Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling

Major: Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling
Degree Awarded: Master of Arts (MA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 90.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2302
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1129

About the Program

Dance/movement therapy (DMT) is a body/mind-integrated approach to mental health counseling, in which movement is an essential medium. In this two-year curriculum, students learn to creatively and effectively engage in therapy relationships that support the emotional, cognitive, social and physical integration and functioning of the clients with whom they will work.

The curriculum involves students in experiential and reflective learning processes as well as more traditional discussion, lecture, and clinical education formats. Through a balance of classroom education and clinically supervised practicum and internship experiences, students develop a strong foundation for skilled practice. Program coursework addresses human development, psychopathology, the therapy relationship, and therapeutic change processes through a bio-psycho-sociocultural lens. Students apply this understanding and observational skills based in Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) to assess client strengths and limitations to inform therapy goals. Improvisational processes support the design of relevant movement and verbal therapy interventions in both individual and group therapy. The curriculum includes specialized approaches with adult and child clinical populations. Attention to professional identity and ethics further prepares students for entry into the profession.

For additional information about the program, visit the College of Nursing and Health Professions' Dance/Movement Therapy web site.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
ARTS 501Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy I2.0
ARTS 502Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy II2.0
ARTS 504Human Psychological Development I2.0
ARTS 505Clinical Diagnosis of Psychopathology I2.0
ARTS 506Professional Orientation and Ethics I1.0
ARTS 507Group Dynamics in Counseling and Psychotherapy I2.0
ARTS 508Introduction to Behavioral Research I2.0
ARTS 509Human Psychological Development II2.0
ARTS 513Clinical Diagnosis of Psychopathology II2.0
ARTS 515Introduction to Behavioral Research II2.0
ARTS 601Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy I2.0
ARTS 602Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling and Psychotherapy I2.0
ARTS 603Clinical Appraisal and Assessment I2.0
ARTS 604Career Counseling4.0
ARTS 605Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy II2.0
ARTS 606Professional Orientation and Ethics II3.0
ARTS 607Clinical Appraisal and Assessment II2.0
Dance/Movement Therapy Track Courses
ARTS 519Neuroscience: Concepts and Applications for Creative Arts Therapy 3.0
ARTS 552Therapy Relationship Skills I2.0
ARTS 553Therapy Relationship Skills II2.0
ARTS 554Movement Observation I2.0
ARTS 555Laban Movement Analysis Lab1.0
ARTS 556Movement Observation II2.0
ARTS 557Theory and Practice I- Children 2.0
ARTS 558Theory and Practice II: Children2.0
ARTS 559Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy History and Literature1.0
ARTS 563Movement Perspectives in Human Development2.0
ARTS 564Group Dynamics II: Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy2.0
ARTS 654Theory and Practice III: Adults2.0
ARTS 655Social and Cultural Foundations II: Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy2.0
ARTS 656Mental Health Applications of Movement Analysis I2.0
ARTS 657Mental Health Applications of Movement Analysis II2.0
ARTS 661Family Dance/Movement Therapy: A Systems Approach2.0
ARTS 662Advanced Group Dance/Movement Therapy Skills I2.0
ARTS 663Advanced Group Dance/Movement Therapy Skills II2.0
Clinical Education Courses
ARTS 510Clinical Practicum I: Observation1.0
ARTS 511Clinical Practicum II1.0
ARTS 512Clinical Practicum III1.0
ARTS 610Clinical Internship I3.0
ARTS 611Clinical Internship II3.0
ARTS 612Clinical Internship III3.0
ARTS 658Advanced Group Supervision I1.0
ARTS 659Advanced Group Supervision II1.0
ARTS 660Advanced Group Supervision III1.0
Thesis
ARTS 621Thesis I1.0
ARTS 622Thesis II1.0
ARTS 623Thesis III1.0
ARTS 624Thesis IV1.0
Electives *
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dance/Movement Therapy
Medical Dance/Movement Therapy
The Kestenberg Movement Profile
Additional Electives *
As needed, in consultation with the program director students can select the following electives:
For Thesis Only
Independent Study in Creative Arts Therapy
Total Credits90.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ARTS 501Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy I2.0
ARTS 504Human Psychological Development I2.0
ARTS 505Clinical Diagnosis of Psychopathology I2.0
ARTS 506Professional Orientation and Ethics I1.0
ARTS 510Clinical Practicum I: Observation1.0
ARTS 552Therapy Relationship Skills I2.0
ARTS 554Movement Observation I2.0
ARTS 559Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy History and Literature1.0
ARTS 563Movement Perspectives in Human Development2.0
Elective* 
Introduction to Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dance/Movement Therapy 
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
ARTS 502Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy II2.0
ARTS 507Group Dynamics in Counseling and Psychotherapy I2.0
ARTS 508Introduction to Behavioral Research I2.0
ARTS 511Clinical Practicum II1.0
ARTS 513Clinical Diagnosis of Psychopathology II2.0
ARTS 553Therapy Relationship Skills II2.0
ARTS 557Theory and Practice I- Children 2.0
ARTS 556Movement Observation II2.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 3
ARTS 509Human Psychological Development II2.0
ARTS 512Clinical Practicum III1.0
ARTS 515Introduction to Behavioral Research II2.0
ARTS 555Laban Movement Analysis Lab1.0
ARTS 558Theory and Practice II: Children2.0
ARTS 564Group Dynamics II: Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy2.0
NEUR 534Neuroscience3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 4
ARTS 604Career Counseling4.0
ARTS 621Thesis I1.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 5
ARTS 601Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy I2.0
ARTS 602Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling and Psychotherapy I2.0
ARTS 610Clinical Internship I3.0
ARTS 622Thesis II1.0
ARTS 654Theory and Practice III: Adults2.0
ARTS 656Mental Health Applications of Movement Analysis I2.0
ARTS 658Advanced Group Supervision I1.0
Elective* 
Medical Dance/Movement Therapy 
The Kestenberg Movement Profile 
 Term Credits13.0
Term 6
ARTS 603Clinical Appraisal and Assessment I2.0
ARTS 605Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy II2.0
ARTS 611Clinical Internship II3.0
ARTS 623Thesis III1.0
ARTS 657Mental Health Applications of Movement Analysis II2.0
ARTS 659Advanced Group Supervision II1.0
ARTS 662Advanced Group Dance/Movement Therapy Skills I2.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 7
ARTS 606Professional Orientation and Ethics II3.0
ARTS 607Clinical Appraisal and Assessment II2.0
ARTS 612Clinical Internship III3.0
ARTS 624Thesis IV1.0
ARTS 655Social and Cultural Foundations II: Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy2.0
ARTS 660Advanced Group Supervision III1.0
ARTS 661Family Dance/Movement Therapy: A Systems Approach2.0
ARTS 663Advanced Group Dance/Movement Therapy Skills II2.0
 Term Credits16.0
Total Credit: 90.0
*

