Steve Harvey

Integrating play and dance movement therapy

Edition: Dance Therapy Collections 4

Keywords: play, dance movement therapy, relationships, communication, creativity

Page #: 43

Often play and dance/movement therapy are viewed as separate ways of working with children, with play therapy using verbal metaphors that emerge from improvised play expression and dance therapy proceeding in a more physical mode. However, both play and dance have certain common therapeutic ingredients such as the experience of fun; pleasure; the element of developing relationships through emotional attunement; communication; and the facilitation of spontaneous creativity as curative factors. This paper will introduce a theoretical understanding of how these child related disciplines can be used together as well as provide several dance therapy skills related to the use of physical play in the therapy action within a variety of treatment contexts.

The Application of Attachment and Attunement to Dance Therapy

Edition: Dance Therapy Collections 3

dance therapy, dance/movement therapy, attunement, attachment, child psychology, family therapy

Page #: 158

Interventions with very young children focus on addressing and improving the relationship between the parent and child. This style of intervention is important when children have experienced significant losses and other psychological trauma such as in the case of abuse and neglect. Dance therapy can contribute to such mental health work by helping to identify and change the nonverbal communication, especially during physically oriented joint play with parent-child dyads. This style of intervention draws on the literature from attachment and attunement. A case study is used to present these ideas in application.

Using Physical Storytelling to Investigate Youth Suicide in New Zealand

Edition: 2014 Vol. 12 Nos. 1-2

youth suicide, dance improvisation, physical storytelling, arts-based inquiry, qualitative approach, metaphors

This article explores how an arts-based approach involving Physical Storytelling has been used by researchers in New Zealand as an intervention within the area of youth suicide. Harvey, Ndengeya and Kelly introduce the concepts behind Physical Storytelling and discuss how imagery, metaphor, improvisation and dance lead to creative connections which helps cultivate a safe space for strong emotions to be explored. The authors provide case studies to highlight how Physical Storytelling provides a framework for investigating themes arising out of the work such as Journey, Tragedy and Fairytale. Dramatic themes, often difficult to put into words, were identified by the authors as being important responses which were physically embodied through improvisation. This article gently explores the extreme vulnerability of suicidality and calls for professionals to enter into the “communicative aspect” of crisis intervention which involves moving beyond a mental health perspective. (pp. 2-10)