email@example.com | 303-245-4844Program Chair Somatic Counseling | Assistant Professor
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).
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.
Current dissertation research explores the themes of the body, movement, privilege and power as they pertain to allyship.