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date: 17 June 2019

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This inquiry looks at the impact that studies in dance movement therapy (DMT) at university level have on the wellbeing of students, according to their teachers’ perception. The answers received from an international survey suggest that there might be differences between how DMT trainers evaluate the impact on these students’ wellbeing and the appreciation of their peers who teach students in other helping professions (social work, psychology, medicine, and counselling). These differences might be attributed to the following factors. First, the positive effect of dance itself on wellbeing and on stress reduction may play a unique and buffering role on the challenges that students face in their specific training; and second, students as well as trainers might have some distinctive personality characteristics which make them prone to experiential/embodied teaching/learning.

Keywords: experiential/embodied learning, trainee therapists, student therapists, dance and movement, stress, personality characteristics, trainers, trainees

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