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By Vassiliki (Vicky) Karkou, PhD MEd PgDip(DMT) BEd Sc(Hons), and Patricia Sanderson, PhD MA AdvDipEd(Dist) (Auth.)

ISBN-10: 0443072566

ISBN-13: 9780443072567

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In the 1989 description of the field, the therapeutic relationship is not acknowledged. It is the engagement in expressive dance and movement that is important. Several ‘movement-related’ principles are also mentioned such as the motion–emotion connection, the increased range of movement having a positive impact on the clients’ personality balance, spontaneity and adaptability, and the benefits that movement experiences bring to the clients’ inner world, personal symbolism and relationships. Although the therapist is regarded as offering a ‘holding environment’ for the expression and exploration of feelings, the major emphasis of the process and the main agent for therapeutic change remains the engagement with the movement/dance.

However, our study revealed (Karkou & Sanderson 1997), that for the vast majority of arts therapists, their specific artistic interests are not reflected in an arts therapies session; the client’s artistic interests are much more important. Furthermore, therapy training becomes an important characteristic of the arts therapies field and is acquired in addition to relevant artistic skills. Arguments for the need for therapy training stem primarily from the belief that the arts can have a strong impact upon the individual and as such, if not appropriately used, can be dangerous.

3). 1). For example, there are differences between older and current definitions in the emphasis placed upon the therapeutic relationship. In the 1989 description of the field, the therapeutic relationship is not acknowledged. It is the engagement in expressive dance and movement that is important. Several ‘movement-related’ principles are also mentioned such as the motion–emotion connection, the increased range of movement having a positive impact on the clients’ personality balance, spontaneity and adaptability, and the benefits that movement experiences bring to the clients’ inner world, personal symbolism and relationships.

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