1. Brief Intro & Overview
Key points for the Brief Introduction & Overview:
- Introduce yourself and your position in the facility.
- Summarize previous meetings (if applicable).
- Introduce the purpose of the meeting. Let them know why it is important for them to be informed about DMT. It is common that staff find interest when your work overlaps with theirs. Remind them that you are all working towards the same goal of improving clients’/patients’ lives.
- Make sure to let them know that the experientials are NOT therapy, they are meant to give a demonstration of technique.
- State clearly the learning objectives you are addressing with your presentation. (See below for the DMT In-Service Model's Learning objectives.) You can choose to add these to your PowerPoint, state them verbally, or even offer a handout to your attendees. Learning objectives are important for your audience to know what they can expect to learn from the presentation.
- Attendees will have a base understanding of current and historical DMT theories, relevance and applications.
- Attendees will acquire greater self-awareness and body-knowledge through movement experientials.
- Attendees will be able to recognize the differences between traditional talk therapies and DMT.
- Attendees will be able to recognize the differences between a dance teacher (or therapeutic dance) and DMT.
- Attendees will know where a dance/movement therapist fits into an interdisciplinary treatment team.
Eample of a Brief Introduction:
“Good morning, my name is _____________ and I am here to tell you all a little more about what I do as a dance/movement therapist here at –SITE–. My goal today is to help you better understand how my position assists clients on their road to recovery and contributes to the treatment team's efforts in that same goal. Here at –SITE– , we aim to help clients look inward to reflect on their life decisions and how they would like to become healthier. Today, we will be doing movement experientials that will demonstrate the mind/body connection and how DMT creates a safe space for a client to self-reflect as does any other psychotherapy session. Dance/movement therapists are psychotherapists first and foremost. We offer the same confidentiality and skill set as a talk-therapist, we also use the body’s knowledge to facilitate healing and change. You will see that what we are doing today is not necessarily dance although DMT sessions can incorporate dance as an intervention when it benefits the client. We will focus on the knowledge that our body has to offer and utilize this new knowledge for introspection. The experientials we will be doing are NOT therapy; however, they may illuminate thoughts and/or feelings that are sensitive. Notice these and reflect on them as new bits of information that your body has given you. ”
After this, begin your first experiential.