ARBN 633105736

Michelle Royal

Michelle Royal – Bio


B.Ed (Rusden); GDMD (University of Melbourne); Post.Grad Prof Stud Ed (Melbourne); DipDMT (IDTIA); Cert CrD (Mangala). Specialist expertise: Transitional stages: Movement-based therapeutic interventions to advance coping skills and strategies for surviving adolescence, VCE, pregnancy and motherhood, unemployment or career transitions, cultural dislocation. Michelle has significant experience as a dance movement therapist in clinical, educational and community settings. In this capacity, she has facilitated a diversity of programs for organisations that include: The Austin Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Centre, The Melbourne Clinic, Aboriginal Co-operative Ballarat, City of Ballarat, City of Port Phillip, and a number of private and government schools.


How does the therapist effectively reach, engage and affirm Gen Y?

Edition: Dance Therapy Collections 3

dance movement therapy, Generation Y, adolescent, ve-part session

Page #: 172

This paper defines Generation Y and presents some ideas to help the therapist use dance, movement, drama and expressive arts in a methodology relevant to this population’s needs, values and expectations. While the characteristics of this generation are currently emerging and changing in response to their rapidly changing familial, social and global environments, a number of key traits stand out. This article introduces dmt work with two Generation Y populations, young mothers and their infants, and adolescents. Within the framework of a five-part dance movement therapy session, the components that, from my own experience, have effectively supported my endeavours to reach, engage and af rm Generation Y are summarised.


Professional Development Reflections. Becoming Human – workshops run by Penelope Best

Edition: 2014 Vol. 12 Nos. 1-2

February 14-16th 2014 at Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne.

Presenter: Penelope Best.

Reflections: Michelle Royal, Sally Denning, Judith Adcock, Virginia Woods (pp 55-61)

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So, What Is This Thing Called Dance-Movement Therapy?

Edition: 2006 Vol. 5 No. 1

Professional definition, Industrial relations, psychodynamic, Psychomotor Therapy, psychotherapeutic, authentic dance

Michelle discusses the mis-perceptions of dance-movement therapy by opening with an incorrect definition of the profession published by The Centre of Mental Health Research in 2001. Unpacking the misunderstandings and challenges with language to define the profession, the author refers to various attempts to explain and define dance-movement therapy, including interconnections with psychology and psychotherapy. The author weaves in her own embodied personal and professional journey as a DMT to re-write a new professional definition, drawn from a collection of truths, whilst intending that it will also be ‘consciously evolving’. (pp 9-12)

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Professional Issues – Marketing and Promotion: Entrepreneurial Michelle Royal

Edition: 2009 Vol. 8 Nos. 3-4

professional development, advocacy, education, awareness, Medicare Levy

Michelle shares her challenges applying for positions to work as a DMT and raises the issues for professional understanding and inclusion of the profession. Moving On Editors note: “We feel that Michelle, in her situation, has turned a negative into a positive. She didn’t let the response daunt her but came out fighting to promote DMT.” (p.67)

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Reflections of Moment to Moment Creative Change – Penny Best workshops in Melbourne

Edition: 2004 Vol. 3 No. 1

play, supervision, therapeutic relationships, three dimensional relating

This is an excerpt from the content:

…“Moment to Moment Creative Change’, was a five day event organised by the DTAA and presented by Penny Best. It was a combination of ‘Three dimensional relating’ and ‘Relational Creative Processes Model of Supervision’. The first reflection provides a sense of the overall, highlighting the importance of ‘play’ emphasised by Penny, whilst the other reflections relate more specifically to the content of particular sessions or days.” (pp 20-24)

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