Speaker Series Oct. 13: Dr. Thomas G. Broussard, Jr. Discusses Stroke and Aphasia
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

TGB photoDr. Thomas G. Broussard, Jr., a neuroeducator, author, and public speaker, is dedicated to educating the national community about stroke and aphasia,  the loss of language that often results from a stroke. Broussard suffered a stroke in 2011 and in the many months that followed, worked to recover his abilities to read, write, and speak. His journey led him to create Stroke Diary: A Primer for Aphasia Therapy which provides tools for rehabilitation.

Dr. Broussard was formerly associate dean, Admissions & Career Services at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and is the founder/owner of Stroke Educator, Inc.

The AUNE Speaker Series events are free and open to the public, offering an opportunity for thoughtful exchange on topics of special interest or current events.

AUNE AP Trauma Speaker Series: Dr. Eileen Russell Discusses “Restoring Resilience: Discovering Your Clients’ Capacity for Healing”
Oct 20 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

9780393705713_198The AUNE Department of Applied Psychology is pleased to host Dr. Eileen Russell on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Community Room as she discusses her recent book, Restoring Resilience: Discovering Your Clients’ Capacity for Healing. People enter therapy not just because they are stuck and struggling, but also because they’re ready for change and have some hope of experiencing it. That readiness is a manifestation of each person’s innate resilience, their capacity to work on their own behalf to heal, according to Dr. Russell.

Many of the common modes of clinical work focus on pathology, the effects of habits or conditions that can be healed through clinical work, but Dr. Russell, without discounting the importance of pathology, offers up the idea that the best way to help with what’s going wrong in people’s lives is to build from the foundation of what’s going right. The book provides therapists with practical tips and the information needed to identify the potential for resilience in their clients and help them cultivate and deepen it for lasting change.

Drawing on interpersonal neurobiology and affect regulation research, as well as numerous theoretical orientations including Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, Focusing, attachment theory, and EMDR, Dr. Russell’s book provides the essential tools and background for any therapist interested in engaging in resilience-oriented therapy. Dr. Russell will share anecdotes from her own clinical work, including stories of patients who have become more resilient through therapy.

Workshop with David Alan Harris: “Rehearsing Connection: Fostering Recovery from Relational Trauma through Dance/Movement Therapy”
Nov 7 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

AUNE’s Department of Applied Psychology presents a full-day workshop with David Alan Harris.

Description:  Grounded in theories of the psychophysiology of trauma and recovery, this workshop will encourage participants to develop skills for implementing dance/movement therapy (DMT) interventions and treatment plans that focus on Safety, Remembrance & Mourning, and Reconnection.

This workshop is designed to help deepen participant awareness of the challenges facing persons who have undergone severe relational traumas, and offers skills based in DMT theory and practice for helping such individuals regain self-esteem and a restored capacity for self-efficacy.

Self-care strategies for therapists and student therapists will also be central to this workshop, given the importance of self-care when working with a traumatized clientele.

Please Note: Participants may anticipate exposure to narratives of extreme traumatic events.

Workshop Objectives:

  • To engage in dancing and rhythmic activity within a group as a way of experiencing cohesiveness, trust, and safety.
  • To increase participants’ understanding of the impact of traumatic events on the human body-mind connection.
  • To practice techniques for expanding body awareness and mindfulness as healing processes.
  • To explore symbolization through creative movement and dance as a means of nurturing reintegration after the ruptures of trauma.

Who Should Attend?

  • Students, clinicians, and practitioners in the mental and behavioral health services as well as social service, pastoral and bereavement counselors who work with survivors of trauma, criminal justice, rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Antioch University New England students in dance/movement therapy, counseling, marriage and family therapy, and clinical psychology.


8:00 – 8:30 Registration & Coffee
8:30 – 10:00 Introduction & Theoretical Perspective
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 12:00 Didactic Presentation & Experiential
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch on Your Own
1:30 – 3:00 Didactic Presentation & Experiential
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:30 Discussion
4:30 Wrap-up and Evaluation

About the Presenter:  David Alan Harris is a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, and Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in fostering resilience and recovery among survivors of human rights abuse, and war.  Presently he is a clinician with the Minds & Hearts in Harmony program for survivors of torture and their families, in Maine. David supervised a team of paraprofessional trauma counselors for just under two years in rural Sierra Leone in the aftermath of that country’s brutal conflict.  He introduced Sierra Leonean and Liberian counselors to DMT methods, and launched the first DMT group in West Africa, and first anywhere for former child combatants.

David accepted the Freedom to Create 2009 Youth Prize at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on behalf of the boy soldiers’ DMT group.  The international human rights award honored the youths’ courage in using dance to foster reconciliation with their war-ravaged community.  In 2007, the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) bestowed on David both its research award and its Leader of Tomorrow award. In November 2014, David assumed responsibilities as co-editor (with AUNE’s Christina Devereaux) of the American Journal of Dance Therapy. He has published numerous articles in other peer-reviewed journals on DMT in trauma recovery.

David offers training in the application of DMT, movement-based creative activities, and other pertinent counseling modalities, selected to foster psychosocial healing in the aftermath of massive violence.  David has taught graduate-level DMT courses on trauma and recovery.  David has trained counselors in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Zimbabwe, China, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K., and the U.S. to incorporate DMT in their community-based healing programs for survivors.

In 2014, the ADTA released David’s 12-minute “ADTA Talk,” Embodying Empathy: Dance/Movement Therapy after Unthinkable Trauma. View his talk.

In June 2009, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation program All in the Mind aired host Natasha Mitchell’s 30-minute interview of David, entitled, Child Soldiers: The Art and Arts of Healing (Part 2).

Continuing Education

This program is approved for 6 contact hours of continuing education. Participants must attend the entire program to be eligible for continuing education.

National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Antioch University New England has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4338. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC Credit are clearly identified. Antioch University New England is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Registration Information:

General Registration (before 10/23) $75
Late Registration (on or after 10/23) $95
Applied Psychology Student Registration (before 10/23) $10
Applied Psychology Student LateRegistration (on or after 10/23) $20

Registration fees include all materials, a certificate of attendance/continuing education and continental breakfast. Participants will be on their own for lunch. Cancellations received in writing 14 days prior to the event will be refunded, minus a 20% administrative fee. No refunds will be made within 14 days of the scheduled event.

Please send your registration form and payment to:
Antioch University New England
Department of Applied Psychology
c/o Elizabeth White
40 Avon St.
Keene, NH 03431

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