Wendy Allen

wallen@naropa.edu | 303-245-4844

Program Chair Somatic Counseling | Assistant Professor

Programs

MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Somatic Counseling Body Psychotherapy - Core Faculty
MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Somatic Counseling Dance/Movement Therapy - Core Faculty

Education

BA Dance Performance, Connecticut College
BA Philosophy, Connecticut College
MA Somatic Counseling Psychology, Dance/Movement Therapy, Naropa
PhD Cand, Expressive Arts Therapies, Lesley University

LPC, BC-DMT

Wendy is chair of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Somatic Department and director of the Dance/Movement Therapy Concentration at Naropa University. Prior to becoming core faculty at Naropa in 2011, Wendy was adjunct faculty at Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and Metropolitan State College of Denver as well as a guest artist in residence at Illinois State University. In 2009, Wendy was commissioned to create a dance piece exploring themes of oppression and discrimination for Middle Tennessee State University. Her current research as a doctoral student at Lesley University explores the themes of power, oppression, and privilege by examining the somatic aspects of internalized domination. As a clinician Wendy has worked with a variety of populations in state mental health facilities and private residential treatment centers. She was co-director of Project Self Discovery, an arts-based program for marginalized youth offered through Cleo Parker Robinson Dance in Denver. She specializes in group work with adolescents and recently coauthored a chapter on dance/movement therapy and teen embodiment for a book on the use of creative arts therapies with adolescents (Routledge, in press).

From the heart

I appreciate the way that learning continues outside of the classroom. To me, this is part of what makes contemplative education unique...this willingness to see everything as relevant and as an opportunity for further growth and development.

Recent exhibits/performances

  • Commissioned to create a piece exploring themes of oppression and discrimination for Middle Tennessee State University.
  • Guest artist in residence at Illinois State University  

Research/scholarship

Current dissertation research explores the themes of the body, movement, privilege and power as they pertain to allyship.

Courses taught

  • Counseling Relationships I and II
  • Group Process and Dynamics
  • Social and Multicultural Foundations
  • Specialized Approaches in Dance/Movement Therapy: Artist as Therapist

 


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