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Decluttering The Mind: A Creative Approach Towards Becoming, Jessica Ann Lochte 2017 Columbia College Chicago

Decluttering The Mind: A Creative Approach Towards Becoming, Jessica Ann Lochte

Creative Arts Therapies Theses

The purpose of this research was to explore the researcher’s mind, as defined within the field of interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB), and concept of self in the context of professional development as a dance/movement therapist. An embodied artistic inquiry methodology was chosen to support this in-depth reflective exploration, utilizing visual art making and movement as methods of data collection and analysis. Primary research questions were inspired by Rogers’ (1961) views of psychotherapy, asking “Who am I as a therapist?” and “How may I become myself as a therapist?” The process was further structured through Siegel’s (2010a) nine domains ...


Kuelewa: Evaluating The Jabe Therapeutic Dance Program In Kibera, Sarah Moore 2017 Columbia College Chicago

Kuelewa: Evaluating The Jabe Therapeutic Dance Program In Kibera, Sarah Moore

Creative Arts Therapies Theses

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectives of the JABE (Just And Best Entertainers) therapeutic arts dance program in meeting their stated goals and outcomes through a pilot summative mixed methods program evaluation. The participants of the study included 65% of JABE program participants ages 12 to 19 and JABE’s two program leaders including the Chairman and Program Coordinator. The data were collected through an embodied survey, art based individual interviews, semi-structured interviews, and a focus group. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, Kvale’s interview analysis method, and Forniash’s analysis method. Findings showed JABE ...


Role Exploration: A Heuristic Study Into How Various Roles Influence The Role Of Emerging Dance/Movement Therapist, Patrick Thomas Justin 2017 Columbia College Chicago

Role Exploration: A Heuristic Study Into How Various Roles Influence The Role Of Emerging Dance/Movement Therapist, Patrick Thomas Justin

Creative Arts Therapies Theses

The purpose of this study was to understand the roles I experience and how these roles inform my new role as an emerging dance/movement therapist. A qualitative heuristic study was used to explore the experience in the roles of student, peer, family member, and therapist. Data was collected through unstructured and semi-structured journaling, as well as journaling that occurred in response to movement sessions at the end of each data collection week. Movement sessions were structured in a way that each role was explored and then journaled about to find more depth in the data from the previous week ...


Dmt For T1d: Using Dance/Movement Therapy To Facilitate Coping, Self-Awareness, And Positive Body Image In Adolescents With Type I Diabetes, Nicole L. Williams-Mulet 2017 Sarah Lawrence College

Dmt For T1d: Using Dance/Movement Therapy To Facilitate Coping, Self-Awareness, And Positive Body Image In Adolescents With Type I Diabetes, Nicole L. Williams-Mulet

Dance/Movement Therapy Theses

This paper explores type 1 diabetes (T1D) and the risk factors associated from its diagnosis. In particular, this paper addresses the onset of T1D in adolescence, which is a developmental period riddled with its own challenges. T1D is a chronic, autoimmune disease that affects the body’s ability to produce insulin. Unregulated, T1D affects the body in numerous ways and can ultimately lead to death. Research has suggested that children diagnosed with T1D should employ an integrated treatment team to account for the physical and emotional struggles that come from living with the disease. Dance/movement therapy (DMT) is a ...


Paving The Road To Resilience: A Grounded Theory Pilot Study, Ruchi Shah 2017 Columbia College Chicago

Paving The Road To Resilience: A Grounded Theory Pilot Study, Ruchi Shah

Creative Arts Therapies Theses

The purpose of this grounded theory pilot study was to develop a theory about how survival thinking can be fostered into resilience for children from a low socio-economic urban community in Mumbai, India. The study also examined how dance/movement therapy could be utilized to foster these qualities of resilience. Based on experiences with the population, this researcher hypothesized that the children experienced early complex trauma. Data was collected through movement observations of the children, interviews with professionals who have actively worked with them, and the researcher’s reflections of her own body felt experiences after each observation and interview ...


Move About It: Movement-Based Sexual Abuse Prevention Workshop For High Schools, Katie Wild 2017 Columbia College Chicago

Move About It: Movement-Based Sexual Abuse Prevention Workshop For High Schools, Katie Wild

Creative Arts Therapies Theses

The purpose of Move About It, a movement- based prevention workshop was to increase awareness, knowledge, and empowerment for high school students by engaging in sexual abuse prevention education. This workshop will address: spatial awareness and boundary education, develop decision-making skills, create community safety plans, and bring awareness to sexual abuse through social media. The workshop developed through individual interviews with professionals with a background in high school aged youth, program development and implementation, trauma counseling, dance/movement therapy, school health, wellness and discipline in schools. Move About It is designed for dance/movement therapists to implement within a health ...


