EADMT Conference Programme

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  • Resilience of the dance movement therapist; addressing somatic countertransference through supervision, peer group discussion and personal therapy

  • Building resilience through Dance Movement Therapy with different client groups and in various contexts

  • Relevant research applicable to Dance Movement Therapy practice

Day 1: Friday, 26 September

Venue: RSU Medical Education Technology Centre, 26a Anniņmuižas Blvd, Rīga

8:30-9:30 Registration
9:30-10:00 Opening of Conference (Conference hall)

Susan Scarth, President of EADMT

Assoc. Prof. Kristīne Mārtinsone, founder of the master programme Arts Therapy, RSU


Keynote Presentation

Patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms in the Changing UK National Health Service: Nurturing Resilience through the Body Mind Approach

Helen Payne, United Kingdom

11:15-11:45 Coffee break

Seminar: Doctoral programmes as an avenue to further research in DMT in the EU with Helen Payne (Conference hall)

Paper Presentations
20 minutes + 10 minutes questions & answers per each paper presentation

Parallel A

A1. Systematic reviews of research literature and their value for the professional survival of dance movement therapists: lessons from Cochrane Reviews on depression and dementia (Conference hall)

Vicky Karkou & Bonnie Meekums, United Kingdom

A2. Continuity and Change in Dance Therapy in Germany over a 30 year Period: Interdependencies of Theory, Practice and Career Politics (Room 136)

Marianne Eberhard-Kaechele, Germany

A3. From Buenos Aires to Rome. Resilience in the immigration process (Room 146)

Maria Elena García, Italy

Parallel B

B1. The therapeutic use of dance within the somatic health care (Conference hall)
Ina van Keulen, Netherlands

B2. Codarts, ‘Arts for Health’: Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Collaboration in Dance Movement Therapy (Room 136)

Simone Kleinlooh and Nicki Wentholt, Netherlands

B3.Dance for Therapy or Dance Therapy (Room 146)

Alexia Margariti, Greece
12:45-13:00 Break

Key Presentation (Conference hall)

Resilience as shared practice. Building resilience through Dance Movement Therapy

Rosemarie Samaritter, Netherlands
13:45-15:00 Lunch

Key Presentation (Conference hall)

Resilience through dance movement therapy: a multidimensional perspective

Iris Bräuninger, Switzerland

15:45-16:00 Break
Paper Presentations
20 minutes + 10 minutes questions & answers per each paper presentation

Parallel C

C1. A Service Evaluation of weekly dance/movement groups on three acute adult wards over a six-week period (Room 136)

Mary Coaten, United Kingdom

C2. The unknown territory – building resilience while working with the negative countertransference in Dance Movement Psychotherapy / Video presentation (Room 146)

Aleksandra Rayska, Poland

C/D/E3. Building Resilience in DMT Using ‘Ways of Seeing’: International Webinar Training in Early Childhood Development / Panel Presentation (90 minutes; Conference hall)

Suzi Tortora, Chia Chun Hu, Elizabeth Rutten-Ng, Fabiana dos Reis Marchiori, Irina Biryukova, Jennifer Whitley, Tamara Sernecs

Parallel D

D1. The quality of life does not need to drop so rapidly after the age of 65 – The impact of intensive, short-term, group Dance Movement Therapy of seniors on the cognitive and emotional functioning of its participants (Room 146)

Marek Wójs, Poland

D2/E2. Mysterium: A poetic prayer – testimonials on body/spirit coniunctio / Video (60 minutes, Room 136)

Antonella Adorisio, Italy


Parallel E

E1. The Kestenberg Movement Profile as a tool for Dance Movement Therapy / Psychotherapy treatment planning. Clinical applications of KMP of a 5-year old child diagnosed with PDD-NOS (Room 146)

Karolina Bryl, Poland


Key Presentation (Conference hall)

Resilience within a changing world: changing our identity and practice?

Hilda Wengrower, Israel/Spain 




Day 2: Saturday, 27 September

Venue: Maritim Park Hotel, 1 Slokas Street, Rīga

Parallel workshops 

Parallel A

A1. The paradox of falling: Grounding, collapse or resilience?

Penelope Best, United Kingdom

A2. Being a male Dance Therapist in a changing world

Vincenzo Puxeddu, Italy

A3. Multidisciplinary view on embodied movement

Marja Cantell & Noya Nachmany, Netherlands
10:30-11:30 Coffee break and Posters

Parallel B

B1. Amazon Journeys. Building Resilience in Palliative Care through Dance Movement Therapy interventions

Jeannette MacDonald, United Kingdom

B2. Building resilience in a group of alcohol addicted woman through Butoh Dance Method used as a tool of DMP

Alexandra Capiga-Łochowicz, Poland

B3. Embodying Kinaesthetic Empathy as an Intersubjective Phenomenon and Clinical Intervention

Marina Rova, United Kingdom
13:00-14:30 Lunch and Posters (see descriptions below)

Parallel Workshops


Parallel C

C1. Veronica Sherborne’s Developmental Movement somatic approach (SDM) working with children in special schools settings, promoting resilience: Adaptations and Applications of SDM to Dance Movement Therapy

Lesley Craigie, United Kingdom

C2. Working with the embodied mind in supervision: minding the body – a practical experience

Heidrun Panhofer, Spain

C3. Building resilience through grounding, bouncing and flow regulation. The use of swing and percussion music in Dance Movement Therapy

Teresa Bas, Spain

16:00-16:30 Coffee break and Posters

Parallel D

D1. Integrative Supervision: Strengthening the Dance / Movement Therapist in a Demanding Professional World

Imke Fiedler, Germany

D2. Traveling through sustainability & resilience in Dance Movement Therapy Research Education

Maria Raluca Popa & Simone Kleinlooh, Netherlands

D3. Dementia and the dance; on-going forays in practice, theory and research bridging DMP praxis and dementia care

Richard Coaten, United Kingdom

Closure of Conference



P1. Working with patients with eating disorders through DMT: resilience, confidence and commitment Rosa-Maria Rodríguez-Jiménez and Patricia Gracia Parra, Spain
P2. The resilient dance-movement therapist: dancing back home Elena Rovagnati, Italy
P3. Can resilience be linked with movement qualitie? Construction of effort evaluation instrument and first results with different patient groups Indra Majore-Dūšele, Anete Ziaugre, Una Reke, Astra Fogele, Evija Frolova, Ruta Marherte, Latvia
P4. Training Resilience using Contact Improvisation: play, cooperation, release, improvisation Geneviève Cron, France
P5. Resilience Body Sources. Perinatal Period Phenomena and Dance Movement Therapy: Building Resilience through Dance Movement Therapy Francesca Borghese, Italy
P6. Dance Movement Therapy and the Contemporary Childhood World. Building resilience Marina Massa and Anna Lagomaggiore, Italy

P7. The supervision process in a psychodynamic training programme in Dance Movement Therapy

Rosa Maria Govoni, Italy
P8. Resilience in the development of a serious mourning in a psychotic child Simonetta Cianca, Italy
P9. Cultural resilience of Dance Movement Therapy amid the corporeal turn of consumer culture Katalin Vermes, Hungary
P10. Let's dance; an educative/therapeutic approach for youth at risk Ina van Keulen, Netherlands