ARBN 633105736

Tracey French

Tracey French – Bio


Tracey completed her studies in Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) at Roehampton University, London in 2000 – Gabrielle Parker and Penelope Best were convenors of the Post Graduate Diploma training. She has worked in the capacity of dance movement therapist in a variety of environments: Specialist Social Services with Families and Adolescents; Youth Services for Disengaged Young People; Adolescent Psychiatric Hospital Services (inpatient and day patient) and Adult Mental Health Therapeutic Communities and Crisis Centre based in North London. She teaches at Roehampton University, in the Dance Movement Therapy MA programme and is active with the  Association of Dance Movement Therapy (ADMT-UK), and stand in role as Council member and editor of the UK-based newsletter ‘e-motion’.

Unspoken Stories: The gift of sharing a Movement Therapy space with Adolescents in a Specialist Psychiatric Unit, SE England UK

Edition: 2007 Vol. 6 No. 2

clinical team, person-centred, transference, counter-transference, themes, Chacian circle, LMA

Tracey reflects on her clinical role as a DMT within an Adolescent Psychiatric Unit, working one to one and in groups with young people experiencing severe and enduring mental health problems. Her clinical focus is to discover and offer a creative unfolding space for what she calls the “unspoken story” for each person. Supported by her role on the unit as both a trainee and then employed as DMT, with supervision and reflective negotiation with the lead charge nurse, Tracey discusses methods and interventions from her evolving practice. These include structure, safety, multi-modal inquiry and exploration of themes whilst ‘working with the delicate notion of formation of identity’ for the young people she journeys with. (pp 2-7)

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