Training and development

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Current events

Tuesday 9 January 2018, ‘Arts and mental health: the similarities and differences between arts therapies and arts practices’

The Royal Society for Public Health webinar series brings this subject to all of us working in the field from dance movement psychotherapists and dance artists to community dance practitioners and arts and health workers.

Come along to this session at 1-2pm that is recognised internationally. To register for free or find out more information, visit their website.

Thursday 17-Friday 18 May 2018, ‘Creative adventures in dementia: A life more ordinary festival’

‘A life more ordinary’ is a 3 year project led by The Dukes, which aims to improve the lives of people with dementia and memory loss and their friends and families through fun creative activities and film screenings in an adapted environment. The programme currently has 13 partner venues across the UK.

The organisation offers a two day exploration of how the arts affects people with dementia. The festival invites people with dementia, family, friends, health and care professionals, artists, researchers and clinical commissioning teams to share and discover how art can understand the condition better and play a part in how we support each other through our lives.

This event will include keynote speakers, performances and workshops by artists, practitioners, researchers and extraordinary people working with dementia, in a variety of ways and settings.

Join in and book your early bird tickets until January 2018. 

General tickets will be announced soon so keep posted.

For more information on key speakers and activities visit their website or email


Past events

  • Monday 20 November 2017, Music and Dementia seminar- An expert workshop hosted by the Creative Dementia Arts Network (CDAN) at Wellcome Foundation, London. Please find more information on the website.
  • Tuesday 31 October 2017, Dancing with Dementia’- This talk and practical workshop was sponsored by the Institute for Arts and Health and The Dance Movement Therapy programme at The Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lesley University, Boston.The session provided by Dr Richard Coaten explored some of the latest thinking and practice about the importance of ‘going by way of body’ in the care and treatment of people with dementia. It looked at the role of the DMT in helping the person to remember qualities about themselves, engaging through lived body experience and increasing well being. The workshop was available for carers, medical practitioners, DMTs, psychologists, nurses, social workers, dementia care mappers, academics and others working in the field of dementia. The workshop focused on an individuals capacity to move, sing, dance, tell stories and share memories. For the therapist, the session set a challenge of how to travel with the person therapeutically, symbolically and physically.
  • Saturday 19 November 2016- This one-day workshop was for those working with, or caring for, people with dementia or Parkinson’s disease, run by Kiki Gale, Dr Jill Bunce and Dr Richard Coaten. Its purpose was to follow up on the Royal Society for Public Health Arts & Wellbeing Webinar (July 5 2016) to answer 3 key questions:1) How and why movement & dance are so important to people with dementia and Parkinson’s?2) If movement and dance do help, what might the similarities and differences be when applied in different contexts?3) Can people working in both fields learn from each other?What was missing from the webinar was for practitioner’s working in both Parkinson’s and dementia to be able to come together and explore the questions together  – especially the one on similarities and differences. All three contributors presented different aspects of their work and it was practical and interesting for anyone working in either  a beginner or experienced field.
  • 5th July 2016, Arts, Health and Wellbeing Webinar series – This webinar focussed on Movement, Dance and the Neurodegenerative Condition and was chaired by Julian C Hughes, a consultant in Old Age Psychiatry at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Professor of Philosophy of Ageing at the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS) at Newcastle University. It also included talks from Dr Richard Coaten, a dance movement psychotherapist at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Sara Houston who is the principal lecturer in dance at the University of Roehampton
  • 9th April 2016, Parkinson’s & Dance Movement Psychotherapy Workshop, University of Derby – Dr Jill Bunce has done pioneering work in this field over the years and if you are interested and anywhere near Derby University then get your skates on and book on this day. It will be well worth it. View the  Parkinsons workshop flyer for more details.
