The Dance of Interaction: Embodied Relationships in Dementia Care
Donna Newman-Bluestein and Meg Chang
Mar 9 2013 - Mar 10 2013
California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco, CA
This workshop focuses specifically on nonverbal communication skills for caregivers of people with dementia (PWD). This experiential and interactional program utilizes creative movement and dance therapy techniques to teach participants to create a psychologically safe and supportive social-emotional environment for PWD. People with language deficits may not have the ability to understand verbal language, but they do understand the nonverbal language of movement. Training methods piloted at a Memory Unit in Assisted Living will be demonstrated, and basic elements of nonverbal communication identified. Discussion and role plays will enrich applications to working or relating to people with dementia. Students, caregivers, or family members will come away equipped to communicate better and improve their relationships with people with dementia. Dance/movement therapists with significant experience working with people with dementia will have the tools to teach this training module in nonverbal communication to caregivers of PWD.
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