September 13, 2016 | Comments Off on New Dance Therapy Program in PRTF
Children in Alexander’s Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) are discovering the joy and the benefits of dance therapy. Introduced in April 2016, the dance therapy program involves the therapeutic use of movement to access creativity and emotions and promotes emotional, mental, physical and social health.
There are many benefits to dance therapy. It is a form of self-expression. In addition, there are physical benefits as it relates to it being a cardio workout. Dance therapy can create a modality of expressive art that can make the difference between resistance and relationship in the therapy setting by creating a non-threatening group. Moreover, it helps to improve social interactions among clients and clients and staff, as well as encourage discipline.
The dance therapy program is facilitated by Ms. Bahtyah Benyahmeen, a behavioral health counselor and a former dance teacher. During dance classes, she is joined by a PRTF staff member and together they work with the children on difference genres of dance, including Hip Hop, Ballet and line dances. Kids in PRTF enjoy putting together performances and are planning to do two performances a year.