The Personal Development Group in Dance Movement Therapy Training in Higher Education


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Aims of research

To explore the experience of a DMT personal development group with students in training at post graduate level in a higher education setting

Principal research question(s)

What is the students' lived experience of a personal development training group as part of a post graduate training in DMT in higher education?

Principal findings

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Research Supervisors
Professor Dr. Helen Simons
Client group
mature students
Nature of data collection
interviews (individual) and focus groups over three years, covering during and post training
Ethical board approving research
University of London, Institute of Education
Research design
Registered Academic Institution
University of London
Academic level of research
Related publications by members of research team
Payne, H. (2006) The lived experience of students in a dance movement therapy group: loss, physical contact and the DMT approach. In H. Payne (ed.) Dance Movement Therapy: Theory, research and practice. London and New York: Routledge.Payne, H. (1999) Personal development groups in the training of counsellors and therapists: A review of the research. The European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Health, 2, 1, 55-68.
Payne, H. (2001) A comparison between personal development groups in arts and psychotherapy training: An international survey. On line International Journal for Arts Therapies, University of Derby.
Payne, H. (2001) Students' experiences of a Dance Movement Therapy Group: The Question of Safety. The European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Health, 4, 2, 167-292.
Payne, H. (2002) Ferocious polar bears: Student perceptions of a dance movement therapy group. German Dance Therapy Journal, 1, 22, 60-77.(in German)Payne, H. (2004) Becoming a client, becoming a practitioner: Student narratives from a dance movement therapy group. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling,32, 4,512-532.