Professionally accredited course
This course is accredited by the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK, so you can be confident that you’ll be learning the most up to date thinking on dance movement psychotherapy. On successful completion, you’ll be eligible to register as a dance movement psychotherapist.
Build your experience
This course aims to build up your experience of clinical dance movement psychotherapy and use your creative skills to promote self-expression. It will also provide you with the skills and knowledge to enable you to apply for registration as a dance movement psychotherapist.
You’ll be allocated a personal tutor, who will be responsible for monitoring your overall progress. As well as the taught components, you’ll take part in personal therapy throughout the course, which can be individual or group therapy. This is a requirement for professional registration as a dance movement psychotherapist.
You’ll need to undertake a health screening at the start of the course, to establish your fitness to practise.
You´ll need a relevant undergraduate degree and at least two years experience of dance and movement.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this programme.
If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 7.0.
You’ll study these modules:
Clinical Placement and Supervision
Placement modules are an important component of your development; you’ll study them over two years, starting with this module. You will apply your learning in clinical settings and deepen your understanding through supervision and reflection on your practice. This module is delivered face to face.
Clinical Supervision and Advanced Practice
During this module, you’ll build on your placement experience from year one. You’ll develop your own personal style based on reflective practice, identifying and justifying your interventions. This module develops your understanding of the relationship between theory and practice, and helps you consider how your ideas can be developed for research and practice.
Dance Movement Psychotherapy: Research, Theory and Skills
This module covers theoretical models of working and research. You’ll study anthropological and sociological aspects of dance movement psychotherapy and its historical, contemporary, and cultural context. This module is delivered face to face.
Experiential: Group Skills
In a group setting that includes tutors, you’ll explore your emotional responses and use of movement and dance to gain a better understanding of your clients’ reactions. This module is delivered face to face.
During this triple module, you’ll conduct a major piece of independently researched work. This module is delivered face to face.
Movement Observation and Analysis
You’ll look at the role of improvisation and its relationship to movement analysis and the use of movement as a psychotherapeutic intervention. This module is delivered face to face.
Psyche-Soma: The Body–Mind Relationship
During this module, you’ll study the relationship of body and mind. You’ll consider the effects of the mind on the body, and the role of the body in psychotherapeutic work. This module is delivered face to face.
You will become a fully registered Dance Movement Therapist with the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy.
You can develop practice in health, education and in the community and later supervise, lecture and research in the field of Dance Movement Psychotherapy.
You will gain an MA, which will enable you to become familiar with reflection and research ideas.
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