Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Art in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling (MA)


Creative Arts Therapies

First Advisor

Imus, Susan

Second Advisor

Downey, Laura

Third Advisor

Toncy, Nancy


prevention, workshop, sexual abuse, education, high school, dance/movement, therapist.


The purpose of Move About It, a movement- based prevention workshop was to increase awareness, knowledge, and empowerment for high school students by engaging in sexual abuse prevention education. This workshop will address: spatial awareness and boundary education, develop decision-making skills, create community safety plans, and bring awareness to sexual abuse through social media. The workshop developed through individual interviews with professionals with a background in high school aged youth, program development and implementation, trauma counseling, dance/movement therapy, school health, wellness and discipline in schools. Move About It is designed for dance/movement therapists to implement within a health class at a high school. The therapist will also provide drop-in counseling hours during the workshop, follow-up counseling after completion and connect students to resources in the school and community. Dance/movement therapy can enhance primary prevention education by incorporating the body-mind connection through experiential learning. The knowledge, awareness and empowerment gained through Move About It will address the gap in CSA education during this crucial time for adolescents. 51 pages.

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