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The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) took strides by including the subject of touch in its most recent edition of ethical guidelines. This literature review evaluates the themes provided by the ADTA’s code of ethics, drawing on the wealth of information from psychotherapy-adjacent fields including cultural anthropology, social psychology, nursing, and neuroscience. The goal of this literature review is to consider the practical and ethical implications of touch in therapy and encourage dialog on the topic. It is every therapist’s ethical duty to self-reflect on personal views or biases around touch. The following review provides a starting point for such reflection. As social distancing and self-isolation become the norm, therapists should contemplate the effects of touch, or lack thereof, in their work.
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Sagartz, Natalie, "Considerations of the Ethical Guidelines for Touch in Dance/Movement Therapy" (2020). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 324.
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