Dance Movement Therapy in Educational Training for Intercultural Experiences

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Abstract

In my paper I present a model of "second-level training" through the story of an experience and its theoretical and methodological implications.A group of educators follows first a DMT training at University, and then it is supported and supervised in designing and planning two workshops focused on languages and artistic expression and in their evaluation. The beneficiaries of the workshops make a social work in intercultural context. They are educators for unaccompanied foreign children and intercultural mediators who are part of an association that operates in different contexts (educational, social, health, legal). The idea is to create “concentric circles”, where there is a transaction between contexts and between professionals, thanks to the mobilization of creative skills, the integration between the different parts of Self, the development of the awareness and the "presence". All this is activated by a DMT training, and by the planning and conducting of workshops on artistic and expressive languages. On the other hand, intercultural educators and mediators, through the artistic experience enhance the capacity and the skills required for a job in the field of intercultural education.The training carried out has activated in a very short time new stories and new existential perspectives where it was possible give space to the recognition of oneself and of the others in a transitional area where to meet each other, imagine and create together.In this perspective, it was relevant the “group dimension” which had, in the same time, the function of "containment" and "expansion" and that, within a relational field, allowed the emergence of the trust, essential for the expression of creative potentialities of each one, enriched by the contribution of all.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteCultural Landscapes in the Arts Therapies
Pagine187-205
Numero di pagine19
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2017

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