ARBN 633105736

Laurice D. Nemetz

Laurice D. Nemetz – Bio


Laurice is a dance/movement therapist who spent two years post Sept. 11th, working with a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) grant in New York’s Westchester Country as a crisis counselor and dance/movement therapist helping those affected by the events of that day. She has additional experience working with trauma including creating D/MT groups for Holocaust survivors and abused children. She currently teaches a variety of movement classes including yoga and creative choreography, as well as working as a D/MT with special needs children and private clients. She is a special consultant to a crisis grant, awarded to Westchester and Putnam County schools in New York, which is concerned with education and skills building for traumatic events.

Being in the Body: Finding reconnection after 9/11

Edition: 2004 Vol. 3 No. 2

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Critical Incident Stress Reactions, restorative therapy, 9/11, trauma

Specific to the events post 9/11, this article extends discussion about healing trauma to the larger field of trauma psychotherapy and is additional to much literature positioning trauma memory within the body. Concerned with embodied approaches to Critical Incident Stress Reactions (CISR) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), illustrative vignettes were compiled from a therapeutic program for 9/11 victims. Elaboration in further case studies explored individual differences in PTSD; conditions in which children presented with the effects of prolonged fear and adults with immune disorders, depression and substance abuse. Hence specific therapeutic aims and methodologies were implemented that produced a gradual return to appropriate functioning through the restorative practice of movement therapy. The number of cases in this article incomparably addresses treatment for large scale pathologies and community oriented healing. (pp 2 – 11)

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