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MA - Master of Arts
Meg Chang, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT, NBCC
This paper discusses the integration of dance/movement therapy and internal family systems. I proposed the integration of these two frameworks as a way to foster individuals’ ability to develop a more solidified sense of self, purpose, and agency in their lives by using the information from the body to identify parts that may be hindering their full wellness. I implemented a three-part structure that included an internal family systems meditation, artistic processing, and movement at a day treatment program for four weeks with a group of five Caucasian women between the ages of 53 and 67. This work has taught me that the body can be used as an information source to uncover and explore parts of the self that have been blocked or ignored. Integrating these two therapeutic frameworks allows for integration of the self and a stronger mind-body connection that can allow individuals to live fully. The intervention that I have created offers a structure for future dance/movement therapists to use in their work and also supports the limited research that is available regarding the integration of these two frameworks.
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Willey, Juliana, "Moving Parts: The Integration of Dance/Movement Therapy and Internal Family Systems, An Evolving Method" (2021). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 457.
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