Singapore University of Social Sciences

Mind and Body Work in Expressive Arts Therapy (XAT507)

Synopsis

In XAT507 Mind and Body Work in Expressive Arts Therapy, students will explore how the mind and body are connected, how we can influence how we feel by working with our bodies, and how our physicality impacts on our emotions. Students will explore the theories of Neuro-linguistic Programming alongside recent research on cellular memory, and the impact of trauma on the body as well as the mind. They will explore the importance of body perceptions and body schema on how we relate to the world and other people. Through the work of Rudolf Laben, they will explore how dance and movement impacts on learning and development, and explore their own physicality through body work. They will also explore traditional Asian dance forms and martial arts that may inform their professional practice with a range of clients. Tying in with movement, they will explore the role of rhythm and music.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January

Topics

  • Exploring connections between thoughts, feelings and the body
  • Laben dance and movement theory
  • Working with trauma and understanding stress
  • Musicality, rhythm and healing
  • Body work skills and their importance in social development
  • Asian dance and movement practices
  • Speaking through the body practicum
  • Role-plays on communicating through the body
  • Assessing non-verbal behaviour
  • Neuro-linguistic Programming
  • Cultural and gender issues in working with the body
  • The role of body schema in human development changes over the life-span

Learning Outcome

  • Defend the key understanding of the importance of the body and mind working together for wellness
  • Critique the impact of dance, movement and music on well-being and how they can be used in expressive arts therapy
  • Evaluate how their own bodies experience stress and anxiety and reflect on these processes
  • Construct movement-based activities in their work
  • Select the best sorts of movement for differing client groups
  • Create an ability to work through the body and not rely on words and higher thought
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