Date of Award

Spring 5-20-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Counseling & Psychology


Meg H. Chang


The history of dance within the black community has served an important role while living through a racist and discriminatory society. Dance has been used to express anger, grief, and joy during hardships and moments of rejoicing from the black experience. African American people have endured years of trauma and abuse from oppressive systems. Research has been conducted to demonstrate that dance/movement therapy has been effective in treating those who have experienced a form of trauma since the trauma is stored in the body. Examining trauma symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and substance use, the research found these symptoms diminished with the use of DMT as an intervention. This literature review serves as a collection of published work addressing and providing evidence DMT as an intervention is useful for helping heal the black community who have experienced racial trauma.

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