Meet Voniè

Voheadshotniè is a Mississippi native who received her BA is in Dance Therapy from Naropa University in Boulder and her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Antioch University New England in New Hampshire. She received American Dance Therapy Association’s 2014 Outstanding Achievement award for her work creating the Southern Chapter and was their 1st president. She is currently the president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ADTA and active with the Multicultural Diversity Committee. She’s presented at mental health conferences on the local, state and national levels, community-based workshops and pop culture conventions.
Voniè has 10 years post Master’s experience and 25 years experience with individuals with Mental Illness/Intellectual Developmental Delays and various physical special needs. Settings she has worked in include private practice, outpatient day treatment for adolescents, nursing homes, and locked units at state hospitals.

She is a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor and a Certified Aquatic Rehabilitation Specialist.

Voniè uses dance therapy to address a variety of needs from working with anxiety and stress reduction and processing trauma to ways to increase interpersonal connection. Dance/Movement Therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual. She also does work combining the psychotherapeutic benefits of dance therapy with the physical therapy aspects of aquatic rehabilitative therapy.
Voniè works with families, individuals and groups of all ages combining a variety of therapeutic techniques to meet the needs of her clients. In addition to her work with aquatic and traditional dance therapy her eclectic approach also includes DBT & CBT from a Rogerian perspective.
As a lifelong comic book reader and sci-fi fan, she advocates for geek culture as positive for mental health and draws from this experience to help clients on their journey. She feels therapy is not about fitting the client into her mold or approach, but rather finding tools to fit the client’s needs.

Curriculum Vitae

Licenses & Certifications:

Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies: Licensed Professional Counselor as of 4/2016
Mississippi State Board of Examiners: Licensed Professional Counselor as of 7/14
American Dance Therapy Association: Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist as of 5/2011
Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE)
Approved Clinical Supervisor as of 4/14
Nationally Certified Counselor as of 4/10
Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute Certifications
Certified Aquatic Specialist as of 7/04
BackHab Certified as of 7/12
Center for Suicide Risk Assessment: Certified in administration of the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) as of 10/14
Breath~Body~Mind: Intro Level Teacher 6/11

Work Experience: 

Equilibrium Counseling: 3/2015-present
Naropa University: Adjunct Faculty 8/2018-present  
Mississippi State Hospital, Whitfield, MS: 10/2013-3/2015: Behavioral Health Specialist II
East Mississippi State Hospital, Meridian, MS:
Male & Female Receiving: 12/2008-10/2013: Behavioral Health Specialist I, Program Manager 
R. P. White Nursing Facility: 3/2007-12/2008: Psychology Associate, Director of Therapeutic Programming
New Hope New Horizons, Keene, NH*:  5/06-12/8/06 & 9/04-12/04: Dance/Movement Therapy Intern
Cheshire Medical Center, Keene, NH:
 Focus*:  Internship 9/05-12/06: Dance/Movement Therapy Intern
 Adolescents Mental Health Unit*: 1/05-5/05: Dance/Movement Therapy Intern 
Psychotherapy & Expressive Arts Center, Keene, NH:  8/06-12/06: Dance/Movement Therapy Intern
City of Boulder: Expand*, Boulder, CO:  8/02-8/04:  Dance instructor

Volunteer Experience:

Girl Scouts of Colorado: 12/17-present Assistant troop leader
Thompson Valley School District: Winonna Elementary School: 4/15-currently
American Dance Therapy Association 2003-present:                                                                                                                       Multicultural &Diversity Committee 2017-present: Leader Geek Cultre Affinity Group                                Rocky Mountain Chapter 2015-present:  Member                                                                                                         Southern Chapter 2007-present: Chapter spokesperson, writer of bylaws and 1st chapter president, and current member.                                                                                                                                                             New England Chapter 2004-2006: Antioch University New England Student Rep and Chapter Information Specialist
Meridian Public School District: West Hills Elementary School: 2013-2015
Star Touring and Riding: Chapter 496: 9/11-9/13: Lady of the Star Representative
Special Olympics (MS):  6/96-5/02: Volunteer & Official in Track and Felid, Aquatics, Basketball & Bocce
Boswell Regional Center*, Sanatorium, MS: 4/95-5/02: Recreation Volunteer

