QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 75 - Page 10

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DANCE MOVEMENT PSYCHOTHERAPY students from QMU have been using their skills to enhance the lives of older people living in care homes .

This innovative pilot project provided first year students on the master degree in Dance Movement Psychotherapy with an outstanding learning experience , whilst also offering care home residents the opportunity to benefit from improved psychological wellbeing . The collaborative project , which involved QMU , NHS Education for Scotland ( NES ) and the Care Inspectorate , aimed to identify how care homes could support Dance Movement Psychotherapy students to improve their skills and learning , but also to ascertain what benefits residents received in terms of personal outcomes and improved quality of life .
Dance Movement Psychotherapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance through which a person can engage creatively in a process to further their emotional , cognitive , physical and social integration . Dance Movement Psychotherapists work in a number of different settings with people with a range of needs . Practice placements are core to the education of Allied Health Professions ( AHPs ) students ensuring that they are able to transfer their theoretical knowledge into practice . The use of care homes as a learning environment is currently being explored by the Care Inspectorate Rehabilitation Consultant , Edith Macintosh
Joan Mitchell , aged 102 with student Heather Cooney

Dance Movement Psychotherapy students support care home residents

and NES allied health professionals . This pilot project has provided support to enable students to spend one or two days a week over the academic year working with residents in Edinburgh care homes .
Dr Vicky Karkou , Programme Leader for QMU ’ s MSc in Dance Movement Psychotherapy , found it very rewarding to see the students putting their knowledge into practice and making a valuable contribution to the quality of care currently available within care homes . Witnessing the response from students , care home residents and staff , she said : “ The collaboration presented a wonderful opportunity to introduce the therapy to care homes residents who previously had no experience of this type of therapy . Students and residents very quickly developed meaningful relationships . This allowed residents to explore their emotional difficulties through movement . The students were also able to make connections with other residents and care staff by addressing issues around isolation , loneliness , bereavement and loss , as well as joy .”
Leo Sofianidis , one of the students who worked on the project , said : “ Dance Movement Psychotherapy can keep the body and mind alive and can improve the quality of people ’ s lives . Through group work , residents were able to build relationships in a safe context where they could explore issues , be with people they liked and share their life experiences through words and movement .”
Dr Karkou explained : “ There is a need to educate people about what dance movement psychotherapy is and how it can support the emotional wellbeing of older people through non-verbal communication . The reactions of residents spoke volumes and it was rewarding for students and care home providers to witness the benefits of the student interaction .”
Heather Cooney , QMU student , explained : “ At the beginning there was very little interaction with residents . At the end , there was lots , with residents sharing stories and reminiscing . My role became less directive as the residents decided what they wanted from the sessions .”
Resident Joan Mitchell , aged 102 , found in Dance Movement Psychotherapy , an opportunity to remain active . She claimed : “ I have no desire to lie back and do nothing .” Joey Mullen , another resident , explained that during the sessions she did not feel pushed to do anything that she could not manage and she received enough explanations of everything they were doing . After the sessions people had diverse responses . Some were calmer , while others were more active . For Margo McKay , the sessions made her feel ‘ invigorated ’ and she found the whole experience ‘ superb !’
Mike Heard , practice supervisor added that the presence of Dance Movement Psychotherapy students in the care home benefited not only the residents but also care home staff . He said : “ In a care home , staff are not always aware of the psychological needs of the residents . Dance Movement Psychotherapy helped to bring to the setting a new awareness of the psychological needs of the residents rather than focusing only on physical disabilities .”
Dr Karkou concluded : “ The pilot project significantly enhanced the student experience on the Masters programme and also confirmed QMU ’ s commitment to projects which improve quality of life .”
NES and the Care Inspectorate are currently working with other AHP education providers to further explore this model of practice placements , ensuring that AHPs are given opportunities to develop skills and knowledge that prepare them for the changing health and social care environment they will be working in . A short film of the student experience was produced by a QMU media student and funded by NES . It is available to view on YouTube at : www . youtube . com / watch ? v = iElEV _ 7n6MA & feature = related

