American Journal of Dance Therapy

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 17–36 | Cite as

Healing processes in group dance therapy

  • Claire Schmais


This paper reviews the literature on curative factors in verbal group therapy and then develops a rationale for eight healing processes in group dance therapy: Synchrony, Expression, Rhythm, Vitalization, Integration, Cohesion, Education, Symbolism.

These factors are discussed in relation to individual and group development and in terms of the movement correlates of each process. Also addressed is the interrelationship of these healing processes and implications for dance therapy research.


Social Psychology Health Psychology Group Therapy Healing Process Verbal Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claire Schmais
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  1. 1.Dance/Movement Therapy ProgramHunter CollegeNew York

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