Healing processes in group dance therapy

Abstract

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.

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Schmais, C. Healing processes in group dance therapy. Am J Dance Ther 8, 17–36 (1985). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02251439

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Keywords

  • Social Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Group Therapy
  • Healing Process
  • Verbal Group