BA in Psychology and Dance, SUNY, Brockport, MMT, Antioch/New England Graduate School. Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT). Sandy has worked extensively as a Dance/ Movement Therapist for the past 30 years with a variety of populations including individuals with autism, psychiatric disorders, learning disabilities, dementia and developmental disabilities, as well as preschoolers at risk. Sandy has studied privately with pioneers in her field, such as Dr. Judith Kestenberg. She became certified in the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) in 1982, where she worked as an adjunct therapist with Dr. Kestenberg and trained at the Research Center for Families and Children in Sands Point, Long Island. She has taught applied Kestenberg principles in many workshops and trainings in a wide variety of settings since that time, particularly using movement components of empathy and trust to enhance relational development.
Sandy also trained privately, and in groups, with pioneer Janet Adler in Authentic Movement. She has been teaching this work for many years, with individuals and in Women’s Circles. Additionally, Sandy trained in the highly traditional martial arts, Japanese Karate-Do, and earned her Black Belt degree in 2007. Sandy’s special interest is now integrating witness consciousness (authentic movement) with warrior consciousness (martial arts) in therapy and in development.
Currently, Sandy is working as a Psychology Supervisor for a number of residential programs serving developmentally disabled and dually diagnosed individuals. She provides direct services, as well as clinical oversight of all programming and teaches behavioral assessment and intervention strategies. SLC, 2013-
Current graduate courses
Movement Observation III serves as a continuation of the course work in Movement Observation I and II. Movement Observation III introduces the fundamentals of the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP), a theoretically based assessment tool that examines psychological development through body movement. Students’ understanding of Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and its application in the therapeutic process is deepened with the addition of KMP as part of the movement development, relationship, learning, and psychological process. Additionally, ways of organizing observations and developing targeted assessments utilizing KMP will be considered. Students will also learn about current theories in neuroscience and their relation to movement observation.