Faculty

Sarah Carlson

Sarah is the Founder & Artistic Director of DanceLink, a project-based company which seeks to bridge people, ideas & understanding through the power of movement. Sarah danced professionally for 10 years in NYC with numerous companies including Alexandra Beller/Dances, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Clare Byrne Dance, Paul Mosley Dance and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. As an independent choreographer, her own work has been presented throughout the US at venues such as Gibney Dance in NYC, On the Boards in Seattle, and The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard as well as in Benin, Africa. Sarah is a co-director of the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange & a licensed massage therapist. Sarah is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Cedar Crest College and has been on the dance faculty at Lehigh University, Muhlenberg College, DeSales University, and the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2007, she completed a Fulbright Grant studying Vodou ritual dance in Benin, Africa furthering an on-going inquiry into sacred dance forms. In 2008, Sarah founded DanceLink to promote community and to use the wisdom of the body to unpack the big questions, often spiritual in nature. DanceLink’s projects have received funding from the Pennsylvania Partners for the Arts, the Cultural Coalition of Allentown, the Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange, the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium and the King County Arts Commission. Sarah received a BA in French and European Studies from Connecticut College and an MFA in Dance from the University of Washington.

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TCTSY-F, Yoga Therapy for The Mind, E-RYT 500, YACEP, RCYS

Josefin Wikström

Josefin is the Director of Programs for the Prison Yoga Projects European programs and the founder of Trauma-adapted yoga (TAY) in Sweden.

Josefin Wikström has been bringing yoga and dance into the Swedish prisons since 2008. She has been working as a full-time teacher focusing on yoga for trauma-exposed populations since 2003. In 2015, she began working with Prison Yoga Project to coordinate European training and has been teaching Prison Yoga Project training in Mumbai, India, and Mexico.

Josefin and the Prison Yoga Project and is currently training the staff at HMS Probation Services in the UK with trauma informed therapeutic yoga programs for women prisons. A pilot project that will take place in twelve female correctional settings throughout the U.K.

She has been the primary teacher for the Swedish Probation services and co-developed the Swedish Krimyoga program together with Eva Seilitz, a program that is today evidence-based through the research study- Yoga in correctional settings. She is now creating trauma-informed yoga programs for the Swedish forensic psychiatry units, the Juvenile justice system, and stress- reducing programs for children in the Swedish schools.


Josefin trained as a Yoga Therapist with The Minded Institute in London with a particular focus on complex trauma and mental health. Through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Boston, MA, she has completed the Traumatic Stress Studies Certification with Bessel van der Kolk and is a certified TCTSY Facilitator (Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga.) She has also studied trauma-informed dance/movement therapy with Katia Verrault and Tripura Kashyap in India. Josefin is a professional member of ICPA-International Corrections and Prison Association.


In Sweden, Trauma-adapted Yoga (TAY) collaborates with Nora Kerekes, Professor of Medical Science (Psychiatry), Doctor of Neuroscience at University West in a number of ongoing research projects regarding the effects of trauma-adapted yoga.

Josefin is the author of the book "Freedom from the inside" Yoga therapy for female inmates written together with James Fox, published in the US and UK 2020. Co-creator of the methods in the book "Yoga as therapy in a prison environment" published in Mexico and South America on behalf of UNODC 2018 and a new workbook for male inmates in the United States for CDCR, 2021.

She lectures on the therapeutic potential of yoga in correctional settings in international contexts such as at the House of Lords- British Parliament, International Trauma Conference Boston USA and the Yoga in Health Care conference in London.

www.prisonyoga.org
www.traumaanpassadyoga.com
www.sisyoga.se

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MSW, ERYT-200, CLYL

Linda Thai

Linda is an adjunct faculty member in the Social Work Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and specializes in trauma-informed care and compassion fatigue resilience skills; Mental health clinician at ND Systems, specializing in somatic therapies and trauma therapy. She assists internationally renowned psychiatrist and trauma expert, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, with his private small group psychotherapy workshops aimed at healing attachment trauma. In her work at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, she is responsible for training clinicians in all departments, including psychology, nursing and medicine. She has a Master of Social Work with an emphasis on the neurobiology of attachment and trauma.

Linda has studied Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Brainspotting, Havening, Internal Family Systems, and structural dissociation of the personality. Linda has worked in Fairbanks, AK with those recovering from addiction, trauma, and mental illness. She is passionate about yoga, meditation, and mindfulness and bringing those gifts to her community.

