Expressive Arts Therapy

Voice Movement Therapy Training Starts November 2019 – Seeking Students

The Norma G. Canner Foundation for Voice Movement Therapy announces a training in Voice Movement Therapy beginning November 2019 in several modules until June 2020.

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Announcing the Norma G Canner Foundation for Voice Movement Therapy Training [PDF]

by Anne M. Brownell, VMTR

For all those who seek personal or professional empowerment through the sounding voice.

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The Voice Movement Therapy Center

Presents its Foundational Training

The Voice Unchained

Empowering Oneself and Creating Community Through the Embodied Voice
With Anne Brownell & Christine Isherwood
Beginning November 2019 at the Music Hall in Marion, MA USA
Dear Friends, Colleagues, Prospective Students, and all those interested in the work of Voice Movement Therapy:
The Voice Movement Therapy Center is pleased to announce the next Foundation Training, The Voice Unchained: Empowering Oneself and Creating Community through the Embodied Voice which will commence in November 2019 at the Marion Music Hall, Marion, MA USA. Wishing to participate in and have greater access to larger communities, we have undergone a sea change, from Martha’s Vineyard to the mainland where we are 1½ hours from Boston, MA and under an hour from Providence, R.I, and still near the sea.
The Training will be taught by Anne Brownell and Christine Isherwood (see short bios) in the same modular format as before (see Training Details) and, as ever, we seek to attract people who are passionate about this work, both as a way of investigating the self through voice and body and coming together to create inclusive communities through the power of the singing voice, the only instrument wherein both player and played upon are contained within the same organic form. We believe that, just as there is no bad sound unless it is vocally damaging, so there is nothing that cannot be safely expressed within the container of creative song.

The first VMT training was held in London 25 year ago and then moved to the island of Martha’s Vineyard, then to South Africa, and currently in China. It is exciting to be starting this next phase with the fiscal and technical assistance of the Marion Institute, a not-for-profit organization focused on the environment, bioregulatory medicine, and the health of the whole person, also entering its 25th year (see The Voice Movement Therapy Center and the Marion Institute). We look forward to this new beginning on the mainland and are eager to take up work in our new home. We hope to see you there.

Anne Brownell and Christine Isherwood
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VMT TRAINING:  THE VOICE UNCHAINED

Every act of self-determination we make and every way we interact with others of different cultures, faiths, sexual or gender orientations, or simply different points of view, can be seen as a “political” act in that it affects the people with whom we live and work. How can increasing our knowledge and ability to use the range, versatility, power and passion of the human voice help us to express and clarify our own feelings and ideas and join with others to create inclusive communities?

This training will ground participants in the creative and therapeutic principles and practices of Voice Movement Therapy, including ways of dealing with differences among people by going beyond words to find common ground. Beginning with an exploration of our own voice and movement styles and habits, we will address the issues that arise individually and in the context of the group as a microcosm of the macrocosm, with the dual purpose of making us more aware and stronger in ourselves while developing interpersonal skills to take into the larger world.

We welcome applications from any individual, inclusive of race, religion, sexual or gender orientation, who has a strong commitment to train in this work and who is physically and emotionally ready to undergo an intense and demanding program. We do not discriminate in educational programmatic or scholarship policies and all scholarships are need-based.

 

Space for the Training is limited, so we suggest you submit your application at your earliest convenience.

NORMA G. CANNER FOUNDATION FOR VOICE MOVEMENT THERAPY SCHOLARSHIPS

All scholarship applications are processed through The Norma G. Canner Foundation for Voice Movement Therapy, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, which supports the work of VMT though intensive training programs, classes, concert-demonstrations and special projects. Trainings to which the Canner Foundation contributes are priced as inexpensively as possible to enable individuals from many different backgrounds and locations to attend. The Foundation does its very best to provide essential financial assistance to  individuals who otherwise could not participate in this program, but funds are limited.

Scholarship assistance is provided based on financial need and is allocated towards tuition.

WHAT IS VOICE MOVEMENT THERAPY?

