NYSADTA Winter Newsletter

NYSADTA Winter Newsletter 

December 2016

Happy Holidays from the NYSADTA Board!

**Please note an error was made in the NYS Chapter Board Member Bios section of the Spring Newsletter sent out in April. Our Albany region liaison’s name is Pamela Faith Lerman (last name appeared incorrectly as Robinson).


The 51st ADTA Conference was a huge success and a wonderful time to reconnect to colleagues, inspire one another, and invigorate our national community.





We are proud that our own Chapter President, Angie (Giordano Adams) Yemma, has taken on a new leadership role at the national level. She now serves on the PR Committee as the ADTA Social Media Manager. Her involvement on a national level will be a wonderful addition to her role as President of the NYSADTA, facilitating increased communication between the state chapter and the national board.

In addition, our Hudson Valley Liaison, Sabrina Washington, co-presented with Rev. Suzy Meszoly, and provided a powerful session, “The Power of the 7 Energetic Chakras in Dance/Movement Therapy.” Stay tuned for the possibility of an opportunity to experience their presentation again at home in New York for CEUs!


As many of you know, there are significant changes regarding LCAT licensure in New York State including new requirements for CEUs beginning January 2017. The specifics of these changes are broken down and explained on the New York Office of Professions website. If you have further questions that are not answered on the website, please feel free to contact the chapter and we’ll do our best to get you the answers you’re looking for.

There is a growing list of CEU providers that the website is updating regularly, so please check back regularly. Our chapter is also in the process of applying to become a provider and will keep you posted on our status.

In the spirit of inclusivity and belief in information accessibility, we are working toward reaching a larger audience with chapter updates and relevant local information through our newsletter distribution. To do this, we will be publishing our newsletter content on our website’s blog instead of the Chapter’s members-only listserv that our newsletter has previously served. We hope you find this easier and more streamlined. Most importantly, we hope that our chapter continues to serve all NYS dance/movement therapists. Please let us know how we can help you and information that you would find helpful!

It has been an eventful and critical fall, both locally (with new legislation passed for NYS Creative Arts Therapists) and, of course, nationally as we prepare for new political leadership.



 We have welcomed three new student liaisons and a new Information Technology chair!

Neha Christopher, formerly, student liaison to our chapter, has graduated from Pratt Institute and moved into the role of IT Chair.

We are excited that we have three new student liaisons who are representing both Master’s programs in the state of New York (Pratt Institute and Sarah Lawrence College). We are grateful for their service to the board and their valuable input voicing the needs and ideas of current students.


Tia Huston, Student Liaison, Pratt Institute

Tia Huston is a second year student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.  She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been living in NYC for the past 6 years. She discovered dance therapy while working as a freelance dancer in NYC and quickly realized it was the path for her.  She’s excited to be a student liaison for New York State Chapter of the ADTA, and can’t wait to become a dance therapist.


Anita Nichole Lewis, Student Liaison, Pratt Institute

Anita Nichole Lewis is a Brooklyn native and a Brooklyn College alumni with a Bachelors degree in business administration/marketing. With her formal training in ballet and modern, she realized that her interest shifted from performance to the effects of dance on her wellbeing. In her volunteering at the 92nd Y’s therapy and exercise class for stroke recovery, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological physical conditions, she witnessed the growth and improvement of the students as a result of barre exercise, gentle movement and body explorations. Anita is now a second year student at Pratt where she is interning at the Center for Discovery. She hopes to work with kids and seniors with physical frailties upon graduation.


Cerezmy Salcido, Student Liaison, Sarah Lawrence College

Cerezmy is a second year student from Sarah Lawrence College and holds a Master of Arts in Disability Studies from CUNY. Cerezmy’s research is focused on DMT and the use of performance to advocate for social justice. Growing up in the borderland between Texas and Mexico, Cerezmy is also invested in infusing her studies and future practice with cultural awareness as a tool to promote inclusion.



Public Relations Chair: Nominate yourself or someone else by emailing Angie at nysadapresident@gmail.com



Film Screening: The Moving Child: Supporting Early Development Through Movement

We are excited to invite dance/movement therapists and other interested community members to view Hana Kemble’s (BC-DMT) powerful and brand new film. Find out more about the film and watch the trailer here. We plan to host screenings at both Pratt Institute and Sarah Lawrence College

Date: TBA/March event


Stay tuned (via this blog, email updates, and our social media presences) for other upcoming chapter events including CEU-eligible professional development workshops and Chapter Meet and Greets!

