CIPA911 Introduction to Dance Movement Therapy and Other (3 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
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Responsible organisation:
Department of Psychology
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023


Dance Movement Therapy, as well as other Arts Therapies, has similar theoretical underpinnings as verbal psychotherapies. Creativity, however, is emphasized and surfaces in the centre of the therapeutic process. Proceeding from this, the aim of this course is twofold. First, experiential learning is emphasized and will provide an opportunity to explore and reflect on own experiences of the movement process. Second, the course includes a theoretical component that provides a brief overview of Dance Movement Therapy within the context of other Arts Therapies (i.e., Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Drama Therapy). Students can make connections between theory and their own movement experiences through the interactions with others, reading of arts therapies literature and writing movement diaries. The course is suited to students interested in exploring their own experiences through body awareness and creative movement. The number of places on the course is limited to 25 and students with prior knowledge of psychology and related fields are given priority. However, no previous dance experience is required and the course does not include physically demanding activities.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students are familiar with basic concepts and theory in Dance Movement Therapy. They understand the concept of body image and its significance in interaction and well-being. Students will improve their mindfulness skills by practicing observing and describing their sensory and emotional experiences.

Additional information

The course is offered in the summer school of human sciences.

Modes of study: Movement workshops, pair/group work, and lectures

The course will be graded based on participation and movement diary, which is graded on a scale from 1 to 5.

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Assessment is based on participation and written assignment.
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Teaching (3 cr)

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Movement workshops, pair/group work, and lectures

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