Dance/Movement Therapy Training (3 Years)

Become a Dance/Movement Therapist!

In this training we harness the intelligence of the body-mind as a therapeutic tool for well-being. Learn Dance/Movement Therapy techniques, methods and approaches for use with diverse clients and groups, and explore cutting-edge research in Movement, Somatic Psychology, Attachment and Interpersonal Neuro-Biology. Bring your professional graduate level skills and experience in counselling and psychology together with the art and science of Dance/Movement Therapy to engage clients through the intricate body-mind dynamic.

What we offer:

  • A three year 27 credit clinical training with all coursework accredited by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA Alternate Route path) for completion of studies that then allow you (after completion of a 700hour internship and supervision) to apply to the ADTA to become a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT).
  • One elective credit in Anatomy/Kinesiology (depending on need within the cohort)
  • Ongoing opportunities to attend professional development workshops and to take part in group supervision as part of the required total supervision hours for completion of the Alternate Route training application made to the ADTA for credentialing as a clinical DMT.

What you will gain from this training is knowledge and skills in:

  • A clinical approach to working therapeutically using dance and movement
  • Facilitating Dance/Movement Therapy for children, teens, adults, and elders
  • Applications with diverse individuals and groups
  • Movement observation and analysis
  • Deepening your own embodiment and knowledge of the process of embodiment
  • Trauma informed practices for Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Dance/Movement Therapy practices for parenting and family healing
  • Movement’s role in human development throughout the life process
  • Understanding use of dance in rites of passage, ceremony and ritual
  • Self and Co-regulation tools
  • Ethical considerations for therapeutic practice in Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Using Dance/Movement Therapy to work with differently abled and developmental differences
  • Cross-cultural considerations for Dance/Movement Therapy

  • Have completed graduate studies in counselling,  psychology, social work or the equivalent graduate coursework as specified by the ADTA (www.adta.org)
  • Have at least five years of concentrated study in at least one dance form such as modern, ballet, jazz, tap, ethnic or folk, leading to competence in the basic fundamentals of dance. Dance training can have occurred at any time in an applicant’s lifetime, but some of it should be recent.
  • Are emotionally mature and ready to commit to the three year training and apply the skills of dance/movement therapy.
  • Have time and energy to commit to this full 3 year training program.

  1. We recommend all students applying to this program have taken our introductory workshop Dipping Your Toes In, as a way for instructors and students to meet and get to know each other through movement.

    Next workshop: Saturday, September 10th, 2022 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm Pacific Daylight Time (Online)

     

  2. Students are asked to submit a short letter of intent that includes information about their current work and background in somatic movement or dance or yoga. Due before deposit deadline.
  3. Submission of a short 2-3 minutes video of a dynamic dance created and performed by you. We suggest the dance be an expression of your interest and passion for movement/dance and working with people. Due before deposit deadline.
  4. To be followed by a 30 minute conversation with a faculty member by phone or Zoom to confirm enrollment and answer any questions the student may have.

Admissions will open in the Winter of 2023 for the 2023 Fall start of program.

All questions and application submissions can be sent to:

Melissa Flagg, Administrative Coordinator info@themovementarc.com

 

What is involved in this three year training

27 Credits in Dance/Movement Therapy Studies and 1 elective credit in Anatomy/Kinesiology:

**In-person courses are dependent on COVID safety protocols, if we cannot meet in person we will meet online.

Admissions will open in the Winter of 2023 for the 2023 Fall start of program.

Courses include synchronous and asynchronous learning time.

*One elective credit in Anatomy/Kinesiology is organized for students outside of the DMT curriculum depending on the needs within the cohort. This course is an additional cost, as some students coming into the training will already have this credit course from previous training. For those that still require it, The Movement Arc will organize a course for students within the three year time frame. 

R-DMT Credentialing:

There are many aspects involved in credentialing as a R-DMT beyond the course work, for all the current information, including detailed descriptions of required coursework, internships, and prerequisite graduate level credits please consult the ADTA Alternate Route HandBook.

Training Schedule

FIRST YEAR: 13 credits

Fall

Introduction to DMT I: Theory, Methods, and Techniques
30 hrs: 2 credits

Introduction to DMT II: Clinical Applications
15 hrs: 1 credit

Professional Ethics and Cultural Competency in DMT
15hrs: 1 credit

Winter

Human Movement Observation and Analysis Part I: From the frameworks of Laban Movement Analysis, Kestenberg Movement Profile
45 hrs: 3 credits

Spring

The Moving Child I and II: DMT with Infants, Children, Youth and Teens
30 hrs: 2 credits

Summer

DMT for The Adult Journey 

30hrs: 2 credits

Embodied Neurobiology: taught by Kalila Homann 

30 hrs: 2 credits

SECOND YEAR: 10 credits

Fall

Human Movement Observation and Analysis Level II 

45hrs: 3 credits

 

Winter

Authentic Movement: Clinical Applications for Adults 

30 hrs: 2 credits

Kinesiology/Anatomy or BioMechanics: this is an elective credit, and is not within the DMT curriculum, therefore is an additional cost for students requiring this course. 

15 hrs (approx): 1 credit

Spring

Body as Voice I and II: DMT for Trauma Treatment

60 hrs: 4 credits

 

Summer

THIRD YEAR: 5 credits

Fall

Group Dynamics in DMT 

45hrs: 3 credits

Optional: Group Supervision & Professional Development (Fall through to Winter)

30 hrs towards internship supervision

Winter

Optional: Group Supervision & Professional Development Continuation (Fall through to Winter)

30 hrs towards internship supervision

Spring

Filling the Empty Space: DMT for Eating Disorders Treatment 

30hrs: 2 credits




Summer

Tuition fees

27 credits (included in 3 years of study): $13,500 + $675 5%GST = $14,175 CDN + additional costs*

A $1620 deposit** is required to register (deposit is 12% of tuition before tax)

Quarterly Payment Plan for 3 Years

A $1620 deposit** is required to register (deposit is 12% of tuition before tax)
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*One elective credit in Anatomy/Kinesiology is organized for students outside of the DMT curriculum depending on the needs within the cohort. This course is an additional cost, as some students coming into the training will already have this credit course from previous training. For those that still require it, The Movement Arc will organize a course for students within the three year time frame. 

*Group Supervision fees are not included in the overall 3 year DMT program cost; this is optional for those Dance/Movement Therapy training students in their second or third year of studies, who have begun their internship hours in a clinical setting.

*Cost of the 3 year DMT program textbooks is not included in the course fees. Students can expect to invest approximately $1000 for required textbooks over the three years of the training, though many books can be ordered through your public library or bought second hand.

*All travel and accommodation required for students coming from outside of the region are not included in the course fees.

**Deposits are non-refundable (please review our policy)

Please Note:

Admissions will open in the Winter of 2023 for the 2023 Fall start of program.

Inquiries welcome any time! 

Our Core Instructors

Hana Kamea Kemble
Tannis Hugill
Donna Redlick
Janet Kaylo
Amber Elizabeth Gray
Kalila Homann

GUEST Instructors

Suzanne Hastie
Dennis McCarthy
Dr. Charne Furcron

And other internationally recognized Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapists and Certified Movement Analysts

Workshops

The Movement Arc offers unique workshops, including an introductory workshop Dipping Your Toes In which is open to non-clinicians. Our workshops are designed for students with different professional goals in Somatic Education, Expressive Movement Facilitation, Dance/Movement Therapy and more!
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