BSCAH National

Specialist webinar: Alternative approaches in therapy

When: 01/02/2022 6pm
About the training:

Tuesday 1st February 6.00pm-7.30pm

FREE to BSCAH members - no need to register as a zoom link will be emailed to the BSCAH members mailing list
Cost for non-members  £20 - please register using the button below.

We have several contributors: Bonnie Meekums, Laura Festa, Rebecca Berman and others who will be talking about dance movement therapy, photography, music therapy and expressive arts in therapy generally.

Dance movement Therapy by Bonnie Meekums
Bonnie will begin by offering a definition of Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) before moving onto her own brief story of straddling the arts and sciences throughout her career. From here she will introduce, using a case vignette, her theoretical and practice focus on movement metaphor as the mediator of creative, therapeutic change. She will then take a look at one key aspect of DMP practice, namely movement mirroring, and the scientific basis for this.

Music Therapy by Laura Festa
Laura will talk about music therapy, briefly touching its theoretical background and presenting a clinical case of a young person attending a SEN School. 

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Bonnie Meekums, PhD, RDMP, Fellow ADMP, UKCP reg. psychotherapist
Bonnie has always embraced both arts and science; as a young person, she played music, and joined a youth theatre. Her first degree was in physiology and biochemistry, followed by work in cancer research. She later studied Dance, Theatre and Writing at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, which is where she began developing her approach to Dance Movement (Psycho)Therapy. She is sought after internationally as a teacher of DMP, and one of her books appears on training lists worldwide. Bonnie’s publications include science-informed Cochrane Systematic Reviews, and arts-based research. She also writes novels, flash fiction and memoir. Bonnie lives in Greater Manchester, where she walks in the hills, maintains a small practice, and writes.


Laura Festa
Laura Festa is a qualified, HCPC registered and experienced Music Therapist. Before training as a music therapist, Laura obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and a Master’s degree in Philology and Italian Literature from Roma Tre University, Rome, combining her love for humanistic disciplines. In the sunny Sicily that is where she comes from, as a music therapist, she specialised in working with children in SEN School while running her own Music Therapy Centre, Altre Frequenze, focusing her activities on pre-natal and early years’ settings. Laura relocated to the UK in 2014 where she explored new different music therapy fields in particular in Dementia Care. In 2018 she took the role of Director of Therapy for the North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre that allows her to combine the development of the Charity with her clinical work with children and young adults in SEN Schools and in mixed groups for inclusive projects. Based in North Yorkshire, that she loves to call home, Laura is very interested in community building through the use of music therapy interventions and in delivering awareness workshops and talks about music therapy. She strongly believes in sharing music therapy strategies with families, teachers, institutions and those who is directly and indirectly involved in care.



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