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Thursday, November 5 • 10:00am - 5:15pm
Facilitating Drum Circles for Counseling, Psychotherapy & Community

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This facilitation training workshop is designed to build skills for leading drum circles that integrate rhythm, melody, and movement. The goal of the therapeutic drum circle is to provide a safe space for community-building and self-discovery through interactive, rhythmic exercises. This workshop will feature brain-based drumming activities that engage and invigorate groups while stimulating key mind-body connections. By practicing these sequential activities, participants will develop facilitation skills that incorporate "ice breakers," non-verbal communication, intentional movement, self-expression, and creativity. These skills will help initiate drum circles that are seamless, integrated, and that can turn into transformative, community music-making experiences for therapeutic groups of all types. No instrument playing skill is necessary.

Eligible for 6.0 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing; SWNYS


Mary E. Knysh

Founder, Rhythmic Connections
Mary E. Knysh is the founder of Rhythmic Connections, an innovative company advancing education, health, and creative development through music improvisation. She is a workshop facilitator and trainer; creativity, leadership, and communications consultant; professional musician; recording artist, and author. Mary presents at conferences throughout the U.S., Central Europe, Australia, and Asia. An international teacher/trainer with the Music for... Read More →

Suzanne Tribe, MA, MT-BC, LCAT-P

Suzanne Tribe, MA, MT-BC, LCAT-P, is a music therapist and REMO HealthRHYTHMS® facilitator who conducts group empowerment drumming events for health, wellbeing, and community-building in the U.S. and Argentina. At the University of Buenos Aires, she taught dance majors the use of creative vocal and rhythmic expression. As a music therapist, Suzanne has worked with adults and children in medical, psychiatric, and special needs settings.

Thursday November 5, 2015 10:00am - 5:15pm
University Center: The New School 63 Fifth Avenue (corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street)