Dance: Mind and Matter
A gem of a movie, “Silver Linings Playbook” is bringing the issue of mental health,and how we treat it, once again out of the recesses and into the forefront of American psyches. It not so subtly suggests that focused physical activity, in this case dance, should be a part of any therapy plan for a variety of mental health syndromes, in this case bipolar disorder. The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) defines dance therapy as “the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual.” As with other expressive therapies, dance enables an individual to express or confront their conscious/subconscious feelings and thoughts. But dance is mind-body centric, involving a physicality that increases endorphins, improves focus, reduces stress levels, and enhances general well-being, perhaps more than alternative strategies.
Are you are a PT or OT with a passion for dance? Then you might want to explore an advanced degree in Dance/movement Therapy. The Bureau of Labor Statistic estimates that Certified Dance Therapists will increase in numbers 15% by the year 2018. There are currently six ADTA approved programs in the U.S. :
- Antioch University, Keene, NH
- Columbia College, Chicago, IL
- Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
- Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
- Naropa University, Boulder, CO
- Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Check out these specific institutions if you are looking for a trending career opportunity. Not yet ready for a full degree program? Centra can help you enhance your own mind body connections, simplify your job search and help you find an employer who shares your interests.