Yael Schweitzer, LCSW, BC-DMT: Mindfulness-Based Therapy in Portland, Oregon

Courses & Trainings in Previous Years

2019

China - Fall of 2019: MB-DMT workshops

4-day MB-DMT workshops for professionals and the general public


USA - October 2019: Interpersonal Mindfulness: An Integrative Approach to Connecting Across Differences

Date: October 17-20, 2019
Presenter at the ADTA annual conference "Building Connections: Dance/Movement Therapy in our Diverse World".
Presentation: Interpersonal Mindfulness: An Integrative Approach to Connecting Across Differences


Germany, Bochum - October 2019: Workshop

Date: October 4-6, 2019
Regional workshop at the teacher training at the Center for Movement and Dance (Zentrum Tanz): Free Movement Expression and mindfulness - Mettler based Creative Dance


USA - September 2019: Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy

Date: September 7-8, 2019
Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, Art Therapy program
Course description: Dance/Movement Therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive and physical integration of the individual. The course presents the rationale, main principles, methods of intervention and the integration of dance/movement therapy with other mind/body approaches. Students learn the applications and effects of dance/movement therapy on diverse populations, psychological conditions, trauma, and personal growth. It is a participatory course integrating movement experiences, lectures, discussions and reading. The course is open to all. Experience in dance is not required.


USA, Tucson, AZ - July 2019: The Dance of interpersonal Mindfulness

Date: July 21-26, 2019
Presentation: The Dance of interpersonal Mindfulness

Presenter at the IACD annual congress "Turning Point: Changing Patterns through Creative Dance".


Israel, Be'er Shevah - June 2019: MB-DMT Course

Date: June 30- July 2nd, 2019 Location: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

A 3-day training for therapists and other professionals: MB-DMT - an applied course for integrating mindfulness and dance/movement therapy for professionals.


Martha's Vineyard, MA, USA - May 2019: Embodying Mindfulness

Date: May 10-12, 2019

Cultivating Mindfulness and Compassion with Movement Improvisation, a 3-day workshop, more details to come.


2018


India, Dadar Mumba - December 2018: The Dance of Mindfulness

Date: December 12-16, 2018
Location: CID World Congress on Dance research, Dadar-Mumbai, India
Lecture: The Dance of Mindfulness - Integrating Mindfulness and Dance/Movement Therapy with MB-DMT.
Workshop: The Dance of Mindfulness - Mindful Pause and Organic Movement in MB-DMT.

Interpersonal Mindfulness focuses on Mindful speaking and listening, and staying centered in the midst of relationships. By learning six guidelines for speaking with awareness and for deep listening you learn to transform reactivity with mindfulness and calm and be more relaxed and accepting of yourself and others.


China - October 2018: MB-DMT Basic Program

Held in Beijing from October 11th - 14th and Shenzhen from October 18th - 21st.


Bochum, Germany - August 2018:

August 27, 2018 - One day workshop at the teacher training at Zentrum Tanz:
The Dance of Mindfulness - Mindfulness-Based Dance Movement Therapy (MB-DMT)


Portland, OR, USA - May 2018: Interpersonal Mindfulness

Date/Time: Saturday, May 20th, 9:00am ? 4:50pm
Cost: $55 tuition
Location: PCC CLIMB Center, room 305, 1626 SE Water Ave, Portland, 97214

Interpersonal Mindfulness focuses on Mindful speaking and listening, and staying centered in the midst of relationships. By learning six guidelines for speaking with awareness and for deep listening you learn to transform reactivity with mindfulness and calm and be more relaxed and accepting of yourself and others.


Portland, OR, USA - May 2018: Embody mindfulness ? Mindfulness in motion (The Dance of Mindfulness)

Cost: $55 tuition
Location: PCC CLIMB Center, room 305, 1626 SE Water Ave, Portland, 97214
Date/Time: Saturday, May 13th, 9:00am ? 4:50pm

Expand & enrich mindfulness practice by adding movement expression to this unique awareness of body and mind. Connect with your authentic self and with others. Deep listening to the body yield improvisational movements ? creating mindfulness in motion. No dance experience needed.


Portland, OR, USA - April 14, 2018: Embodying Mindfulness, Interpersonal Mindfulness

Date: April 14th, 2018

One day intensive at Portland Community College, Community Education at the CLIMB Center.


