Drawing on new paradigms and evidence-based discoveries in neuroscience, narrative psychology, and creativity theory, this text explores the beneficial role of expressive arts within a recovery perspective. A framework of practice principles for the visual arts, creative writing, music, drama, dance, and digital storytelling is addressed across a number of settings and populations, providing readers with an accessible overview of techniques taught in counseling programs in the U.S. and abroad.

A Dance/Movement Therapy Recovery Model Engagement in Stages of Change

A Dance/Movement Therapy Recovery Model: Engagement in Stages of Change
Anne Margrethe MelsomJill Comins

Introduction: Dance/Movement Therapy in Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care

Dance/movement therapy (DMT), a process-oriented form of psychotherapy, is a whole-person approach to health care (Serlin, 1993) offered in many acute care hospitals and residential facilities that adopt a multidisciplinary treatment approach. The use of dance/movement to promote engagement provides a vehicle for stabilization of symptoms and mobilization of the person(s) in preparation for change. The authors both work and direct programming in behavioral health services and have extensive experience providing the Chacian DMT approach to persons receiving treatment within recovery-oriented systems of care. Marian Chace, a pioneer of DMT in the United States, emphasized ...

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