Dance Movement Therapy: Theory and Practice

Dance Movement Therapy: Theory and Practice

Dance Movement Therapy: Theory and Practice

Dance Movement Therapy: Theory and Practice

Synopsis

The first book to document the pioneering practice of Dance Movement Therapy in a variety of settings. Experienced therapists working with a range of clients reveal their working methods and techniques.

Excerpt

Dance movement therapy (DMT) is new, as are all the arts therapies (art therapy, music therapy and dramatherapy); however, it has been the last to emerge. It now has, like the other arts therapies, its own validated trainings, supervision of professional practice, and research.

Here I would like to share with you the vision for this book. In my dream journal of 1985 I recorded a dream which was rich in insights on many levels; as a literal dream it has relevance to this book which has now reached fruition. The dream gave me an image of chapters in a book entitled ‘Dance Movement Therapy: Theory and Practice’. The concept dealt with ‘order out of chaos’ (I was writing up my M. Phil, so it was timely!). The chapter headings were, sequentially: DMT in special education; with psychiatric in-patients; in day centres; with children suffering from child abuse; with young people; within a group-analytic perspective; in private practice; with older people; and within a Jungian perspective. It seemed like an ordering of stages of growth from the infant autistic through to the spiritual connection with the universe. It was later that I identified these chapter headings as embodying steps on the pathway towards understanding DMT. The book has therefore stressed the contexts of practice for the most part, rather than solely the population. The individual practitioners have elaborated their methodology within specific settings and client groups and represent current practice within one theoretical orientation.

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