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Woman dancing in a blur Using Movement and Dance as Therapy

This CPD workshop, available in Whitstable, is aimed at counsellors, psychotherapists and others working in helping professions.

  • A highly interactive and practical workshop.

Course Details

The health benefits of movement and dance have come under rigorous scrutiny this past decade so we have a growing body of evidence on how the elements in dance: sociability, aerobic exercise, rhythmic activity, physical touch and music, combine to bring about measurable and sustainable positive change in mood, stress levels, anxiety, depression and body image.

We also know more about the potential for catharsis particularly where dance is created, rehearsed and performed (i.e.where it is an expressive arts activity in which feelings are communicated non-verbally and witnessed by an audience).

We can articulate more precisely the difference between the way dance as a performing art form brings about therapeutic outcomes in contrast to dance movement therapy as a branch of the arts therapies.

Because of advances in neuroscience we also know that dance can stem the decline in cognitive functioning in older adults particularly where sequences of dance choreography are being fixed in somatic memory.

  • This will be a partly practical day with the focus on discovering the accessibility and power of movement and dance: absolutely no previous experience is necessary! The practical elements will be linked to current theoretical understandings.
  • The course is aimed at anybody who is curious about the power of movement and dance to improve wellbeing and mental health.
  • Pauline Gladstone-Barrett has recently retired from a long career focused on the benefits of the arts (and theatre and dance in particular) within education, criminal justice and social welfare settings. Pauline is also a member of a contemporary dance company of elders based in Kent.

Our CPD workshops are open to anyone who is interested in the subject matter, wants to develop their skills and expand their knowledge. This workshop is particularly aimed at counsellors, psychotherapists and those in helping professions who work therapeutically with others.

How to apply:

Simply sign up using the booking form on this web page - supplying the requested details and paying the applicable fee (please see the 'Fees' tab for further information and details of other ways to pay). 

Final Application Date:

The deadline for applications is 2 weeks before the start of the course. A decision will be made on whether the course will run, based on confirmed and accepted places, 2 weeks before the start date of the course. Any applications received after the 2 week deadline will only be processed at the discretion of the Programmes Lead.


What our Students Say

"Every weekend is full of practical skills to learn with the added theoretical background needed to understand it. The makeup of the group allows us to learn from each others experiences and from people with different therapeutic backgrounds. It's a great course with a supportive and excellent tutor."
Antoinette Davey - Advanced Transactional Analysis Programme

What our Students Say

“A terrific learning experience and very enjoyable. You don't need to be an academic, plenty of hands-on practice.”
Ruth Cutts - Certificate & Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling Graduate
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