Dance Therapy & Movement Therapy (DT/MT) Summit 

March 9/10-12, 2023; Online

Key conversations in the DT/MT Summit will focus upon the development of the field globally, the role that DT/MT and other arts-based embodied practices can play in the amelioration of trauma, and in the restoration of resilience in a world in the wake of the Covid epidemic, climate changes and increasing numbers of refugees displaced by famine, warfare, and ecological disasters.

The summit will begin on Day 1 with a focus on pioneers and pathfinders across the world in the development of the field in their countries, and will move chronologically, geographically and geopolitically. Participants will be offered opportunities to engage with pioneers in the field as well as peers and colleagues within their countries and across the world. Together we will create a developmental time-line and create an action plan towards the future.

Day 2 will focus on clinical, educational and community applications of dance/movement and other embodied uses of the arts around the world. Presenters and participants will be given opportunities to engage with others in learning and sharing their experiences and expertise in indigenous methodologies and practices, culturally responsive responses to social changes, including the effects and aftermath of climate changes warfare and conflicts, and the global pandemics. Breakout discussion groups will allow for peer engagement and participation in the development of personal and collective action steps towards gathering information and resources in areas of interest.

Day 3 will focus on trauma and resilience and will engage presenters and participants in key conversations about applications of Dance Therapy and Movement Therapy and other forms of arts-based embodied practices in the prevention and treatment of trauma and PTSD as well as provide strategies towards building resilience and preventing burnout and compassion fatigue. Participants will be offered opportunities to engage in breakout discussion groups and to develop and share strategies for self-care and replenishment moving forward, individually and collectively towards articulating the contribution we can make towards well-being in our spheres of action and influence.


Vivien Speiser, Marcia Plevin, Susan Scarth, Joan Wittig, Tony Yu Zhou


  • Harnessing Beauty in the Healing Practice of Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Reflections on the Influence of Ethnic Chinese Cultural Attribute on Individual Vitality in Dance Therapy

  • Developing Methods for a receptive dance movement therapy

  • Global Panel – From tradition to diversity, innovation and breakthrough: Key conversations on dance and movement therapy around the world

  • Indigenous Practice and Teaching of Dance Movement Therapy: Eastern and Western Perspectives

  • Buddhist Psychology intersects with Dance Movement Therapy

  • Culturally Sensitive Dance Movement Therapy for Grief and Trauma Recovery

  • Win a free book (prize draw)


Sharon Chaiklin (USA)  Diana Fischman (Argentina)  Rosa Maria Govoni (Italy)  Rainbow Ho (China) Sabine Koch (Germany)   Amber Gray (USA)  Sudesh Mantillake (Sri Lanka)   Wolfgang Mastnak (Germany)  Devika Mehta (India)   Helen Payne (UK)  Marcia Plevin (Italy)   Rosa Maria Rodriguez (Spain)   Rosemarie Samaritter (Netherlands)   Susan Scarth (UK)   France Schott-Billmann (France)   Brigitte Züger (Switzerland)   Vicky Karkou (UK)  More

Dance Therapy & Movement Therapy (DT/MT) Summit contains 28 sessions with almost 50 speakers involved, including 4 key conversations, 17 Presentations and 7 Workshops in online format.     Read more

Joan Wittig

Professor, Pratt Institute

Curator, DT/MT Summit