VMT combines psychotherapeutic principles with breath-work, movement, imagery, massage, song and improvisation, seeking to explore the relationship of mind, body and spirit which make up the human condition. As the voice is the most direct means of approaching the material which resides inside each individual, through VMT the ability to use the voice expressively is expanded and we touch the depths of ourselves to encounter our potential and our release, finding a more conscious relation to ourselves.

VMT works with individuals in their entirety, recognizing that, as the body is host to the voice, it is necessary to re-embody that voice, not just from the diaphragm up, but through a holistic engagement of body, mind and soul. The more we can connect our vocal output to our physical selves – the more flexible, durable, versatile and responsive we can make it to life as we experience it – the more we can ground ourselves in the reality of our whole being. Working with a particular set of vocal components, breathing and massage techniques, images, ideas, and the sounds and characters that emerge when engaging with one’s own story through the embodied voice, we seek to bring that voice into the world.

WHO WE ARE

The Voice Movement Therapy Center is a program of The Norma G. Canner Foundation for Voice Movement Therapy, a not-for profit 501(c)3 organization, which promotes this work through an intensive training program, shorter classes, concert- demonstrations and special projects. Tax deductible funds and gifts are allocated through scholarships to enable highly motivated individuals, regardless of economic circumstance or geographical location, to attend the Voice Movement Therapy Training : The Voice Unchained, and to carry out further work and study directly related to the discipline of Voice Movement Therapy (VMT).

All contributions and gifts to the Foundation go directly to the program, not buildings. The Foundation Training is registered with both the Internal Revenue Service and the US Department of Immigration as a small training school, the purpose of which is to teach individuals to be practitioners of VMT, a creative discipline designed to be therapeutic and healing.

We welcome applications from any individual, inclusive of race, religion, sexual or gender orientation, who has a strong commitment to train in this work and who is physically and emotionally ready to undergo an intense and demanding program. We do not discriminate in educational programmatic or scholarship policies and all scholarships are need-based.
The International Association for Voice Movement Therapy (IAVMT) registers practitioners and oversees and promotes its code of ethics.

THE VOICE MOVEMENT THERAPY CENTER AND THE MARION INSTITUTE

Christine Isherwood has been conducting a VMT training at an Expressive Arts Therapy School in China, as well as presenting at conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Aside from doing a lot of singing, some performing, and some workshops and classes here and there, Anne’s main task during this time has been to find a new location and move the Foundation and its programs to the mainland. This has been made possible by the support of the www.marioninstitute.org, a 25 year-old not-for profit organization which began with both local and international environmental and social justice programs and in the past year has added new initiatives in bioregulatory holistic medicine and the health of the whole person to its mission. They also act as a fiscal sponsor for organizations called Greenhouse Initiatives, described as having global reach and local impact, and state their mission as follows: “For twenty-five years the Marion Institute has been the financial home of dozens of successful social change organizations. By providing fiscal sponsorship and administrative backing, we enable an impressive array of visionary leaders to fully engage in the frontline implementation of their work, at every stage of development.”(www.marioninstitute.org website and Greenhouse Initiatives)

The new Voice Movement Therapy Center, under the umbrella of the Norma G. Canner Foundation, is now one of these projects and can be found on their website and in their newsletter. We have needed this kind of technical assistance for a very long time, and are proud to be associated with this wonderful organization and its dedicated staff.

CLICK HERE FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

About our name: “The Norma G. Canner Foundation for Voice Movement Therapy” is quite a mouthful, and so our working name is now The Voice Movement Therapy Center (VMTC) which is simpler and more user-friendly. I think of the Center as being something like a movable Doh (as in Doh, Ray, Me, etc): Wherever the work of VMT is happening and being taught and practiced, that is the center. For us, at this time, the center is in Marion, MA, USA.
Anne M. Brownell, VMTR
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE NORMA G. CANNER FOUNDATION FOR VOICE MOVEMENT THERAPY, THE VOICE MOVEMENT THERAPY CENTER, AND ITS INSTRUCTORS, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE.
Copyright © 2019 Voice Movement Therapy Center, All rights reserved.
Our mailing address is:
Voice Movement Therapy Center
202 Spring Street
C/O Marion Institute
Marion, MA 02738-1570
USA

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