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Dance therapy: Source and route to holistic action in the Erziehungsbeistandschaft

Hensel, S. (1995). Dance therapy: Source and route to holistic action in the Erziehungsbeistandschaft. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance)


In this work I will be introducing an interdisciplinary holistic action concept which I have developed for a counselling setting in social work, namely the Erziehungsbeistandschaft1. Based on qualitative observation and evaluation, the concept was examined with respect to its interplay between the different methods and with respect to its effect on the development and change in the clients. Three central integration levels can be stated:

(1) Social work and psychotherapy
(2) Depth psychology and system theory
(3) Dance/movement/creative expression and verbal consultation techniques

The main point of this examination lies on the third integration level. The integration processes were completed on five reflection levels. The basis of the reflection levels are five construction elements of the processual-systemic action theory of social work from Staub-Bernasconie (1986), which are reflected in the main classification points of this work.

The analysis of the nature of creative dance functioned as a resource for a new metatheoretical access for social work and dance therapy, connecting aspects of depth psychology with the system theory.

An evaluative review of literature and research results concerning the EB, namly boundary conditions, target groups and tasks, could be significantly supplemented by the new data gained from the research conducted here.

In addition to following the action theory of Staub-Bernasconie, a discover-oriented practical research was choosen, distinguishing itself especially through a close cooperation and interaction of research and practice.

Refering to the above mentioned integration levels, new theoretical plans and positive action methods have been worked out for the EB. The application of the action concept developed was observed for a period of one year and a further 16 months and evaluated on four major levels:

1.level- 2.level-

general effects on the clients, independent of offers of dance and expression therapy description of small group work sessions of dance therapy with children and a group process with juveniles, in which the repertoire of behaviour could be extended differentiated report of the aid process of two families to prove the successful integration of the choosen methods and to present the developmental steps taken by individual family members as well as the family system Status of dance therapy in various counselling settings

The Erziehungsbeistandschaft is an ambulant child rearing aid which is established both in the public and free youth welfare services. During the further course of this work I shall abbreviate Erziehungsbeistandschaft with the letters EB. The EB is to be classified as a traditional working field of social work. As such, it is a non-therapeutic work setting which must offer help for children and young persons having development problems.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: N Fine Arts
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Performing Arts
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