 Please note that the electives are in addition to the 90 credits required for the degree.  Please consult with you advisor before registering for an elective.

Creative Arts Therapies Department Faculty

Yasmine Awais, MAAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT, LPC (Art Institute of Chicago). Clinical Professor. Art therapy with diverse populations, art therapy in non-profit settings, clinical supervision.
Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC (Temple University). Associate Professor. Research in music therapy, chronic pain, systematic reviews.
Natalie Rae Carlton, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC (Leslie University) Director, Art Therapy MA Program. Associate Clinical Professor. New media and art therapy, social justice in art activities, transgender and LGBTQ identity.
Abby Dougherty, PhD, NCC, LPC (Walden University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Mindfulness in counseling and counselor education, relational-cultural theory, the use of creativity in counseling supervision, students with learning disabilities in higher education, and qualitative research.
Nancy Gerber, PhD, ATR-BC (Union Institute and University) Director, PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapies. Associate Clinical Professor. Art therapy assessment and treatment of adolescents and adults; modern psychoanalysis and art therapy; arts therapy education and doctoral education; arts based research and mixed methods research.
Sharon W. Goodill, PhD, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC (Union Institute and University) Chair, Department of Creative Arts Therapies. Clinical Professor. Medical dance/movement, mind/body studies, movement assessment for DMT, CAT research and leadership.
Scott Horowitz, MA, MT-BC, LPC (Drexel University) Director of Field Education. Clinical Instructor. Interdisciplinary practice and education, developmental models of clinical and practicum supervision, music therapy and neurodevelopmental populations.
Florence Ierardi, MM, MT-BC, LPC (Temple University) Director, Music Therapy and Counseling MA Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Clinical improvisation, trauma-informed music therapy, multicultural music therapy perspectives.
Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA (Harvard University). Assistant Professor. Art therapy, educational research, program evaluation, art therapy.
Dawn Morningstar, MCAT, VC-DMT, LP (Hahnemann University). Associate Clinical Professor. Specialty in working with children and adolescents, Dance/movement therapist at Drexel's Parkway Health and Wellness faculty practice outpatient clinic.
Michele D. Rattigan, MA, ATR-BC, NCC, LPC (MCP Hahnemann University) Coordinator of CAT Clinical Services. Assistant Clinical Professor.
Ellen Schelly-Hill, MMT, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC (Antioch NE Graduate School) Director of Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling MA Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Adults diagnosed with mood disorders, anxiety, chronic pain and with histories of trauma; clinical supervision; ethics.
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