John Toumbourou

How can dance-movement therapists describe and measure outcomes of their practice?


Edition: Dance Therapy Collections 3

Keywords
dance movement therapy, evaluation, formative evaluation, program logicLogged-in members can download this article: PDF format

Page #: 66

Occasionally we all need to ask ourselves the all important question – does my work make any difference? In health and human services we ask ourselves whether we are contributing to improvements in health and wellbeing. The field of evaluation attempts to answer questions of this type. In this paper I use my experience as an evaluator of health and social services to provide practical ideas as to how dance-movement therapists can undertake successful evaluations in order for the positive contribution of their eld to be further developed. The relationship between the evaluator and the therapist is an important but often neglected aspect of evaluation. Where the therapist can build a relationship with an evaluator based on communication and respect, a fertile ground can be established for producing interesting and informative evaluation studies.

 

Dance movement therapy in Australia: a survey of practitioners and practice


Edition: Dance Therapy Collections 3

Keywords
dance movement therapy, Australia, dance therapists, Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australia

Page #: 51

Authored by: Kim Dunphy, with T. Hearnes & J. Toumbourou
This article reports the results of a survey of 41 dance movement therapy practitioners in Australia. Issues for dance-movement therapy practice in Australia were investigated within the themes of practitioners; programs and clients; and philosophical and industrial concerns. Overall, it was apparent that the dance-movement therapy profession in Australia is both diverse and homogenous: therapists’ professional orientations and backgrounds, and the types of settings in which they work, are very diverse, but therapists are much more similar in their ages, gender, cultural backgrounds and geographic location. The issues raised by the variation and lack of diversity are discussed, along with possible strategies to address them.