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
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.2302
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1129

About the Program

The Master of Arts program in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling educates students for creative, responsive and effective therapy practice, in which dance and movement are the essential modes of transformation. Through a balance of experiential and reflective learning, theory and skill-based education, and supervised practicum and internship experiences, students develop a strong base for effective clinical practice. The 90.0 quarter-credit curriculum includes specific dance/movement therapy coursework in areas such as Laban Movement Analysis (LMA); movement observation and assessment; child and adult theories and skills, and developmental movement, as well as general mental health counseling coursework in human development; psychopathology; social and cultural foundations; clinical appraisal and assessment, and group dynamics. Program graduates are eligible for the Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) credential, as well as professional counseling licensure in Pennsylvania (upon completion of post-graduation requirements).

The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) defines dance/movement therapy as the psychotherapeutic use of movement in a process that furthers the emotional, cognitive, social, and physical integration of the individual. The profession is positioned to meet an increasing interest in mind-body approaches to mental and physical health that have emerged in health profession circles and in the general public. Upon graduation, students go on to work in a variety of settings, including but not limited to, medical and psychiatric hospitals; inpatient and outpatient behavioral health programs; community health and wellness centers; schools and afterschool programs; trauma-informed settings; correctional facilities and halfway houses; elder care facilities, and private practices. Students also pioneer new frontiers in therapy application through clinical work and research.

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

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
CATX 501Foundations of the Creative Arts Therapies3.0
CTCN 501Human Psychological Development 4.5
CTCN 503DSM and Psychopathology4.5
CTCN 504Professional Orientation and Ethics4.5
CTCN 505Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy4.5
CTCN 507Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy4.5
CTCN 601Introduction to Behavioral Research4.5
CTCN 603Clinical Appraisal and Assessment4.5
CTCN 604Career Counseling4.5
CTCN 607Group Dynamics in Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy4.5
Dance/Movement Therapy Track Courses
CTCN 552Therapy Relationship Skills I3.0
CTCN 553Therapy Relationship Skills II3.0
CTCN 554Movement Observation I2.0
CTCN 556Movement Observation II2.0
CTCN 557Theory and Practice I- Children 3.0
CTCN 558Theory and Practice II: Adults3.0
CTCN 559Orientation to Dance/Movement Therapy1.0
CTCN 563Movement Perspectives in Human Development3.0
CTCN 564Mental Health Applications of Movement Analysis3.0
CTCN 655Laban Movement Analysis Workshop1.5
CTCN 657Dance/Movement Therapy Assessment2.0
CTCN 658Advanced Practice Topics and Skills I2.5
CTCN 659Advanced Practice Topics and Skills II2.5
Clinical Education Courses
CTCN 511Clinical Practicum & Practicum Seminar I2.0
CTCN 521Clinical Practicum & Practicum Seminar II2.0
CTCN 531Clinical Practicum & Practicum Seminar III2.0
CTCN 611Clinical Internship & Internship Seminar I2.0
CTCN 621Clinical Internship & Internship Seminar II2.0
CTCN 631Clinical Internship & Internship Seminar III2.0
Culminating Project
Complete at least 3 credits3.0
Culminating Project in Dance/Movement Therapy I
Culminating Project in Dance/Movement Therapy II
Electives
Introduction to Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dance/Movement Therapy
Additional Electives
As needed, in consultation with the program director students can select the following electives:
For Culminating Project Only
Independent Study in Creative Arts Therapy
Total Credits90.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
CTCN 501Human Psychological Development 4.5
CTCN 511Clinical Practicum & Practicum Seminar I2.0
CTCN 554Movement Observation I2.0
CTCN 559Orientation to Dance/Movement Therapy1.0
CTCN 563Movement Perspectives in Human Development3.0
CTCN 552Therapy Relationship Skills I3.0
Elective 
Introduction to Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dance/Movement Therapy 
 Term Credits15.5
Term 2
CTCN 507Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy4.5
CTCN 521Clinical Practicum & Practicum Seminar II2.0
CTCN 553Therapy Relationship Skills II3.0
CTCN 556Movement Observation II2.0
CTCN 557Theory and Practice I- Children 3.0
 Term Credits14.5
Term 3
CTCN 503DSM and Psychopathology4.5
CTCN 531Clinical Practicum & Practicum Seminar III2.0
CTCN 558Theory and Practice II: Adults3.0
CTCN 564Mental Health Applications of Movement Analysis3.0
 Term Credits12.5
Term 4
CATX 501Foundations of the Creative Arts Therapies3.0
CTCN 504Professional Orientation and Ethics4.5
CTCN 505Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy4.5
 Term Credits12.0
Term 5
CTCN 601Introduction to Behavioral Research4.5
CTCN 607Group Dynamics in Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy4.5
CTCN 611Clinical Internship & Internship Seminar I2.0
CTCN 655Laban Movement Analysis Workshop1.5
 Term Credits12.5
Term 6
CTCN 603Clinical Appraisal and Assessment4.5
CTCN 621Clinical Internship & Internship Seminar II2.0
CATX 623Culminating Project in Dance/Movement Therapy I 1.0
CTCN 657Dance/Movement Therapy Assessment2.0
CTCN 658Advanced Practice Topics and Skills I2.5
 Term Credits12.0
Term 7
CTCN 604Career Counseling4.5
CTCN 631Clinical Internship & Internship Seminar III2.0
CTCN 659Advanced Practice Topics and Skills II2.5
CATX 624Culminating Project in Dance/Movement Therapy II2.0
 Term Credits11.0
Total Credit: 90.0
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