Thursday, 17 August 2017

4th Annual International Conference

Creative Movement Therapy Association of India (CMTAI) with Christ University announces its 4th Annual International Conference

‘Multi-faceted Movement Approaches: Enhancing the Mind-Body Nexus’ 
25th/26th November, Christ University, Bengaluru

Conference Fee inclusive of Lunches & Snacks:

CMTAI Member: 5,000 + 18% GST = 5,900 INR
Non-member: 5,500 +18% GST = 6,490 INR
Student: 4,500 + 18% GST = 5,310 INR

Limited Spaces! Sessions selection on a first come first served basis.  If interested, please register your names and mail ids with Janavi @ 088848-69163 or

Alongside below mentioned sessions are a Panel Discussion, Film Screenings, Informal Discussion groups on Movement Therapy and Movement Jam! 

* Program is subject to change.

Sessions at the Conference – Blending Practice with Theory:

‘Introduction to Dance / Movement Therapy’REETU JAIN (Therapeutic Movement Practitioner, Co-Founder, CMTAI), USA / New Delhi

‘What’s in a role: Stories & Drama Therapy’ANSHUMA KSHETRAPAL (Drama & Movement Therapist, Director, COLOR OF GREY CELLS), UK / Delhi / Bengaluru

‘Mindfulness & Therapeutic Presence for Practitioners’ANUBHA DOSHI (Arts-based Therapist, Counsellor, Director, ARTSPHERE), Pune  

‘The Puzzle of Progress in Expressive Arts Therapies’AVANTIKA MALHAUTRA (Expressive Arts Therapist / Psychologist, Director, SOUL CANVAS), Pune

Active Imagination Using Movement’BRINDA JACOB JANVRIN (Expressive Arts Therapist / Counsellor, Director, SMART), Bengaluru

‘Art Psychotherapy & Family Constellation Work’: CHARITRA BALLAL (Psychotherapist / Visual Art Therapy Practitioner), UK / Bengaluru

‘Gesture & Dance in Storytelling Therapy’DR.ERIC MILLER (Storytelling Therapist, Director,  WORLD  STORY TELLING INSTITUTE), USA / Chennai

‘Embodiment in Shadow Theatre’EVAN HANSTINGS (Drama Therapist, Director, SHADOW LIBERATION), (USA / Bengaluru)

‘Dance Movement Therapy & Psycho-social Support in Communities’ KATIA VERREAULT (Dance Therapist, Director, A MOVING WORLD FOUNDATION), The Netherlands / Nepal

‘Henna & Healing in Art Therapy’KRUPA JHAVERI (Visual Art Therapist, Director, SANKALPA), USA / Auroville

‘Relevance of Posture & Movement in Psychodrama’MAGDALENE JEYARATHNAM (Psychodrama Therapist & Counsellor, Director, EAST-WEST COUNSELLING CENTRE), Chennai

‘Letting the Body Lead Therapeutic Work’MAITRI GOPALAKRISHNA (Drama Therapist & Counselling Psychologist), Bengaluru

‘Engaging with the Shadow through Drama, Movement & Metaphor’MIKE CLARKE (Drama & Movement Therapist), UK 

‘The importance of Skill sharing in Music Therapy’: NINA CHERLA (Music Therapist, Regional Director, THE MUSIC THERAPY TRUST), UK / New Delhi

‘Relationship between Drama & Empathy’PARUSURAM RAMAMOORTHY (Drama Therapy Practitioner, Director, VELVI). Madurai

‘Role of the Embodied Therapist in Movement Psychotherapy’PREETHA RAMASUBRAMANIAN (Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Director, KINESTHETICS), UK / Chennai

‘Dance Movement Therapy for Families of Children with Autism’RITU SHREE (Dance Movement Therapist / Psychologist, CHILDREN FIRST), USA / New Delhi

‘Kestenberg Movement Profile: Exploration of Tension Flow Rhythms’TARANA KHATRI (Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Director, HORIZON THERAPY CENTRE), UK / Chennai,

Therapeutic Dance in Education’TRIPURA KASHYAP (Movement Therapist/Dance Educator, Co-founder, CMTAI) USA / Bengaluru

‘Drama Therapy: The Hero’s Journey’VANITHA CHANDRASEGARAM (Drama Therapist), UK / Malaysia

Thursday, 27 July 2017

NLP and Movement Workshop, Delhi

NLP and Movement Workshop, Delhi

Experience the best of two worlds - Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Creative Movement as you step closer to greater psychological awareness and expression. Through this workshop, we will take you on an exclusive journey through human psyche and behavior, and help you understand cognitive functions.