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Jennifer Patterson

Jennifer Patterson is a grief worker who uses plants, breath, and words to explore survivorhood, body(ies) and healing. A queer and trans affirming and centering, trauma-experienced herbalist and breathwork facilitator, Jennifer offers sliding scale care as a practitioner through her private practice Corpus Ritual and is a member of The Breathe Network as well as a featured teacher in a couple of their training and education programs. She has facilitated workshops at healing centers, LGBTQ centers, a needle exchange and harm reduction clinic, online with the Transformative Language Arts Network, sexual violence resource centers, at colleges and universities, veterans hospitals, the collective What Would an HIV Doula Do? and a Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish healing center. She is the author of The Power of Breathwork: Simple Practices to Promote Wellbeing (Quarto). Editor of the anthology Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti- Violence Movement (2016), Jennifer speaks across the country, and has had writing published in places like VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, 580 Split, OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts, Nat. Brut, The Establishment, HandJob, and The Feminist Wire. She was also the creative nonfiction editor of Hematopoiesis Press. A graduate of Goddard College’s MA program, Jennifer is finishing a book project focused on translating embodied traumatic experience through somatic practices and critical and creative nonfiction. You can find more at corpusritual.com.

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PhD, MPH, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC

Amber Elizabeth Lynn Gray

Amber is the Executive Director of Restorative Resources LLC, The Kint Institute and her own planetary rights non-profit, Trauma Resources International, is an award winning dance movement therapist, a human rights psychotherapist, a long time practitioner and teacher of yoga, and an authorized Continuum teacher. Amber has worked for 24 years with people who have survived human rights abuses, war and torture. Amber originated Restorative Movement Psychotherapy , the only framework for dance, movement, mindfulness and creative arts therapies with refugees and survivors of torture, and Polyvagal-informed Dance/Movement and Somatic Therapies for trauma, based on a deep immersion into Polyvagal Theory. Amber provides training and consultation nationally and internationally on restorative treatment for survivors of relational, social, collective and ancestral trauma. She is an innovator in the field of staff care for first responders in disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies. Her expertise is the integration of creative arts and body-based psychotherapy into “mainstream”, multi-cultural clinical, psychotherapeutic and healing practices, often in low resource contexts. She is a regular conference presenter and keynote speaker, and has authored many peer-reviewed publications on movement therapies and trauma. She regularly leads eco-somatic, “wild-zeness” retreats for survivors of trauma.

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M.A., TLSC

Danita Rountree Green

Danita is an author and Founder/Co-CEO of Coming To The Table-RVA, a non-profit committed to racial healing and social equity in Richmond, Virginia. Engaging over 3000 members online and approximately 300 members for monthly gatherings, she facilitates the "courageous yet clumsy" conversation on race and the legacy of the American Slave Trade, leading the conversation for a mixed race audience. As an author, Danita has toured with Levar Burton, Iyanla Vanzant and Dr Bernice King. As a playwright and trauma specialist, she creates workshops addressing community trauma and race related issues. As a restorative language artist, Danita uses storytelling to unravel self-defeating narratives, helping people move through personal, generational and historical trauma. Danita also serves as Artist in Residence for the Virginia Department of Health/Crater District, using story art to confront community and historical trauma. Over many decades, Danita's writing career and her love for community have enabled her to reinvent herself many times - first as The BroomLady who reintroduced the jumping the broom wedding ceremony for a new generation in the mid nineties, and more recently as Satiafa, the bold brassy voice of women uniting against the devastation of mass incarceration. Now, as the only African American woman in leadership of an inclusion group in the former Capital of the Confederacy, she continues to bring families and communities of all races together to experience Dr King's vision of the Beloved Community.

Green is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Maryland University of Integrative Health, married to her vision of human healing and social equity, and mother to three dynamic young men.

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PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, NCC, EMDR II, EXAT

Elizabeth Warson

Elizabeth is the founder of American Indian Art Therapy, based on her faculty research associated with the Graduate Art Therapy Programs at George Washington University and Eastern Virginia Medical School (2004-2013). Elizabeth currently resides in northern Colorado where she maintains an equine-assisted and arts-informed private practice, Healing Pathways LLC. As a faculty member for the Trauma-Informed Practices & Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, she teaches in person and online poly-informed, equine-assisted, and bilateral stimulation/sensorimotor-informed expressive arts therapy courses. Since 2003, her research interests comprise stress and pain reduction interventions for American Indian cancer survivors and their family members, culturally responsive stress reduction and visual journaling, and trauma-informed interventions. Elizabeth is a recipient of a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts (folk and traditional art) for a community-driven Coharie Heritage Empowerment Project, focusing on cultural preservation.

