Group Processes in Dance/Movement Therapy (3 credits)

This theoretical, experiential course is an introduction to group dynamics in Dance/Movement Therapy and fulfills the 3 required credits for Theory and Practice (Group Dynamics) in the alternate route track. Group dynamics and the phases of group process are presented, discussed and practiced through the lens of DMT, historically and currently and in a variety of contexts: healthcare, public health (prevention) and wellness; psychosocial, and diverse clinical and cultural settings. The course explores the role and purpose of DMT-based group therapy; non-verbal and verbal communication and meaning-making in group process; the roles and responsibilities of the group leader(s); the art of facilitation; the stages of group therapy (Initiation, Transition, Working, Closure) and integrating systems theories into the phases; promoting safety and connection through group; working with boundaries, conflict and challenging group dynamics; specific DMT methods for special topic/specific populations; multicultural and diversity issues. Each of the described topics is considered through group theory an, psychological, DMT and family systems perspectives. Each topic consists of a theoretical presentation (i.e. slides or handouts) and/or discussion, as well as an experiential component.

Facilitators embody the art and practice of best practice DMT Group Therapy leadership and facilitation, including ethics in-group process, by facilitating the experiential processes as teachers/group facilitators. Movement and body based interventions are practiced through experiential work and form the heart of discussion and dialogue throughout the course, and as a means to embody the stages of DMT as group therapy and process.