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Students who are "citizen therapists" help Naropa University win award

This month, our colleagues in the Department of Somatic Counseling Psychology at Naropa University in Colorado will accept an award for excellence in education at the 43rd Annual Conference of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA). The award is being presented for what the ADTA calls “substantial contributions to the field of dance/movement therapy.?

You're probably scratching your head about the connection between the Center for Democracy and Citizenship and somatic psychology. The connection is partly through Public Achievement, which Naropa students have been using since 2003. The faculty at Naropa have also been working to integrate a "Citizen Therapist Initiative" with the dance/movement therapy curriculum, and they credit graduate students Jennie Gershater and Brie Anderson with demonstrating what a citizen therapist looks like and helping Naropa earn the ADTA award.

Read about how Jennie and Brie used Public Achievement with break dancers in Longmont, Colo.

Click here to read about how people in professions as diverse as rabbi, academic counselor, judge, and naturalist bring citizenship into their work.

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