When there is more than one: some considerations for managing group dance therapy

Special needs, Existential phenomenology, bracketing, description, equal valuing, authenticity, individuation

This article describes some of the theoretical as well as practical considerations around which a group-based dance therapy program has been developed within a large special developmental school (SDS) in Victoria, Australia.  Central to the discussion is the author’s belief that it is via opportunities for committed, creative exploration of ‘I-self’ that ‘we-other’ has the potential to take on most meaning. Elaboration on workshop notes are also given, as presented at the Dance Therapy Association of Australia’s (DTAA) AGM events in November 2009, Melbourne. (pp 18-21)

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