Dance movement therapy training programs in Australia
IDTIA: International Dance Therapy Institute of Australia, Melbourne
The International Dance Therapy Institute of Australia has trained dance therapists since 1989 and runs courses at Introductory, Certificate and Advanced Diploma levels. The Teaching Faculty, all experienced professional dance therapists and teachers currently practising in their respective fields, are graduates of the IDTIA Advanced Diploma programme who received their training from American dance therapist and International educator, Dr Marcia Leventhal PhD CMA ADTR.
The Advanced Diploma in Dance Therapy is a part-time coursework, fieldwork and supervision programme run over three years which has an optional exit point at the end of the first year of study. Students exiting after successfully completing one year of study are awarded the Certificate in Dance Therapy and can apply to DTAA for associate membership.
The one-year Certificate training is highly experiential, supported by theoretical teaching and practicum. It comprises 180 hours of direct training hours, supplemented by the dyad movement observation project (20 hours) and the dance therapy practice project (20 hours) to learn from experienced dance therapists and begin to contribute under their supervision. The course is structured into six intensive week-end training modules and evening tutorials which include: Dance movement processes, History of dance therapy as a healing art, Creative processes and group processes, Human development related to movement studies, Theoretical frameworks and healing modalities, and Therapeutic application. Training is in three major areas: personal movement experience - to understand the power of dance in contributing to growth and change; theoretic/conceptual including relevant developmental, humanistic and psycho-dynamic frameworks; and application of dance to populations with therapeutic needs. There is provision for interstate students through the module system and interstate tutors.
Successful completion of the IDTIA Certificate can lead on to the two year Diploma in Dance Therapy which includes 84 hours of direct training, supplemented with the peer run study group meetings (12 hours), the additional dyad movement observation project (20 hours) and 180 hours fieldwork with regular supervision provided by experienced dance therapists currently practising in the field. At Diploma level trainees are conducting their own dance therapy programs and, on award of the Advanced Diploma, can apply to DTAA for professional membership.
The Institute is also developing an Alumni program for IDTIA graduates with Advanced short courses, including training facilitated by IDTIA Founding Director of Training, Dr. Marcia Leventhal.
Attendance at an Introduction to Dance Therapy workshop is expected for selection and orientation. For information about introductory workshop and application forms, please ring IDTIA's Administrator: Michele Braban (03) 9578 7109 or Email
International Dance Therapy Institute of Australia, PO Box 274, Elsternwick Vic 3185
Wesley Institute, Sydney
Wesley Institute, Sydney, has closed down its dance-movement therapy program as of 2011.
A comprehensive list of dance therapy training programs is available from the ADTA website
New York, USA
MA Dance & Somatic Well-Being: Connections to the Living Body
Connections to the Living Body is a unique visionary and pioneering program offering a professional training in Dance & Somatic Movement Education. The program is on the cutting edge of contemporary international practice, exploring the creative skills required to practice with ingenuity, individuality, insight and sensitivity. All sessions are taught in the spirit of self-discovery, non-judgment and self-reflexivity. The course is facilitated through open-ended processes of self-discovery and sensory-imaginal heart-centred educative models.
University of Central Lancashire
School of Creative & Performing Arts
Preston PRI 2HE UK
Phone: 0044 (0)1772 201201 ext 5349
The International Somatic Movement Education Therapy Association
MSc in Dance Movement Psychotherapy
School of Health Sciences, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland
Introduction to Dance Movement Psychotherapy
Introduction to Drama Therapy
The MSc in Dance Movement Psychotherapy is an exciting new programme that offers licence to practice. Further information relating to this programme can be found on this page, along with downloadable application forms.
Introductory short courses to Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Dramatherapy are also available for CPD purposes. For further information relating to these programmes, along with downloadable applications forms, please visit this page.
Dance of Life® & Dance Therapy Training Program
Petra Klein and the Jardín Mariposa Team
International Institute for Dance Therapy, IIDT
Jardín Mariposa, Tenerife, España
First UK Certification Programme in Laban Movement Studies
DMPS (Dance Movement Psychotherapy Scotland), Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
bring LMA/BF training from Laban Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS), NY, to the UK.
LMA is not simply a tool to 'understand, classify and interpret human movement' but a framework that enables the student to become immersed in their embodied experience of self, offering a new depth of self-knowledge and a clearer awareness of other. Laban Studies raise the profile and volume of non-verbal expression - in artistic and mundane contexts.
Programme Coordinator: Karen Studd CMA ISMETA, Principal Assistant: Susan Scarth SrDMP CMA
US and UK 'aficionados' are invited as guest lecturers, bringing their rich history and application of LMA to the learning experience. Karen herself brings a wealth of knowledge and teaches across the US and internationally. In 2008 the US media were fascinated by the application of LMA to the US Presidential campaign; Karen and her colleague Karen Bradley (Chairperson of LIMS NY) appearing on US television to illustrate their findings. This demonstrates the applicability of LMA in a political context. See July 2008 MSNBC's 'Hardball' and the Washington Post, Body Language: What McCain and Obama Reveal.
The Edinburgh programme offers the potential for a strong and innovative learning experience based in a World Heritage city. Those who will benefit from the depth and breadth of these studies include dance movement therapists, actors, artists, musicians, health and body practitioners.
Roehampton University, UK: MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy.
The uniquely interdisciplinary MA course in DMP integrates theoretical, experiential and clinical learning, preparing students to practice as dance movement psychotherapists. Cutting edge research cascades into teaching emphasising the social, biological and psychological construction of the moving body and meaning-making. Students are encouraged to develop a self-reflexive practice and the ability for critical reflection on creative processes. On successful completion of the MA students enter the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK professional register.
Programmes: MA DMP. PHD DMP. Foundation Course in Dance Movement Psychotherapy.
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