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2004 Vol. 3 No. 1

Body Image and the Institution: A bodywork group in psychiatric day care

Keywords
psychiatric day care, psychiatry, body image, psychodynamic movement analysis, bodywork

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…”Dance Movement Therapy (DMT), although still not widely known in Psychiatric Day Care settings in the UK, is a growing discipline reaching for new opportunities within the National Health System (NHS). This article discusses it’s inclusion within a multi-disciplinary team in this setting. The focus is placed on the idea of a ‘potential space’ to be explored – in the interface between client and institution – where aspects of body image betray shared unconscious feelings and beliefs. Through in-depth Movement Analysis, environmental and clinical issues are examined. Although many concepts from Movement Analysis are widely utilised in this article, its scope can only offer a generic idea of their implications for psychodynamic practice.” (pp 2-12)

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Dancing the Dream: An exploration of the possibility of using dream images and dance in a therapeutic context

Keywords
dream analysis, psychoanalysis, authentic movement, psyche

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This article …“explored the idea of taking the symbols that arose in a dream into movement and considered how dance and dreams may have a therapeutic use for people interested in self reflection, exploration and personal growth.” (pp 13-15)

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Dance Movement Therapy in Switzerland: The challenges of working with dance and movement therapy & DMT and refined body image (RBI) in the treatment of whiplash-injured people

Keywords
Kestenberg Movement Profile, Dance therapy rehabilitation, Body reference, Counter reference, Refined Body Image, Swiss dance therapy

A paired paper from two practitioners in Switzerland. The first discusses research ideas in dance movement therapy (DMT) exploring the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) within a large control group that grew from smaller projects that analysed homogeneity of efficacy within KMP data. The results were significant in a range of treatment situations. The second discussed DMT rehabilitation in chronic pain management, in particular the development of Refined Body Image (RBI). The RBI tool for body reference and counter-reference was applied to whiplash populations and the treatment with RBI illustrated in patient observations. This paired paper provides both exploration of empirical research and its practical applications in Switzerland. (pp 16-19)

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Reflections of Moment to Moment Creative Change – Penny Best workshops in Melbourne

Keywords
play, supervision, therapeutic relationships, three dimensional relating

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…“Moment to Moment Creative Change’, was a five day event organised by the DTAA and presented by Penny Best. It was a combination of ‘Three dimensional relating’ and ‘Relational Creative Processes Model of Supervision’. The first reflection provides a sense of the overall, highlighting the importance of ‘play’ emphasised by Penny, whilst the other reflections relate more specifically to the content of particular sessions or days.” (pp 20-24)

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Study abstract: Personal Meanings and Artistic Processes: a study of multi-modal improvisation

Keywords
improvisation, experiential phenomenology, heuristics, hermeneutics, postmodern research, intersubjectivity

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This study illuminates the experience of improvisation across modes of artistic forming. It examines the perceptions of a number of artists, including the researcher, who participated over an extended period in a series of multi-modal improvisations and related artistic constructions. Experiential phenomenology, heuristics, and hermeneutics inform the research methodology. The study explores ways of describing the inner experience of artistic making in the context of individual and collaborative processes involving movement, sound, forms of writing, speech and the medium of film. (p. 27)

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Boundary Issues – Reflections on Self and Others

Keywords
boundary issues, client boundaries, object relations theory, authentic movement

This article interprets literature about boundaries, in particular a book entitled Self and Others.

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…”This book highlights the importance of the formation of boundaries as a developmental task for human beings. This developmental task is seated in Object Relation theory and is essential in the development of a sense of self. Juliette also highlights the significance of the mothers’ role in the successful completion of this task and how vital it is for us as a society to support mothers in such an important role- shaping the psyche of our future.” (pp 28-29)

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