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2005 Vol. 4 No. 3

Where you locate your body has consequences: the body as central while moving around

Keywords
non-verbal communication, therapist self-reflexivity, supervision, experiential learning, arts therapies, attuning

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The initial context for my comparing modalities was an international arts therapies conference in Luxembourg 2001 (ECArTE – European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education) entitled “Exposing Difference”. In speaking to such a title in the presence of a variety of therapeutic modalities and cultures, I was drawn to search out commonality, as a frame for exposing difference. I highlighted what I perceived to be a common baseline across the arts therapies, and most therapeutic encounters regardless of their methods, philosophies, and cultures – the inevitable presence of the therapist‟s body in relation to the client‟s body. Within this paper I present a schema which offers one way of viewing the relative positionings of the therapist‟s physical body within the triangular relationship of client, therapist, art form. (pp 2-6)

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A day in the life of a Dance Therapist

Keywords
professional development, school after care, private practice, hospitals, natural disasters, career advice

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“We saved an email response from Susan, to a query from someone unsure about their future career directions – but wanting dance to be a part of it. The email was sent to the American Dance Therapy Association’s (ADTA) list serve in 2004. The reply is quite special and reflects how many of us feel about being dance movement therapists.” Susan writes about her evolving professional journey as a DMT. The article commences with reference to her diverse publications and her research into the effectiveness of an after-school program offering DMT. Her email response touches on her challenges and being affect by Hurricanes, as well as her joy and gratitude in her chosen profession. (pp 7-8)

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A day in the life of a Dance Therapist

Keywords
private practice, professional development, DMT professional identity, DMT settings, after-school care, mental health

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“We saved an email response from Susan, to a query from someone unsure about their future career directions – but wanting dance to be a part of it. The email was sent to the American Dance Therapy Association’s (ADTA) listserve last year. The reply is quite special and reflects how many of us feel about being dance movement therapists.” (pp 7-8)

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A Journey

Keywords
LMA, dyading, witnessing, authentic movement, Mary Builth, Liljan Espenak, movement diagnostics

Andrea describes 3 movement experiences in three different settings and contexts and draws on dance theorists and movement diagnostic tests to make sense of her learning, whilst giving support to DMTs’ practices. In the first experience linking movement experiences with theoretical perspectives, supported Andrea in coming to know more about her body and her inner attitude expressed in movement. It also offered possibilities for adapting functional movement activities in DMT settings. In the second experience shared with a partner, gave further deep understanding of inner states and the potential for attuning to a patient in a similar withdrawn state through movement. The third transforming experience was drawn from a solo exploration, giving new information about how movement communicates in the space of a witnessing presence and can be deeply healing.  (pp 9-12)

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Creative Therapies Association of Aotearoa (New Zealand): Conference Report & Highlights

Keywords
creative arts therapy, mental health, well-being, expressive therapy, Voice Work, children

Connor’s article titled: “Conference report AUT Akoranga Campus, Auckland.
Theme: Travelling Light: Enabling ourselves and our clients to let go of unnecessary baggage” describes her participation in the opening ritual of the conference, the keynote address and following workshop presented by Tarquam McKenna: “Expressive Therapy – Bridges into Praxis’. Description of her attendance and embodied learning experienced from the second keynote address and attendance at a workshop on ‘Voicework and the Vocal Process’ follows, with a brief note on the closing ritual and dinner in conclusion.

Lesley’s article titled: “Personal Highlights & Aspects that held Personal Meaning from the ‘Travelling Light’ Conference of Creative Arts Therapies Association of Aotearoa, Auckland, NZ, 2005.” is an overview of all that she loved at the conference. Her attendance at two workshops on DMT and on Voice Work and the Vocal process, is outlined with descriptions from her engagement in the sessions. (pp 13-15)

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Reflections on ‘Water’

Keywords
professional development, kinetic learning, Narrative/Constructivist, symbolism, LMA, Christian Sacred Dance, Harmonics,

This article reflects on a workshop by Rosemary Blundo at the Dance Therapy Forum in Sydney.

Meredith describes her encounters in partnered and circle work using symbolism connected to water for example: seaweed, river, sea, tides, droplets and spirit level. Making sense of experiential learning is woven with theoretical perspectives, including the Natural Laws as proposed by Isaac Newton. Further explanation is offered for kinetic learning with the application of these laws with embodied connection to the pendulum and centripetal force (p.17)

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