course »Thriving Families: Utilizing Dance Movement Therapy for System Involved Youth

Date: 6/5/2019, 9:15 am—4:45 pm
County: Alameda County
Location: Berkeley
Sponsor: A Better Way, Inc.
Phone: 510-601-0203
Youth navigating the foster system have been exposed to adverse experiences (e.g. traumas, insecure attachments) that directly impact their body sense of self, their capacity to utilize their bodies as a resource in relationship, and their ability to connect with a global felt sense of safety and ease in their bodies, all symptoms inevitably conveyed in movement. Families systems caring for these youth in care often must contend with this on some level.

In this introductory workshop to understanding how dance movement therapy is implemented, participants will examine the theoretical core principles of dance movement therapy as a healing art that is creative, expressive, and integrative. A discussion of some basic methods and principles of movement observation and intervention will be explored. Time will also be structured to allow space for considering how one might utilize dance movement therapy in specific case studies and case consultation when working with youth and families in care.

Workshop will involve movement experiences, reflective discussion, structured observations, and multi-media presentation. Participants will be encouraged to supplement their learning through movement experiences and structured observations. Clothing that is non-restrictive and comfortable in is advised.