The programme  of  the First EADMT  Conference "Resilience  within the Changing World is  complete.  We  are glad  to announce our  Keynote lecture  and   three key presentations,  13 paper prsentations,  13  workshops,   ten poster presentations  and  two film presentations.  

The  descriptions of presentations  and  workshops    and  presenters bio's  you  can  find in the Programme Brochure which you  can download HERE 

Keynote Speaker:

Helen Payne: Professor, PhD; RDMP; UKCP accredited psychotherapist; first Fellow of ADMP UK as pioneer of DMP in the UK; founder member of the association, leader of first post graduate accredited training, and extensive research activity and publications - most recently the Founding Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, published by Taylor & Francis. She has worked intensively with children with learning/behavioural difficulties/ASD/offenders, conducts research, supervises PhDs and teaches, presents, examines internationally. Trained in Dance; Laban Movement Analysis; Person-Centered Psychotherapy and Group Analysis, Helen offers clinical supervision and her own form of Authentic Movement with groups and individuals privately. In 2007 she was conferred as a UK academic ‘Professor in Psychotherapy’ at the University of Hertfordshire. As one of the Directors of a new University spin-out company ‘Pathways2Wellbeing’ she trains facilitators in, and delivers, The BodyMind Approach (TBMA)™ to patients with persistent, physical symptoms which have no medical explanation.

Patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms in the changing UK National Health Service: Nurturing Resilience through The BodyMind Approach

The UK National Health Service (NHS) is the envy of the world, yet in these times of austerity our world is a changing ecosphere. Drastic NHS budgetary freezing in real terms have resulted in the need for long-term cost/resource savings and underspending. Patients in UK primary care with medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) (around 50% of each GP list) have disabling conditions and are extremely high health-seekers, frequently visiting GPs and using expensive tests and scans totalling over £3 billion. A solution for this worldwide problem which supports patients and conserves resources is urgently needed.

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Key presenters :

Iris Bräuninger: PhD, MA, researcher at the Department for Research and Development, University Hospital of Psychiatry in Zurich, Switzerland, supervisor and private practitioner. Iris was a post-doctoral researcher at the Stress and Resilience Research Team, University of Deusto Bilbao, Spain. She is a teacher and a Master thesis tutor at the DMT Masters Programme, Autonomous University Barcelona and teaches internationally in DMT, research, KMP and application of DMT. She is a registered supervisor with German (BTD) and Spanish (ADMTE) Association, registered Dance Therapist (DTR) with ADTA,  KMP Notator and holds the European Certificate for Psychotherapy (ECP). Her research focuses on resilience, improvement of quality of life, stress coping strategies through DMT, intercultural competence, KMP, and development of movement assessment tools. She has published extensively on DMT, quality of life, resilience, stress and movement assessments.

Resilience through dance movement therapy: A multidimensional perspective

This presentation explores the concept of resilience as it relates to relevant research applicable to DMT practice. The wide range of definitions, influenced by the early days of resilience studies, agrees on two elements relevant to resilience, namely adversity as in exposure to significant amounts of risk, and successful adaptation and competence (Crawford, Wright, & Masten, 2005; Pooley, & Cohen, 2010, Ungar, 2005; 2008). According to Ungar (2008) “(...) resilience is both the capacity of individuals to navigate their way to health-sustaining resources (…), and a condition of the individual family, community and culture to provide these health resources and experiences in culturally meaningful ways” (p. 225). Thus, resilience can arise within an individual and cultural context and can be understood as a multidimensional construct (Pooley & Cohen, 2010, p. 31).

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 Rosemarie Samaritter: is a licensed senior DMT, psychomotor therapist and supervisor.  Her work is rooted in her studies in Dalcroze Rhythmics, Modern Dance, Dance Movement Therapy, Integrative Movement Therapy and Short Term Experiential Dynamic Therapy. Since 1987 she has been working in outpatient settings in Dutch National Health Services and in private practice with children, adolescents and adults. She is specialized in DMT intervention in personality disorders, post-trauma treatment (war survivors and sexual trauma) and psychopathology of disturbed sense of self (e.g. attachment trauma, autism).  Rosemarie has been involved in the development of the first professional DMT programs in the Netherlands.  She has been teaching DMT theory in methods in various DMT programs in the Netherlands, Finland and Germany. She has been involved in the development of guidelines for mental health services for the Dutch National Health Services.

Resilience as shared practice. Building resilience through DMT 

The presenter will address the relevance of Dance Movement Therapy to promote resilience as lived practice throughout the lifespan. Building resilience is often described as one of the core themes in DMT. Luthar et al (2000) define resilience as dynamic process of adaptation to serious threat or adversity. For the clinical contexts of DMT, therapists refer to resilience as a dynamic process of the human system’s resources to adjust to the challenges of a changing environment and to recover from stagnation (Meekums, 2008; Devereux, 2008). 

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Hilda WengrowerPh.D., DMT. M.A. in counselling. Teaches and lectures regularly in Israel (Academic College for Society and Arts), in Spain (UBU) and other countries. Private practitioner and supervisor. Wengrower has published papers and chapters in different languages on subjects related to arts therapies in educational settings, DMT with children with behavioral disorders, migration, qualitative research, arts based research and DMT. She is an active member of the Israeli Association of Creative Arts Therapies promoting and organizing conferences and activities and was founder and academic director of the DMT master’s program at the University of Barcelona. She is book reviews editor of the International Journal Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy. Coedited with Sharon Chaiklin the book The Art and Science of Dance Movement Therapy, Life is Dance, which has been published in Spanish and English and is being translated into other languages.

Resilience within a changing world: changing our identity and practice?

Although it has been researched for decades, resilience is not commonly used as a construct in DMT.  The following points will be addressed:

  • An introduction to clarify the meanings, characteristics and uniqueness of resilience as a construct.
  • Similarities and differences with related concepts.
  • The possibilities it brings for innovation on DMT’s areas of practice. 
  • How DMT can contribute to foster resilience in individuals, families and communities

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