2017 CIC Sessions
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SYTAR 2017 Offerings on Thursday:
Common Interest Community Sessions

Continuing in 2017, we will build on the format from 2016: Shift & Share, 1-2-4 Connecting, and (new) 25/10 Crowd Sourcing designed to promote engagement with your colleagues. 

Click for details about the new CIC Model.

Common Interest Community (CIC) Sessions
See below for the focus offered in each of the CIC Sessions.

An important part of the conference, these afternoon sessions offer a special opportunity to explore key topics. The following programs are scheduled on Thursday, June 15 from 1:30 to 5:00 pm. Registrants are invited to select one of the six programs to attend. You will remain in the same CIC throughout.


  CIC #1 - Rehab Professionals: Bridging the Past with the Future
  Co-chairs: Staffan Elgelid, PT, GCFT, PhD and Matthew J Taylor, PT, PhD

Conventional rehabilitation professions make a natural bridge to yoga therapy in our physically oriented culture. Join members of the rehabilitation professions (OT/PT/SLP/RD/RT, etc) that are incorporating yoga therapy into their practices, and all yoga therapist/teachers that interact with rehabilitation professionals as they share ideas and form community to connect the various professions. In the three and half hours, you’ll hear six peer-selected short presentations on how to most effectively build bridges via rehabilitation relationships. Topics will include best practices, innovative collaborations, new models of care, and how to interface effectively between the yoga world and conventional rehabilitative medicine. In the second half of the session we will model an interprofessional review of a case study followed by discussions on how best to demonstrate and practice interprofessional at the expanded all-day Rehab CIC in 2018. You will also have a chance to make connections with the other attendees, build long lasting connections with like-spirited colleagues, and participate in planning how to maintain the group beyond the meeting time. Coming together in community, we leave connected and better prepared to help bring forth the best possible future.

Session Presentations:

 Olivia Barry, PT, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Treating Sciatica in Asana:  Bridging the Professions
 Kelli Bethel, PT, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
Eat Lunch in the Hospital Cafeteria and Other Lessons Learned in Providing Yoga Therapy in the Hospital Based Setting
 Jean Danford, Real Yoga Therapy Diploma Yoga Therapy for People with Parkinson's Disease.  The Importance of a Holistic Approach
 Marsha Danzig, M.Ed., RYT 500, E-RYT 200 Yoga tools for Rehabilitation professionals working with amputees: Clinical approaches to transformative outcomes that empower your patients
 Marlysa Sullivan, MPT, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 Yamas and Niyamas as Guides to Interprofessional Communication
 Cheryl Van Demark, PT, MA, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 Treating Chronic Pain: Methods for Integrating Yoga Therapy











   CIC #2: Mental Health and Yoga Therapy: The real mind-body connection
Co-Chairs: Julie Carmen, MA, LMFT, C-IAYT, YTRX and Theresa Conroy, C-IAYT

Julie Carmen and Theresa Conroy co-chair this CIC examining the wide range of work bridging yoga therapy and mental health professions. How are yoga therapists moving into mental health without drifting outside their scope of practice? How are mental health practitioners responding to what yoga therapy offers? How has the language in both professions evolved? Learn new ways to navigate this two-way street where mental health is considered in yoga therapy and therapeutic yoga practices are integrated into mental health settings.


Session Presentations:

 Rebecca Hackett, C-IAYT, RYT 500, RPYT Yoga Therapy: A Complementary Modality to Help Manage Post-Partum Depression and Post-Partum Anxiety
 Andre Haralyi, MA, C-IAYT, USC Faculty Stress Management from a Yoga Therapy Perspective
 GuruMeher Khalsa, E-RYT 500, Life Coach Yoga Therapy as Self-Therapy: Turning Inward for Answers and Intuition
 Ashley McKeachie, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP Kumbhaka: To Hold the Breath or Not to Hold the Breath.  That is the Question.
 Jayashree Pathak, MBBS, C-IAYT, PGDYTD Integrating Yoga Therapy into acute inpatient psychiatry unit: Approach, Challenges and Benefits
 Linda Varnam, C-IAYT Delivering a Pranayama based modality to individuals with no yoga experience in mental health programs


CIC #3:  Yoga for the Cancer Community:  A Gathering of Practitioners
Co-Chairs:  Kathleen Ross-Allee, YTRX 500-C, ACE and Robyn Tiger, MD, C-IAYT, RYT-500

The rate of cancer survivors is increasing and yoga is a natural bridge that can provide support for people during and after treatment. There are an increasing number of yoga professionals drawn to serving this growing need. Yoga therapists in this emerging field must be able to apply the tools of yoga in the context of a therapeutic relationship. Equally important, is the need to embrace a constantly changing health care environment and a new paradigm of health and well-being while keeping a watchful eye on the research as we interface effective new models of care. It is imperative to develop innovative collaborations while integrating and benefiting from practiced skills and knowledge. In this session, you will hear from colleagues who have brought their abilities and compassion to support the cancer community. This gathering is a unique and intimate opportunity to share stories, to discuss resources and forge new relationships as we draw inspiration from one another. Coming together, we leave better prepared to uphold the best possible future for our communities.