Presentations and Publications:  *indicates specifically invited to contribute

10/18: American Dance Therapy Association International Conference, Bridge Room presentation “Safe Spaces through a Geek Lens”
*8/18:  Fort Collins Comic Con panel, “Cosplaying the Shadow”
4/18: Rocky Mountian ADTA Workshop, “Into to Geek Culture”
3/18: Whimsycon panel, Cosplay Meets DMT”
*1/18: Connections In-Service. “Into. to Geek Therapy”
*11/17: American Dance Therapy Association International Conference Intensive, “DMT Meets Cosplay”, San Antonio, TX
10/17: Naropa University Spark Talks, “Cosplay For Mental Health”
*10/17: Naropa University Professional Panel
8/17: Fort Collins Comic Con panel “Cosplay Through DMT Goggles”
5/17: Southern Chapter Booth at Southern Geek Fest 2.0
*5/17: Southern Geek Fest panel, “Cosplay meets DMT”
3/16: American Dance Movement Therapy Newsletter, Vol. 51, Issue 1 Spring 2017, p. 14, “Southern Chapter”
12/16: American Dance Movement Therapy Newsletter, Vol. 50, Issue 4 Winter 2016, p. 16, “Southern Chapter”
9/16: American Dance Movement Therapy Newsletter, Vol. 50, Issue 3 Fall 2016, p. 14, “Southern Chapter”
8/16: Fort Collins Comic Con panel, “Cosplay Through DMT Goggles”
6/16: Aquatic Therapy Rehab Institute Workshop, “Mental Health and Aquatics” Sanibel, FL
6/16: Denver Comic Con panel, “Cosplay Through Dance Movement Therapy Goggles” Denver, CO
5/16: American Dance Movement Therapy Newsletter, Vol. 50, Issue 2 Summer 2016, p. 13, “Southern Chapter”
*4/16: Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ADTA Supervision Panel Boulder, CO
4/16: Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ADTA Workshop, “Aquatic Dance Movement Therapy” Boulder, CO
4/16: Southern Chapter of the ADTA booth at Southern Geek Fest, Hattiesburg, MS
3/16: American Dance Movement Therapy Newsletter, Vol. 50, Issue 1 Spring 2015, p. 12, “Southern Chapter”
12/15: Geekonomicon panel, “Cosplay As Active Imagination Through Dance/Movement Therapy Goggles” Biloxi. MS
12/15: American Dance Movement Therapy Newsletter, Vol. 49, Issue 4 Winter 2015, p. 13, “Southern Chapter”
11/15: American Dance Therapy Association International Conference Workshop, “More Aquatic Dance/Movement Therapy” San Diego, CA
11/15: American Dance Therapy Association International Conference Workshop, “Aquatic Dance/Movement Therapy” San Diego, CA
9/15: American Dance Movement Therapy Newsletter, Vol. 49, Issue 3 Fall 2015, p. 15, “Southern Chapter”
6/15: American Dance Movement Therapy Newsletter, Vol. 49, Issue 2 Summer 2054, p. 17, “Southern Chapter”
*3/15: Aquatic Therapy Rehab Institute Workshop, “Mental Health and Aquatics” Washington, DC
*12/14:  Jaquith Nursing Home Family Counsel Lecture, “Intro to Dance/Movement Therapy” Jackson, MS
12/14: American Dance Movement Therapy Newsletter, Vol. 48, Issue 4 Winter 2014, p. 13, “Southern Chapter”
12/14: American Dance Movement Therapy Newsletter, Vol. 48, Issue 4 Winter 2014,p. 20, “Award Thank You”
11/14: American Dance Therapy Association International Conference Workshop, “Aquatic Dance/Movement Therapy” Chicago, IL
10/14: MS Dept of Mental Health Joint Mental Health/ IDD conference Workshop, “Creating Connection: DMT with Schizophrenia” Biloxi, MS
10/14: American Dance Therapy Association Newsletter, Vol. 48, Issue 3 Fall 2014, p. 14 :Soon to be Southern Chapter”
