ADTA 51st Annual Conference, October 20-23, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Incze Adrienne, elnök az American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) 51. konferenciáján az „International Panel” meghívott résztvevőjeként egyesületünk munkáját és a Pszichodinamikus módszer alapjait mutatta be előadásában.

Előadása szövege:

American Dance Therapy Association

51st Annual Conference

October 20 – 23, 2016

Bethesda, Maryland

ReGeneration: Moving Pathways to Integration

Adrienne Incze, Hungary

Psychodynamic Movement and Dance Therapy (PMDT) in Hungary: overview

Key words: body-mind work, primary body experience, ‘body-mind state’, ‘controlled altered state of mind’, touch as a therapeutical instrument, ‘highlighted space’, ‘creative language’.


Our organization in brief

Our professional Association (Hungarian Association for Movement and Dance Therapy, HAMDT) was established in 1992, with key objectives to train and prepare therapists in this field, and to provide networking opportunities to ensure steady development of this kind if therapy industry in Hungary. Now HAMDT is a prospering professional community. The key method which our Association stands for, develops and promotes is the Psychodynamic movement and dance therapy (PMDT), the one created by Márta Merényi.

PMDT in Hungary: Method in brief

PMDT is a psychotherapeutic method, based on the therapeutic efficiency of body-work, movement improvisation and a psychodynamic working through of movement experiences and relations. Psychodynamic point of view is as essential, as the body experience. We believe in, that the work in the moving/dancing setting leads to deeper understanding of personality. Our method is strongly based on the primary body experience (Merényi, 2004). During the learning process the attention deeper and deeper focused on the body. Another fundamental principle of our therapy is the presence of work on interpersonal relations in movement/dance setting. As group members become increasingly sensitive to non-verbal interactions, the work on personal relations deepens. Touch is considered a basic modality, an important primary body experience. It is used as a therapeutic instrument as well. Verbal reflection on the movement is another basic part of the therapeutic process; it gives a possibility for the integration of different senses of the self.

PMDT in Hungary: History

The history of PMDT in Hungary started in the 1980-s, when Márta Merényi, a psychiatrist began working with psychotic patients who were irresponsive to verbal therapy. Her work was based on her experience in clinical practice, contemporary dance and dance theatre. (There were more experimental works mostly in psychiatry, without any substantial information about the dance therapy abroad). Whereas there were foreign psychiatrists who occasionally visited Hungary, their contribution was left unobserved for unknown reasons.

Márta Merényi started teaching her method in 1989. Certainly, the method evolved overtime. Merényi created her own therapeutic school and educated first moving and dance therapists herself. It should go without saying that current development of the PMDT in our country is by far based on the achievements of Marta Merényi’s first group of students, many of those are now members of HAMDT.

PMDT Today

PMDT in Hungary: Current State

As PMDT has been constantly improved since 1989, it transferred from a brand new psychotherapeutic development into structured and acknowledged method. For instance, it is certified by the state authorities (it was officially recognized by the Hungarian Council for Psychotherapy in 2004).