Dr Marcia B Leventhal

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Dr Marcia B Leventhal

23/08/19 @ 8:00 am - 31/08/19 @ 5:00 pm AEST

Dr Marcia B Leventhal returning to Melbourne, Australia!

23 – 31 August, 2019

Dr Marcia B Leventhal, pioneer of Dance Movement Therapy (DMT),   Co-Founder of the International Dance Therapy Institute of Australia Inc (IDTIA)  and Founding Director of the IDTIA Education Program will be returning to Melbourne, Australia to teach within the IDTIA Foundation Course in DMT.


IDTIA is taking this opportunity to host and facilitate two CPD workshops with Dr Marcia B Leventhal. 


Workshop 1.  

What is DMT?  Moving Towards Change and Transformation: an Introduction to the Foundation Principles of The Ancient Healing Art of Dance  

All dance movement therapists, counsellors, psychotherapists, creative arts therapists, dancers, body workers and those interested in exploring the use of movement and dance in their work are invited to join us for Workshop 1:

Tuesday 27th August, 2019     6.00pm – 10.00pm    Venue: Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Convent


Workshop 2:  

Dance Movement Therapy in the Twenty-first Century: The embodied Reality

All dance movement therapists who have been working in the field for at least 12 months, are invited to join us to deepen and expand your practice in Workshop 2:

3 days of workshop Thursday 29, Friday 30, Saturday 31 August, 2019 at the Abbotsford Convent

Dr Marcia B Leventhal’s seminal work is unique and rare. Within these workshops she will share her  Integrative Treatment Model of DMT drawing on her  lifetime of experiences and training with her peers,  colleagues and teachers the list of whom includes: Dr Alma Hawkins, Dr Valerie Hunt, Mary Whitehouse, Blanche Evan, Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham, amongst others.


Places will be Limited. Book Early to ensure you secure a place.


Private Sessions:   FULLY BOOKED!  Waiting list established

Dr Marcia B Leventhal will be available for a very limited number of private sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 26-27-28 August, 2019.  Fee: $180 per session.

Venue: 10 Crimea Street, St Kilda, 3182


All enquiries:

Jane Refshauge       E: jane@janerefshauge.com      T: 03 9419 2484

For information on Abbotsford Convent, go to : https://abbotsfordconvent.com.au/visit/visitor-information


Workshop 1:

What is DMT?  Moving Towards Change and Transformation: an Introduction to the Foundation Principles of The Ancient Healing Art of Dance  

Tuesday 27th August, 2019   6.00pm – 10.00pm   Venue: Rosina Auditorium, The Abbotsford Convent

The roots and fundamental treatment successes in the practice of Dance Movement Therapy are derived from Dance in its earliest practices. In this workshop we will explore certain elements which create the dance aesthetic. Participants will have the opportunity to discover the evolution of personal insight and self empowerment facilitated by these elements. In exploring these elements, a model of Dance Movement Therapy will emerge. How one may apply these principles in your own therapeutic practices as well as in one’s own personal growth path will be presented.  Open to all participants.


  • Learn how to become a DM Therapist;
  • Learn which elements in a DM Model contribute to personality development and change;
  • Explore how certain DM elements translate into processes other psychotherapists may apply in psychodynamic work with clients;
  • Understand how DM therapy may be both an adjunctive treatment modality as well as a primary  therapy.


Workshop 2:  

Dance Movement Therapy in the Twenty-first Century: The embodied Reality

Venue:  The Oratory, The Abbotsford Convent

3 days of workshops: focusing upon the healing/wholing potential as DMTherapists move from the practice of adjunctive to primary therapy.

This 3-days of workshops is for Dance Movement Therapists who have completed a training programme and who have 12 months experience working in the field.

Day One: Thursday 29th August, 2019   1.00pm – 8.30pm

Day Two: Friday 30th August, 2019 10.30am – 6.00pm

Day Three: Saturday 31st August, 2019 10.30am – 6.00pm

During these 3 days of workshops participants will have the opportunity to work in three major areas:

  1. continuing personal growth and transformation through DMT experiences;
  2. further development of clinical skills;
  3. transitioning from adjunctive to primary therapists; focusing on how the skills that we have as Dance Movement Therapists allow us to lead our communities today as ‘change agents’.

Some of the topics to be covered that we will be examining include:

  • Healing from trauma and loss;
  • Examining what Leventhal has defined as the three gateway elements for resilience;
  • Examining two key perceptual paradigms that help us organize both the expressive and functional movement in DMT: the Quantum paradigm and the Newtonian paradigm;
  • Sharpening our skills as we hold and witness within the therapeutic relationship;
  • Clarifying the importance of boundaries as therapist, teacher, client, student;
  • And various other elements that contribute to the wholistic energy model of DMT (such as transitioning from authentic movement into an unfolding reality);
  • There will be time for participants to bring in case examples and queries from their specific populations working within institutions.

This workshop will take place over three days.

The first and second day of the workshop may be taken as an individual one day workshop, or a separate two day workshop.

The third day of the workshop can only be attended if either the first or second day (or both) of the workshop have been attended.


Workshop Fees:

Workshop 1:          What is DMT?  Moving Towards Change and Transformation: an Introduction to theFoundation Principles of The Ancient Healing Art of Dance  

Tuesday 27th August, 2019        6pm-10pm

Full: $ 235, IDTIA Member    $175


Workshop 2: Dance Movement Therapy in the Twenty-first Century: The embodied Reality

Thursday 29th , Friday 30th , Saturday 31st August, 2019

One Day Full:  $310, IDTIA Member    $290

Two Days Full:   $600, IDTIA Member    $560

Three Days Full:   $890, IDTIA Member $830


To join or renew your membership with IDTIA, and be eligible for the IDTIA member fee rate  go to : http://idtia.org.au/become-a-member/


Payment method:

Workshop 1:   https://www.trybooking.com/ZWNY

Workshop 2: Expression of interest

Please forward your contact details and a brief outline of your DMT practice experience over the last 12 months to:

Jane Refshauge  jane@janerefshauge.com T: 03 9419 2484

If the participant requirements are met, your invoice will be forwarded to you.

For more information, please contact Jane Refshauge E: jane@janerefshauge.com T: 03 9419 2484 or Karen Nankervis, IDTIA Administrator E: admin@idtia.org.au  M: 0407 261 927


Cancellation Policy:  

Marcia’s  visit to Australia and her workshops are fully self-funded and so we will need to be compensated in the event of a cancellation.

If you need to cancel and can find someone else to take your place in a workshop  or private session  there will be no cancellation fee charged.

If a cancellation is received with less than 48 hours notice and it is not possible to find anyone to replace you at such late notice the full fee will need to be paid.

In case of the unforeseen:  if any workshop or private session needs to be cancelled all money will be returned.


23/08/19 @ 8:00 am AEST
31/08/19 @ 5:00 pm AEST


Jane Refshauge
03 9419 2484