In this volume

2007 Vol. 6 No. 1

Self-Psychology of Heinz Kohut as a Psychodynamic Framework for Dance/Movement Therapy

sense of self, pre-verbal, intersubjectivity, affect theory, infant-mother, relational

Sandra explores the concept of the Self developing from an infant to an adult, through connections with Self-psychological theory of Heinz Kohut and the infant development theorist, Daniel Stern, to expand on Personal experience or Inner Life and Interactive Intersubjective Space. Through clinical examples Sandra describes how this conceptual understanding is applied to her therapeutic work. In summary, she writes: “Through Kohut’s concept of Self as an organization of experience and consolidation of agency in the service of talents, ambitions, and ideals, I have found a non-shaming and development-supporting theory for understanding and framing clients’ needs and treatment goals. The invariant patterns of awareness identify more ‘bite-size’ aspects of the self-promoting experiences and give me landmarks upon which to focus as well as measure my interventions. Whether working verbally or non-verbally, the concept of Self guides my therapeutic work toward growth and expressive embodied personhood.” (pp 2-6)

The Form is not Separate from Content

Laban Movement Analysis, phenomenology, body/effort/space/shape (BESS framework), performance,

This paper was presented by Janet for the ‘Shape’ Panel, at the Bratislava in Movement Conference, ‘Laban in the 21st Century’, October 6, 2006 (pp 7-10).

Making our mark — an introduction to dance therapy in Australia

DMT history, mind/body, functional, aesthetic, meaning making, arts, embodied

The article came about as the result of ‘Arts Hub’ inviting the dance-movement therapy community to showcase its work. Heather undertook this task on behalf of the DTAA and wove within it some of our promotional information on dance-movement therapy. In brief she also touched on the history of dance therapy, gave an explanation including the profession’s fundamental beliefs, areas of work and whole-person approaches to therapy. The article was printed in Arts Hub on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 together with the list of books and papers available through the DTAA – mainly by Australian authors. The article is available from the Association as another resource for Australian DMT’s to use as a marketing/information giving tool. (pp 12-14)

Together… moving with our eyes closed – Co-creating the intersubjective dialogue

intersubjectivity, companioning, co-creation, research inquiry, therapeutic relationship, significant moments

In this brief article Julie reflects on her research inquiry at the Melbourne Institute for Experiential and Creative Arts Therapy stating “Fundamentally the focus of my inquiry is to develop a deeper understanding of how the therapeutic relationship is formed via the use of creative arts modalities while endeavouring to articulate the contributing factors that shape the intersubjective dialogue.” Illustrated with two co-created depictions of shared experiences with her client, the author gives a rich description of the qualities of the intersubjective space and shares her own feelings and her client’s – of being in this space together. (pp 15-16)


Review – Helen Payne’s Workshop on “Authentic Movement” I see a Mover

therapeutic process, Carl Rogers, somatisisation, impulse work, stillness, therapeutic relationship, group work

Sally gives an introduction of a 3 day workshop that she participated in, by commencing with the 10 ground rules for facilitating an Authentic Movement session. Processes of Authentic Movement and roles of ‘The Mover’ and ‘The Witness’ are described with examples from the workshop. Expressive journal reflections from the workshop are shared giving a sense of the transformative power of this experience. Rob describes her experiences of the workshop by discussing the meaningfulness of the challenges and restrictions of Authentic Movement. Rob also shares the significant shifts and differences she notices within herself post the workshop, supported by the generosity of time offered in the experientials. (pp 22-24)


Book Review: The Therapeutic Use of Games in Groupwork

Book Authors
Naomi Audette & Wendy Bunston