Professor, Somatic Counseling
MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Somatic Counseling Body Psychotherapy - Core
MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Somatic Counseling Dance/Movement Therapy -
PhD, Union Graduate School
MA, Dance/ Movement Therapy, University of California–Los Angeles
BA, Anthropology, University of California–Los Angeles
LPC, BC-DMT, NCC, ACS, RSME, RSMT
Christine is part of Naropa University’s core faculty, with teaching, advising, and
administrative responsibilities. She serves as part of the Leadership Team for the
Somatic Counseling Department. She also is the supervisor for Research Assistant
Areas of Specialization
- Clinical training in body psychotherapy and dance therapy
- Clinical Neuroscience, especially in the areas of sensation, memory, breath, and movement
- Diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion
- Addiction treatment
- Lifelong effects of early imprinting
- Research, particularly in arts-based, community-based, and qualitative methods; areas
of inquiry include physiological attunement in therapist/client dyads, and the effects
of oppression on embodiment
From the heart
I have been at Naropa for over 34 years, because it has allowed me to develop my work
in an experiential and contemplative environment. Naropa also supports its students
to examine their personal relationship to what they are learning, alongside the more
external demands of graduate school.
- Research grant, “Excellence in Teaching & Learning through Diversity” to study the
somatic effects of oppression - Naropa - 2009
- Excellent Teacher Award - Naropa University - 1989
- Honors at entrance to UCLA - 1970
- 2014 – Presentations at International Creative University Conference, Thimphu, Bhutan.
“A New Set of Strategies for a Mindful and Embodied Approach to Wellbeing and Happiness,”
and “Interdisciplinary and International Action Research in the Arts”
- 2014 – Performance: Body Stories, co-directed with Rae Johnson, in Somatic Arts Concert,
Naropa University, Boulder, CO
- 2013 – “Oppression Research Performed,” presentation, Qualitative Health Research
Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- 2013 – “Turning Data into Dance,” presentation, American Dance Therapy Conference,
- 2013 – Presentation “Performing the Performance of Gender” at TRANSforming Gender
Symposium, Univ. of CO Boulder.
- 2013 – (January) Performance,: “T”, in Somatic Arts Concert, Naropa University, Boulder,
- 2012 – Panels and Presentations: “The World in the Body – Soma, Culture & Intersubjectivity”,
“Queer Bodies, Straight Society,” & “The Science of Body Psychotherapy”, European
Association for Body Psychotherapy Congress, Cambridge, England.
- 2012 – (Aug) – Presentations: “Somatic Psychology Pedagogy: A Rare Discussion with
Christine Caldwell and Don Johnson,” and “Gifts of Body Psychotherapy Past and Future,”
and “Implicit Body Bias: How BP Can Challenge Itself and Society.” USABP Conference,
- 2011 – Clinical training intensives in Somatic Psychotherapy, Sasana, Bogota, Colombia,
& Brecha, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- 2011 – “Queer Bodies, Straight Society: DMT’s Relationship with the Non-Normative
Body & Non-Normative Identities,” & “Culturally-Adapted Movement Observation and Assessment”,
ADTA Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
- 2014 – Mindfulness and Bodyfulness: A New Paradigm. Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, Issue 1.
- 2014 – Turning Data into Dance, co-authored with Owen Karcher, Journal of Arts in Psychotherapy. 41, 478-483.
- 2013 – “Diversity and Inclusivity in Movement Analysis and Assessment,” in American Journal of Dance Therapy.
- 2013 – “Breathwork in Body Psychotherapy II,” in Body, Movement, and Dance in Psychotherapy.
- 2012 – “Research 101 for Body Psychotherapists: Cultivating a Somatically-Informed Research
Mind,” co-author Rae Johnson, in About the science of body psychotherapy, ed. C. Young.
- 2012 – “Embodying Difference: Addressing Issues of Diversity and Social Justice in
Dance/Movement Therapy Research”, with Rae Johnson, chapter in 2nd edition, Research
in Dance Movement Therapy, ed. C. Berroll & R. F. Cruz
- 2011 – “Sensation, Movement, and Memory," ed. S. Koch & T. Fuchs, Univ. of Heidelberg.
- 2011 – “Breathwork in Body Psychotherapy”, with co-author with Victoria Kaur,. Body,
Movement, and Dance in Psychotherapy, April.
- 2010 - Oppression Embodied: The Intersecting Dimensions of Trauma, Oppression, and
Somatic Psychology, with Rae Johnson, conference proceedings, USABP.
Creative activity summary
I have many areas of inquiry going - oppression and the body, physiological attunement
in the therapist/client dyad, how to integrate social justice activism into research,
arts-based and community-based research, and the body's production of contemplative
practice - called bodyfulness.
- Counseling Relationships I and II
- Advanced Clinical Skills I
What book do you find yourself regularly pressing into the hands of students?
Anything by Ta Nehisi Coates, and anything that supports listening to, trusting, and
moving your body.
Coffee or tea?
Both are required.
I am on a quest to bring the body, as it is experienced from the personal to the sociocultural
and systemic levels, into a central location in our cultures.