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Joan Mitchell, aged 102 with student Heather Cooney group work, residents were able to build relationships in a safe context where they could explore issues, be with people they liked and share their life experiences through words and movement.” Dr Karkou explained: “There is a need to educate people about what dance movement psychotherapy is and how it can support the emotional wellbeing of older people through non-verbal communication. The reactions of residents spoke volumes and it was rewarding for students and care home providers to witness the benefits of the student interaction.” Dance Movement Psychotherapy students support care home residents D ANCE MOVEMENT PSYCHOTHERAPY students from QMU have been using their skills to enhance the lives of older people living in care homes. This innovative pilot project provided first year students on the master degree in Dance Movement Psychotherapy with an outstanding learning experience, whilst also offering care home residents the opportunity to benefit from improved psychological wellbeing. The collaborative project, which involved QMU, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and the Care Inspectorate, aimed to identify how care homes could support Dance Movement Psychotherapy students to improve their skills and learning, but also to ascertain what benefits residents received in terms of personal outcomes and improved quality of life. Dance Movement Psychotherapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance through which a person can engage creatively in a process to further their emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration. Dance Movement Psychotherapists work in a number of different settings with people with a range of needs. Practice placements are core to the education of Allied Health Professions (AHPs) students ensuring that they are able to transfer their theoretical knowledge into practice. The use of care homes as a learning environment is currently being explored by the Care Inspectorate Rehabilitation Consultant, Edith Macintosh 10 QMYOU / Health & Rehabilitation and NES allied health professionals. This pilot project has provided support to enable students to spend one or two days a week over the academic year working with residents in Edinburgh care homes. Dr Vicky Karkou, Programme Leader for QMU’s MSc in Dance Movement Psychotherapy, found it very rewarding to see the students putting their knowledge into practice and making a valuable contribution to the quality of care currently ava [XH][\HY\˂]\[H\ۜHHY[\HYH\Y[[YHZY'HXܘ][ۈ\[YHۙ\[ܝ[]H[XHH\\H˜\HY\\Y[][\BY^\Y[Hو\\Hو\\KY[[\Y[\H]ZXB][YYX[[ٝ[[][ۜ\˂\[Y\Y[^ܙHZ\[[[ۘ[YX[Y\Y[ݙ[Y[ HY[\H[XHXZBۛX[ۜ]\\Y[[\BYHY\[\Y\\[\][ۋۙ[[\\X][Y[[\[\K'B[ٚX[Y\ۙHوHY[ܚYۈHڙX ZY8'[B[ݙ[Y[X\\H[Y\BH[Z[[]H[[[\ݙBH]X[]Hو[x&\]\ˈYX]\ۙ^KSUHY[ ^Z[Y8']HY[[\H\\H]H[\X[ۈ]\Y[ˈ]B[ \H\]\Y[\[œܚY\[[Z[\[ˈ^HHX[YB\\X]H\H\Y[XYY]^H[YHH\[ۜ˸'B\Y[[Z][ YY L [[[H[ݙ[Y[X\\K[ܝ[]H[XZ[X]KHZ[YY8'B]H\\HYHX[[˸'B^H][[[\\Y[ ^Z[Y]\[H\[ۜHYY[\Y[][]H[X[YH[HXZ]Y[Y^[][ۜو]\][^H\H[˂Y\H\[ۜ[HY]\B\ۜ\ˈYH\H[Y\[H\\H[ܙHX]K܈X\X^KB\[ۜXYH\Y[8&[Yܘ]Y8&H[H[HH^\Y[H8&\\x&BZZHX\ XXH\\\܈YY]H\[Hو[H[ݙ[Y[X\\HY[[H\BYH[Y]YۛHH\Y[˜][\HYHYHZY8'[B\HYKY\H[^\]\HقHXX[YYوH\Y[˂[H[ݙ[Y[X\\H[Y˜[H][H]]\[\وBXX[YYوH\Y[]\[\[ۛHۈ\X[\X[]Y\˸'B\HۘYY8'H[ڙXYۚYX[H[[YHY[^\Y[HۈHX\\ܘ[[YB[[ۙ\YYSUx&\[Z]Y[ڙXX[\ݙH]X[]HوYK'BT[H\H[Xܘ]H\B\[Hܚ[]\RYX][ۂݚY\\\^ܙH\[[وXXHX[Y[[\[]R\H][ܝ[]Y\][[[ۛYH]\\H[B܈H[[X[[X[\B[\ۛY[^H[Hܚ[[Bܝ[HوHY[^\Y[H\œXYHHSUHYYXHY[[[YHTˈ]\]Z[XHY]ۂ[UXH]˞[]XKK]݂ZQ[UۍPIX]\O\[]Y