A Client Centred Approach To Dance Movement For Seniors

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Fees (Please note that the fees listed are for your reference only. The final course fee may vary.)
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Course Fee (Before Funding) $ 750.00 $ 802.50


A Client Centred Approach to Dance Movement for Seniors is an experiential workshop. The aim of this workshop is to introduce participants to use of movement and dance to support intellectual, emotional, and motor functions of the body to help seniors improve their mental and physical well-being. Participants are encouraged to wear loose and comfortable clothing for this workshop.

Target Participants:

Social service practitioners who work in the eldercare setting, including social workers, social work assistants, social work aids, medical professionals, therapy assistants.

Learners are assumed to possess an English Language (speaking, reading, writing and listening) proficiency level equivalent to GCE ‘O’ level or Employability Skills System Workplace Literacy (WPL) Level 6. Learners need to also have basic knowledge of computer skills.

Criteria for participants:
1. Learners have the interest/enthusiasm to learn new skills and integrate new approaches in work setting.
2. Learners are comfortable and open to play, move, dance, explore, and improvise with their body. No prior dance experience required.

Learning Outcome:

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Explain the objectives of facilitating a client-centred dance movement approach session for Seniors

2. Prepare a basic client-centred Dance Movement Approach session for seniors

3. Facilitate a basic client-centred Dance Movement Approach session for seniors: A Client-Centred Approach

4. Apply the nonverbal communicative elements during the DMA session

5. Use basic Laban Movement Efforts to observe the interaction during the DMA session

Assesment Details:

• Basic dance / movement approach

• Basic concepts of dance / movement therapy

• Basic Laban movement vocabulary

• Developing the use of body, space, music, props, breath, tempo

• Psychodynamic approach: A Client-centred approach

• Basic movement improvisation

• Basic therapeutic intervention

• Basic nonverbal communicative elements: eye contact, proximity, quality of touch, flexibility

This course includes assessment components. Assessment may be conducted during and/or after the course. Learners will be assessed by a written project work, facilitating a session in their work setting and submitting a video presentation as summative assessments at the end of training. Learners will be required to do a 20 minutes presentation and submit a video recording of how they facilitate a Client-Centred Approached Dance Movement Session For Seniors in their workplace on the Assessment day; and are required to obtain a written consent from all their clients who are participating in the Dance Movement Session.


This course includes assessment components.
Assessment may be conducted during and/or after the course. The grading and processing of assessment results can only take place after course completion. Learners who pass the assessment(s) will be awarded with an electronic Certificate of Achievement from SSI. You will receive an email notification when your e-Cert is ready for download in your NCSS e-Services account.

E-mode of delivery (with effect from mid-late 2018):
• Learners will receive online access to courseware instead of printed materials
• Learners will complete an online course evaluation

Fee Remarks:

SSG funding is available for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents only.

VCF funding is available for foreigners who are staff of member VWOs of NCSS via Direct Training Application. Terms and conditions apply.

Trainer Profile:

Elizabeth Rutten-Ng, MaDaT, DipEd is a professional dance/movement therapist and educator in Netherlands, NVDAT member (international trainer committee), ADTA professional member, founder of Embodied Movement, and has created her own Embodied Awareness programmes.
She had been interviewed and featured in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur local press, magazine and websites.
Her master research thesis is based on 'Looking through their lens, Into their Inner world: The Role of Mirroring and Attunement with Children on Autism Spectrum in Dance Therapy'. She has worked with adults, elderly, youth, parents, babies and children. For 20 years, she has worked with young children as an educator and as a drama and movement teacher working with different international cultures both in Asia and Netherlands. She presented her thesis in the ECaRTe conference in Paris and co-presented with Dr. Suzi Tortora in American Dance Therapy Association conference in New York in 2013.
Her approach in work is based on the influences of dance movement psychotherapy, authentic movement and developmental movements. Her motivation and passion in work comes from her own personal journey. As a young child, her innate internal self-reflection has been in-built. With a curious and inquisitive mind, she constantly generates useful questions in her search of making sense of the meaning of her life and of the world around her. Her strong driven passion, believing in early intervention and prevention, has led her into a deep interest in studying children (typical and atypical) before, during and after birth, their developmental movement milestones and behaviours. She is constantly researching and studying the movements of children and adults as a dance/movement therapist and as an educator. Her interest lies in analysing movement patterns in the early years and she uses the Laban, Bartenieff fundamentals, Kestenberg Movement Profile, Infant Development Movement Education and Ways of Seeing methods.

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