Creating a foundation for our clients to explore and expand the relationship they have with themselves is one that we need to cultivate as mental health providers. What is vital in the unspoken understanding of being has to do with our essence. This course will utilize movement practices, breathwork, reflection, and modeling to expand skills and ways of working with others. Somatic means the indivisible relationship between the body and mind. We will discover ways of having experiences and mindfully articulating how these experiences might be used to facilitate the therapeutic relationship, self-awareness, and the building blocks necessary to explore intimacy and sexual courage.
Discuss the usefulness of breathwork and movement
Explain how nonverbal exercises can support client awareness
Describe 2 exercises that are easily accessible and practical
Discuss how the relationship between sensation, impulse, and expression is crucial in the therapeutic relationship
Dr. Heather Corwin is excited to be teaching Breathwork, Movement Therapy & Beyond with this vibrant bunch of mental health professionals! Heather served as Head of Movement for actor training at Northern Illinois University for years, which is her foundation of connecting body, behavior, and impulses. Heather was on teaching faculty at Pasadena City College Azusa Pacific University, Ashland University and on graduate faculty at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Heather earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a somatic (body/mind) concentration at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (L.A.), MFA from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, and BFA in Theatre, dance minor, at Millikin University. She co-owns Lake Behavioral Health Associates where she works with individuals in mental health, located in River Forest, Illinois.
As a movement teacher, Heather integrates Alexander, Feldenkrais, Rolf, Pilates, Yoga, Fitzmaurice Bioenergetics (Tremoring), Laban, Lecoq, Grotowski, Vakhtangov, Meyerhold, and Eginton Alignment philosophies. In addition, Heather is a Certified Rolfer practicing bodywork since 1993. She has trained with Postpartum Support International and has worked extensively with women preparing for and recovering from giving birth. Her other specialties include anxiety and depression. With her extensive knowledge of psychology, anatomy, and applied kinesiology, she uses a variety of practical physical explorations, non-verbal, and breath work to expand ways to approach clients. Heather has a person centered approach, which supports an experimental and non-judgmental engagement.
Heather’s research examines the relationship between actor training and emotional intelligence. Dr. Corwin’s dissertation (2014) is “The relationship between emotional intelligence and Sanford Meisner actor training.” Other publications include:
- Evolving the Actors’ Neutral Body
- A Secure Attachment is Idea to Be a Great Learner
- Attachment Theory and the Therapeutic Relationship
- Empathy and Applied Empathy through the Lens of Rolfing SI and Actor Training
- Performing, Creativity, and the Body with Monica Payne
- Attachment Theory and the Therapeutic Relationship: Healing Through Dyads (in press)
More can be found at LakeBHA.com.