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‘Active Factors in Creative Arts Therapies - An embodied aesthetic perspective’
Professor Sabine Koch, Germany.
CAMTRU’s Annual Public Lecture for 2019 was presented by Professor. Dr. Sabine Koch, psychologist and dance movement therapist, Director of the Research Institute for Creative Arts Therapies at Alanus University Alfter, and Head of the DMT Masters Program at SRH University Heidelberg, Germany.
The question of how creative arts therapies work is an exciting and critical area of investigation. This lecture introduced active factors, also known as therapeutic mechanisms, that are fundamental in the working of creative arts therapies. Professor Koch explained findings from her research into active factors that help explain mechanisms that are shared and different across the creative arts therapy modalities. This understanding has the potential to improve professional practice, training and research outcomes for all creative arts therapies. The lecture presented a model of active factors illustrated by examples from dance movement therapy, along with recommendations for research and practice.