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Title: Using dance/movement therapy techniques to augment the effectiveness of therapeutic holding with children
Authors: Lundy, Heather
Keywords: Dance Therapy
Issue Date: May-2002
Abstract: This study investigated the effect of incorporating dance/movement therapy techniques before and after standard physical restraint procedures for violence prevention in order to increase effectiveness of the intervention. Effectiveness in this case is defined as improved therapeutic dynamics and empathy between the participants. This study was conducted at the Terry Children's Psychiatric Center in New Castle. Delaware. Participants included children and staff involved in therapeutic holding incidents at the center. Children were asked about their experiences in therapeutic holds in order to qualitatively document their experience and inform the Workshop. Adult participants attended a four-hour Dance/Movement Therapy Training Workshop to learn to integrate Dance/Movement Therapy techniques with normal restraint procedures. Pre and Post intervention information was gathered using a mixed methodology approach; incorporating both quantitative and qualitative methods. A model of the Dance/Movement Therapy training course was developed and executed as a project. It was found that the D/MT training increased adult empathy, awareness, and confidence in the procedure. There was no increase in adult reported empathy, however there was a significant increase in the adults' ability to shift perspective.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/1100
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