Group Work: Marian Chace

26. January 2024

Course duration: 6 days,  42 hours

January 26th / 27th / 28th / 29th / 30th / 31st 2024

Costs CHF  900.-

Language: German / English

German at least B2 level

This course provides participants with an in-depth exploration of the origins as well as the historical and current significance of dance therapy group work according to Marian Chace. Through practical applications, participants will gain insights into the structured design of group-based therapy as well as stabilization techniques for overcoming crises and conflicts within the group.

The focus on Marian Chace, a pioneer of dance therapy (1896-1970), leads to a deep understanding of her view of dance as a medium of communication. The “Chace Circle” method, named after her, proves to be particularly suitable for stabilizing work in psychiatry. Although the method appears simple in its form, its application requires a high level of attention, emotional expressiveness and an extensive repertoire of movements on the part of the therapist.

The joint exploration of the “8 healing factors” according to Marian Chace enables integration into contemporary treatment concepts. The course offers practical exercises for the meaningful structure of therapy sessions, for working out interactional group themes and for guiding emotional forms of expression and creative design. The use of the circle form as a supportive setting is taught, as well as how to deal with conflicts and crises within the group.


Ariane Konrad

Philosopher M.A., Dance Movement Therapist DGT
Trauma Therapist NARM® Practitioner