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Special Issue Call for Papers

Migration in Body Psychotherapy and Dance Movement Psychotherapy

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Submission deadline
6 December 2019

Edited by Helen Payne
Co-edited by Vicky Karkou, Tom Warnecke and Gill Westland

Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy is the only international peer-reviewed journal focusing on the role of the body in its relationship with the mind in psychotherapy. It combines two close, but distinctly different fields in inter and intra - disciplinary dialogue, namely Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Body Psychotherapy. It publishes high quality research, theory and evidence-based clinical practice that follow the development of a wide range of methodologies, as well as new theoretical insights into the field of dance movement psychotherapy and body psychotherapy.

This special issue will explore the topic of Migration within the fields of Body Psychotherapy and Dance Movement Psychotherapy. Migration is an important topic in the current global context. It can encompass for example asylum seekers and refugees. It is rather on the edge of psychotherapeutic discourse and presents some challenging dichotomies for clinical practice. On the one hand, migration is as intrinsic to our species as eating and sleeping, on the other, migration, and particularly refugees, has become a political football for covert vested interests in many parts of the world with some voices even seeking to criminalise this ordinary aspect of human life. Migration also commonly presents with complex cultural tensions for both clients and psychotherapists to navigate. Nor should we forget that despite suffering and trauma experienced by many migrants, there are also constructive and creative aspects of migration which can be exploited. Many clients and their psychotherapists nowadays identify themselves as “international” or with multiple cultural identities. This can feel like always being an outsider, but also gives perspective on other cultures and a sense of belonging anywhere and everywhere.

Submission instructions

The paper should follow the academic conventions of BMDP, e.g., referencing styles, publishing guidelines for qualitative research, etc. Instructions for Authors must be adhered to. Full details here.

The paper must not exceed 6000 words (including abstract, references, figures, tables, etc). An abstract of no more than 150 words should accompany your submission. Up to 6 keywords that capture the key aspects of the research should be placed below the abstract.

Submissions should be made through the journal’s online ScholarOne Manuscripts site: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tbmd by 5.00pm on Friday 6th December 2019. 

We would welcome papers from psychotherapists in either of our related two fields who would like to contribute to this discussion. This will be an opportunity to share our research, practice, thoughts and reflections. The issue will also benefit readers from counselling/psychotherapy/arts psychotherapies and professionals in other mental health and social care services.

We are particularly interested in receiving proposals for articles that examine the challenges and creative opportunities for clients and therapists who are migrants and when clients present with elements associated with migration as they emerge in the embodied therapeutic relationship.