Over Memorial Day weekend local dance/movement therapists in Washington, D.C. volunteered their time and services to co-lead dance/movement therapy grief groups for children sponsored by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). TAPS, part of the Military and Veteran Caregiver Network, serves families who have experienced the loss of a loved one in the military. This Good Grief Camp, held annually, pairs young survivors with active duty military mentors and provides grief services. Over the past four years in Washington, D.C., Good Grief Camp has offered 60 minute dance/movement therapy sessions to groups of children as part of its program, thanks to the professionals who have donated their time.
Several dance/movement therapists including Nalini Prakash, Catherine Davidson and Jody Wager (pictured above) co-facilitated dance/movement therapy sessions designed to help children dance and move in honor of their loved ones who were killed in military action.
Good Grief Camps are scheduled in major cities through out the year. Dance/movement therapy has been a beneficial part of Good Grief Camp in Washington, D.C., but more dance/movement therapists are needed to ensure all campers receive dance/movement therapy as part of their experience. If you would like to volunteer time and services to TAPS visit their volunteer site.