Elisa Cotroneo, is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist (RSME/T). She holds a Degree in Psychology and Dance and is a graduate of The Somatic Movement Therapy Training Program in Massachusetts. For more than 35 years Elisa has followed her passion to understand the relationship between spirit and the body and trained with many of the pioneers in the field of Movement Education and Therapy. Her life’s journey has been blessed with the presence of spiritual elders from North and South America, India and Tibet, each one sharing their traditional wisdom of the power of movement and sound to bring us closer to our true Selves. Elisa has synthesized these teaching into a unique form of somatic movement meditation that honors its roots of Yoga, Chi Gong, Authentic Movement, Mindfulness, and Dreamwork.

Elisa served on the Board of Director’s of The International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association from 2007-2014, holding the office of President from 2009-2014 and is currently ISMETA’s first Executive Director. Her private practice in Movement Education and Therapy in upstate New York has included extensive work with individuals, groups, school districts, special education programs, therapeutic centers and arts organizations. As a professional development consultant Elisa has created workshops, retreats and online courses focusing on creativity, imagination and experiential embodied education. Elisa’s Executive Consulting services have supported ISMETA, The Ida P Rolf Research Foundation, The Fascia Research Congress and The Fascia Research Society.

The Future of Somatic Movement Education and Therapy: Transforming ourselves and the world through Conscious Movement
Facilitated by Elisa Cotroneo, RSME/T, Executive Director

Join your colleagues and imagine the future of our growing professional field. This interactive conversation will focus on the topics and issues most relevant to the community. Together we will identify challenges and envision solutions that support us both individually and collectively.
We will enter into collaborative dialogue and identify ways to strengthen the fabric of the profession of Somatic Movement Education and Therapy. Come prepared to express your needs and your vision for a world transformed through the benefits of conscious movement.
Potential topics may include:
•    Expanding recognition of the Profession
•    Collaborative Partnerships
•    Certification of Practitioners
•    Scope of Practice
•    Insurance, both liability and reimbursement for services
•    Accreditation of Schools
•    Standards and Competencies
•    Governmental Recognition
Where would you like to see yourself, and the profession in 5 years?
What Challenges do you face as a professional?
What support do you need?
How might ISMETA support you or the growing profession of Somatic Movement Education and Therapy?