Israel, Be'er Shevah - February 2018:


China - January 2018: MB-DMT Workshops


2017


China - December 2017: Introduction to MB-DMT


China - August 2017: Workshops in Zibo and Beijing


Portland, OR, USA - May 2017: Interpersonal Mindfulness

Date/Time: Saturday, May 20th, 9:00am ? 4:50pm
Cost: $55 tuition
Location: PCC CLIMB Center, room 305, 1626 SE Water Ave, Portland, 97214

Interpersonal Mindfulness focuses on Mindful speaking and listening, and staying centered in the midst of relationships. By learning six guidelines for speaking with awareness and for deep listening you learn to transform reactivity with mindfulness and calm and be more relaxed and accepting of yourself and others.


Portland, OR, USA - May 2017: Embody mindfulness - Mindfulness in motion (The Dance of Mindfulness)

Date/Time: Saturday, May 13th, 9:00am-4:50pm
Cost: $55 tuition
Location: PCC CLIMB Center, room 305, 1626 SE Water Ave, Portland, 97214

Expand & enrich mindfulness practice by adding movement expression to this unique awareness of body and mind. Connect with your authentic self and with others. Deep listening to the body yield improvisational movements creating mindfulness in motion. No dance experience needed.


China - Spring 2017: Workshops in Beijing


2016


Cape Town, South Africa - October 2016: Embodying Mindfulness

Date: October 22nd, 2016
Location: Capetown, South Africa
A Mindfulness in motion workshop with Yael Schweitzer and Yasmin Lambat

Conducted a workshop with Yasmin Labat were we invited participants to explore emerging approaches of Mindfulness based movement practices that we created through our journey with mindfulness and movement.

We placed the body at the heart of Mindfulness and invited participants to sense the wisdom of their body in stillness and in motion. We called this embodied mindfulness.

Yasmin who developed body sensing invited participants to listen and observe felt sensations with curiosity as they arise in the moment, enriching, enlivening, expanding and deepening awareness of the relationship with one's self, body and the space around. I introduced mindfulness in motion through movement explorations that connected participants with their authentic self and with others and taught the practice of Loving-Kindness in stillness and movement.


Israel - January 2016:

Provided three short workshops:

  1. Ben Gurion University of the Negev
    Provided 2 workshops for undergraduate and graduate students of Social-work
    Mindfulness in Therapy - applications for the therapist and the client
  2. David Yellin college of Education in Jerusalem: A three hour workshop for Dance therapy Students on MB-DMT - Mindfulness-Based Dance/Movement Therapy.
  3. Sdot Negev Center Basic Mindfulness workshop for therapists who work with a population in Conflict-Zone.

China - July 2016: MB-DMT for Single Mother

Beijing: July 22-24
A 3 days MB-DMT workshop for single mothers. Please see the video for promotional description of the workshop.
Watch a video about this workshop


China - July 2016: BMT - Body/Mind Training

Beijing: July 9-12 & Hangzhou: July 15-19
A 10 month new training program for therapist, teachers, healthcare provider, managers for soft skills & DMT integration with their work. To be taught by 6 teachers from Holland and the US. My workshop opened the training program.

The 4 day body awareness module focuses on body awareness, mindfulness and movement embedded in the MB-DMT approach (Mindfulness-Based Dance/Movement Therapy). It aims at enhancing participants' self-awareness and connection with their body/mind and in training them to apply the learned material in their professional work.


China - April 2016: MB-DMT Workshops

Four Day MB-DMT Workshops in China


2015


Portland, OR, USA - Cultivating Mindfulness and Compassion with Movement Improvisation

When: Six Mondays, October 26 ? November 30, 2015 7-9 pm
Where: Opening to Life, 407 NE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97232 (second floor).
Cost: $150 for the whole program (contact Yael for fee adjustment if needed)
Register: Contact Yael Schweitzer at mindfultherapy@yaelschweitzer.com or call 971-404-8249
Facilitator: Yael Schweitzer, LCSW, BC-DMT has 30 years of experience as a therapist, currently providing Mindfulness-Based Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy in her private practice. Since 2005, Yael has been leading an ongoing weekly Mettler ? based Creative Dance group. In 2014 Yael developed a Mindfulness-Based Dance/Movement Therapy (MB-DMT) program that she teaches in China and Portland for therapists and the general public.Come and learn to be present and compassionate with yourself and others by integrating mindfulness practices with movement expression.

Through mindfulness meditations and movement explorations you will connect with your authentic self and with others. Deep listening to the body yields improvisational movements ? the dance of mindfulness.

Most traditional mindfulness meditations are done in stillness. Since stillness and movement are opposite sides of the same coin, when we bring movement to mindfulness and mindfulness to movement and dance, we deepen, expand and enrich the value and experience of both practices.

This work is based on MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) & Interpersonal Mindfulness programs, Creative Dance (Mettler approach) and Authentic Movement.

