DANCE MOVEMENT & CREATIVE THERAPIES
Dance/movement therapy is a profession that is over 60 years old, which involves Master's level training in movement and psychotherapy. It uses movement and the body as the main healing medium with a vast variety of client groups. It is based on the belief that body and mind are interconnected, and their dialogue reflects crucial aspects of our lives that exist beyond words.
As a profession that incorporates training in psychotherapy, movement analysis with dance/movement practice, DMT offers a system of embodied skills to help make, maintain and repair the relationship to body, self and other. DMT training involves helping clients ask ‘body questions’, drawing connections between movement behaviour and life stress, and transforming relationships through the vehicle of creative expression. The integration of verbal and nonverbal information and the access to symbolic content makes movement-based psychotherapeutic interventions propitious for supporting research and practice in wellbeing, with many constructive implications for health, science and business. (Acarón 2020, p.3)
 I use dance movement therapy (DMT) and dance movement psychotherapy (DMP) interchangeably as terms for the profession and related research. The term dance movement therapy is used across most countries, while the term dance movement psychotherapy is used exclusively in the UK.
I have been a dance/movement therapist for over ten years, and have lectured in Argentina, Brazil, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Puerto Rico and United Kingdom. I am also a clinical supervisor and lecturer in the area. I have also taught and collaborated with other creative arts therapy students and professionals.
Reference: Acarón, T. (2020). Embodied Decision Making: Self-Reflexivity in Professional Development Practice. (In Press), 1–14. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.14313.11363
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INTRO TO DMT
Space and Tolerance in DMT with Children
Introductory course about DMT, which examines the contributions and theoretical formulation of DMT pioneers. The origins of DMT and contrasts with therapeutic dance and dance education will be highlighted.
Places taught in: CEFID (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Puerto Rico, China
For: Creative arts therapies students, dance, dance education or expressive arts. DMP professionals, arts educators and creative arts therapists.
This workshops uncovers practical skills to develop spatial awareness in children. It builds into activities and interventions used to develop children's acceptance of others and tolerating differences.
Place taught in: Argentinean Dance Therapy Association Workshops (2009)
For: Creative arts therapies students, arts and/or education, psychologists, creative arts therapists, social workers and/or youth workers.
Combines principles from movement analysis and development, and psychology theories from Laban, Erickson and the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) to design developmentally appropriate activities or interventions for children.
Places taught in: Independent workshops in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Queen Margaret University
For: Creative arts therapies students, arts and/or education, psychologists, creative arts therapists, social workers and/or youth workers
Short course about the dance/movement therapists' role within academic settings and the integration of DMT as a tool for violence prevention with children.
Places it was taught in: CAECE University, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2009), Queen Margaret University (UK)
For: Creative arts therapies students and mental health professionals
Photo Credits: Romina Trutner