Post-Master's Certificate in Dance Movement Therapy
Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's
Number of Credits to Completion: 40.0
Instructional Delivery: Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 3 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible
About the Program
Dance/movement therapy is a body/mind-integrated approach to psychotherapy that uses expressive dance and movement processes to encourage the integration of emotional, cognitive, social, and physical functioning. Dance/movement therapy emphasizes the non-verbal realm of movement, touch, rhythm, and spatial interactions, as well as the congruence and connections between verbal and nonverbal modes of expression.
In this program, students build a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge and clinical application in dance/movement therapy (DMT). The program teaches and balances the art of DMT with the science that supports it. Using diagnostic knowledge, developmental and systems theories, and observational skills based in Laban Movement Analysis, our students learn to assess client functioning and formulate treatment goals. Using their expertise in the dance/movement modality and interactive, improvisational processes, students learn to address the patient’s needs in both group and individual therapy formats. They may design creative group tasks for fostering interaction and cohesion, or to guide an individual through a personal conflict or challenge.
Admission requirements for the certificate program are similar to those for the MA program in Dance/Movement Therapy.
The Post-Master’s Certificate in Dance/Movement Therapy consists of specialized coursework and supervised clinical experience. For those already holding a master’s degree in a clinical mental health field, this certificate program will help prepare the learner for the Dance Therapist Registered credential (R-DMT) from the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board through the "Alternate Route".
Courses in the certificate program address categories delineated by the ADTA for Alternate Route Training in DMT:
- theory and practice in the field of dance/movement therapy
- movement observation and analysis
For the categories delineated by the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board in general mental health topics, the Department of Creative Arts Therapies offers courses for additional fees. Because the certificate courses are offered in the context of a master's DMT program that is approved by the American Dance Therapy Association, the courses qualify as approved for Alternate Route training in DMT.
Certificate courses can be taken on a part time basis over two or more years. The certificate program offers the requisite fieldwork and internship components on an optional basis for additional fees.
For additional information about admission to the program, visit the College of Nursing and Health Professions Creative Arts Therapies web site.
|ARTS 501||Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy I||2.0|
|ARTS 502||Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy II||2.0|
|ARTS 503||Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy III||2.0|
|ARTS 552||Therapy Relationship Skills I||2.0|
|ARTS 553||Therapy Relationship Skills II||2.0|
|ARTS 554||Movement Observation I||2.0|
|ARTS 555||Laban Movement Analysis Lab||0.0|
|ARTS 556||Movement Observation II||2.0|
|ARTS 557||Dance/Movement Therapy Theory and Practice - Children I||2.0|
|ARTS 558||Dance/Movement Therapy Theory and Practice - Children II||2.0|
|ARTS 559||Introduction to Dance/Movement Therapy History and Literature||1.0|
|ARTS 563||Movement Perspectives in Human Development||2.0|
|ARTS 564||Group Dynamics and Therapy II: Dance/Movement Therapy||2.0|
|ARTS 651||Medical Dance/Movement Therapy||1.0|
|ARTS 654||Dance/Movement Therapy Theory and Practice III: Adults||2.0|
|ARTS 655||Multicultural Perspectives in Therapy II: Dance/Movement Therapy||2.0|
|ARTS 656||Mental Health Applications of Movement Analysis I||2.0|
|ARTS 657||Mental Health Applications of Movement Analysis II||2.0|
|ARTS 661||Family Dance/Movement Therapy: A Systems Approach||2.0|
|ARTS 662||Advanced Group Dance/Movement Therapy Skills I||2.0|
|ARTS 663||Advanced Group Dance/Movement Therapy Skills II||2.0|
|ARTS 699||Independent Study in Creative Arts Therapy||1.0-4.0|
|Clinical Internship I|
|Clinical Internship II|
|Clinical Internship III|
|The Kestenberg Movement Profile|
|Dance/Movement Therapy Advanced Group Supervision I|
|Dance/Movement Therapy Advanced Group Supervision II|
|Dance/Movement Therapy Advanced Group Supervision III|