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Description - An Introduction to Medical Dance/Movement Therapy by Sharon W. Goodill

Presenting dance/movement therapy (DMT) as a viable and valuable psychosocial support service for those with a medical illness, Sharon W. Goodill shows how working creatively with the mind/body connection can encourage and enhance the healing process. This book represents the first attempt to compile, synthesize, and publish the work that has been done over recent years in medical DMT. The emerging application of medical DMT is grounded within the context of established viewpoints and theories, such as arts therapies, health psychology and scientific perspectives. As well as examining its theoretical foundations, the author offers real-life examples of medical DMT working with people of different ages with different medical conditions. This comprehensive book provides a firm foundation for exploration and practice in medical DMT, including recommendations for professional preparation, research and program development. Interviews with dance/movement therapists bring fresh and exciting perspectives to the field and these and the author's testimonies point to the possible future applications of medical DMT. With an increasing number of professional dance/movement therapists working with the medically ill and their families, this is a timely and well-grounded look at an exciting new discipline. It is recommended reading for DMT students and professionals, complementary therapists, and all those with an interest in the healing potential of working innovatively with the mind and body.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781843107859
ISBN-10: 1843107856
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Sharon W. Goodill

Sharon W. Goodill is currently the Director of Dance/Movement Therapy Education in the Hahnemann Creative Arts in Therapy program at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. A seasoned educator and avid researcher, she has taught dance/movement, art and music therapy graduate students for 15 years. She has been awarded one of the first national research grants into complementary and alternative medicine to study DMT for adults with cystic fibrosis. Her current clinical focus is on cancer patients and their families.