Learn how to integrate proven NLP techniques into Creative Movement, so you can explore a greater vocabulary of movement and increase your inherent creativity, balance, spontaneity and adaptability.

*What will be covered*
1. What is NLP?
2. What does it involve and how the brain works?
3. The nervous system, how it develops and what implications it has on growth.
4. Movement and how the nervous system connects the mind to movement.
5. How the mind and movement constitute one system and can influence the other?
6. How CMT works on the brain and how can we make that effect even better?
7. Metaphors and movement - the connection.

*Who is it for*
It's for anyone who works in the field of Mental Health or wants to understand how we think and utilise that knowledge to help friends, family and/or clients. Whether you're a special educator, psychologist, counsellor, movement practitioner, psychiatrist, social worker, working in public relations or human resources; or any similar field of work, this workshop is for you.

*What will be the major take backs*
The concepts in the workshop are likely to enhance self awareness of the participant by helping them understand why they do, what they do. Also, the techniques and knowledge acquired, could be taken back to the individual's settings and be used in whichever way suitable and appropriate.
Participants will be able to decipher in what sphere a person has problems and will learn easy to do techniques to help such people.

Prior registration is required for this workshop.

Who: Col. Sudip Mukherjee (Certified Master Trainer and Facilitator)
When20th August 2017, 10AM - 6PM
Where: Rasayana Studio, J-64, Neb Sarai, Saket, New Delhi
Fee: Rs 2850 (includes lunch and tea, also includes 18% GST)

For Queries: Sukriti @ 98107-82400 or email

Monday, 24 July 2017

CMTAI CERTIFICATE COURSE BANGALORE, 2017 - Faculty Profiles and Curriculum

9.30 AM TO 6.30 PM


 This post will provide you the curriculum of the course along with a brief on the faculties.

Tripura Kashyap 


CMT -Theory & Practice -

The module offers theoretical frameworks alongside experiential activities and experiences from CMT. This segment will include the definition, evolution, principles, objectives and approaches in CMT used with groups & in individual clients. This segment will also focus on the work of pioneer dance therapists, therapeutic potential in Indian physical traditions and various influences that impacted the development of dance therapy. Students will be trained in facilitation skills, pre-requisites and logistics of structuring sessions, verbal reflection, scope and application of CMT. Class and home assignments will be given to gain a better understanding of the diverse methods and perspectives that CMT offers.


Tripura pioneered Creative Movement Therapy in India in 1990. She studied Dance therapy at Hancock Centre, Wisconsin, USA and subsequently obtained her M.A. in Psychology. She received training in classical dance at Kalakshetra, (Chennai), Jazz, Ballet, Modern dance, choreography and dance theatre at the American Dance Festival, N. Carolina. Tripura received fellowships from Ashoka International Foundation and Indian Ministry of Culture for her innovative work in dance therapy and contemporary dance.

She authored “My Body, My Wisdom” published by Penguin. She was founder-director of Apoorva Dance Theatre,

Bangalore and worked collaboratively with filmmakers, visual artists and musicians on cross-art projects and performances. Tripura also worked as a projects coordinator for Bhoomika dance Company (Delhi) and creative consultant for ‘Dance-in-Education’ program at Attakkalari Center (Bangalore). She conceived India's first Movement therapy course in Delhi and is on the teaching faculty of dance and arts therapies courses in Pune and Bangalore. Tripura is currently the co-founder of (CMTAI) Creative Movement therapy association of India. (

Anshuma Kshetrapal


CMT - Facilitation, tools and techniques -

This module will start with facilitating the understanding of boundaries and ethical practice, then move on to explain the relationship between CMT and different schools of psychology. The segment also includes discussions around the difference between therapeutic art and art therapy, the mind body nexus and creating the therapeutic setting. In the second term, the module develops to include group dynamics, working with adults, scope of CMT and the use of the tools of the use of touch, sound, non-verbal work. The module ends with discussions and activities around developing a unique, reflexive therapeutic presence as well as assessments of facilitation skills.

