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Self-Applied Touch To Promote Self-Regulation In Adolescent Males With Problem Sexual Behaviors: Development Of A Method, Nicole Krzeminski 2018 Lesley University

Self-Applied Touch To Promote Self-Regulation In Adolescent Males With Problem Sexual Behaviors: Development Of A Method, Nicole Krzeminski

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

Adolescents who have experienced problematic attachment relationships in infancy often have difficulty with self-regulation and therefore may cope using destructive means such as harmful sexual behavior. Self-regulation is the ability to calm the mind and body and manage emotions appropriately. Dance/movement therapy (DMT) may be a beneficial treatment tool for adolescents with problem sexual behaviors (PSB) to teach self-regulation techniques that may have not been developed due to early traumatic experiences. Self-applied touch is a DMT intervention that may assist individuals with self-regulation that was missed during critical developmental periods. This Capstone project implemented a self-applied touch warm-up with ...


Patterns Of Stigma: Dance Therapy As An Intervention Method For People Living With Hiv, Elizabeth Jezorski 2018 Lesley University

Patterns Of Stigma: Dance Therapy As An Intervention Method For People Living With Hiv, Elizabeth Jezorski

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

This paper will explore the impact that dance movement therapy (DMT) has for people living with HIV. DMT is an evidence-based modality that engages the body in the therapeutic process for individuals and groups in various settings. DMT has been shown to increase social connectedness, empathy and body awareness in many populations; however, there is a lack of research using DMT as an intervention for people with concealable stigma. Concealable stigma is an experience of oppression that can often be hidden or concealed. To explore this, four DMT sessions were implemented with people living with HIV. These sessions were analyzed ...


Rhythmic Movements And Feeling States, Melanie Johnson 2018 Lesley University

Rhythmic Movements And Feeling States, Melanie Johnson

Expressive Therapies Dissertations

This study was conducted to test the validity of a theoretical framework in developmental psychology of body movement analysis, the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP). Motor patterns associated with needs and foundations for affect expression, the tension flow rhythms (TFRs), were examined. Recent research examined the validity of the TFRs in nonclinical adults and found preliminary support for some of the KMP’s assumptions associating smooth (indulging) rhythms with indulgent affects and sharp (fighting) movements with assertive or aggressive affects. This study aimed to test the TFRs associated with the first two years of development—the sucking, biting, twisting, and strain ...


An Intermodal Approach To Identity Formation And Empowerment In The Latina Community, Amanda Bravo 2018 Lesley University

An Intermodal Approach To Identity Formation And Empowerment In The Latina Community, Amanda Bravo

Lesley University Community of Scholars Day

For many in the Latinx community, the question of “Who am I?” depends heavily on your skin color, your gender, your hair texture, your accent, and other factors that distinguish you as non-caucasian, rather than on how many languages you speak, how well you can dance, your passion, or how deeply you love. Identity reflections are at the core of self-esteem and empowerment and can take place in a variety of settings, but unfortunately, many of these settings are tailored to the majority group as well as the individual running the exploration, leaving many Latinx individuals left out.This workshop ...


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

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

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 ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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

No abstract provided.


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

No abstract provided.


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 ...


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