Profession dance therapist

Dance therapists support individuals with their emotional, mental or physical health problems helping them to improve their body awareness, self-esteem, social integration and personal development through dance and movement patterns within a therapeutic environment.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Investigative
  • Investigative / Social

Knowledge

  • Dance therapy

    The implementation of dance in a therapeutic treatment in order to improve the self-esteem and body image of the patient.

  • Link between dance and music style

    The relation of a practiced dance style with music structure and musicians.

  • Psychological theories

    The historical development of counselling and psychological theories, as well as the perspectives, applications, and interviewing and counselling strategies.

Skills

  • Maintain healthcare user data confidentiality

    Comply with and maintain the confidentiality of healthcare users` illness and treatment information.

  • Assess the patient's therapeutic needs

    Observe and assess the patient`s behaviour, attitudes and emotions in order to understand if and how their therapeutic needs can be met with a specific kind of therapy, collecting and analysing information on how the client makes, responds to, and relates to artistic stimulae. Relate this information to other aspects of the patient`s life.

  • Inspire enthusiasm for dance

    Encourage and enable people, especially children, to become involved in dance and to understand and appreciate it, either privately or in public contexts.

  • Develop creative ideas

    Developing new artistic concepts and creative ideas.

  • Have emotional intelligence

    Recognize ones own and other people`s emotions, distinguish correctly between them and observing how they can influence one`s environment and social interaction and what can be done about it.

  • Observe healthcare users

    Observe healthcare users and record significant conditions and reactions to drugs, treatments, and significant incidents, notifying a supervisor or physician when required.

  • Harmonise body movements

    Harmonise body movements in accordance to rhythm and melody, aestetic or dramatic concept, dramatic pace, etc.

  • Develop a collaborative therapeutic relationship

    Develop a mutually collaborative therapeutic relationship during treatment, fostering and gaining healthcare users' trust and cooperation.

  • Provide health education

    Provide evidence based strategies to promote healthy living, disease prevention and management.

  • Write work-related reports

    Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.

  • Dance

    Perform in artistic productions of differents disciplines such as classical ballet, modern dance, contemporary dance, early dance, ethnic dance, folk dance, acrobatic dances and street dance.

  • Listen actively

    Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.

Optional knowledge and skills

perform musical improvisations in therapy apply risk management in sports comply with legislation related to health care autism eating disorders work with healthcare users' social network psychology evaluation of psychological performance respond to changing situations in health care contribute to continuity of health care psychotherapy principles ensure safety of healthcare users empathise with the healthcare user plan choreographic improvisation handle patient trauma diagnose mental disorders apply organisational techniques use communication techniques human physiology