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Lorena Norwood became a Certified Journey Dance Facilitator on May 12, 2013 after a 9 month journey through Module 1, 2, and 3 Teacher Training. She has been teaching weekly Journey Dance classes since August of 2012. Lorena’s joy and enthusiasm for Journey Dance is based upon her own exploration into what it means to move from living in the mind into living in the full self; body, mind, spirit, and source energy. Lorena’s work experience in the field of trauma informed practice adds another layer of safety for those who have experiences of discomfort with their bodies and self image. Women of all ages, sizes, and dance experience join together weekly. Lorena has found self love, safety, joy and peace through JourneyDance and uses her experience to move others through the practice of finding and understanding the beauty, energy and creativity that lives within each of us.
Smith College graduate with a B.A. in Clinical Psychology. Lorena has been in the field of supporting women and families since 1994 and has been working in the area of strength based family support since 1997.Her current position is as the Franklin County Family Programs Director of The Salasin Project and the Family Recovery and Resiliency Project; two projects of the Western Massachusetts Training Consortium. The focus of the work is on a trauma-informed, recovery, strength-based peer to peer model, trauma recovery, domestic violence intervention, substance abuse recovery and family violence prevention. Two projects that she has directed have been named best practices programs by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).She is a local and state trainer on trauma-informed practice, strength-based family support, and Circle Work. Her strengths include program development, leadership development, program evaluation and continuous quality improvement. She believes in the wisdom of lived experience and draws on her own lived experience as a source of insight.While at Montague Catholic Social Ministries she developed the Family Support Program, a strength based, trauma informed model of working with families.