Places are awarded on a "first paid first serve" basis due to demand
2023 date to be confirmed
Whitelands College, University of Roehampton, Holybourne Avenue, London SW15 4JD
Our Summer School provides participants with the opportunity to experience an intensive five session experiential class, and involves direct experiential learning about the Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA Programme at the University of Roehampton.
Combining dance and movement expression within a psychotherapeutic frame, participants will be invited to experiment through a range of non-verbal and verbal expressions—movement, gesture, words, play, rhythm, storytelling and ritual. The main focus is to explore ways of linking body awareness with emotional awareness.
This day will be useful for anyone wishing to find out more about dance movement psychotherapy. It details how dance movement psychotherapists work in a variety of different settings.
It will be beneficial to those wishing to satisfy curiosity, and also enable those who may wish to consider training as a dance movement psychotherapist to reflect on their motivations and skills.
Participants will be expected to engage in experiential and improvisational movement tasks and small group discussions. Comfortable clothing should be worn for dance movement practice.
This day will provide an introduction to dance movement psychotherapy, specifically the integrative approach taught on the MA Programme at the University of Roehampton.
It is useful for anyone wishing to undertake training a subsequent career in dance movement psychotherapy and for those who would like to find out more about what is actually involved in practice. An electonic certificate of attendance will be emailed on completion of the course.
Afternoon Plenary Session
Layla Smith originally trained as a dancer and now works as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist (RDMP MA) and Supervisor, Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) and Movement Teacher (DTLLS).Read More
Currently she works in acute adult mental health in the NHS as a DMP and facilitates different DMP (Foundation and MA) workshops in higher education.
Alongside a small private practice she creates specialist individual or group Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and movement observation sessions for educational purposes, CPD and personal development.
Other DMP experience since 2006 includes: adult and child mental health, medically unexplained symptons, severe dementia, acute adult mental helath, learning disabilites, chronic depression, eating disordres and forensics.
Emily originally trained as a dancer in New York City and also completed a BA in Psychology. After several years as a professional dancer, Emily combined her two passions and trained as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist (MA, RDMP)Read More
Emily originally trained as a dancer in New York City and also completed a BA in Psychology. After several years as a professional dancer, Emily combined her two passions and trained as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist (MA, RDMP). She has worked with movement, dance and as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist across 4 countries, including setting up a time limited DMP intervention at a trafficking shelter in Nepal. Emily currently works as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist and Supervisor in private practice, as well as with organisations within the Violence Against Women and Girls sector and the NHS, with a focus on trauma and its impact. Additional DMP experience includes work with neurodiverse children and young people, learning disabilities, acute adult mental health, long-term adult mental health rehabilitation, and adults with complex emotional needs.
Dr Allison Singer is a Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, University Lecturer and Dance Anthropologist. She has worked with the creative arts in community and psychotherapeutic contexts for nearly 40 years.Read More
Dr Allison Singer is a Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, University Lecturer and Dance Anthropologist. She has worked with the creative arts in community and psychotherapeutic contexts for nearly 40 years. Her clinical experience includes work with people who experience complex trauma, anxiety and depression, eating disorders, dementia, forced displacement, learning disabilities, physical disabilities. Allison has chapters in a number of edited collections and has presented her research at national and international conferences and symposia including the United Nations, Geneva. Her research focuses on dance and healing; arts in International Development; intermodal arts approaches to psychotherapy; and Anthropology and the Arts Psychotherapies. Allison has led and consulted on Creative Arts Therapy MA programmes in the UK and is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Roehampton; and a Research Associate, University of York.