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A Conceptualization Of The Body In Psychodynamic And Body-Based Psychotherapies: Areas Of Overlap And Possibilities For Integration, Aleksandra Rayska 2017 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

A Conceptualization Of The Body In Psychodynamic And Body-Based Psychotherapies: Areas Of Overlap And Possibilities For Integration, Aleksandra Rayska

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The distinction between verbal and nonverbal psychotherapies is clearly visible in theory and clinical practice. Moreover, this duality of approaches promotes a split between the body and the mind, defining them as separate from each other. This dissertation helps bridge the divide between the literature in body-based therapies and verbally-based psychotherapy by (i) exploring the conceptual frame used to understand the body in psychodynamic therapy (ii) identifying the areas of overlap between psychodynamic theory and theories that underlie body-based psychotherapies, and (iii) proposing ways in which psychodynamic and body-based theories can inform one another. A clinical case was used to ...


Moving Through Marianismo: Dance/Movement Therapy As A Means Of Empowering Hispanic Female Adolescents, Samantha Inez Aldana 2017 Sarah Lawrence College

Moving Through Marianismo: Dance/Movement Therapy As A Means Of Empowering Hispanic Female Adolescents, Samantha Inez Aldana

Dance/Movement Therapy Theses

This is a theoretical based study that focuses on the current disempowered state of Hispanic female adolescents in the United States. As the largest minority group in the country, Hispanics experience an array of issues that commonly plague minority populations, such as higher poverty levels and unemployment, substance abuse, increased school dropout rates, and lower accessibility to quality education and healthcare (American Psychological Association, 2013; McCaffrey, 2007). In addition to those challenges, Hispanic female adolescents face the added difficulty of navigating between the strict gender-specific norms of their Hispanic culture, and the independent and individualized norms present within the United ...


Dancing At The Crossroads Of Body And Mind: The Therapeutic Use Of Irish Set Dancing As Storytelling For The Elderly, Caitlin Kelly 2017 Sarah Lawrence College

Dancing At The Crossroads Of Body And Mind: The Therapeutic Use Of Irish Set Dancing As Storytelling For The Elderly, Caitlin Kelly

Dance/Movement Therapy Theses

Dance/movement therapy (DMT) is a strengths-based therapeutic intervention that focuses on the mind-body connection and its role in behavior, expression, cognition, and communication. Dance has served a purpose beyond entertainment for thousands of years – even, and especially, before recorded history. Cultures worldwide developed dances to celebrate, to mourn, to worship, and to work. The folk dances of ancient societies, now enjoyed and performed primarily for their cultural and aesthetic value, showed evidence of an inherent understanding of the tenets of dance/movement therapy. Originally representing and working within the rhythmic context of nature, figures such as chains and circles ...


Dancing With Cops: A Strengths-Based Approach Toward Revitalizing Police Training, Emiko Okamoto 2017 Sarah Lawrence College

Dancing With Cops: A Strengths-Based Approach Toward Revitalizing Police Training, Emiko Okamoto

Dance/Movement Therapy Theses

Unreasonable amounts of force used during police-civilian interactions have led to a significant number of arrest related deaths. The Department of Justice identified lack of effective training as a key factor in the use of force. This thesis investigates the current state of officer training programs and identifies deficits in focus on emotion regulation, stress management and interpersonal skills. The role of dance/movement therapy in developing these skills is discussed.


Laughing To Heal And Renew: Implementation Of Humor In Dance/Movement Therapy, Elisabeth Ritter 2017 Sarah Lawrence College

Laughing To Heal And Renew: Implementation Of Humor In Dance/Movement Therapy, Elisabeth Ritter

Dance/Movement Therapy Theses

This thesis aims to identify and investigate humor as a therapeutic resource in connection with the dance/movement therapy process. Laughter is a universal form of expression. This theoretical based study highlights laughter as a tool for enhancing relationships, and supporting both mental and physical health. Laughter is a component in dance/movement therapy, but the research is lacking on the implementation and advantages of humor within the practice.