Bio profile:

Anshuma is a practicing Drama, Movement and Art Psychotherapist. She is also an advisory board member for CMTAI and is teaching and designing curriculum in their Delhi, Bangalore and Pune courses. Having over 8 years of experience as a trauma counselor, Anshuma has worked with adults and children, in the field of mental health with a range of settings such as hospitals, NGOs, schools and corporates in Delhi, Bangalore and London. She recently organized and completed a pan India tour in which she gave several talks and experiential workshops along with her colleagues from the UK throughout the country.

Currently, her service offerings include, individual and group drama and movement therapy, supervision for junior creative arts therapists and conducting workshops along with teaching. In her endeavour to spread awareness about the use of the arts for therapy, she founded The Color of Grey Cells, to conduct workshops for students, therapists and clients alike because she is passionate about spreading the word about working with the mind and body nexus, using stories, poetry, movement, role playing and visual arts.

Tarana Khatri:


Dance/Movement Therapy with Special Needs Population -

This segment aims to help trainees gain a theoretical understanding of various difficulties in children as well as the methods and techniques of using the body and its movement with them. The areas that will be covered include Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Learning difficulties and Multiple sclerosis. The session will cover theoretical foundation of the disorders and their effect on one’s body and movement repertoire. It will also look at different theories and interventions of Dance/Movement Psychotherapy and its efficiency within these populations. The session will also focus on basic principles of working with these populations like determining therapeutic goals, establishing boundaries and recording session notes.

Bio profile:

Tarana Khatri is a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist with ADMP (UK). She received her licence on completing her Msc Dance Movement Psychotherapy course in Scotland. She has also completed an Msc in Counselling Psychology. Tarana cofounded Synchrony ( in 2014, an organization that aims to spread awareness on importance and effectiveness of Dance Movement Therapy. She has also started Horizon Therapy Centre ( in 2016, which provides creative arts therapy, counselling and behavior modification. She is on the panel of trainers teaching the CMTAI Creative Movement Therapy Program. 
Her work in DMP is influenced by her dance training. She received her dance training at Academy of Modern Dance (Chennai) and received certification under Commonwealth Society for Teachers of Dancing (Jazz ,ballet and contemporary) and United Kingdom Alliance (hip-hop). Tarana has 5 years’ experience working, as a DMP, with individuals and groups of varied population including Children and adults with behavioral and emotional difficulties, adults in a forensic setting, Parent- child dyads as well as geriatric population. However, her primary work is that with children and young adults.

Tanvi Bajaj:


Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and Movement Notation

This approach emphasizes on understanding body, movement and space along with their deep interconnections. Focusing on both, macro movements and subtle movements like breathing, this work helps in breaking down the body in motion and revisiting the basics of movements. The session would focus on observing movements as they occur in their natural habitat. Once the eye is trained to catch movement specifics, inferring from body becomes clearer and more valid. This knowledge of movement habits and preferences, enhances the movement potential as well as presents glimpses of inclinations linking it to attitudinal choices and personality indicators.

Bio profile

Tanvi has a Masters in Applied Psychology and Laban Movement Analysis from New York. She is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer and a dance therapy trainer. Tanvi uses her background in dance and psychology, combined with her training in the work of movement analysis, to create sessions that lead the participants into a journey of knowing and owning their body. Tanvi has authored several papers, including a book titled ‘Therapeutic

Implications of Performing Arts’ published by Routledge in 2013. At present, she is working with children of K-5, using creative movement to enhance life skills.

Brinda Jacob


Experiential Sessions: Arts Therapy and Authentic Movement

These sessions have been designed to give participants an opportunity to look inwards within a safe space and to experience wearing the ‘client hat’. Exploring authentic movement practises, body work and the expressive art expressions, the facilitator invites participants to bring a deeper awareness, expression and form to the wisdom of the body. Individuals will also be encouraged to develop their kinesthetic awareness, empathy, mindfulness and a sense of embodied presence as they explore the relationship between the creative, psychological and sacred dimensions of their experience through bodily expression.

