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**Upcoming Fall 2015 presentations with Dr. Mark Sossin**

October 24, 2015
A KMP Portrait of the Mother-Child Dyad: Correspondence Among
Movement and Empirically Derived Psychological Factors
with K. Mark Sossin & Karolina Bryl

Across 30 mother-infant dyads, forty-two Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) elements and flow factors were examined for correspondence with psychological measures infant temperament, dyadic emotional availability, parenting stress, parent personality, and parent perceptions/behaviors. Numerous robust findings, linking, for example, higher child regulatory capacity with higher bound flow, bear upon the validity of the KMP in identifying embodied states. Cross-dyad correspondences, as between a mother’s extraversion and a child’s use of shaping in both directions and planes, underscore the KMP’s usefulness in explicating transmission. Coherence of KMP developmental theory, pathways for future research, and implications for dance/movement therapy practice will be discussed.
Hyatt Regency La Jolla

3777 La Jolla Village Drive

San Diego, CA 92122
November 19, 2015:
Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health of Youth Consultation Services, East Orange, New Jersey:
"The Infant-Parent Interchange: Sequential Movement Patterns and Embodied Intentionality-- From Research to Practice" with Dr. Mark Sossin

About Us

KMP Movement Analysis is the comprehensive system for identifying psychological, developmental, emotional, cognitive and global health/imbalance through movement observation, notation and interpretation.
Left to right: Mark Sossin, Janet Kestenberg Amighi, Hillary Merman, Penny Lewis, Sandy Muniz, Judith Kestenberg, Susan Loman


The profile which was developed after years of observation of children and adults by Judith Kestenberg and her colleagues (The Sands Point Study Group) was named the Kestenberg Movement Profile. Its structure and focus are based on the psychological profile developed by Anna Freud, with a strong emphasis on development. Its movement language is based on the Laban System of Movement Notation with modifications adaptive to its psychological focus (see a more detailed history below).


If the mind, emotions, and body are a closely integrated , mutually interacting system, then it is reasonable that we should be able to gain information about the mind by observing the body. The body and its manner of moving not only reveals aspects of current feelings and emotions, but can give us insight into an individual’s past. As Loman and Foley wrote in 1996, “...experiences get stored in the body and are reflected in body movement.” A person who feels rejected may develop a hollow, narrowed body attitude which expresses and reinforces such feelings throughout life. Because both physical and emotional experiences leave long term traces upon the way people hold themselves and move, the study of movement opens a door to the study of patterns of early development, coping strategies and personality configurations.