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LCAT- CE information

Have you seen the newest information about the CE requirements for LCAT’s?

Click here for some FAQ.

Click here for approved providers. Additional providers will continue to be added as applications are improved.

For more information click here.

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CALL TO ACTION!!! WED. NOV. 16, 2016


Contact your members of Congress on WED., November 16

Background: ADTA is joining with other members of the Mental Health Liaison Group, a coalition of national organizations interested in ensuring all Americans have access to quality mental health services, to push for passage of mental health reform legislation.

Each day next week (Nov. 14 – 18), different organizations will be phoning and emailing their members of Congress to get a bill passed before this Congress ends on December 16. ADTA will be participating on Wednesday, November 16, to weigh in on the importance of getting these bills passed, particularly the importance of having a diverse mental health workforce available to appropriately address needs. We will be joined by a number of national organizations, including the American Psychological Association, National League of Nursing, and the National Association of Social Workers.

How to Participate:

1) Find your members of Congress (not the ones just elected, but the current members)….your Representative and your two Senators. You can find out who these folks are by going to https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members and putting in your address or state.

 2) Go to your Representative’s and Senators’ websites (you’ll be linked to those when you search in #1 above) and send an email with the following message:

“Dear Senator (Representative) __________:

My name is ____________, and I am a dance/movement therapist and your constituent from (town/city).

I am writing today to urge you to support bicameral passage of important mental health reform legislation this year.

Mental illness is widely prevalent in the United States. Over 68 million Americans have experienced mental illness in the past year which is more than 20 percent of the total population of the United States. Lifetime rates are much higher with some estimates approaching 50 percent. More striking, in 2014, nearly 43,000 Americans died by suicide. Many individuals with mental illness or substance use conditions are unable to access or receive the appropriate services and supports for these illnesses, and they remain constantly challenged by mental health service delivery systems that are largely fragmented and uncoordinated across the country.

Dance/movement therapists are at the forefront of providing mental health services to populations ranging from adults with Alzheimer’s Disease, veterans and active duty military, and children and young adults with mental health challenges. This legislation is critical to ensuring all Americans have access to qualified mental health providers, including creative arts therapists, who are ready to meet each individual’s specific mental health needs.

Bipartisan mental health reform legislation has been introduced in both chambers. In July, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, by a resounding tally of 422 to 2. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee voted unanimously to advance S. 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, in April. Notably, these bipartisan bills strengthen federal coordination of mental health resources, increase reporting on mental health parity, advance integrated service delivery, support the mental health workforce, and increase early access to mental health services.

The need for reform is urgent, and you have the opportunity to act now to improve the lives of tens of millions of Americans, their families, and our communities. Please support bicameral passage of important mental health reform legislation this year.


(Your name and address)”

OR, 3) If you prefer, you can CALL your members’ offices. Those numbers are on their websites, or dial 202-224-3121 to be connected to their offices through the Capitol switchboard. Once your are connected to the office, ask to speak to the staff person who handles mental health issues. You may end up just talking to the receptionist (see note below).

Your message:

“I am __________, a dance/movement therapist and your constituent from (town/city). I’m calling today to urge Senator/Representative ___________ to support bicameral passage of important mental health reform legislation before the end of the year. This legislation is critical to ensuring all Americans have access to qualified mental health providers, including creative arts therapists, who are ready to meet each individual’s specific mental health needs.

Bipartisan mental health reform legislation has already passed the House and is advancing through the Senate. [NOTE: If that ask the name or number of these bills: H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (House bill); and S. 2680, the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (Senate bill)].

The need for reform is urgent! You have the opportunity to act now to improve the lives of tens of millions of Americans, their families, and our communities. I urge Representative/Senator ___________ to support passage of this important legislation this year. Thank you.”

NOTE: If you only get to talk to the receptionist, just make sure you ask they support passage of mental health reform legislation this year!

Thanks for advocating for dance/movement therapy and mental health services for all!

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