Date of Award
Thesis - Open Access
MS in Dance/Movement Therapy
Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Program
Unreasonable amounts of force used during police-civilian interactions have led to a significant number of arrest related deaths. The Department of Justice identified lack of effective training as a key factor in the use of force. This thesis investigates the current state of officer training programs and identifies deficits in focus on emotion regulation, stress management and interpersonal skills. The role of dance/movement therapy in developing these skills is discussed.
Okamoto, Emiko, "Dancing with Cops: A Strengths-Based Approach Toward Revitalizing Police Training" (2017). Dance/Movement Therapy Theses. 27.