This not-to-be missed half-day worskhop is presented by Jennifer Frank Tantia, an expert in the field of embodiment in psychotherapy. Suitable for novice and seasoned researchers, graduate students and instructors exploring the fields of body and movement in counselling, psychotherapy and/or body focused therapies.
Our bodies are the place from which we live, breathe and respond to our world, and embodiment is the direct experience of human existence. Traditional research has typically offered ways to measure and compare physical data, or explore in depth the lived experience of human participants through their stories. However, in dance/movement therapy and in other body-focused therapies, there is a world of nonverbal data waiting to be revealed! This workshop will suggest a new paradigm for research methods and offer attendees the chance to understand the language of embodied data as applied in research.
A philosophical overview of embodied phenomenology will be presented, followed by an introduction to embodied methodologies in research. Participants will be encouraged to identify their own embodied experience right from where they sit, and learn the language of embodied data so that they can identify and collect the layers of experience that have been long missing in current research methods.
1. Identify two ways to understand embodiment
2. Learn at least two ways to categorize embodied data
3. Generate an initial description of a research question