Key points for the Introduction:
- Summarize previous meetings (if applicable).
- Be well informed of your site and the clientele it serves (i.e. understand schizophrenia, dementia, etc.).
- Offer information (whether verbally, on slides, or handouts) to those present based on their experience level and site-specific individuals.
Here is where you formally introduce DMT and its benefits. You can go over history or research in the field as well. Include anything you feel would better allow staff to understand your work at their site. Remember to keep it brief. Some dance/movement therapists have found it beneficial to cite sources that help give validity to the work, others have found that they do not tend to use sources. Citing theories or literature DMT has in common with other fields, such as psychology and talk therapy, has been found useful to establish common ground with colleagues in those fields. Either way, it is suggested you reference the American Dance Therapy Association website (ADTA.org).
Here is also where you get to express why you became a dance/movement therapist and why you are passionate about it. Staff seems to really appreciate the work when you express your enthusiasm for the abundance of possibilities it offers.
You can cite any references in this portion that you think may be beneficial for your audience. Here is an outline for possible sections to include:
- Introduce (briefly) the origins of DMT.
- Discuss what DMT offers to clients in the field today. Remember that this is not a classroom full of dance/movement therapists and they are interested in how it can help them with their own clients/patients.
- Give an official definition, typically the definition on the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) website: ADTA.org.
- Describe how DMT facilitates the mind/body connection. You can give definitions of theories and/or intervention techniques. Including examples such as Laban’s dimensional and diagonal scales or Bartenieff Fundamentals and how those types of theories could work for different clients may help participants better understand where they fall into play.
- You can also describe the way that DMT can be useful across different populations and is not specific to just dancers. Here you can de-bunk the association of the word “dance” in our title.
For other examples of what to include in your Introduction, see handouts “Introduction” and “Sample PowerPoint.”