Body, Movement & Dance in Psychotherapy: An International Journal for Theory, Research and Practice Special Issue Call for Papers

Eros, Sexuality and Gender in Body Psychotherapy and Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Body, Movement & Dance in Psychotherapy

Edited by Helen Payne

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

Proposed publication date: Autumn 2018

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 eros, sexuality and gender within the fields of body psychotherapy and dance movement psychotherapy. Both Freud and Reich made sexuality central to their theories but sexuality has since moved towards the margins of psychotherapeutic discourse. Reich notably also recognised constructive and creative aspects of sexuality in the psychotherapeutic context rather than just pathological disturbances. 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 for clients and therapists when eros, sexuality and gender are presenting or emerging issues in the embodied therapeutic relationship. 

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. Read the full 'Instructions for Authors' for further details.

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: by 5.00pm on Wednesday 31st January 2018.