Berlin Gesture Center


Introductory and Advanced Workshops on the Movement Psychodiagnostic Inventory©

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


Introductory Workshop: May 16 - 18, 2007, Berlin
Advanced Workshop: May 18 - 20, 2007, Berlin





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) and for monitoring within-session and within-therapy changes of movement behaviour (Davis, 1970; Lausberg, 1995). It can be applied to observing individuals in psychosomatic and psychiatric interviews or during dance/movement therapy sessions. This workshop, conducted by the originator (Davis) and developers of the MPI, is designed for researchers and clinicians interested in acquiring skills in observing diverse forms of movement disorder related to psychopathology. Open to researchers, clinicians and graduate students in mental health professions.

Each Workshop will last 2 1/2 days. They are sequential so that those taking the Introductory can continue on to the Advanced Workshop.

The Introductory Workshop will give a general introduction to the use of MPI for movement analysis in research and therapy:
1. Development of the MPI and its relation to other forms of motor disorder assessments.
2. Distinguishing more serious forms of disordered movement behaviour from less serious forms of constriction, disfluency, etc.; the relation of MPI ratings to drug effects and to body schema.
3. Training in the short form version of the MPI for clinical use.

The Advanced Workshop will focus on applications of the MPI to therapy and to the research projects of the participants. It is limited to those who have completed the Introductory Workshop.
Material to be addressed includes:
1. The use of the MPI for differential diagnosis and therapy outcome assessment.
2. Advanced training in the short form of the MPI and coding of the primary categories from videotapes of therapy sessions.
3. Special issues in the movement assessment of children.
4. Deriving movement interventions for therapy from the MPI.
5. Supervision on the use of the MPI in one’s own research project.


Date & Time Schedules:
Introductory Workshop
: Wednesday & Thursday, May 16 & 17: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, May 18: 9 a.m.-12 noon
Advanced Workshop: Friday, May 18: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Location: Museum für Kommunikation, Leipziger Str. 16, 10117 Berlin, close to U-Bahn-Station "Mohrenstrasse" or "Stadtmitte"

Workshop fee: 350 € ; both workshops: 500 €

Registration deadline: March 31, 2007

Contact & registration:
By e-mail:
By mail: PD Dr. Hedda Lausberg
Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik, Universitätsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus, TU Dresden, Fetscherstr. 74, D-01307 Dresden

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




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. 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), specialist in neurology, psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy, psychiatry, 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 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, ADTR, LCAT, teaches dance therapy at New York University, and was Director of the Dance Education Program there from 1993-2002. She has taught in Israel, 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, developed and directed the Dance/Movement Therapy division of the Hahnemann Creative Arts Department at Drexel University and at the Laban Centre, Goldsmiths’ College of London. She served two terms as president of the American Dance Therapy Association, four terms as Chair of the National Alliance of Pupil Services Organizations and presently chairs the National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapy Associations. Dr. Dulicai’s special interest in movement work with children and families led to the development of Nonverbal Family Assessment Instrument. She also developed an assessment instrument for special needs children in collaboration with Dr. William Freeman. She has published extensively and teaches internationally.