AUNE Professor and Dance/Movement Therapy Expert Susan Loman Authors “The Kestenberg Movement Profile and Dance/Movement Therapy”

lomansusanSusan Loman, core faculty at Antioch University New England’s Department of Applied Psychology and Program Director of Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) and Counseling announced the 2016 second-edition release of the chapter, The Kestenberg Movement Profile and Dance/Movement Therapy. This publication, in collaboration with K.M. Sossin, is part of S. Chaiklin & H. Wengrower (Eds.) book, The Art and Science of Dance/Movement Therapy: Life Is Dance.

Published by Routledge, the book offers a broad understanding of DMT as well as an in-depth exploration of how and where it can be used to produce change. The chapters that make up this innovative volume go beyond the basics to offer a unique collection of theoretical perspectives paired with case studies designed to emphasize techniques that can be applied in a variety of settings. In addition to boasting thoroughly expanded versions of all previously published content, this timely reference includes an all-new chapter on DMT interventions in palliative care and added references throughout to reflect to the most current knowledge.

This volume of perspectives on DMT was originally created for Spanish speaking readers in 2008:  La vida es danza: El arte y la ciencia de la Danza Movimiento Terapia through Gedisa Publications. After this volume was so successfully received, the editors decided to create a version in English in 2009. Since then there has been a Korean translation through Sigma Press in 2014, and Hebrew and Chinese translations are currently in press. This latest second edition in English was released in 2016.

Other publications in progress by Susan Loman include: Methods of promoting healthy gender development in young children: A Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) dance/movement therapy approach (in In V. Karkou, S. Oliver, & S. Lycouris (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of dance and wellbeing. Oxford University Press.); The 2nd Edition of The meaning of movement: Developmental and clinical perspectives of the Kestenberg Movement Profile, with J. Kestenberg Amighi and M. Sossin, New York: Brunner-Routledge Publishers; Judith S. Kestenberg’s dance/movement therapy legacy: Approaches with pregnancy, young children, and caregivers, American Journal of Dance Therapy; and KMP approaches to working with young children and caregivers in dance/movement therapy, Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy (Taylor & Frances/Routledge).

Susan Loman received her MA degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Goddard College. A Board-Certified member of the American Dance Therapy Association and a National Certified Counselor, she serves as a member of the ADTA Approval Committee as has served as co-editor of the American Journal of Dance Therapy, Chair of the Education Committee for the American Dance Therapy Association, and on the editorial board of The Arts in Psychotherapy. She directed the Creative Art Therapy Department at Billings Hospital’s psychiatric unit; worked with infants, toddlers, and parents at the Center for Parents and Children; and also worked with adults at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital.

A Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) Analyst and considered an expert on the system, she worked closely with Judith Kestenberg for eight years, chaired four conferences on the KMP, has written numerous articles and co-edited three books, including The Meaning of Movement: Developmental and Clinical Perspectives of the Kestenberg Movement Profile. She currently teaches the KMP system at Antioch University New England and taught the system at the Laban/ Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies in New York City for fourteen years. She has lectured and conducted KMP workshops in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Argentina, England, Scotland, South Korea and the Netherlands, as well as throughout the United States.

In December 2014, the ADTA gave Susan a Lifetime Achievement Award for her lifelong commitment to the field of dance/movement therapy. She received the award during the ADTA’s National Conference in her hometown of Chicago, and celebrated with an evening of accolades and – of course – dancing.

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