PSMB009 Dance therapy

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught in person.
PhDr. Jaroslava Dosedlová, Dr. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Jaroslava Dosedlová, Dr.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jarmila Valchářová
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 16 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/16, only registered: 0/16
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
An experience-oriented course that features several currents of contemporary dance therapy as a part of body-based psychotherapy and artetherapy. It distinguishes therapeutic dance (primitive expression, symbolic dance therapy) and dance movement psychotherapy. It also refers to other forms of dance use in psychotherapy, such as Cuban psychobalet. Relativity with other body-directed psychotherapy reveals the inclusion of contact relaxation and improvisation, massage and general focus on deepening contact with the body and strengthening positive self-acceptance.
Learning outcomes
Students become acquainted with a variety approaches of dance movement therapy.
- they will test techniques based on several currents of contemporary dance therapy;
- their awareness of the basic principles, methods, goals, effective therapeutic factors and leaders of individual dance-therapeutical directions will be deapened;
- they will be able to take samples of the practical use of the techniques through a video in the study materials.
  • 1. Origin and development of the dance therapy in the USA and in Europe, dance therapy and therapeutic dance
  • 2. Group folk dances of different nations and their importance for psychic health, social function of dance
  • 3. Pprimitive expression (F. Schott-Billmann)
  • 4. Symbolic dance therapy, L. Sheleen, danced archetypes
  • 5. American dance therapy (M. Berger), dance movement therapy based on the Laban movement analysis
  • 6. Cuban psycho-ballet (D. Cruz)
  • 7. Self-concept aimed to relationship with own body, contact improvisation and relaxation
  • DOSEDLOVÁ, Jaroslava. Terapie tancem : role tance v dějinách lidstva a v současné psychoterapii. Vydání 1. Praha: Grada, 2012. 184 stran. ISBN 9788024737119. info
  • PAYNE, Helen. Kreativní pohyb a tanec ve výchově, sociální práci a klinické praxi. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 1999. 239 s. ISBN 80-7178-213-0. info
  • Zedková, I. Tanečně pohybová terapie. Teorie a praxe. UP Olomouc, 2012.
  • CHODOROW, Joan. Taneční terapie a hlubinná psychologie : imaginace v pohybu. Translated by Lucie Bednářová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Triton, 2006. 203 s. ISBN 807254554X. info
  • ČÍŽKOVÁ, Klára. Tanečně-pohybová terapie. Vyd. 1. V Praze: Triton, 2005. 119 s. ISBN 8072545477. info
  • Schott-Billmann, F.: Quand la danse guerit. La recherche en danse, Paris 1994.
  • Payne, H.: Dance Movement Therapy: theory and practice. Tavistock/Routledge 1992.
  • Cruzová, D.: Psychobalet a možnosti aplikace metody aktivního sociálního učení při práci s tělesně postiženými dětmi na Kubě. Čs. psychologie č. 1, Praha 1985.
  • Graffová, CH.: Koncentrativní pohybová terapie. Albert, Boskovice, 1999.
  • Hochgerner, M., Pokorny, V.: Koncentratívna pohybová terapia (KPT) v teórii a praxi. F, Trenčín, 2003.
Teaching methods
Education is divided into two whole-day classes. Within homework students fulfill the assigned task.
Assessment methods
The course is concluded with the colloquium. Admission conditions: active participation in the both classes, elaboration of an intended homework.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020.
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