Equine Therapy From A Dance/Movement Therapy Perspective, Cecilia Clasen 2017 Sarah Lawrence College

Equine Therapy From A Dance/Movement Therapy Perspective, Cecilia Clasen

Dance/Movement Therapy Theses

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) is a form of therapy that utilizes a team approach of a psychotherapist, an equine specialist and a horse or horses, all working together to aid individuals in experiencing personal emotional healing and growth. It can be particularly effective when there are barriers to communication. Grooming, leading and riding horses can provide opportunities for self-awareness and attunement to others. This thesis discusses how the discipline of dance/movement therapy may deepen the practice of equine facilitated psychotherapy. Specifically, dance/movement therapists are trained to observe subtle non-verbal movement cues, and to use skills such as mirroring ...


It’S A Bird? No. It’S A Plane! No, It’S A Dance/Movement Therapist!, Dominique Andriese Fickling 2017 Sarah Lawrence College

It’S A Bird? No. It’S A Plane! No, It’S A Dance/Movement Therapist!, Dominique Andriese Fickling

Dance/Movement Therapy Theses

This thesis explores how Dance/Movement Therapy can support children in palliative care, and provide models for the role of the dance/movement therapist using superhero imagery. The work of five dance/movement therapy pioneers, Marian Chace, Liljan Espenak, Blanche Evan, Trudi Schoop, and Mary Starks Whitehouse, and one foundational theorist, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen are discussed and used as models for the development of dance/movement therapy archetypal superheroes. Case material from a dance/movement therapist’s work in a pediatric palliative care setting is used to illustrate the application of the superhero model.


The Integration Of Hip-Hop Culture And Cyphering In Dance/Movement Therapy, Starr Montalvo 2017 Sarah Lawrence College

The Integration Of Hip-Hop Culture And Cyphering In Dance/Movement Therapy, Starr Montalvo

Dance/Movement Therapy Theses

This thesis explores the benefits of using hip-hop culture and cyphering within dance/movement therapy. Beginning with a discussion of hip-hop culture, the thesis describes how break dancing and the cypher developed in New York City in response to violence and environmental uncertainty. These forms continue to provide a crucial element of communication and non-verbal expression among at-risk youth. The thesis suggests that hip-hop may be used as a culturally sensitive form of therapy for adolescents, and examines the benefits of the integration of the cypher into dance/movement therapy practice.


Group Dance/Movement Therapy And Attachment Theory With Female Survivors Of Domestic Violence, Brooke Taylor 2017 Sarah Lawrence College

Group Dance/Movement Therapy And Attachment Theory With Female Survivors Of Domestic Violence, Brooke Taylor

Dance/Movement Therapy Theses

One in three women in the United States has experienced physical abuse by an intimate partner (NCADV, 2015). Nearly half of all women in the US have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner (Black, et al., 2010). Survivors of domestic violence commonly face long-term psychological damage because of the abuse, which can lead to negative social implications throughout their lifetime. Illnesses stemming from abuse include post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety, and can further result in low self-esteem, or being unable to trust others and build healthy social or romantic relationships (Black et al., 2010). This thesis will discuss ...


Ballet And Dance/Movement Therapy: Integrating Structure And Expression, Valeria Gómez-Guzmán 2017 Sarah Lawrence College

Ballet And Dance/Movement Therapy: Integrating Structure And Expression, Valeria Gómez-Guzmán

Dance/Movement Therapy Theses

Classical Ballet is an ancient style of dance that was born in 16th century and was one of the principal forms of dance for years. Ballet dancers move according to what they are taught, following precise directives and form. Dancers that noticed the missing elements that ballet did not offer began exploring their bodies in more primitive and organic movements that were driven by inner emotions. This style of dance is known as modern dance, and is considered one of the bases of dance/movement therapy. Modern dancers and dance/movement therapists rejected ballet and its form, due to its ...


The [E]Motionless Body No Longer: Tracing The Historical Intersections Of Mental Illness And Movement In The American Asylum, Holly Adele Herzfeld 2017 Bard College

The [E]Motionless Body No Longer: Tracing The Historical Intersections Of Mental Illness And Movement In The American Asylum, Holly Adele Herzfeld

Senior Projects Spring 2017

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Multidisciplinary Studies of Bard College.


Full 3rd Edition, 2016 Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School

Full 3rd Edition

Journal of Clinical Art Therapy

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Exploring Ranges, Tensions, And Potential Integrations: Editorial Notes For Jcat’S 3rd Edition, Einat Metzl 2016 Loyola Marymount University

Exploring Ranges, Tensions, And Potential Integrations: Editorial Notes For Jcat’S 3rd Edition, Einat Metzl

Journal of Clinical Art Therapy

No abstract provided.