Bio Profile:

Brinda Jacob-Janvrin is contemporary dancer/choreographer with more than 20 years of performing experience. A qualified counsellor, Brinda has been working extensively with movement therapy over the last 10 years. She is currently a member of the IEATA (International Expressive Art Therapy Association), AMC (Authentic Movement Community) and CMTAI (Creative Movement Therapy Association of India). Brinda is also the Founder and Managing Trustee for the Studio for Movement Arts and Therapies Trust, which was created in January 2011, with the following vision “To offer creatively alive spaces and practices to nurture and catalyse self-inquiry, expression and integration for individuals and communities".

One of the main projects of the Trust, the FECAT - Foundation Course in Expressive and Creative Arts, was born out of the need for trained expressive and creative art therapists in India. Conceptualised by Brinda Jacob-Janvrin, the FECAT programme aims to train participants to use different art media in therapeutic relationships with children, adolescents & adults in different settings.

Preetha Ramasubramanian


Psychopathology, Counselling skills and Ethics

The 5 day module will teach you to set goals that are client centered and to work with different kinds of population. The skills that will be taught will include movement metaphors, using play, importance of creativity, techniques of mirroring & attunement and will extend to using LMA in sessions. The psychodynamic theories will be taught with case studies to get a deeper understanding. the topics will cover transference, object relations, attachment theories etc. a lot of emphasis will be given on the ethical usage of conducting the sessions like boundary setting, using touch, and confidentiality. during this a lot of practical movement experiences that has a theoretical backing will be explored.

Bio profile:

Preetha Ramasubramanian did her MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy and graduated with a distinction from Goldsmiths College, University of London. As a DMP she gained broad exposure in the UK working in different settings such as forensic psychiatric unit, special & mainstream schools and facilitated workshops for the elderly.
She founded Kinesthetics – DMP and counseling center, where she works with varied population. She also works as a supervisor / consultant / guest lecturer for various educational institutions, health care setups and in the corporate sector. She is one of the trainers in the 1 year Diploma in EAT course, Chennai, from the time of its inception. She is also one of the advisory board members of CMTAI and is also a trainer at the CMT course conducted by CMTAI and Artsphere (Pune).

Anubha Harlalka:


Research & Report Writing

This module focuses on improving the participants’ knowledge of documenting their work during the internship period. It aims at enhancing their research abilities and helps them improve their skills as a movement therapy facilitator. With a strong understanding of qualitative research and artistic inquiry, the participants will be equipped to document and submit a report of their internship at the end of the course.

Students will understand the importance of developing research methodologies and techniques in arts-based therapies (ABT). We will also explore how research deepens our practice therefore contributing to the further development of arts based therapies. Maintaining progress reports of sessions will also give students an insight into how effective our artistic interventions are with clients, and we will discuss how to broaden and strengthen our research skills to track our progress with children and adults with therapeutic needs. 
It will be an experiential session taking the participants through a research report and the stages involved in research while exploring ABT interventions. We will go through the APA research format and discuss past research findings and reports published in the field. We will also be looking at a meta-analysis of the research conducted by dance therapy practitioners during the past courses in Dance therapy. 

Bio profile:

Anubha Doshi, is the Founder Director of Artsphere, Pune a Dancer, Clinical Psychologist, Art Based Therapist and Reiki Master. She is an associate member of the ADTA (American Dance Therapy Association) and CID (International Dance Council) France. She is on the advisory board of CMTAI (Creative Movement Therapy Association of India) and is the Editor of the CMTAI Indian Magazine of Dance/Movement therapy. She is on the Board of studies of the psychology department, Mira College, Pune.

Her practice is unique as she explores the connection between DMT and Mindfulness born out of her study of the Buddhist psychology at the Pune University. She is also the course director of the foundation course: Dance Therapy in Pune.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

CMTAI's Certificate Course at Bangalore

CMTAI's Certificate Course in Creative Movement Therapy at Bangalore

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1) What is Creative Movement / Dance Therapy?

Creative Movement Therapy is a therapeutic modality, which uses natural and authentic movement to find a balance of emotional, social, cognitive and physical well-being in individuals.

2) What are the timings and duration of the course?

