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Learn how to deliver this innovative therapeutic movement program for teens and adults with special needs, general kindergarteners, & older adults with dementia. With Kathy Cass, BC-DMT and Hilary Kern, AT • Sat., 1/10 • 9:30 am to 5:00 pm • YWCA SM.
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  • September

    social emotional arts (sea) certificate program
    SEA empowers educators & community arts professionals in maximizing social-emotional benefits of the arts. Training is interactive & experiential, & features creative approaches to group behavior management, verbal & nonverbal communication, managing special needs, traumatic responses and self-care, personal presentation, & program evaluation. SEA also offers best practices in art, dance/movement, drumming, music, poetry, & theater. 8 Sats., 9/6 - 1/24 • 9 am to 5 pm • Santa Monica.
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  • January

    dance for all: social and emotional learning through creative movement—for special needs
    In this new hands-on training program, participants will learn how to deliver the innovative curriculum of Dance For All—a therapeutic movement program for teens and adults with special needs, that can be adapted for general education kindergarten, as well as senior citizens with mild to moderate dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease. With Kathy Cass, BC-DMT, and Hilary Kern, AT • Sat., 1/10 • 9:30 am to 5:00 pm • YWCA Santa Monica/Westside.
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  • January

    manifesting the me: the power of imagery and poetry in me cards
    An adaptation of Seena Frost’s famous SoulCollage® made accessible for all ages and abilities, MeCards is a collage and poetry process designed to nurture deep self-awareness, empathy, and imagination in a fun and engaging way. With Nancy Weiss, LCSW • Sat., 1/17 • 1:00 to 4:30 pm • Westwood.
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  • January

    shine storytelling
    A monthly storytelling event focusing on "Bright Stories of Positive Change." Listen to inspiring true stories from professional and amateur storytellers on monthly themes, and volunteer to share your own. With live music and refreshments. The theme for January is "Light My Fire" • Sat., 1/24 • 8:00 to 9:30 pm • Santa Monica.
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  • January

    shifting positions to shift perceptions: how your body language affects how you think, feel, and communicate
    In this two-part workshop, break habitual patterns of thought, feeling, and behavior in a fun and playful setting—using body language and humor to create more well-being in your life. Learn how facial expression, breath, and other subtle physical adjustments can literally change chemicals in your body as well as transform perception and judgments. With Stephanie Nash, MFA • Two Saturdays: 1/31 & 2/7 • 1:30 to 4:00 pm • First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica.
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  • February

    transformational stories from integrative veterinary medicine: possibilities for human healing and end-of-life care
    Join us for a morning of extraordinary stories delivered by a tour de force of presenters whose experience will captivate, inspire, and compel change. Veterinary medicine offers unique opportunities for experimentation with integrative treatment strategies and end-of-life care practices that can inform human health care. Pay what you can. Sat., 2/7 • 9:00 am to 12:15 pm • UCLA, Los Angeles.
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  • February

    beat the odds facilitator training: social & emotional skill building delivered in a framework of drumming
    Beat the Odds integrates activities from contemporary drum circles & group counseling to teach skills such as focus and listening, team building, leadership, expressing feelings, managing anger/stress, empathy, & gratitude. This program, designed for use with elementary school students, can be adapted easily to other populations & delivered by persons without musical experience. Ping Ho, MA, MPH; Giselle Friedman, LCSW; & Mike DeMenno. • Sat., 2/28 • 12:30- 6 pm • N. Hollywood.
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  • March

    social emotional arts (sea) certificate program
    SEA empowers educators & community arts professionals in maximizing social-emotional benefits of the arts. Training is interactive & experiential, & features creative approaches to group behavior management, verbal & nonverbal communication, managing special needs, traumatic responses and self-care, personal presentation, & program evaluation. SEA also offers best practices in art, dance/movement, drumming, music, poetry, & theater. 8 Sats., 3/7 - 6/27 • 9 am to 5 pm • Santa Monica.
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  • March

    hypnomovement
    In this three-part workshop series, participants will learn and experience the benefits of hypnomovement, a movement approach that relaxes the mind and body to allow us to move beyond our expected limits. With physical therapist, certified hypnotherapist, and movement educator, Eva Nemeth • Sat., 3/7, 3/14, & 3/21 • 2:00 to 5:00 pm • Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Marina del Rey.
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  • May

    beat the odds facilitator training: social & emotional skill building delivered in a framework of drumming
    Beat the Odds integrates activities from contemporary drum circles & group counseling to teach skills such as focus and listening, team building, leadership, expressing feelings, managing anger/stress, empathy, & gratitude. This program, designed for use with elementary school students, can be adapted easily to other populations & delivered by persons without musical experience. Ping Ho, MA, MPH; Giselle Friedman, LCSW; & Mike DeMenno. • Sat., 5/2 • 12:30 to 6:00 pm • N. Hollywood.
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  • May

    finding rest in the midst of stress: mind-body approaches to managing stress
    Learn a variety of ways to calm the nervous system and bring balance between doing and being in life. Learn to apply simple and specific strategies involving breath, sound, movement, sensory imagination, acupressure, and tai ji/qi gong-based movement that can have immediate effects. With Carolyn Braddock, MA • Sat., 5/2 • 10 am to 3:30 pm • First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, Renaissance Room.
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