Front Matter, 2016 Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School

Front Matter

Journal of Clinical Art Therapy

No abstract provided.


Brain Dance, Jay Hall-Schnurrpusch 2016 Western Oregon University

Brain Dance, Jay Hall-Schnurrpusch

Academic Excellence Showcase Proceedings

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Choosing Embodiment, Tenaya Cowsill 2016 Sarah Lawrence College

Choosing Embodiment, Tenaya Cowsill

Dance/Movement Therapy Theses

The purpose of this paper is to review and consider the way in which both interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships are affected by technology. As commentary surrounding an epidemic of loneliness becomes increasingly common, this paper looks to identify and understand what it truly means to be connected. By bringing awareness and understanding to the effects of technology on the experience of relationship, and by offering a deeper understanding of the role of embodiment, it is possible to work towards balanced and healthy relationships that satisfy in quality rather than quantity.


The Use Of Dance/Movement Therapy In A Preschool Curriculum: Enhancing Kindergarten Readiness Skills, Lynda Perez-Venero Naimoli 2016 Sarah Lawrence College

The Use Of Dance/Movement Therapy In A Preschool Curriculum: Enhancing Kindergarten Readiness Skills, Lynda Perez-Venero Naimoli

Dance/Movement Therapy Theses

This thesis will focus on an internship project designed to integrate dance/movement therapy into the Early Childhood Center (ECC) at Sarah Lawrence College. The premise was that specific dance/movement therapy goals would enhance the ECC’s preschool curriculum by strengthening each child’s cognitive learning, supporting their developmental skills and preparing them for the transition to kindergarten.

Activities were created addressing developmental skills needed for the transition from preschool to kindergarten. The various activities developed for the dance/movement therapy sessions focused on the development of one's own sense of self and relational sense of self, impulse ...


Cultivating Presence And Relatedness: The Role Of Grounding In Dance/Movement Therapy, Kyleigh Sackandy 2016 Sarah Lawrence College

Cultivating Presence And Relatedness: The Role Of Grounding In Dance/Movement Therapy, Kyleigh Sackandy

Dance/Movement Therapy Theses

This thesis examines the role of grounding in the evolution of individual presence and group relatedness often experienced in dance/movement therapy sessions. The physical and psychological concepts of grounding are discussed, investigating the relationship between the body and gravity as a foundational piece for one’s sense of being in the world. The felt experience of the body in communication with gravity, awareness of these sensations, and the resources within the body associated with grounding are examined as they apply to presence and interconnectivity. These concepts, as well as the potential for self-discovery via grounding, are portrayed through case ...


Applying Elements Of Contra Dance To Reduce Symptoms In Children With High-Functioning Autism, Jenna N. Ellis 2016 Sarah Lawrence College

Applying Elements Of Contra Dance To Reduce Symptoms In Children With High-Functioning Autism, Jenna N. Ellis

Dance/Movement Therapy Theses

This paper will focus primarily on a child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, specifically High-Functioning Autism, who attended a summer camp in 2015. A definition of autism and how it affects a diagnosed child will be explained. Analysis of the benefits of group dance/movement therapy (DMT) with children diagnosed within the autism spectrum will also be presented. Additionally, past documented studies regarding this population and the use of dance/movement therapy as a catalyst for reducing symptoms of autism will be described. Focusing on three specific goals (commitment, community, interpersonal/intrapersonal relationships) this paper will describe how the Contra ...


Embodied Creative Arts Therapy Interventions With Trauma: A Qualitative Study, Brian Timothy Harris 2016 Lesley University

Embodied Creative Arts Therapy Interventions With Trauma: A Qualitative Study, Brian Timothy Harris

Expressive Therapies Dissertations

With the primary purpose to extend therapists’ knowledge base, open dialogue on treatment efficacy, and stimulate creative yet effective interventions, this two-phase qualitative study pursued the guiding research question, How do creative arts therapists use embodied interventions in the treatment of psychological trauma? Phase One of the study was conducted with music therapists who had extensive experience with trauma and reported on their experiences with and awareness of embodied trauma treatment through a broad spectrum of creative modalities. Phase Two was grounded in theories of body awareness and creative arts therapy applications and included therapists specializing in music, dance/movement ...


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