Participants will gain:

  1. Enhanced presence and centeredness
  2. A deeper sense of self-acceptance (body & mind)
  3. Tools to cultivate compassion for self and others
  4. Mindfulness skills for everyday activities
  5. Skills for improved relationships with self and others
  6. An enhanced sense of joy and openness
  7. Increased freedom of movement, creativity and expression

No previous experience in dance or mindfulness is needed.


Beijing, China - August 20-23 2015: Cultivating Compassion, Acceptance and presence

4 day workshop, August 20-23

Compassion, acceptance and presence are integral parts of the mindfulness approach and practice. In this workshop we will focus on these aspects while strengthening mindfulness in all other aspects as well.

There is an increasing recognition in recent years of the role and importance that compassion plays in the well-being of people, and subsequently it became an important component in therapy and self-development programs. Self-compassion and compassion for others serve people in their work towards self-acceptance, growth and healing. It supports our emphatic, caring and demanding relationships with family, social circles and at work. Compassion helps us all to open the heart with acceptance and tolerance of our human differences and uniqueness.

MB-DMT: Mindfulness-Based Dance/Movement Therapy. 4 day workshop, August 13-16.

Being present and centered helps us meet life challenges with mindfulness and calm, respond skillfully rather than react automatically, and gain confidence and stability.

Cultivating compassion, acceptance and presence will take place in this workshop through integration and embodiment of a variety of mindfulness practices with individual and interactive dance/movement improvisations. Sessions will include theory, experiential exercises, dance/movement experiences, sharing and discussion about integration of the practices and learned qualities in everyday life. The movement comes from deep listening to the body and from awareness to others and since it derives from such attention it means it is done without music. No previous experience in dance is needed and everyone is welcome to attend regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, physical ability or body shape.

Through participation in this workshop participants gain:

  1. Tools to cultivate compassion for self and others
  2. Deeper sense of self-acceptance (body & mind)
  3. An ability to recognize and honor the ?inner critic? without taking-on its messages
  4. Mindfulness skills for everyday activities
  5. Enhanced centeredness and inner stability
  6. Developed empathic attunement
  7. Expanded feeling of relatedness and connectedness
  8. Improved relationships with self and others
  9. Enhanced sense of joy and openness
  10. Freedom of movement, creativity and expression


Beijing, China - August 17 2015: MB-DMT Mindfulness-Based Dance/Movement Therapy - One day post-conference workshop for therapists

One day post-conference workshop for therapists, August 17, 2015

At the 1 day workshops participants were presented with the basic theory and practice of MB-DMT and got to experience through exercises and experientials explorations in movement how to listen to the body, be present and express their inner movement impulses, and how to relax the body and the mind. The discussion included explanation on the use of the approach in therapy both for the therapist and the clients.

One day post-conference workshop for therapists, August 17, 2015


Beijing, China - August 15 2015: Third Academic Conference of Chinese Association for Psychological Intervention

Peking University Health Science Center, August 15, 2015

Presented MB-DMT - theory, integration and implementation in therapy, including a short experiential.

2015 Third Academic Conference of Chinese Association for Psychological Intervention

Peking University Health Science Center, August 15, 2015


Beijing, China - August 13-16 2015: MB-DMT: Mindfulness-Based Dance/Movement Therapy

4 day workshop, August 13-16

Mindfulness-Based Dance/Movement Therapy is an approach to human psychology, wellness and growth that integrates mindfulness principles and practices with dance/ movement therapeutic approaches to the body and the mind.

At the 4 day workshops participants are presented with theory and practice of MB-DMT. Sessions include explanations, meditation, exercises/movement/dance and sharing that includes discussion on relevance to everyday life.

MB-DMT: Mindfulness-Based Dance/Movement Therapy. 4 day workshop, August 13-16.

Benefits from participating at the 4 day workshop:

Self-growth and development:

Effective interactions, communication and leadership:

Skills for wellness of self and the community:

Improved workplace performance and interaction:

Certificate

Upon completion of the workshop participants receive a certificate of participation.


Portland, OR, USA - Spring 2015: The Dance of Mindfulness

Date/Time: Tuesdays, May 5-June 9, 7:00pm ? 8:50pm
Cost: $79 tuition
Location: PCC Cascade Campus, 705 N Killingsworth St, Portland, 97217, CH 304

Cultivate Mindfulness with movement improvisation and non-verbal communication.

Most traditional mindfulness meditations are done in stillness. Since stillness and movement are opposite-sides of the same 'coin', when we bring movement to the mindfulness approach and mindfulness to Dance & Movement, we deepen, expand and enrich the value and experience of both practices.