Elizabeth received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1989 and an M.A. in Art Therapy from Vermont College of Norwich University in 1993. She completed her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a specialization in research, from the School of Education at Colorado State University in 2008. Elizabeth has presented at regional and national American Indian and Alaska Native conferences on topics related to medical art therapy, stress and pain reduction interventions, culturally-responsive art therapy, visual journaling interventions, and narrative-based art therapy. Her publications comprise over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in books. As a professional artist, she has exhibited her sculptural work nationally and internationally and is a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council fellowship award.

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SEP, CSA, ICADC

Taruno Steffensen

Taruno is a graduate of The Alfa Institute in Andebu, Norway, Taruno Steffensen is certified both as an International Alcohol and Drug abuse Counselor and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner of Peter Levine’s trauma healing and stress reduction work: Somatic Experiencing® (SEP). Since becoming a SEP he regularly assists the SE training around the world of other helping professionals.

Taruno’s coaching capacities are informed by over a twenty-eight plus years history in mindfulness meditation, training as an addiction treatment specialist in Norway, and from 2006 through early 2011 working as an addiction counselor and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner at the well-known residential addiction and trauma treatment facility, The Meadows of Wickenburg, Arizona. There he specialized in addiction and trauma resolution with respect to sexual compulsivity, love addiction, addiction interaction, attachment, and family of origin issues. After that, he contracted with The Meadows for several years working part-time in the Trauma Resolution Services Department and at Gentle Path, the premier provider of men’s sex addiction treatment.

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MA, PhD, TEP

Tian Dayton

Tian is a senior fellow at The Meadows and author of fifteen books including
, Sociometrics, The Soulful Journey of Recovery, The ACoA Trauma Syndrome:, Emotional Sobriety and Forgiving and Moving On she is a Huffington Post blogger. Dr, Dayton was on the faculty at NYU for eight years teaching psychodrama. Dr. Dayton is a fellow of the American Society of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy ASGPP, winner of the Lifetime Achievement award, their scholar’s award, the President’s award and editor in chief of the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy and sits on the professional standards committee. She is also the winner of The Mona Mansell Award and The Ackermann Black Award. Dr. Dayton has been a guest expert on NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Montel, Rikki Lake, John Walsh, Geraldo. For further information log onto tiandayton.com

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Alexandra Jai

Hailing from Santiago, Chile, Alexandra Jai is a hand drumming and yoga teacher, rhythm facilitator, accompanist and performer with over 30 years of experience. Following a transformative and deeply healing drumming immersion with Nigerian Master Drummer Olatunji Babatunde in her late teens, she plunged heart-first into the study of world percussion and rhythm culture. A lifelong student of rhythm and movement, Alexandra Jai studied traditional African, Afro-Cuban and Middle Eastern Hand Drumming from master drummers across the globe. She is the founder of Rhythm Bliss Studio, a centre for Rhythm and Movement Meditation serving Vancouver, BC since 2003. Alexandra Jai has created the Rhythm Bliss Online Mindful Hand Drumming and Movement program to spread joy, serenity and healing by blending the ancient art of hand drumming with yoga philosophy in a way that is easily accessible and relevant to our hectic, modern lives.

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Matiu Te Huki

Matiu has over 20 years experience as a Maori language and performance teacher, he is an engaging facilitator, dynamic international musician, playwrite, storyteller and a leader amongst his own communities.

Matiu travels the world with his healing work, the impact from this is currently sending waves around the planet and this workshop offers tools we can offer towards a solution to making a real difference in addressing fragmentation within our relationships as well as things like gender-based violence. This is healing the masculine and feminine relationship using traditional and modern wisdom.

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PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, LPAT, REAT

Cathy Malchiodi

Cathy holds a doctorate in research psychology and is a clinical mental health counselor, and expressive arts therapist specializing in the treatment of traumatic stress. Dr. Malchiodi is the author of 20 books, including Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: Brain, Body, and Imagination in the Healing Process and given over 500 invited keynotes and workshops around the world. She is the founder and director of Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute that provides education and training on expressive approaches to psychotherapists, counselor, coaches, educators, and somatic practitioners. Dr. Malchiodi is a contributing writer for Psychology Today and has a readership of approximately 5.3 million. To learn more about her work and publications, see www.cathymalchiodi.com and www.trauma-informedpractice.com.

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