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 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 perspectives to movement observation; theories and skills, as well as general mental health counseling coursework in human psychological 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 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; elder care facilities; and private practices. Students also engage in new therapeutic application through clinical work and research.

Additional Information

For more information about the program, visit the College of Nursing and Health Professions Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling website.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
CATX 501Foundations of Creative Arts Therapies2.0
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 540Approaches to Addictions and Recovery 4.5
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 I2.5
CTCN 553Therapy Relationship Skills II2.0
CTCN 554Movement Observation I2.0
CTCN 556Movement Observation II2.0
CTCN 560Theory and Practice of Dance/Movement Therapy: Special Populations 3.0
CTCN 563Movement Perspectives in Human Development3.0
CTCN 564Mental Health Applications of Movement Analysis3.0
CTCN 651Medical Dance/Movement Therapy 1.0
CTCN 654Crisis, Trauma, and the Body 4.0
CTCN 655Dance, Culture, and Healing1.5
CTCN 657Dance/Movement Therapy Assessment2.0
CTCN 659Advanced Topics in Dance/Movement Therapy2.0
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
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

First Year
CATX 5012.0CTCN 5074.5CTCN 5034.5CTCN 5044.5
CTCN 5014.5CTCN 5212.0CTCN 5312.0CTCN 5054.5
CTCN 5112.0CTCN 5562.0CTCN 5532.0CTCN 6511.0
CTCN 5522.5CTCN 6074.5CTCN 5603.0 
CTCN 5542.0CTCN 6551.5CTCN 5643.0 
CTCN 5633.0   
 16 14.5 14.5 10
Second Year
CTCN 6014.5CTCN 6034.5CTCN 6044.5 
CTCN 6112.0CTCN 6212.0CATX 6242.0 
CTCN 6544.0CATX 6231.0CTCN 6312.0 
CTCN 6572.0CTCN 5404.5CTCN 6592.0 
 12.5 12 10.5 
Total Credits 90

Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Faculty

Joke Bradt, PhD, MT-BC (Temple University) Director, PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapies. Professor. Research in music therapy, chronic pain, systematic reviews.
Natalie Rae Carlton, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC (Lesley University) Director, Art Therapy and Counseling MA Program. Associate Clinical Professor. New media and art therapy, social justice in art activities, transgender and LGBTQ identity.
Susan Deutsch Laban Movement Analysis
Christina Devereaux, PhD, LCAT, LMHC, BC-DMT, NCC (UCLA) Program Director for Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling. Associate Clinical Professor. Dance movement therapy, children, attachment, autism spectrum disorder, trauma, group work, clinical supervision
Abby Dougherty, PhD, NCC, LPC (Walden University) Core Counseling Curriculum Coordinator. Clinical Assistant Professor. Virtual reality in mental health, mindfulness and contemplative practices in counselor education, creativity in college counseling, learning disabilities, relational-cultural theory in counseling and adult education.
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.
Girija Kaimal, EdD, MA (Harvard University). Associate Professor. Art therapy, educational research, program evaluation, art therapy.
Dawn Morningstar, MCAT, VC-DMT, LP (Hahnemann University) Coordinator of CAT Clinical Services. Assistant Clinical Professor. Specialty in working with children and adolescents, Dance/movement therapist at Drexel's Parkway Health and Wellness faculty practice outpatient clinic.
Marisol S. Norris, PhD, MT-BC (Drexel University) Director, Music Therapy and Counseling MA Program. Assistant Clinical Professor. . Community music therapy, critical pedagogies, Black aesthetics, culturally sustaining practice, radical healing framework.
Michele Rattigan, MA, ATR-BC, NCC, LPC (MCP Hahnemann University). Associate Clinical Professor. Unresolved trauma; post-partum depression and anxiety; disordered eating and body image concerns; self-harming behaviors; dissociative disorders
Minjung Shim, PhD, BC-DMT (Drexel University). Assistant Research Professor. Medical dance/movement therapy, chronic pain management, mindfulness-based interventions, clinical trials, theory/model-building, qualitative inquiries, scoping reviews.

Emeritus Faculty

Nancy Gerber, PhD, ATR-BC (Union Institute and University). Associate Clinical Professor Emerita. 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.
Florence Ierardi, MM, MT-BC, LPC (Temple University) Director, Music Therapy and Counseling MA Program. Associate Clinical Professor Emerita. Clinical improvisation, trauma-informed music therapy, multicultural music therapy perspectives.
Ellen Schelly-Hill, MMT, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC (Antioch NE Graduate School) Director of Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling MA Program. Associate Clinical Professor Emerita. Adults diagnosed with mood disorders, anxiety, chronic pain and with histories of trauma; clinical supervision; ethics.
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