Through mindfulness meditations and movement explorations you will connect with your authentic self and with the participants of the class. The deep listening to the body and to others yields improvisational movements ? creating the dance of mindfulness.

The course is based on integration of elements from mindfulness meditations, MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and Interpersonal Mindfulness programs, Mettler approach to free dance improvisation and Authentic Movement.

Come and learn how to be present, embody your experiences and expression and cultivate compassion for yourself and others.

No previous experience in dance or mindfulness is needed.

Click to download a printable flyer about this course.


2014


Portland, OR, USA - Winter 2014: Interpersonal Mindfulness

PCC CommunityEd - Work and Life Balance

Date & Time: Mondays, Nov 3-Dec 15, 7pm-8:50pm and Saturday, Dec 6, 10am-3:50pm
Location: PCC CLIMB Center, room 102 1626 SE Water Ave, Portland OR 97214

Understand and ease causes of interpersonal stress, modify limiting habits and practice skillful interaction. Interpersonal mindfulness is based on insight dialogue and fundamentals of mindfulness meditation.

Professionals learn how to use mindfulness in interactions with clients/students and how to remain calm, present, compassionate and attentive during the challenges that arise in those interactions.


2013


Portland, OR, USA - November 2013: Mindfulness in Movement

Connecting to the Authentic Self, Connecting to Others

Date & Time: Saturday, November 16th, 2013, 9am - 12pm
Location: Lewis & Clark College, South Chapel, Graduate Campus
Noncredit/CEU or PDU: 3 hours, $30
Registration: Call 503-768-6040 | cce@lclark.edu

This experiential enrichment workshop is designed to cultivate awareness of the body and movement expression in a group setting and can benefit therapists and other healthcare professionals.

Participants will explore the relationship between self-expression and group demands and find creative solutions to navigate between the two. The "Creative Pause" ? an alert and mindful stillness in between movement impulses will be introduced and experienced ? individually, in dyads, and with the whole group. The workshop will conclude with discussion about implementing elements from this movement approach in individual and groups therapy.

The workshop is based on "Creative Dance," an approach founded by Barbara Mettler. Experience in dance/movement is NOT needed.

visit go.lclark.edu/graduate/mindfulness/movement for more info.


Portland, OR, USA - November 2013: Implementing Mindfulness in Therapy Part 1 & 2

Date & Time: November 2nd & 3rd (one or both days), 9am - 5pm
Location: Lewis & Clark College, South Chapel, Graduate Campus
Noncredit/CEU Single Day: 7 hours (7 CEUs), $125 by 10/10, $150 after; $40 for students
Noncredit/CEU Both Days: 14 hours, (14 CEUs) $225 by 10/10, $250 after; $80 for students
Registration: Call 503-768-6040 | cce@lclark.edu

This two day modular workshop is designed to provide therapists and health care providers with an introduction to mindfulness, guidelines for interpersonal mindfulness and with knowledge and tools for integrating the mindfulness approach with clients.

Implementing Mindfulness in Therapy Part 1 provides an introductory overview of Mindfulness-Based Therapy (MBT), Interpersonal mindfulness guidelines, and ways to integrate this approach into clinical practice. The workshop continues on to day two with deeper practice and discussion of the techniques and guidelines covered in day one with close examination of the complexity, intricacy and creativity of implementing the mindfulness approach in therapy. Participants are encouraged to bring scenarios, questions, and examples from their work.

Participant can choose to attend part 1 only to get familiarity and experience with the mindfulness approach or get a more comprehensive experience and knowledge and attend both days. Participants who have taken previously the one-day Implementing Mindfulness in Therapy workshop (or a similar program), or who already apply mindfulness in their practice and want to expand and deepen their knowledge and experience can choose to register for part 2 only. Both days include theory, experiential practices, discussions and examples from the mindfulness-based therapeutic work.

Workshop Outline

Day 1

Day 2


Israel, Be'er Shevah - October 2013: Mindfulness as a Therapeutic Approach

A 3 day workshop in Beer Sheva, Israel, at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Date & Time: October 13th, 15th, & 17th, 2013, 5pm - 9pm each day
Location: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel

The workshop is intended for therapists and healthcare professionals to learn about mindfulness and its therapeutic benefits, gain skills and tools to be applied in therapy and get introduced to the elements of Interpersonal Mindfulness and their contribution to the therapeutic interaction. The workshop will be held in Hebrew.

For more information visit http://in.bgu.ac.il/acadsec/external_studies/Pages/mindfulnes.aspx


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