Jan McConnell

Dance Movement Therapy and the Older Adult Client


Edition: 2018 Vol. 15 Nos. 1-2

Jan McConnell MAAT, DTAA (professional), PNZ (Physiotherapy New Zealand), PGDip Health Science (Expressive Therapies), is an Arts Therapist, Dance Movement Therapist and Physiotherapist based in Northland New Zealand. She holds a Masters of Arts Therapy specializing in integrative dance therapy. Areas of expertise include the fields of child development, disability, low vision, and care of the elderly/dementia/palliative care. Jan shares the role of DTAA representative for the New Zealand/Aotearoa chapter and is developing her practice integrating a Te Ao Maori worldview. She is interested in the development of dance movement therapy through an allied health lens and is involved with several projects in partnership with the Northland DHB, NZ Blind Foundation and TBI Healthcare providing dance movement therapy in multi-disciplinary settings. She continues her studies exploring the dance between arts, culture and health and the development of the dance therapy profession within this.

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