An Introduction to Medical Dance/Movement Therapy: Health Care in Motion

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Jan 15, 2005 - Psychology - 240 pages

Presenting dance/movement therapy (DMT) as a viable and valuable psychosocial support service for those with a medical illness, Sharon W. Goodill shows how working creatively with the mind/body connection can encourage and enhance the healing process. This book represents the first attempt to compile, synthesize, and publish the work that has been done over recent years in medical DMT.

The emerging application of medical DMT is grounded within the context of established viewpoints and theories, such as arts therapies, health psychology and scientific perspectives. As well as examining its theoretical foundations, the author offers real-life examples of medical DMT working with people of different ages with different medical conditions.

This comprehensive book provides a firm foundation for exploration and practice in medical DMT, including recommendations for professional preparation, research and program development. Interviews with dance/movement therapists bring fresh and exciting perspectives to the field and these and the author's testimonies point to the possible future applications of medical DMT. With an increasing number of professional dance/movement therapists working with the medically ill and their families, this is a timely and well-grounded look at an exciting new discipline. It is recommended reading for DMT students and professionals, complementary therapists, and all those with an interest in the healing potential of working innovatively with the mind and body.


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1 Introduction
2 Psychological Concepts for Medical DanceMovement Therapy
3 The Science behind Medical DanceMovement Therapy
PART II Applications of Medical DanceMovement Therapy
4 DanceMovement Therapy in General Medical Care
5 DanceMovement Therapy in Cancer Care
6 Related Applications
7 Research Issues in Medical DanceMovement Therapy
Implications for Dance Movement Therapy
9 Professional Preparation for Medical DanceMovement Therapy
Additional Resources for Medical DanceMovement Therapists
Biographies of Foreword Writer and Medical DanceMovement Therapy Interviewees
Subject Index
Author Index

PART III Research and Education

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Page 27 - Complementary and alternative medicine [CAM] . . . is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.
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Page 16 - Association (ADTA) defines dance therapy as the "Psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional and physical integration of the individual...
Page 18 - A biopsychosocial model which includes the patient as well as the illness would encompass both circumstances. The doctor's task is to account for the dysphoria and the dysfunction which lead individuals to seek medical help, adopt the sick role, and accept the status of patienthood. He must...
Page 25 - Let us call disease any primary malfunctioning in biological and psychological processes. And let us call illness the secondary psychosocial and cultural responses to disease, eg how the patient, his family, and social network react to his disease. Ideally, clinical care should treat both disease and illness. Up until several decades ago. when their ability to control sickness began to increase dramatically, physicians were interested in treating both disease and illness. At present, however, modern...

About the author (2005)

Sharon W. Goodill is currently Associate Professor and Director at the Hahnemann Creative Arts in Therapy program at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. A seasoned educator and avid researcher, she has taught dance/movement, art and music therapy graduate students for 15 years. She has been awarded one of the first national research grants into complementary and alternative medicine to study DMT for adults with cystic fibrosis. Her current clinical focus is on cancer patients and their families.

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