Non ADMP Workshops


Early-Stage Dementia Awareness Training Workshop
for music, art, dance and drama workshop leaders

Date Thursday 10 September 2015, 10 am - 4 pm
Delivered by Arts 4 Dementia and Dementia Pathfinders


  • To give arts organisations and facilitators insight into the various types of dementia, the challenges people face as symptoms begin to appear, their existing skills and how best to access these, the need to preserve their identity.
  • To increase the skills of facilitators and their confidence in communicating and working creatively with people experiencing the early stages of dementia and their carers.


Dementia Pathfinders trainer Julia Patton will identify the main features of early symptoms of dementia, how these differ from normal ageing. She will explain common causes, including Young Onset dementia. Veronica Franklin Gould will deliver Arts 4 Dementia workshop guidance.

At the end of the session, learners will understand:

  • Types of dementia and how they impact on people’s abilities and feelings in the early stages
  • Key skills needed for good communication
  • How to engage people with early stage dementia in positive arts activity, so as to override symptoms
  • The impact of Arts 4 Dementia’s re-energising approach for workshop participants

Who should come:
Arts organisations, learning and participation teams, workshop leaders, volunteers, postgraduate arts students
Venue Watermans Art Centre, 40 High Street, Brentford, West London TW8 0DS.
Booking Info £85 (more than two from same organisation, £75 per person)
Register here


Arts therapies and dementia in the 21st century

Friday, 4th September 2015
Preliminary Programme

9.00-9.30 Arrival networking and refreshments

9.30 Welcome – Professor Helen Odell-Miller

9.45 Dr Richard Coaten and Sarah Williams
Going far means returning’, Dance Movement Psychotherapists find resilience, learning and development and call for more collaboration and dialogue

10.30 Dr Stuart Woods
The value of arts practices within dementia care, - some thoughts on approaches and solutions with reference to theories of aesthetics and performativity, and including music therapy examples.

11.15 Coffee

11.45-12.45 Parallel workshops -with Melody Golebiowski, Kimberley Iyemere (Art therapy and dementia), Nicky Morris (Dramatherapy), Kathinka Poismans (Music therapy)

12.45 -13.45 Lunch

13.45 Prof. Diane Waller – Overview of research in art therapy for dementia and welcome back.

14.00-14.45 Angela Byers
Becoming visible: research into art therapy with people with dementia: past, present and future

14.45-15.30 Madeline Andersen-Warren
The landscape of research into dramatherapy and people with dementia.

15.45 Tea

16.00-16.45 Professor Vicky Karkou and Dr Bonnie Meekums
Evidence for the value of Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) for dementia: critical engagement with some initial findings from a Cochrane Systematic Review (CSR).

18.00 - Reception for ICRA and Opening of ‘MusicTherapyInDementia’ Conference, All Welcome! Address: Adrian Bagg, MHA

To Book:

You have until June 30th 2015 to take advantage of our Earlybird prices


Embody-Move is the license holder for the School for Body-Mind Centering® (BMC®) training programs in the UK and operates under Touchdown Dance charity.

This program explores the complex inter-relationships between body, mind, movement and touch. The courses involve immersive experiential study of the anatomy and physiology of the body systems within the context of human development. Throughout the training you will learn the fundamental layering and interweaving of principles that establish the richness of embodiment practices; in guided explorations, in partnering through movement or hands-on techniques, with the use touch, movement, sound and reflective verbal dialogue. The nature of this self inquiry enables us to work with others – having explored the realm of our own body we are better able to engage with others in theirs.

The SME material has immediate applications to movement based disciplines (such as dance, yoga, pilates, sports, and martial arts), to other somatic therapeutic modalities (such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, manual therapies), and to the psychotherapies. The work is also applicable to all ages and abilities. The program is of more than 500 hour leading students to qualify as Somatic Movement Educators, and is accredited by The School for Body-Mind Centering®. It includes 12 courses: 4 developmental courses, 7 courses on the body systems, 1 course about professional issues and a one day course of Competency.

Course timing and accreditation information The Somatic Movement Education (SME) programme runs over two years but you can take the courses over more than one two year cycle. The courses can be taken individually or as part of the accredited training. You will need to complete all the courses and the homework to attain the SME certificate. Below is information on summer courses taking place in 2015.
For further information please contact or go to the website – Or call 0161 8680509


Roehampton University

Foundation Course October 31st 2015 – March 19th 2016:

The Summer School: July 2nd -6th
For further information contact / 0208 392 3795


Edge Hill University

The arts for wellbeing working group at Edge Hill University is continuing with this year's public lectures and intensive workshops with invitations from internationally renown people such as:

Professor Susan Loman, Antioch University, US
Professor Helen Payne, University of Hertfordshire
Professor Andrew Samuels, University of Essex
Professor Raymond MacDonald, Edinburgh University

Workshops will include engagement in embodiment tools, developmental movement and somatic practice.
Note that all the public lectures are free of charge while the intensive workshops are free for dance movement psychotherapy students.

For further information see:



The Professional Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy in the United Kingdom.

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