The Work of Allison F. Winters Fisher, PhD, BC-DMT, E-RYT

Posts tagged ‘military’

Dance Your PhD: The Path to Warrior Wellness

Dance Your PhD: The Path to Warrior Wellness
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Integrative Care in Military and Veteran Health

Super excited to be speaking on this panel on integrative healthcare with military and veteran clients.

Third National Summit: Advancing Research in the Arts for Health and Well-being across the Military Continuum
Americans for the Arts and hosted by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health/ National Institutes of Health

Friday, February 27, 2015 from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM (EST)

Bethesda, MD
Research Innovations on Integrative Care in Military Health Settings and Applications for the Arts

Panel and discussion will explore the connections between the arts and integrative health, and how creative arts therapies practices can inform practice and research being conducted in integrative care across military treatment facilities (MTF) and VA clinical settings.

Upcoming Webinar on Dance/Movement Therapy with Veteran and Military Clients

Please join my upcoming webinar on dance/movement therapy with Veteran and military clients.  Hope to see you there!

 

When: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 8-9 PM EST/5-6 PM PST

Where: http://adta.org/event-1726338

Registration closes November 17th

Dance/Movement Therapy with Veterans and Military Personnel

I am happy to share my recently released ADTA Talk about the use of dance/movement therapy with veterans and military personnel.  Today is military mental health awareness day, so please feel free to share widely.  Thank you.

Yours,

Allison

Mind-Body Medicine Program Offers Meditation to Military Patients, Staff

Mind-body medicine is helping both patients and staff at Walter Reed Military Medical Center.  Click the link below for full article.

http://www.dcmilitary.com/article/20140403/NEWS12/140409990/mind-body-medicine-program-offers-meditation-to-patients-staff

 

Dance Therapy with Military and Veterans – Presentation on Friday!

dmt with military presentation

Hope to see you Friday!

A Fighting Chance

A great new article about the success of mind-body medicine in treating active military and veterans.  Enjoy.

http://www.spiritmag.com/features/article/a_fighting_chance/

Dance/Movement Therapy with Veterans and US Military

Mark your calendars.  I will be presenting on April 4th in College Park, MD.  Hope to see you there!

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ADTA Talks

Happy New Year all.  At the ADTA conference in Brooklyn, NY this past October I participated in a project called ADTA Talks.  Fifteen dance/movement therapists spoke about the work that they do in a TED Talks style presentation.  I was priviledged to be one of those chosen few DMT’s.  My talk was focused on my experiences practicing DMT with veterans and active duty military as I am among the onlyDMT’s in the world that have the exceptional honor to work with this population.  If you missed ADTA Talks, don’t worry; the inspiring presentations will be available on YouTube soon.  So stay tuned!

Allison

For more information on ADTA Talks, see the most recent ADTA newsletter (p. 27).

Getting Ready

Getting ready for the big talk.

Back to Basics

Mind-body medicine has become the focus across the US military.  All the major military medical centers are working to integrate this approach on both the patient and staff levels.  Commands across the nation have been implementing yoga, meditation, accupuncture, and the creative arts therapies, just to name a few.  The main reason for this shift in focus is that the rising cost of healthcare has forced employers to search for “alternative” healthcare options for their employees.  The solution?  Put the power in the hands of the patient.  Teach them the wellness skills they need to live healthy lives and to not have to solely rely on a doctor’s prescription.  That is not to say that modern medicine does not have a place.  However, if people, especially military and veterans struggling with the hardships of reintegration into civilian life, are more in tune with their mind-body connection and are given the tools to participate in their own healing, then there is less pressure on medical personnel to “fix the problem.”  These mind-body approaches have been used successfully for thousands of years within many cultures around the world.  In our quest to advance medicine and technology we have lost sight of these basic, natural remedies.  The current research is now catching up to what has been known for centuries: A mind-body approach to healthcare works.  As a mind-body medicine practitioner working with military patients, I am excited to be a part of this paradigm shift and am hopeful for the future of military medicine.