA)
The Body Speaks
(Jennifer Farley, MA, BC-DMT, LPCC)
ADTA Member Blogs
California Chapter Conferences
Save-The-Date- Chapter Meeting & Event in NorCal!
What: Northern California Chapter Meeting and Event 2018
Where: Studio 12 2525 Eighth Street Berkeley, CA 94710
What: Empowerment-Focused Dance/Movement Therapy is an approach Bonnie Bernstein BC-DMT, MFT, developed for accessing the therapeutic possibilities of creative dance in the context of dance/movement therapy. Focused on expanding expressive dance tools for broadening and deepening dance discovery, this approach enriches treatment of trauma survivors another clients who benefit from expanding their expressive freedom and inner resources. A contemporary application of the Blanche Evan Method of Dance/Movement Therapy, this approach emphasizes the uses of symbolic imagery and metaphor as springboards for therapeutic dance improvisation. This experiential/didactic workshop introduces the theories and methods in this approach, directed toward expanding the pallet of resources for participating therapists and students.
Presenter: Bonnie Bernstein, BC-DMT, MFT
Cost: $40 (Pre-registration) $50 Door (cash or check only)
NORTHORN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER MEETING AND EVENT - MARCH 2017
Save -The- Date - Full day event in SoCal!
What: Southern California Chapter Meeting and Event 2018
Where: Art of Living Space: 2636 Hoover Street Los Angeles, CA 90007
When: February 24th
What: Mindfulness in the Practice of Dance/Movement Therapy and Self-Care : The workshop melds the techniques of each modality in order to achieve: full body awareness, embodied experience, and somatic empathy to be present in the moment with kindness, compassion and cultivate nonjudgmental awareness; connection to self and others (social interaction); emotional, cognitive, and physical integration, and mind and body relationship.
Presenters: CCADTA President- Malini Nagpal, BC-DMT, CHC, Ph.D and Wendy Block, LCSW
3.00 ADTA CEUs offered!
RSVP at email@example.com
YOGA ON THE BLUFF IN LONG BEACH, CA
Join CCADTA for our first social shindig of 2017 in SoCal in Long Beach, CA
What: Free Yoga On the Bluff (located on the corner of Ocean & Junipero overlooking the Pacific Ocean)
When: Saturday, May 6th
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm, then coffee/tea after 12-1pm
Why: Connect. Self-Care. Network.
Compliments of Yogalution Movement & Ayurveda, whom create the opportunity to service the community providing everyone access to yoga. Street parking available. We hope to see you there!
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER MEETING AND EVENT - MARCH 2017
Save -The- Date - Full day event in SoCal!
What: Southern California Chapter Meeting and Event
When: June 24th
Where: Art of Living: 2636 Hoover Street Los Angeles, CA 90007
Featuring: Elena Sophia Kozak - Creative Director of Critical Mass Dance Company & E. Conner Kelly and Steve Harvey - Physical Storytelling
For more information and register for event: coming soon!