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Past, Present, Future: A Program Development Project Exploring Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS) Using Experiential Education and Dance/Movement Therapy Informed Approaches

Authors
  • Campbell, Bria1
  • 1 Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, USA , Chicago (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
American Journal of Dance Therapy
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Dec 05, 2019
Volume
41
Issue
2
Pages
214–233
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10465-019-09320-8
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

This program development project integrated dance/movement therapy concepts and Dr. Joy DeGruy’s Post traumatic slave syndrome (PTSS) theory, with the goal of helping African American adolescents in Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood understand, explore and heal from PTSS. The Delphi Method was used to gather information from collaborators via individual interviews and follow up surveys. Collaborators—all experienced with African American adolescents in the Roseland neighborhood and similar neighborhoods—included one African American dance/movement therapist, one program developer, an arts and education director, and an arts education manager. Information sought from collaborators was guided by a Theory Logic Model resulting in clearly identified inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes and impacts. The resulting program, titled Healing in Motion, consists of ten modules focused on healing domains from DeGruy’s PTSS model. Each module uses DMT and creative arts approaches for addressing the healing domains. Practical strengths-based activities support healing and positive community engagement. Program adaptations, evaluation suggestions and supplemental activities beyond the current program are suggested.

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