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2004 Vol. 3 No. 2

Being in the Body: Finding reconnection after 9/11

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Critical Incident Stress Reactions, restorative therapy, 9/11, trauma

Specific to the events post 9/11, this article extends discussion about healing trauma to the larger field of trauma psychotherapy and is additional to much literature positioning trauma memory within the body. Concerned with embodied approaches to Critical Incident Stress Reactions (CISR) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), illustrative vignettes were compiled from a therapeutic program for 9/11 victims. Elaboration in further case studies explored individual differences in PTSD; conditions in which children presented with the effects of prolonged fear and adults with immune disorders, depression and substance abuse. Hence specific therapeutic aims and methodologies were implemented that produced a gradual return to appropriate functioning through the restorative practice of movement therapy. The number of cases in this article incomparably addresses treatment for large scale pathologies and community oriented healing. (pp 2 – 11)

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The Context of Dance and Dance Movement Therapy in Brazil

Dance history, professional development, Movement Psychotherapy, post graduate training, autism spectrum

The place of dance in Brazilian culture from early times to it’s present divergent therapeutic practices, introduces the challenges that prevent dance movement therapy from being fully validated and accepted as a psychotherapeutic intervention. Discussion of the processed required for professional development includes the shift of realisation of the benefits of dance and publication of articles that introduce DMT to the public. The efforts the author is going to in order to cope with the challenges, includes using new terminology and offering training at post graduate levels. (pp 12-13)

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The Dance that connects Feldenkrais with Dance Therapy

Feldenkrais method, Awareness Through Movement, Functional Integration, professional development

The purpose of this article of personal discovery through learning the Feldenkrais method is to introduce Awareness Through Movement (ATM) and Functional Integration (FI) to those unfamiliar with the techniques. Guided by the author’s integration with ATM and FI, the experience of reading the dance practitioner’s active reflection moves beyond an evaluation of the practice to an informative journey that conversationally explains Feldenkrais within the joy of discovery and learning. (pp 14-16)

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Dance – Ideokinesis and Alexander Technique Conversation with Shona Innes

dance performance, private practice, contact improvisation, spontaneous composition, aged care, rehabilitation

This is an edited version of the interview which appeared in Writings on Dance #22, Inheriting Ideokinesis, Summer 2003/04 p 49 – 56. It can be purchased through Dancehouse or from Writings on Dance, at PO Box 106, Malvern, Vic. 3144 or email to

Shona is interviewed by Elizabeth Dempster, exploring her unfolding professional journey across working therapeutically with elderly people in a rehabilitative setting, teaching movement in a university based performance studies program, focussing on movement and her private practice. (pp 16-20)

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Energy and Expression: Tracing the influence of Wilhelm Reich in the development of a dance therapist

bioenergetics, somatic therapy, psychoanalysis, Character analysis, Orgonomy, Reichian therapy,

This brief overview of of Wilhelm Reich (1897 – 1957) touches on his contributions to the fields of dance movement therapy, psychotherapy and somatic therapies. He was a primary pioneer in the field of body based psychotherapy. He intended to link scientific, theoretical and therapeutic work to the wider social, political and cultural context he was located within, with his work ranging through medicine, psychiatry, biology, physics, sociology and education. The inclusion of how his work has been integrated within the author’s practice concludes this article. (p. 21)

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Colloquium Brochure: Abstracts -1st International Research Colloquium Dance/Movement Therapy, February 2004, Hannover, Germany

DMT research, randomised control trial, comparative studies, clinical studies, clinical interventions, Movement Analysis, research methodologies

This brochure summarises 20 Research Presentations given by DMTs at the 1st International Colloquium in Dance Movement Therapy. Each presentation described includes a bio of the presenter, a brief description of the research, showcasing the innovative, creative and high standard of research that is being developed and conducted in a broad spectrum of settings. The complete publication – Colloquium Brochure – is available from the DTAA library and it can be purchased from the German Dance Therapy Association – details at the end of the article. (pp 22-33)

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