This webinar explores the role of dance, dance therapy and the expressive arts in the psychoeducational development of students in grades K-12. A model for dance/movement therapy in the elementary school will be shared as well as highlighting three secondary school programs: Creative Dance, Creating a Peaceable School and Mentors in Violence Prevention. The primary program addresses special populations utilizing both individual and group therapy models. The secondary programs address adolescent challenges such as self-esteem, empowerment, bullying prevention, promoting gender respect and building community. Examples from these programs will be explored to illustrate how dance, dance therapy and the arts can be used to support secondary school students’ social, emotional and relational growth as they experience an embodied learning and knowing leading to a more mindful and integrated understanding of themselves and others. The theoretical models that serve as the foundation for this work will be discussed along with the results of the school-based research studies. How to bring the educators and community together in establishing and institutionalizing this model will also be shared.
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