Stephen K. Levine
Stephen K. Levine, Ph.D., D.S.Sc., is Professor Emeritus of Social Science and Social and Political Thought at York University and Founding Dean of Doctoral Studies in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School. Steve is a psychotherapy graduate of the Toronto Institute of Human Relations, and was a post-doctoral Fellow in Expressive Therapy at Lesley University Graduate School. He is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT).
Steve is a poet, actor and clown. He is the author of Poiesis: The Language of Psychology and the Speech of the Soul; Trauma, Tragedy, Therapy: The Arts and Human Suffering; co-author of Principles and Practice of Expressive Arts Therapy: Towards a Therapeutic Aesthetics; co-editor of Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy: Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives; founding editor of Poiesis: A Journal of the Arts and Communication, co-founder of IEATA (International Expressive Arts Therapy Association); and co-founder of The Create Institute.
Elizabeth McKim, M.A. is a poet-performer and teacher, well-known particularly to Boston audiences. She works out of the oral tradition of song, story, and poetry. She has published four books of poetry and has worked with children and teachers throughout the USA and internationally. She is the Poet Laureate at EGS and an adjunct Faculty member at Lesley University in the Department of Creative Arts in Learning.
Melanie Nesbitt, ADTR, CAGS, RP, is a teacher, supervisor, and clinician in private practice in Canada, the U.S, and Israel where she worked with victims of terror. Her practice also includes children with special needs such as asperger’s syndrome, adolescents with mood disorders and adults experiencing depression and post-traumatic stress.
A graduate of York University and European Graduate School (CAGS), she is an accredited dance/movement therapist with the American Dance Therapy Association. She taught eight years at York University and guest lectured at McMaster addressing medical students on the outcome of non-verbal interaction with patients. She also lectured at Ryerson and Waterloo Universities. As a researcher, she has studied parent/child interaction, speech stimulation and movement with the aging population. Melanie’s artistic training includes years of performing in music, dance, drama and voice on stage and television.
Nancy Minden has worked as a teacher, music therapist, musician, actor, and psychotherapist. Her formal education includes a BA in Dance from York University, an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music, teacher certification from University of Alberta, and an M.Ed in Applied Psychology from OISE. Her informal education includes her marriage to David for 40 years and raising 3 sons together. Nancy and David have just returned to Canada after 5 years of volunteering at the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, Israel. Nancy currently runs a program called Music Mosaic for elders (combining story, insights and song), runs a small private practice offering psychotherapeutic services, and facilitates intensive training workshops on the therapeutic use of music.
Christine Isherwood, BA (Hons) UK, Singer-Songwriter, Dip. Assertiveness Trainer, VMT-R, is Director of the Training in Voice Movement Therapy USA. For the past 20 years she has been engaged in teaching Voice Movement Therapy, working with individual clients, teaching workshops internationally, and supervising VMT students and practitioners. Previous experience includes work with street homeless people in Central London, as a mental health counsellor, group facilitator and trainer. She has written and performed in political musicals, toured the UK and Europe with theatre groups and bands, and recorded on several albums.
David is a versatile and dynamic group facilitator and psychotherapist. He has a degree (UBC) and a past career in Filmmaking and he earned his MFA in Drama Therapy from Concordia University (Montreal). The last 8 years, he has been working at INTEGRA (C.D.I.), a mental health centre serving children, teens, and families with Learning Disabilities, as a Child and Family Clinician and Mindfulness Martial Arts Instructor. He is currently the founder, coordinator, and chief instructor of "Young Warriors" a therapeutic life skills program for tweens struggling with LD/MH issues. He is also the founder and artistic director of the Inspired Playback Theatre Co. (www.inspiredplayback.com) an improv theatre company dedicated to bringing to life and honouring the stories of diverse peoples who have not often been heard (like: refugees, survivors of trauma, children, seniors, and convicts). You can find out more about David here: www.davidjurasek.com
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