Although in-services can greatly benefit those who attend, we do not always have the luxury of the time and space it takes to offer one to our colleagues. However, there will be many other instances where we get a chance to market our work and educate colleagues outside of formal in-service settings such as a position pitch, at the nurses station, or even on a lunch break. These instances do not allow much time but dance/movement therapists have noted that they can be quite fruitful in passing.
The following are some thoughts to help you describe DMT in brief.
- Be honest but concise. Sometimes listeners will glaze over if a brief conversation turns dry. Instead of stating all the details, stick with what's important in that moment.
- If your listener(s) seem to be stuck on the "dance" part of DMT, you can do one of two things: 1.) If you feel the listener is thrown off by the term dance, take the time to de-bunk this for them. 2.) Keep the conversation focused on aspects of DMT that are more clinical.
- Simply explain that DMT is psychotherapy with an expertise in mind/body understanding and facilitation. Dance/movement therapists are trained in both equally.
- Most times, case studies are enjoyed by the listener. Consider telling them about someone who DMT has benefitted in your experience.
Example DMT elevator speeches:
(offered by panel of dance/movement therapists)
"Lets Move. Let's find our way into our bodies as a resource for feeling alive and engaged and let us be generous with our movement..." -Cassie Bull
"Dance/movement therapy is a type of therapy that uses movement to interact, engage, communicate and connect in a safe and comfortable setting regardless of language barriers, age, cultural backgrounds and races. It provides safety, trust, understanding and relationships where people can share their deepest words through movement. " -Anonymous