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MS in Dance/Movement Therapy


Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Program


African American women have suffered a long history of oppression dating back to the Transatlantic slave trade. This thesis will explore the historical context of intergenerational trauma as it relates to African American women, through the lens of the Superwoman Schema (SWS). A paradigm used to describe the resiliency of African American women who experience institutional racism, sexism, discrimination, and a multitude of other challenges. Reconnecting to the body is vital for Black women who have endured a legacy of trauma, and continue to experience trauma in their daily lives, affecting their mental and emotional health. Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) is a reparative, body-based, healing modality which directly addresses the issues impacting Black women through the mind, body, and spirit connection.