‘Respect for Other: touching and being touched’ Key note presentation at “Space for Art Therapies” 2019: 4th International Conference in Expressive Art Therapies

Frizell, Caroline. 2019. '‘Respect for Other: touching and being touched’ Key note presentation at “Space for Art Therapies” 2019: 4th International Conference in Expressive Art Therapies'. In: “Space for Art Therapies” 2019: 4th International Conference in Expressive Art Therapies. Prague, Czech Republic 28-29 June 2019. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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I took a walk at sunrise, as a glorious spring day dawned. My walk took me to an ancient hillfort. As I descended from the summit, I paused in a field, noticing a small dew-drop balanced on the tip of each blade of grass. The sun rose over the hill, transforming the bejewelled grass into a carpet of shimmering light. At moments like this, I realise that the earth is nuanced, complex and dynamic, as the future balances on the tip of the past. I am reminded that I am part of the embodied becoming of the earth and, at the same time, the earth is part of my becoming. This becoming of our world is now threatened by climate change, as an economic system based on perpetual growth is pushing us towards disaster. We need to find other ways of being in the world. This phenomenon of the interconnectedness of all things is central to my work as a dance movement psychotherapist (DMP), supervisor, teacher and researcher. In this key note presentation, I will introduce a new-materialist approach to DMP, demonstrating how it is underpinned by a deep respect for the ‘other.’, challenging binary distinctions and implicit self/other perceptions. I will draw on my recent research involving parents of learning-disabled children, sharing stories of the dawning of different ways of being in the world. I will invite you to explore with me the ways in which we can let ourselves be touched by encounters with differently-gendered, differently-abled, differently-cultured, differently-specied 'others', finding ways of becoming that are aligned with the future health of all things on the planet.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)

Keywords:

Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Ecopsychology, New-materialism, Learning Disability

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Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Unit for Psychotherapeutic Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
29 June 2019Completed

Event Location:

Prague, Czech Republic

Date range:

28-29 June 2019

Item ID:

27100

Date Deposited:

09 Oct 2019 12:17

Last Modified:

09 Oct 2019 12:23

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/27100

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