2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

CEXTH 3402 Expressive Movement and Somatic Psychology

This course explores the relationship between movement, contemplative practice, and transformation through the expressive arts. Through readings and experiential expressive arts sessions, students will learn to use the body as a therapeutic tool. Theoretical applications will draw from somatic process theory, including Body Mind Centering, Authentic Movement, Gestalt Therapy, Jungian Psychology, and Psychodrama. Experiential practice will be based around weekly arts-based and movement explorations designed to increase self-awareness, enhance self-expression, and promote personal and community transformation. Psychological applications will relate to body image, trauma recovery, grief and loss, and addiction treatment. Historical study will survey movements in dance therapy, body centered psychotherapy, and global perspectives on somatic theory.




CEXTH 2623 or permission of instructor