Session Presenters:

 Lara Benusis, MA,  C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 The Role of Yoga for Addressing Motor Learning Constraints During a Cancer Diagnosis
 Sharon Holly, C-IAYT, YTRx-800c Inspiration and Insight from a Yoga Therapist and Cancer Survivor
 Lee Majewski, MA, C-IAYT How Yoga Therapy Fills a Gap in Post-Treatment Cancer Care
 Erin Meyer, PhD, E-RYT, YACEP Innovative model of sustainable foundational support for community-based yoga therapy classes to cancer survivors and caregivers
 Simone Palmieri,
Writing Plans and Keeping Records When You or Your Client Has Memory Challenges
 Michelle Smith, MS Yoga Therapy, C-IAYT, E-RYT Yoga Therapy for Cancer Hospice

CIC #4:  Yoga Therapy: Dealing with Trauma
Co-Chairs:  Jenn Turner, LMHC, RYT 500 and Karen Soltes, LCSW, C-IAYT, iRest senior trainer

 Due to the physical manifestation of trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), health care providers often run into road blocks in treatment when utilizing traditional talk-therapy modalities of treatment. The fields of neuroscience and psychological research have recently shed more light on how and why this occurs. As yoga therapists we are in a unique position to offer adjunctive treatment for the complex symptoms of trauma and PTSD.   In the three and a half hours, CIC co-chairs Karen Soltes and Jenn Turner will lead this session to share and explore ways that yoga therapists are using yoga-based healing practices to address this need as an adjunctive treatment for trauma.

Session Presentations:

 Laura Humpf, LMFT, C-IAYT Resiliency Training for Secondary Trauma
 Wendy Landry, MA, MBA, C-IAYT, E-200 RY Bridging the Gap Between Law Enforcement and Yoga Therapy
 Suzanne Ludlum, MS, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 Brain Trauma Therapy: Enhancing Rehabilitation and Recovery Through Interdisciplinary Education
 Gail Parker, PhD, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 Trauma Sensitive Yoga for Ethnic and Racial Minorities: Restorative Yoga and Meditation - Self Care Practices for Managing Race Based Traumatic Stress
 Lidia Snyder, LMSW, RYT, TCTSY-F Yoga Therapy as a tool for Community College retention: Offering Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga at Erie County Community College
 Larry Turner, PsyD, RN, C-IAYT Developing Therapeutic Interventions in High Trauma Communities

CIC #5:  Yoga Therapy for Children and Youth
Co-Chairs:  Michelle Fury, LPC, RCYT and Erica Viggiano, E-RYT, LCSW, CACIII

Empowering Future Generations -- Yoga therapy for children and adolescents is quickly gaining popularity in hospitals, therapy care centers, schools and even juvenile detention centers. As many youth struggle to learn and grow in a fast-changing world of academic pressure, social media, bullying, and violence, mind-body practices such as yoga help them explore their values, address medical and mental health challenges for kids, and find a still center in the midst of this chaos. Join yoga therapists and other members of the pediatric medical and mental health community who are integrating yoga therapy into their practices. Topics will include best practices, innovative collaborations, new models of care, and how to interface and integrate effectively between yoga based interventions and conventional methods of care. This is an opportunity to build long lasting connections with like-minded colleagues. Coming together in community, we will leave better prepared to help the next generation blossom into mindful, empowered, compassionate adults.

Session Presentations:

 Carolyn Belko, CIYT, BS Health Sciences Empowerment through Yoga for Youth with Scoliosis
 Kristen Chamberlain, LCSW, RYT, CPP Partner Yoga: Enhancing Mental Health Through the Parent-Child Relationship
 Roxanne Rashedi, PhD Candidate, MA Self-Regulation and Classroom Engagement: Feasible Yoga Instruction for Five to Six-Year-Olds in Classroom Settings
 Natalie Trent, PhD Procedures and Practices for Yoga in Schools Research
 Carissa Wengrovius, PT, DPT Yoga Best Practices for Children with Motor Disorders
 Lorelei Woerner-Eisner, OTR/L Yoga to Enhance Executive Function for ADHD


CIC #6:  Yoga Therapists Today:  Careers with Meaning
Co-Chairs:  Laura Kupperman, MA, Professional Yoga Therapist, and Soleil Hepner, PRYT, C-IAYT

With the increasing visibility of yoga therapy as a practice and a vocation, we have remarkable opportunities to represent the field as practitioners, business owners, members of integrative health teams, researchers and, above all, advocates for our profession. Toward that end, it’s important to be able to take action in three key areas, in order to have a successful career as a yoga therapist: 1) Adopt effective business strategies in both the “live” and “online” marketplace; 2) Develop partnerships with other practitioners and institutions; 3) Embody the confidence and resiliency that are crucial to growth as a business owner and your ability to impact more people. In this session you will hear from colleagues who combine their yogic and business savvy to turn their passion into a profession. You will leave with tangible tips and tools to awaken your entrepreneurial spirit and propel your career forward.  This will be the best CIC session of the conference. EVER.

Session Presentations:

 Katie Allen, MPH, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500 How to develop and market comprehensive yoga therapy programs within clinical settings using a public health perspective
 Lisa Holland, PT, DPT, WHC, C-IAYT, E-RYT Integrating Life Style Coaching Into a Yoga Therapy Business for Personal and Professional Health
 Ann Marie Johnston, MBM Strengthening your Niche - How to Stand Out in a Crowded Market
 Avanti Kumar-Singh, MD Yoga as Medicine: Teaching Graduate Students in the Health Professions About the Tools of Yoga Therapy
 Laura Jane Mellencamp-Murphy,
 C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, MA
Yoga Therapy: Creating a Lifestyle and Doing What You Love as an Independent Healthcare Contractor
 Kristine Kaoverii Weber,
 MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Yoga Therapy in Population Health: How yoga therapy can help reduce costs, improve patient experience of care, and address the needs of whole populations