Berlin Gesture Center


Analysis of nonverbal behaviour – Introduction and Training Workshop to the Movement Psychodiagnostic Inventory© and the Nonverbal Interaction and States Scales©

Faculty: Martha Davis, Ph.D., Hedda Lausberg, Priv.-Doz., Robyn Flaum Cruz, Ph.D., ADTR, Miriam Roskin Berger, D.A., ADTR


Workshop 1: August 2–4, 2006, Berlin Gesture Center, Berlin, Germany
Workshop 2: August 2007 (dates to be announced)





The Movement Psychodiagnostic Inventory (MPI) is an observation tool for identifying body movement patterns associated with schizophrenia spectrum and personality disorders, and other forms of mental disease. Previous studies have demonstrated its efficacy for differential diagnosis in patients with schizophrenia and personality disorders (Cruz, 1995; Berger 1999). The Nonverbal Interaction and States Scales (NISA) are designed to code nonverbal interaction. The inventories can be applied to observing individuals in psychosomatic and psychiatric interviews (MPI/NISA) or during dance/movement therapy sessions (MPI). This workshop, conducted by the originator (Davis) and developers of the MPI and NISA, is designed for researchers and clinicians interested in acquiring skills in observing diverse forms of movement pathology. Open to researchers, clinicians and graduate students in mental health professions.



Two workshops will be offered – one in 2006 and one in 2007:

Workshop 1 (2006):

The 2006 workshop will give a general introduction to the use of MPI and NISA for movement analysis and its use in research –

1. Development of the MPI and its relation to other forms of motor assessments used to note alterations of movement behaviour and psychomotor pathology.
2. Distinguishing more serious forms of movement behaviour pathology from less serious forms of constriction, disfluency or unusual movement behavior. The relation of MPI ratings to drug effects.
3. Identifying disturbances in speech/motion relationships.
4. Coding nonverbal interaction in psychotherapy.

Workshop 2 (2007):

The second workshop* will focus on the clinical applications of the MPI and on supervision of research projects that have applied the MPI during the year –

1. The use of the MPI and NISA for differential diagnosis and therapy outcome control.
2. Deriving movement interventions for therapy from the MPI and NISA analysis.
3. Supervision of the use of the MPI and NISA in research projects (research supervision will require an additional fee).




Date & Time Schedule (Workshop 1): Aug. 2 – 4, 2006; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Villa Limone, Grabertstr. 4, 12169 Berlin-Steglitz, close to S-Bahn-Station "Südende"

Workshop fee (Workshop 1): 350 Euro (minimum 12 participants)

H. Lausberg – Berlin Gesture Center
Postbank Nürnberg
BLZ: 76010085
Kontonummer: 887496852

Contact and registration: or or:

PD Dr. Hedda Lausberg
Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik
Universitätsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus, Technische Universität Dresden
Fetscherstr. 74; 01307 Dresden
Phone: ++49 (0)351 / 458 4708 (tuesdays and wednesdays)
Fax: ++49 (0)351 / 458 5713




Martha Davis, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with over 40 years experience in the study of nonverbal communication. She began development of the MPI in the 1960s and the NISA in the 1970s. Her major research interests include movement characteristics of schizophrenic patients, patient/therapist interactions in psychotherapy and behavioral cues to deception in forensic interviews. Author of several books and numerous articles on nonverbal communication, she is currently Visiting Scholar, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

Hedda Lausberg, Priv.-Doz. Dr. med., dance therapist (BVT), neurologist, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, co-founder of the Berlin Gesture Center. Her research focuses on the development of movement analysis tools for clinical and research purposes and on the relation between movement behaviour and mental illness. As a neuroscientist, her recent studies examined the neuropsychology of movement behaviour, specifically the relation between movement and cognitive and emotional processes in the cerebral hemispheres.

Robyn Flaum Cruz, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the dance therapy specialization at Lesley University Division of Expressive Therapies. Currently, she serves as Vice President, American Dance Therapy Association and Editor-in-Chief of The Arts in Psychotherapy. She is contributor and co-editor of Dance/Movement Therapists in Action: A Working Guide to Research Options (Charles C. Thomas Publishers). A research methodologist, she has taught internationally and her work is represented in numerous juried journals spanning the areas of dance therapy, psychiatry and neurology, communications disorders and psychology.

Miriam Roskin Berger, Doctor of Arts, teaches dance therapy at New York University, and was Director of the Dance Education Program there from 1993-2002. She has taught in Sweden, the Netherlands, Greece, Korea, Poland, the Czech Republic and other countries, and received the Marian Chace Award for fostering international recognition of dance therapy. She is a past President, American Dance Therapy Association; and past Chair, of the National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations. She was Director of the Creative Arts Therapies Department at Bronx Psychiatric Center in New York City for 20 years. Her doctoral research was on movement patterns in borderline and narcissistic personality disorders using the MPI.

* Dianne Dulicai, Ph.D., ADTR, will be participating in the supervision and second workshop. She is presently Chair of the National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapy Associations (NCCATA) and has served as president of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA). She developed and directed dance/movement therapy graduate programs at Hahnemann University, Philadelphia and the Laban Centre in London. She developed two assessment instruments, Nonverbal Assessment for Family Systems and for her doctoral degree in Developmental Neuroscience Research, Movement Indicators of Attention in Children with Lead Exposure. She has published, taught and consulted internationally and continues her interest in bringing research findings into clinical practice of dance/movement therapy.