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In search of a voice: Working with homeless men


This paper identifies and describes the homeless population of New York City. Major causes of homelessness such as economics, institutional deprivation, and low income housing are discussed. The process of establishing dance/movement therapy in two shelters is described. The initial goals delineated are: establishing trust, reducing tension, enhancing self-esteem, facilitating self-expression and creativity, and promoting group interaction and understanding among the homeless men. The importance of being able to work with large groups of 50 to 200 individuals in order to transform the environment and effect the greatest numbers is posited, and the methods are discussed. Ritual, rhythm, and the use of appropriate music, as well as the occasional use of props are cited as important factors.

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Ginzberg, J. In search of a voice: Working with homeless men. Am J Dance Ther 13, 33–48 (1991).

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  • Health Psychology
  • York City
  • Group Interaction
  • Initial Goal
  • Homeless Population