Exploring Kinesthethic Empathy In The Medical Setting: A Heuristic Inquiry, Jenna Maltby 2017 Columbia College Chicago

Exploring Kinesthethic Empathy In The Medical Setting: A Heuristic Inquiry, Jenna Maltby

Creative Arts Therapies Theses

The purpose of this heuristic inquiry was to understand how I used kinesthetic empathy while working with children hospitalized on the general pediatric unit and pediatric intensive care unit. I was also interested in exploring whether aspects of kinesthetic empathy might be useful for child life specialists in relationship building. Data were collected using journal entries that depicted my use of kinesthetic empathy after 15 individual dance/movement therapy sessions. The data were analyzed using Forinash’s qualitative data analysis approach. The findings demonstrated that I engaged in kinesthetic empathy by being present, self-referencing, embodying, and using touch. The findings ...


An Annotated Bibliography Of Creative Interventions Within Dance/Movement Therapy, Kaitlynn Kavanaugh 2017 Columbia College Chicago

An Annotated Bibliography Of Creative Interventions Within Dance/Movement Therapy, Kaitlynn Kavanaugh

Creative Arts Therapies Theses

This annotated bibliography explores how creativity is integrated in dance/movement therapy (DMT) interventions. The central question guiding this research was: How is creativity explicitly implemented in DMT interventions, approaches, and/or theoretical frameworks? Literature was gathered from journal articles, books, book chapters, and online peer reviews; a total of fifteen sources were annotated. During the research process, several challenges emerged when searching for explicit explanations of creativity used within DMT. This included annotations from sources which described creativity used within DMT interventions, approaches and theoretical frameworks that did not explicitly define creativity. This bibliography uncovers several themes related to ...


An Embodied Artistic Inquiry On Self-Compassion: Awakening The Warrior Goddess Within, Lindsey Rae Thompson 2017 Columbia College Chicago

An Embodied Artistic Inquiry On Self-Compassion: Awakening The Warrior Goddess Within, Lindsey Rae Thompson

Creative Arts Therapies Theses

The purpose of this self-study was to engage in an in-depth embodied artistic inquiry of my experience of self-compassion. My research questions were: How can self-compassion support my work as a dance/movement therapist? How does my body inform and communicate my experience of self-compassion? How do I experience self-compassion? Data was collected through video recorded dance/movement and creative journaling, by responding to moments of suffering with self-compassion. Data was analyzed concurrently through dialogue transcript and was further analyzed at the end of data collection using creative synthesis. 87 pages.


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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.


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.


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 ...


Moving Together: Reintegrating The Body/Mind Connection Through Dance/Movement Therapy With All Operation Enduring Freedom And Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans, Taylor A. Deysher 2017 Sarah Lawrence College

Moving Together: Reintegrating The Body/Mind Connection Through Dance/Movement Therapy With All Operation Enduring Freedom And Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans, Taylor A. Deysher

Dance/Movement Therapy Theses

This thesis discusses the unique experience of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the longest running military conflicts in United States history. Specifically, it explores how the focus on a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) leaves many veterans without treatment, despite the presence of significant symptoms resulting from extended and repeated deployment in these war zones. An understanding of the impact of trauma on the body and the lack of integration of the body in traditional treatment leads to a discussion of how dance/movement therapy may provide a more comprehensive treatment model for this population ...


Accepting Mortality: Using Dance/Movement Therapy In Nursing Home Care, Wesley Johnson-Klein 2017 Sarah Lawrence College

Accepting Mortality: Using Dance/Movement Therapy In Nursing Home Care, Wesley Johnson-Klein

Dance/Movement Therapy Theses

As the elderly population continues to grow, there is new importance put on changing perceptions of the aging process. Long-term care in the form of nursing homes are seeing a shift in life expectancy as elderly individuals are living well into their eighties and nighties. This brings to light a lot of difficulties for the aging population who are experiencing major physical and cognitive declines. This also shows gaps in nursing home care when looking at the needs of elderly individuals who are facing their mortality. The medicalization of long-term care has put an emphasis on prolonging life, but is ...


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