The Well-being of Students in Dance Therapy Master’s Programs

Reviewed By: Open Floor International Library

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Recommended Reading Program: Therapy In Motion, Teachers Training

Author: Hilda Wengrower

Language availability: English


This inquiry looks at the impact that studies in Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) at university level have on the wellbeing of those students, according to their teachers’ perception. The answers received from an international survey suggest that there might be differences between how DMT trainers evaluate the impact on these students’ wellbeing and the appreciation of their peers who teach students in other helping professions (social work, psychology, medicine, counselling). These differences might be attributed to the following factors: First, the positive effect of dance itself on well-being and on stress reduction may play a unique and buffering role on the challenges students face in their specific training. Second, students as well as trainers might have some distinctive personality characteristics which make them prone to experiential/embodied teaching/learning.

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