Research and Consultancy

Research

York Dance Movement Psychotherapy Centre uses a qualitative approach to research which allows you to hear the voices of the people with whom you work; explore the meaning of your work for your organisation, clients, funders and the wider public; and reflect on and consider the effectiveness of methods and approaches you use in your work. Reports resulting from research can then be disseminated to a wider audience through publication and conference presentations.

Examples of Research Projects

  • Report and Publication for the Emotional, Trauma Support Team at One Education to demonstrate how a school-based arts therapy team adapted their skills to address the complex needs of a young person whose needs could not be met in any other way through the use of Dramatherapy and a Multi-Systemic Approach.
  • Training Standards Report for the European Association for Dance Movement Therapy

Examples of Publications

  • (2017). ‘Building Relations’: A methodological consideration of dance and well-being in psychosocial work with war-affected refugee children and their families. In: Karkou, S. Oliver, S. Lycouris ed. Dance and Movement for Wellbeing. Oxford University Press.
  • (2016) ‘Voices within Intercultural Arts Therapy Research and Practice – An Ethnographic Approach’. In: Dokter and M Hills de Zarate ed. Intercultural Arts Therapies. Routledge. Routledge.
  • (2014) Forced Displacement, Identity, Embodiment and Change. In: Dankworth and A. David ed. Dance Ethnographies and Global Perspectives. Palgrave.

Consultancy

York Dance Movement Psychotherapy Centre accepts commissions from organisations, institutions and businesses to develop professional trainings and organise and lead conferences, CPD and team building events.

We have experience of working with Universities, Local Councils, Businesses, and Non-Governmental Organisations in a national and international context.

Examples

  • Edge Hill University; Queen Margaret’s University, Edinburgh
    – Contribution to Development of MA Professional Training Programmes
  • Camden Council Early Years; York City Council; Manchester Diversity and Inclusion Unit
    – Team Building and Skills Development Training Days
  • Zdravo Da Ste; Encounter; and CEDEUM Non-Governmental Organisations, Belgrade, Serbia
    – Training for Psychologists, Teachers and Artists
  • North West London Psychotherapy Centre
    – Continuing Professional Development Training for Counsellors and Psychotherapists
  • North East Arts Therapy Group (NEAT)
    – Organisation and Running Annual Conferences and Continuing Professional Development events

Research

York Dance Movement Psychotherapy Centre uses a qualitative approach to research which allows you to hear the voices of the people with whom you work; explore the meaning of your work for your organisation, clients, funders and the wider public; and reflect on and consider the effectiveness of methods and approaches you use in your work. Reports resulting from research can then be disseminated to a wider audience through publication and conference presentations.

Examples of Research Projects

  • Report and Publication for the Emotional, Trauma Support Team at One Education to demonstrate how a school-based arts therapy team adapted their skills to address the complex needs of a young person whose needs could not be met in any other way through the use of Dramatherapy and a Multi-Systemic Approach.
  • Training Standards Report for the European Association for Dance Movement Therapy

Examples of Publications

  • (2017). ‘Building Relations’: A methodological consideration of dance and well-being in psychosocial work with war-affected refugee children and their families. In: Karkou, S. Oliver, S. Lycouris ed. Dance and Movement for Wellbeing. Oxford University Press.
  • (2016) ‘Voices within Intercultural Arts Therapy Research and Practice – An Ethnographic Approach’. In: Dokter and M Hills de Zarate ed. Intercultural Arts Therapies. Routledge. Routledge.
  • (2014) Forced Displacement, Identity, Embodiment and Change. In: Dankworth and A. David ed. Dance Ethnographies and Global Perspectives. Palgrave.

Consultancy

York Dance Movement Psychotherapy Centre accepts commissions from organisations, institutions and businesses to develop professional trainings and organise and lead conferences, CPD and team building events.

We have experience of working with Universities, Local Councils, Businesses, and Non-Governmental Organisations in a national and international context.

Examples

  • Edge Hill University; Queen Margaret’s University, Edinburgh
    – Contribution to Development of MA Professional Training Programmes
  • Camden Council Early Years; York City Council; Manchester Diversity and Inclusion Unit
    – Team Building and Skills Development Training Days
  • Zdravo Da Ste; Encounter; and CEDEUM Non-Governmental Organisations, Belgrade, Serbia
    – Training for Psychologists, Teachers and Artists
  • North West London Psychotherapy Centre
    – Continuing Professional Development Training for Counsellors and Psychotherapists
  • North East Arts Therapy Group (NEAT)
    – Organisation and Running Annual Conferences and Continuing Professional Development events

Testimonials

“Dr Allison Bakari-Singer is a professional Dance Movement Psychotherapist who also has invaluable experience from her specialised research into working with children and displaced people from war torn countries and diverse environments. Her qualitative research methods integrate the practical and theoretical to create a holistic approach towards well-being for the mind and body.”

– Linda

“Allison led our whole team in a wonderful experiential team-building day. The joint planning was very exciting, with a choice of themes and evolving over several months. The process culminated in a rich and evocative day focusing on both themes – of embodiment and story/myth, as we couldn’t decide which theme to choose! Allison, in her inimitable way, ever facilitative, combined both for us. I still remember it vividly!”

– Deirdre

“Many thanks indeed for the opportunity to present at your beautifully organised and beautifully friendly conference. We all absolutely loved the conference – the venue, the gardens and the high quality food and of course the spa all amazing! Many many thanks and well done for gathering and inspiring us all and giving us a sheltered space to come together and connect! You are absolutely brilliant.”

– Amanda