4. Case Studies
Key points for Case Studies:
- Make sure that you can describe a client/patient who the audience can relate their work to.
- Use a case study which is directly relevant to the population and site you are presenting to.
Here is where your audience may really become intrigued by your work. What we do as dance/movement therapists truly offers something different to clientele. You have the opportunity to describe how DMT has impacted someone’s life. Once again, keep in mind that the audience is here to learn how they can better understand and improve their clients’/patients’ lives. You may choose to speak about an individual who you have worked with in your own practice if this suits the needs of the audience. First-hand accounts are beneficial because you can clarify specifics of the particular case study since they were someone you worked with directly. If you do not have experience with clients from the site-specific population, you can cite a published work that demonstrates DMT interventions and how it impacted an individual’s life. Studies are shown to be best when theory based (Cruz & Berrol, 2012). Combining personal anecdotes with published case studies will be most effective.
It is important to go over the client in detail and their presenting problems so the audience will have a good idea of who the client is. One of the most important pieces to note is how DMT has offered a new perspective on how the body can re-educate the mind. Explaining ideas that dance/movement therapists work with, for example mirror neurons or the importance of creating new neural pathways, seems to make an impact on staff and helps them to understand how movement can create a lasting impact. These ideas with supporting literature and case studies are most effective.