Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Meg H. Chang, EdD, BC-DMT, LCAT, NCC


In this thesis, I discuss two body-based therapies and explore their theory, body movement observation, assessments, application, and qualifications within an infant population. After my research, I have a more in-depth understanding of the differences and similarities between the methods and have more comprehension around what makes dance/movement therapy unique. I discovered that dance/movement therapists can collaboratively work alongside any medical facility due to the extensive training one must go through. A dance/movement therapist can use an assortment of assessments to give a client a treatment plan designed uniquely for them and their therapeutic goals. A dance/movement therapist can hold space for an individual with trauma or undiagnosed medical illness when working with body-based therapies. A dance/movement therapist can be trained in the framework of somatic movement therapist. Furthermore, I have a better understanding of who I am, professionally.

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