Body, relationship, space: dance movement therapy as an intervention in embodied social work with parents and their children

Crooks, Anna, and Mensinga, Jo (2021) Body, relationship, space: dance movement therapy as an intervention in embodied social work with parents and their children. Australian Social Work, 74 (2). pp. 250-258.

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Abstract

Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) is an evidenced-based practice where the body is central. While embodiment in Social Work is emerging as an area of interest and could benefit from incorporating key DMT principles into practice, DMT could also benefit from adopting a social justice agenda. Illustrated through the lens of attachment and the parent–child relationship, themes from DMT literature position the body, relationship, and space as key areas of embodied practice. The DMT principles, when approached as an act for social justice, can potentially affect social transformation, beginning with the first relationship.

Implications

- Dance movement therapy provides social workers with an evidenced-based intervention to address attachment issues through embodied relationship.

- Embodied approaches to early intervention can positively impact relationships and communities across the life span and intergenerationally.

Item ID: 65408
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 1447-0748
Keywords: Social work, Dance Movement Therapy, Embodiment, Attachment, Parent–child, Social justice
Copyright Information: © 2021 Australian Association of Social Workers
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2021 00:08
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440901 Clinical social work practice @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440902 Counselling, wellbeing and community services @ 50%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940112 Families and Family Services @ 50%
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230107 Families and family services @ 0%
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230113 Structure, delivery and resourcing @ 50%
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