The Impact of Touch in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (Book)

A Body–Mind Centering Approach

A reflexive study of a client case in which touch-based practices were undertaken. Considering the philosophical landscape of both touch and non-touch, it explores and reflects upon the use of touch, and considers the wider context and socially imposed perceptions that would prevent touch from taking place, including social discourses. 5 b/w illus.

Category: Performing Arts


Body-Mind Centering program director and Dance Movement psychotherapist, Katy Dymoke works with children,
adults and all abilities in a reciprocal experiential process. In writing about her practice, Katy seeks to
support others to examine and grow as practitioners.

List of figures
Preface and chapter summary

Chapter 1. Introduction
1.1 Background: Touch a natural language
1.2 A 'touch revolution' in a dance–sport called contact improvisation 
1.3 The sensory and sexual differentiation of touch, co-operation and responsibility
1.4 Touch - a way of 'seeing' or a mutual place of being?
1.5 The psychotherapist becomes researcher

Chapter 2. The personal and professional quests 2.1 The sensory acuity of touch – contemplating a pathway of change

2.2 Literature on touch; the absent body - the 'touch or no-touch' debate 
2.3 The pro-touch discourse explored and explained
2.4 Relational aspects; the subjectivities of 'touching subject' - 'touched object'

2.5 Theories of consciousness
2.6 The matter of the psyche; or what matter is the psyche? Summary

Chapter 3. The research design – defining roles
3.1. A qualitative framework and mixed method approach

3.2. Defining the selves: The multiple subjectivities 
3.3. Data analysis – methods and implementation

Chapter 4. Embodied Ethics
4.1. Earning legitimacy and ethical approval
4.2. Towards an embodied ethics; a phenomenological insight
4.3. The Research Governance Framework, an intransigent construct
4.4. The ethical demise of embodied ethics
4.5. The Integrated Research Application System (IRAS)

Chapter 5. CASE STUDY SESSION 1: Transcript and data analysis
'You child angry heart?'
Amanda as participant; managing autonomy.

Chapter 6. CASE STUDY SESSION 4: Transcript and data analysis
Establishing a mutual language; beyond good and bad touch
Towards introspection, an intrapersonal and transpersonal approach
Tying in the thread of integrative approaches to Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Chapter 7. CASE STUDY SESSION 6: Transcript and data analysis


Chapter 9. TOWARDS A THEORY OF RECEPTIVITY; Touching once again upon touch
Arriving at receptivity – an 'ethic of care' (Etherington 2007: 604). 
The pre-ontological space and time domain of the body

Appendix 1. Embodied Ethics continued
Part 1. The co-researcher role and the ethics of inclusive research-seduction or sensitivity, occlusion or collusion; a question of 'capacity'?
Part 2. Ethical issues in mixed methodological research
Part 3. Hope at Hand – the ethics of research and the ethics of treatment


Appendix 2. For Chapter 5, diagrams 1-4 and 5. (i) and (ii)
Appendix 3. For Chapter 6. Prehension theory diagram,
Appendix 4. For Chapter 8. Client competence, session 1 and 10
Appendix 5. Martz and Lindy, The trauma Membrane Concept (2010)
Appendix 6. Perceptual-Response Cycle 

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