The course is scheduled between 9.30 AM and 6.30 PM daily, 10 days every month in 2017:
  • 13-22nd August
  • 17-26th September
  • 21-30th October

Note: The total number of hours for this course is 270 including 10 hours supervision and 10 hours personal therapy and to achieve certification with 72 hours research based internship with supervision. 

Internship Sessions (Timings/days of the week) for movement therapy sessions need to be set up between students and Organisation from October to December 2017. These internships will be supervised by the course faculty members. 

3) What is the last date to register and make fee payments for the course?

The last date for registration (by sending us your complete application) is by July 30th 2017 and course fee payment should be done by 10th Aug 2017.

4) Is there an Interview prior to the course?

Yes, there is a telephonic interview at a mutually convenient time.

5) How to apply/register for the course?

The application form has to be filled online  The form needs to be filled with necessary details. We will call you with details regarding your interview. Your seat will be confirmed once the payment of fees is also done. The details regarding fees are below.

6) Who can enroll for this course?

This is a training course. Therefore, preference will be given to special educators, teachers, counselors, psychology / sociology graduates, artists, dancers, healers, therapists, social workers and any other group facilitators working with children or adults with therapeutic needs and issues. However, the course is open to all adults aged 18 years and above.

7) Can non-dancers enroll in this course?

Yes, but they need to be trained or have some knowledge of or experience with dance/movement (any form).

8) How is the course structured?

The course will include theoretical, practical and experiential sessions with assignments. 

9) What kind of certification will be given at the end of the course?

You will receive 2 completion certificates at the end of the course. 
1. National certification from ‘Creative Movement Therapy Association of India’ 
2. International Certification from CID-UNESCO ‘The International Dance Council’ (France). 

10) What are the criteria for students to receive certifications at the end of this course?

Participants will need: 

a) Minimum 95%  attendance + punctuality during the training period (does not include internship hours) 
b) Submission of all course assignments for grading, 
c) Successful completion of internship, supervision and personal therapy. 
d) Payment of complete course fee. 
Please note: The actual number of days that you have attended the course will be mentioned on your certificate. 

11) Will there be a break during these classes?

Yes, there will be a 45-minute lunch break and two 15-minute tea breaks. Participants can either bring their own lunch or eat at the restaurants close to venue or order online lunch. The course fee includes tea and snacks but not lunch. 

12) What do participants bring to the course sessions?

Participants are required to bring their own note books, a diary for journaling dance experiences, pencils, pens, erasers and sharpeners.

13) What is suitable attire?

Participants need to wear comfortable clothes for movement, like track pants, shorts, t-shirts or salwar kurta. No Tight jeans or sarees please.

14) Whom do we inform in case of being absent or late during the course?

Please SMS 9741787222 Needless to say, it is important to be punctual and minimize being absent. 

15) What is the fee for the course?

INR 60,000/- including registration fee, tuition costs, course material, and the National and International certifications + GST at 18%. The total fees is Rs. 60,000 + Rs. 10,800 = Rs. 70,800. The fee once paid is neither refundable nor transferable. 

16) How do we make payment for the course?

Payment of the fees are to be made thought direct online transfer to our bank account. 

Details of the account:
Creative Movement Therapy Association of India 
Bank Name: ICICI Bank 
A/C No: 028601001696
IFSC Code: ICIC0000286 
Branch Address: 11A, Jorbagh Market, New Delhi – 110003

Once fees has been transferred please fill the following form:

17) Are there any scholarships available?

There are no scholarships available but in case of students with valid reasons of not being able to make full payments, they can pay in 2 installments.

18) Is accommodation available for outstation participants?

The course does not provide accommodation. However accommodation is available at the venue for nominal rates.

Single room - Rs. 600 per day
Double sharing room - Rs. 1100 per day
Triple sharing room - Rs. 1500 per day

CMTAI will only collect the list of participants requiring accommodation and pass it to Montfort Spirituality Centre. All payments to be made directly to the Centre. Please let us know by Aug 1st, 2017 if you will require accommodation. Accommodation will be available at the centre only on a First come First Book basis.

19) All course sessions will take place at: 

Montfort Spirituality Centre, 
No.184, Old Madras Road
Indiranagar, (Opp Vivekananda Nagar metro station) 
Bengaluru 560 083

To register: Please fill the application form
Once fees has been transferred please fill the following form: