Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

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


Creative Arts Therapies

First Advisor

Susan Imus

Second Advisor

Laura Downey

Third Advisor

Laura Allen


Organic Inquiry


The field of dance/movement therapy remains a discipline populated by Caucasian females. Although training has developed to treat diverse populations, little attention has been given to increasing the diversity of those studying and practicing the modality. Other than theses created by minority students training to become dance/movement therapists, minimal research has been conducted to understand how the field can invite more diversity. This thesis includes a documentary in which five dance/movement therapists with non-traditional backgrounds were interviewed using the methodology of Organic Inquiry. Their stories provide insight regarding the experiences non-traditional students in dance/movement therapy. Findings include instances of personal growth and recommendations for increasing diversity in the field.


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