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  • 01 Oct 2009 2:31 PM
    Message # 225322
    Post professional practice issues, questions, and musings here!
    Last modified: 01 Oct 2009 2:31 PM | Robyn Flaum Cruz
  • 08 Mar 2013 1:33 PM
    Reply # 1237900 on 225322

    It's been a long time since I worked with adolescents but I will share my experience as a fledgling DMT in the 80's.  I worked as a 'consultant' in an inpatient adolescent unit. Began by working with co-ed groups and really struggled.  After a few months of work and supervision I realized I needed to have separate groups for girls and boys. This was so successful.  The girls were immediately engaged in body awareness and dancing; the boys loved more active play-oriented directives but were also able to explore expressive movement.  Clearly the added pressure of raging hormones and body self-consciousness made it very difficult for the kids to engage freely.   The experience was very profound for me as it forced me to assess my own boundaries and needs very carefully and to advocate for what I believed was best clinical practice in that setting.

    Carolyn Johnson
  • 09 Mar 2013 11:43 AM
    Reply # 1238494 on 225322
    Hello, I am doing a project for a research class
    about eating disorders.

    I am looking for objective and/or projective measurements
    that might be useful for assessing eating disorders.

    In particular,  KMP or LMA assessment tools.

    I am also looking for helpful interventions with this

    Does anyone  happen to have any guidance to offer or someone
    specific  I can contact who may have information on this?
  • 09 Mar 2013 5:58 PM
    Reply # 1238659 on 1230233
    Laurel Crawford wrote:

    Hello everyone,


    I have a question about working with adolescents in an inpatient setting in group therapy. I am currently working as a dance/movement therapist as part of a team which includes a music therapist and a rec therapist. We are discussing the benefits and drawbacks of groups being co-ed or divided by gender. Do you have any thoughts or know of any resources where I could find best practices regarding whether or not to split groups up by gender?


    Thank you!



    Laurel Crawford, R-DMT


    Dear Laurel,


    I sincerely appreciate your question and know from experience that it is a complex reality working with inpatient teens. I want to caution you in one area, although you did not specifically state it - I image that the proposed division in gender would come down to genital sex (bio males and bio females). As therapists, we need to be highly sensitive to the minority populations we serve - this is especially true for young people who may not have a fully developed identity, extensive personal ego strength or a healthy support network. As part of your discussion, please make sure to include the non-normative gender and sexual/affectional orientation minorities in your conversation. Dividing psychotherapy sessions into boys and girls might make 7 or 8 out of 10 individuals more comfortable but for the 2 or 3 LGBTQQ kids in the mix - it could be horrifying or even experienced as traumatic. I suppose this is to say, there simply are no 'easy answers'. One possible solution that comes to mind is to allow clients to self-select sessions based on the interventions being offered.


    Although I have not yet read it in full, the Joint Commission has a useful handbook for hospitals called: Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community


    Thanks and best wishes!

    Ty Tedmon-Jones, LCAT, LMHC, BC-DMT

  • 10 Mar 2013 3:11 AM
    Reply # 1238806 on 225322
    Dear Laurel and Ty,
    Thanks so much for bringing this important topic up for discussion. I would like to second Ty's comments about the delicacy of sexual/affectional identity at all life stages, and especially for adolescents who may not be clearly identified themselves about where on the gender spectrum they are.

    You don't say why dividing the group was considered, which would be helpful to know. Seems like there is an opportunity to have dialogue about what it means to be with others who are similar and different. In any case, your question opens up a wonderful opportunity to share resources! One of my former colleagues was involved with the Trevor Project for LGBTQ youth.

    Thanks, all,
  • 12 Mar 2013 7:11 PM
    Reply # 1241050 on 225322


    Lillian Weisberg, longtime dance/movement therapist from

    Cleveland, wrote me yesterday:


    “Our study group was disbanded almost a year ago. I just found this old email and thought the expression was so wonderful it could be used in some public relations way. What do you think?”

    I think “YES” and hope is that many of you may have some very special ways to use this powerful message. Please also write Lillian at to let her know the impact of this message on you as well as others you share it with


    It is difficult to be so open with people I've only just met.

    It is difficult to speak immediately after a cathartic movement experience.

    After so long, my body is filled with utter delight!

    Stretching, breathing, releasing, just BE...with ME!

    I am inspired to change my life.

    I want to love my body and my self.

    I grieve those years I've taken my body for granted.

    As the music fills my soul, my wrists ache with my body's need to MOVE MORE.

    Last modified: 12 Mar 2013 9:13 PM | Gloria J. Farrow (Administrator)
  • 14 Mar 2013 12:57 PM
    Reply # 1242672 on 225322
    Does anyone know if a qualified creative arts therapist, other then a BC-DMT, are allowed to sit for the NCE at the ADTA conference in Oct.???
  • 18 Mar 2013 10:15 PM
    Reply # 1246075 on 1242672
    Katie Lynn Mens wrote:Does anyone know if a qualified creative arts therapist, other then a BC-DMT, are allowed to sit for the NCE at the ADTA conference in Oct.???

    Dear Katie,

    Unfortunately, the answer to your question in brief, is no. Historically, no other discipline has been allowed to sit for the past ADTA-hosted NCE. The NBCC maintains stringent criteria which restrict applicant’s pathways to take the NCE. There will be more information forthcoming on this subject in the upcoming ADTA Newsletter, I encourage everyone to read it!


    Sincerely Yours,

    Ty Tedmon-Jones

    ADTA Secretary

  • 22 Mar 2013 1:58 PM
    Reply # 1249507 on 225322

    Dear Meg and Ty,


    Thank you very much for your feedback and participation in this discussion. It's always great to hear about additional resources and I look forward to passing these along to the rest of the team. Ty, you raise great questions and points about how gender groups are divided. This is a great opportunity for dialogue with the team. Meg, to answer your question of why divide, there are two concurrent groups with myself and a rec therapist and we need to have a process to determine which participants attend which group.


    I just want to say again how much I appreciate the advice, knowledge, and support that I receive here on the forum! I am so grateful to be a part of this community!


    Thank you!



  • 08 Apr 2013 6:29 PM
    Reply # 1263548 on 225322
    I cam across this wonderful blog from the head of Ballet Hispanico about what she sees in her students.. Its worth a read:
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