The Gift of the Embodied Shadow: Identifying and Integrating Our Shadow Parts

As we work with clients, much of the psychotherapeutic focus is on bringing the unconscious into consciousness. This is an equally important parallel process for the clinician. This webinar explores this concept, from the clinician’s perspective, by looking at Jung’s archetype, the Shadow, and evaluating how it can be viewed, integrated, and resourced as an ally through a dance/movement therapy lens. This presentation explores the Shadow, and the potential of its integrative gifts, using the lens of Jung’s theory of the conscious/unconscious mind, the Internal Family Systems Model, and Wilhelm Reich’s concept of body armoring. This extended, one and a half hour webinar includes guided experiential learning opportunities to allow participants the opportunity to explore this material more deeply.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and evaluate the definition of Jung’s archetype, the Shadow. Use this to bring awareness to how we embody this shadow part.

  2. Explore effective facilitation of the Shadow part(s) in order to understand the impact on clinical work.

  3. Increase awareness of how we learn from these parts, appreciate their value, and move toward integration.

Continuing Education Credits: 1.5 ADTA CE, 1.5 NBCC CE,  1.5 NY LCAT CE

Presenters Bios:








 Kyla M. Gilmore MA, BC-DMT, LCPC, is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Creative Art Therapies. Currently she coordinates the Expressive Therapy Department at Riveredge Hospital, which is an inpatient and behavioral health facility caring for children through geriatrics patients. Kyla previously worked at St. Bernard Hospital with adults in inpatient care providing dance/movement therapy. Kyla began her clinical career at Jewish Child and Family Services as a clinician for pregnant and parenting teens who were wards of the State of Illinois. Additionally, she is in private practice and works as a Thesis Advisor for Columbia College of Chicago’s Department of Creative Arts.






Ande Welling MA, CMHC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA, is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, Laban Certified Movement Analyst, an Associate Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and a soul full adventurer. She holds a MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago. Ande has worked in medical settings with people diagnosed with neurological disorders, with parents and children, with the Navy providing dance/movement therapy to returning soldiers, and with adolescents in a residential treatment center integrating dance/movement therapy, dance teaching, and mental health therapy. In addition to her clinical work, she continues dancing, creating, and performing professionally. She is passionate about performance as therapy, authentic movement, world travel, and dancing in natural spaces. Ande is a founding member of the ADTA blog committee and is currently serving as Editor in Chief.



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