Dance/movement therapy is defined by the American Dance Therapy Association as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of an individual. Dance/movement therapists seek to expand upon the typical movement preferences of individuals as a way of expanding their coping skills and problem-solving capabilities. Empathy, trust and respect lay the foundation for the therapeutic relationship built between therapist and patient.
Instructor Erin Gallagher, a dance/movement therapy master’s candidate and intern at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, will present a brief overview of the principles of dance/movement therapy theory and how this therapy may be woven into integrative healthcare. Participants will be invited to join in an experiential demonstration of dance/movement therapy techniques as an introduction to this modality’s unique approach to health and wellness. Time will be provided to answer questions and to discuss how demonstrating compassion towards oneself through dance and movement can enhance the self-care regimens of health care practitioners as they seek to improve the lives of individuals in the communities in which they practice.
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