7/14: American Dance Therapy Association Newsletter, Vol. 48, Issue 2 Summer 2014, p. 21 “Soon to be Southern Chapter”
4/14: American Dance Therapy Association Newsletter, Vol. 48, Issue 1 Spring 2014, p. 21 “Soon to be Southern Chapter” full page article
*8/13: MS Department of Mental Health Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease & Psychiatric Disorders in the Elderly, panel, “Expressive Art Therapies- Non-Traditional Approaches to Care” Meridian, MS
*7/13: HMF Community Outreach Center, Inc. Workshop: “Grief Related to Job Loss” Hattiesburg, MS
*4/13: East Mississippi State Hospital Psychology Department training, “Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS)” Meridian, MS
*2/13: East Mississippi State Hospital Psychology Department training, “Ethics, WRAT 4 & MMSE” Meridian, MS
*10/12:  HMF Community Outreach Center, Inc. Workshop: “Dance/Movement Therapy for Tension Release” Hattiesburg, MS
*10/12: East Mississippi State Hospital Psychology Department training, “Group Therapy”
8/12: American Dance Therapy Association Newsletter, Vol. 46, Issue 2 Summer 2012, p. 17 “Deep South Connections”
*1/12:  HMF Community Outreach Center, Inc. Workshop: “Dance/Movement Therapy for Stress Reduction” Meridian, MS
*10/11:  HMF Community Outreach Center, Inc. Workshop: “Dance/Movement Therapy for Tension Release” Hattiesburg, MS
*8/11: East Mississippi State Hospital Psychology Department training, “Breath~Body~Mind” Meridian, MS
*5/11: East Mississippi State Hospital CNA Supervisor training, “Conflict” Meridian, MS
*4/11: National Alliance of Social Workers Workshop: “Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy” Meridian, MS
*4/10-10/13: EMSH new CNA orientation, “Difference between Mental Illness/Mental Retardation and Behavior” Meridian MS (lecture given monthly)
*3/10-10/13: East Mississippi State Hospital new employee orientation, “Therapeutic Communication” Meridian, MS (lecture given monthly)
*3/10: East Mississippi State Hospital Psychology Department training, “Histrionic Personality Disorder” Meridian, MS
9/09: MS Department of Mental Health joint Mental Health/Mental Retardation Conference, “D/MT Tools & Techniques” Philadelphia, MS
*10/08: East Mississippi State Hospital Psychology Department training, “Schizoid Personality Disorder”, Meridian, MS
9/08: MS Recreation & Parks Association conference, workshops, “D/MT Tools & Techniques” & “Similarities & Differences between Dance/Movement Therapy (D/MT) & Recreation Therapy (RT)” Vicksburg, MS
9/07:  MS Department of Mental Health joint Mental Health/Mental Retardation Conference, poster presentation, “Dance Movement Therapy with Props” Tunica, MS
8/07: MS Department of Mental Health Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease & Psychiatric Disorders in the Elderly, workshop, “Dance/Movement Therapy with Seniors” Philadelphia, MS
*3/06: New England Chapter of the ADTA’s Newsletter, Spring 2006 Issue, article, “Student Section”
*12/05: New England Chapter of the ADTA’s Newsletter, Winter 2005 Issue, article, “Going Home Spreading the Word”
10/05: MS Recreation & Parks Association conference, workshop, “Intro. to D/MT” Natchez, MS
*4/05– New England chapter of the ADTA’s spring conference, Part of a discussion panel on integration of various fields & Dance/Movement Therapy, my area is D/MT & aquatics Keene, NH
11/03- Naropa University lecture: Dance Therapy and Aquatic Therapy: Bridging the Gap Boulder, CO