Introduction to Somatics and Dance-Movement Therapy
Students will acquire skills to work with clients through movement interactions. Subject content follows a formerly designed framework teaching students how to work deeply using skills that integrate movement experiences and learned response into daily life.
The workshop part of the course involves participating in expressive movement experientials and in order to complete all requirements of the course students must complete additional Assessment Tasks and attend scheduled Online Learning Tutorials.
Somatic Movement Therapy works with connection of mind and body using psychotherapy, dance-movement and physical therapies for holistic healing.
In this course, you will be introduced the world of Somatics and Dance-Movement Therapy. Upon completion of this course you may continue into our full Advanced Clinical Training program. Students who have completed all introductory courses – Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis/Introduction to Developmental Movement and Introduction to Somatics and Dance-Movement Therapy have completed the equivalent to Module 1 of the Advanced Clinical Training program and may continue into subsequent units of study in the full training program.
The Model presented in this workshop is based on a psychotherapeutic process for bringing body-movement data into the foreground and providing a tool for therapists to record their movement observations of clients.
Through dance and movement students learn ways of observing, organising and intervening to work deeply and effectively with clients based on the knowledge that the body and mind are inseparable.
Often words alone are not enough for healing – the body-mind needs to be engaged. Body oriented expressive therapies can increase our ability to live a healthy, satisfying life as it is based on the premise that our bodies, minds, emotions and spirits are completely inter-related which encourages all parts of the self to heal.
Studies in Allied Health Professions and prior experience in movement or exercise
2 ½ hours
Short Course Manual – Introduction to Somatics & Dance-Movement Therapy
Additional assessment activities and attendance at online student tutorials apply
Upon successful completion, learners will earn a Government Accrediated Unit of Competency NAT11068001 Plan and facilitate Dance-Movement Therapy Sessions
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