Dance Movement Therapy in clinical practice


Dance Movement Therapy in clinical practice through the understanding of neuroscience and somatic psychotherapy  

Presenter: Virginia Woods

In Virginia’s four decades of exploring dance movement therapy (DMT) in clinical practice in mental health, there has been an evolution in the understanding of how the brain and the nervous system function. The latest research in neuroscience highlights the value of somatic movement exploration, rhythm, dance and collective dance to influence positive change in mental health. This supports DMT being a unique offering as a treatment methodology in mental health.

This presentation and experiential will explore her discoveries in working with people recovering from trauma, severe eating disorders, anxiety and depression - with DMT, informed by neuroscience, and the principles in Hakomi and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

Learning objectives:

Increased understanding of the neuroscience which supports the effectiveness of DMT
Increased knowledge of how to apply neuroscience information in DMT practice
Increased understanding of principles of somatic psychotherapy in Hakomi and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and how they enhance DMT practice in clinical mental health settings

About the presenter

Virginia Woods has a lifelong love of dance and 40 years of training and practice in counselling and dance movement therapy. A registered Psychologist, certified Dance Movement Therapist, and Hakomi Somatic Psychotherapist, Virginia specialises in somatic movement psychotherapy and has studied neuroscience-based trauma recovery through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She works in private practice in the field of mental health and has many years’ experience running DMT and creative arts therapy groups in mental health facilities. She also offers professional development workshops and dance movement therapy groups in the community.

Member: $80
Non-member: $95
Student: N/A

This event counts towards 3 hours of category A CPD.  

For full details regarding the event and registration please go to the website.

30/10/2021 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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