Ashley Fargnoli, MA, BC-DMT, LCPC is a dance/movement therapist and dance activist who promotes the use of dance for post-conflict reconciliation and healing among marginalized populations. Ashley currently works as a dance/movement therapist with refugees and survivors of human trafficking in Chicago. She has presented her work with these populations at the National Refugee and Immigrant conference, the American Dance Therapy Association, and at the Alliance for Women Scholars and Scientists. Ashley has also taught Expressive Arts Therapy at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. During her journey to becoming a dance/movement therapist, Ashley lived in Bosnia and Herzegovina for three years where she implemented numerous dance reconciliation projects as well as integration projects for Roma youth. In 2008, Ashley spent eight months in Kolkata, India working with Kolkata Sanved and learning about the use of DMT for psychosocial rehabilitation for survivors of human trafficking. Ashley is co-directing and producing a film about this organization’s innovative DMT program. Her current research is focused on evaluating the use of DMT to address trauma related pain symptoms and promote wellbeing among Burmese refugees. Ashley is an alumna of the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Columbia College, Chicago and also holds a MA in Cultural Project Management from the Institute of Political Studies (France).
Bosnia and Herzegovina / Serbia
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