  • 4th September 2015 ICRA Conference Anglia Ruskin University – Please see attached for the programme and abstracts of the conference held in Cambridge. Sarah Williams ( a graduating student of DMP from Roehampton University) and I gave a key-note at the conference, about the importance of developing resilience in our clinical practise and how those just starting out in their careers and those more experienced can learn much from each other. The address was well received and we have plans to submit it for publication in a relevant journal. Will keep this site posted re further details of this in due course.Post the ICRA Conference and following communication with Professor Vicky Karkou and Dr Bonnie Meekums they have both very kindly agreed a joint statement to go out to the network nationally and internationally concerning their presentation at conference of:“Evidence for the value of dance movement therapy (DMT) for dementia: critical engagement with some initial findings from a Cochrane systematic review (CSR)”“So far only two studies have been found that meet the strict criteria set by Cochrane Collaboration, both of which include positive outcomes associated with the use of dance movement therapy over the control group. One criticism of the studies is the emphasis on cognitive change, rather than for example social or emotional well-being (often operationalised as behavioural change).  It is expected that further research will be needed in order to be able to make conclusive statements about the effectiveness of dance movement therapy with this population.  Since the review will be updated every two years, and as research in dance movement therapy with this client group develops, new studies are likely to be included in the future, which will increase confidence in the results.  The review, with its high impact on guidelines and policy making, offers an important starting point for the development of research in this area, and also offers the opportunity for feedback into policy guidelines.”Given the fact that as few Dance Movement Psychotherapists were in attendance that day,  it is important that our field is made aware of the significant developments going on to better understand the evidence base for work in this important field. I am grateful to my colleagues for their valuable work which is done on a voluntary basis, and I look forward to publication of the full review of their findings in due course, which I plan to notify you all about as soon as they become available on the Cochrane Collaboration website.For those of you who might not be aware the Cochrane Collaboration Systematic Reviews are the gold standard which clinicians, doctors, policy-makers and others all refer to when making decisions about where public money, for example, gets spent. They directly influence the flow of funding that goes to support the work or otherwise, that consequently influences our employment as DMP(T)s in this important area of work, nationally and internationally.
  • Moving to longevity – a practical and theoretical development day in movement, dance and dementia – facilitated by Dr Richard Coaten at Herringthorpe united reformed church, Rotherham, on Friday 28 November. More details available on the flyer.
  • Moving to Longevity – A Practical & Theoretical Development Day in Movement Dance & Dementia – Facilitated by Richard Coaten PhD BA(Hons) Dip ITD RDMP. 19 May 2014, 09.30 – 4.30pm, The Studio, Sawmill Walk, Worcester.
  • MA Dance & Somatic Well-being: Connections to the Living Body – University of Central Lancashire taster days.
  • Dance with Older People: Professional Development Course – 3 – 4 May, Birmingham Royal Ballet – for dancers, activity leaders and other practitioners who want to gain skills, knowledge and experience in leading dance activities with older people.
  • Accredited Level 3 Diploma in Leading Dance for Older People by Green Candle Dance Company. The course will deliver an understanding of how to lead safe, effective and enjoyable dance and movement work with older people and is suitable for teachers, dancers and dance students, health care workers, occupational therapists and activity coordinators.
  • Body and Imagination: Going to the Well by Miranda Tufnell – Deakin Centre, Cambridge, Friday 31st January 2014.
  • Moving to Longevity: A Practical & Theoretical Development Day in Movement Dance & Dementia
  • Breathing Space: arts and dementia celebration event [PDF, 286KB]
  • The Therapeutic Use of Embodied Experiences- A Series of Intensive Weekends hosted by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. October 2012- June 2013. Short intensive weekends facilitated by internationally renowned practitioners and researchers that offer opportunities for professional and personal development in an innovative context. Movement therapists, dance artists, health professionals, counsellors and psychotherapists and people interested in the therapeutic use of dance and movement are all welcome. Please note registered dance movement therapists will be eligible for a reduced fee.
  • Finding Joy, Vamous Theatre.  Various dates and locations across the UK
    Joy is creative, funny, loves to dance, and is losing her memory: her grandson Danny is rebellious, fearless, bright, and always getting into trouble. When out of the blue, Danny decides to become Joy’s carer, where will their unexpected and playful bond lead them?
  • International Centre for Research in Art Therapies Conference 2013– 9th July 2013
  • New developments in Arts Therapies Research 2013, including work with migrants and refugees.
  • Moving into Maturity, Green Candle Dance Company – 25 July 2013
    A professional development day to support dance artists, health care professionals and others with the introductory skills to lead dance sessions with older people.
  • Theory and practice in dementia care (PowerPoint presentation)- 22nd May 2013, Al Hikmah Centre, Batley
  • Moving through dementia- Saturday 11th May

Exploring theory and practice of dance in dementia care.  Hosted at The Bluecoat in Liverpool the event is open to dance artists / dance therapists, arts organisations working in dementia care and others interested in using dance and movement in both a community and clinical setting with people living with dementia.

Please note this site is not designed as a research hub, however if you would like to share with us any related research in the field we would be pleased to hear about it and share it among the Centre of Excellence network.