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Nonconforming Bodies: The Role of Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in Dance/Movement Therapy

Length: 1 hour

Webinar Description

This webinar aims to explore body ‘questions’ that emerge in DMT work with LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) clients in a community-based setting. Deeper understandings of sexuality and gender in a therapeutic context can be beneficial to any client population, helping both clients and therapists move towards de-pathologization and acceptance. The participants will be introduced to LGBTI terms, current research and case examples, which will illustrate important considerations in creating safe therapeutic spaces for nonconforming bodies.

Learning Objectives

  1. Become familiarized with current terminology pertaining to gender identity and sexual orientation
  2. Understand therapeutic issues LGBTI clients face, and particular benefits DMT can offer
  3. Broaden discussion on therapist competencies regarding gender and sexuality

Presenter Biography

Thania Acarón is a dance movement therapist, performer and choreographer from Puerto Rico, and is currently based in Scotland. She holds a Master's Degree in Dance Education from New York University and has been a dance movement therapist for ten years, with advanced credentialing in the US & UK as a lecturer and clinical supervisor. She has taught dance/movement psychotherapy in over six countries and is currently conducting doctoral research on the connection between dance and violence prevention. Thania also  teaches workshops on contemporary dance and interdisciplinary practice, arts-based peacebuilding, and the relationship between dance, health and wellbeing.



ADTA CE Hour: 1

NBCC CE Hour: 1

Course Materials

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