Group Processes in Dance/Movement Therapy
45 hrs: 3 credits
This course offers experiential learning in a variety of forms of group Dance/Movement Therapy, useful across the human lifespan. This course integrates group development and facilitation theory, and engages personal reflection on our own behaviour as leaders and participants in groups.
Movement, dance and rhythm can play significant roles in positive group development and in strengthening families and communities. Nonverbal communication builds bridges, and it is the Dance Therapist’s job to effectively facilitate communication, conflict resolution, support, using both verbal and nonverbal tools.
Course participants will learn:
- To design and lead different movement therapy group formats, and receive feedback on facilitation skills.
- To identify their own leadership patterns and imprints from their own family of origin and previous experience of groups, and honour, transform and challenge those imprints so that their leadership can become adaptable, flexible and skilled as Dance/Movement Therapists.
- How to work with tricky dynamics and identify group participant needs and patterns.
- How to apply a variety of techniques and methods for optimal success in leading Dance Therapy groups.
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