Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

MS in Dance/Movement Therapy


Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Program


This thesis discusses the unique experience of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the longest running military conflicts in United States history. Specifically, it explores how the focus on a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) leaves many veterans without treatment, despite the presence of significant symptoms resulting from extended and repeated deployment in these war zones. An understanding of the impact of trauma on the body and the lack of integration of the body in traditional treatment leads to a discussion of how dance/movement therapy may provide a more comprehensive treatment model for this population. Dance/movement therapy provides the healing benefits of self-regulation, group work, and the body to help OEF/OIF veterans address the underlying affects of trauma.