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Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) or Dance Therapy as it is also known, is the use of bodily movements as a means of expression. It can be used to treat developmental and social issues in individuals, allowing people to also tap into their creative potential. This form of treatment can either be used as a primary treatment, or in conjunction with any other on-going treatments, depending on the needs of the clients. In the UK, it is considered a psychotherapeutic treatment because of its proven ability to help support emotional, intellectual and motor functions by body movements. DMP is a form of expressive therapy where the individual is able to express their inner emotions and feelings through dancing. It not only helps the body refresh itself by expressing one’s emotions but also helps by physically de-stressing the body.

In this course, you will learn about DMP and understand how DMP was conceived, evolved and modified to suit its use. The Dance Movement Psychotherapy Course will help you build an in-depth understanding of the correlation between the dance steps and their impact on the body. You will learn about the various styles of DMP, so that you may find the style that is best-suited to you and those that you may work with.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

Ideal for complete beginners to the field of Dance Movement Psychotherapy, this course has been designed to supply all the information needed to those who are considering taking up this practice as a career. Students are provided with an in-depth understanding about the purpose and applications of this therapy, as well as of the role of a Dance Movement Psychotherapist, before deciding to commit themselves, financially and time-wise, to a full qualification.

For existing therapists, psychologists, therapists, teachers, counsellors, coaches, carers, nurses, social workers and parents, the Dance Movement Psychotherapy Course will improve upon the knowledge that they already possess and provide some new skills in this area.

The course would also be very beneficial to those who may have friends or family undergoing this form of treatment and would like to get a comprehensive understanding of what it entails and what the benefits are.

Dance Movement Psychotherapy as a Career

To work as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist, the minimum educational qualification required for entry to the profession is a completed postgraduate Masters level diploma in Dance Movement Therapy, awarded by a UK university that has been formally recognised by ADMP.

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What You'll Learn from the Dance Movement Psychotherapy Course

  1. Dance Movement Psychotherapy
  2. Diversity in DMP
  3. Therapy Fundamentals
  4. Becoming a Dance Therapist
  5. What Would You Need?
  6. Work Ethic
  7. Performing DMP
  8. Becoming a Dance Movement Psychotherapist?
  9. Application of Dance Movement Physiotherapy
  10. Course Overview

Introducing students to the course, module 1 outlines what Dance Movement Psychotherapy is and what its uses are. This includes explanations on how it is implemented and how it compares with other therapies, as well as a little of the practice’s history, some recent case studies on DMP’s effectiveness, and how, in brief terms, a session may be performed.

The 2nd module expands on the explanation of what DMP is, by focussing on how and what it can be used to treat, the different styles and techniques that make up the practice, how it differs from regular dancing, and how it can benefit vastly different types of clients in very different ways.

Module 3 describes particular sessions and methods that are used within Dance Movement Psychotherapy to help clients with particular problems and to aid them in overcoming them. As therapists in this area are asking their clients to use movement in their sessions, there are risks attached that they need to be mindful of, these are also outlined in this module.

With the theory out the way and with students having a good grasp of what the therapy can do and how it should be used, the course moves on to explain how to perform Dance Movement Psychotherapy. The 4th module teaches students about the things they need to consider when moving into this career and of the demands of the job that they must be willing to undertake to be successful, such as regular practice and gaining experience.

Module 5 of the course explains various movements and dance types and how they can help clients to express certain things. The module also discusses particular conditions and states of mind, and explains what and how various techniques can help with these.

As a therapist, it is important that you are professional in your practice and fully understand your role. The 6th module of the Dance Movement Psychotherapy Course talks students through several important areas that you need to know about if you are to see clients professionally. This includes understanding not only the applications of this form of therapy but also its limitations, the ethical guidelines, responsibilities and duties you need to be aware of, confidentiality issues, and managing your relationships with, and expectations of, your clients.

Outlining how you would begin to treat new clients by describing a step-by-step process, module 7 gives you an idea about how you would start your own Dance Movement Psychotherapy practice after undergoing further training. In addition to this, the module also explains just how flexible this therapy is when compared to others, its ability to adapt easily and quickly to suit client’s needs.

The 8th module of the course provides students with a road map to follow, should they wish to pursue a career as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist. This includes information on the qualifications needed, skills required, what would be expected of you, gaining expertise and receiving ongoing training/study. An important thing to continue to do once you are in the profession, and when learning about it initially, is to read case studies. These provide extremely valuable insight into how other professionals have successfully treated clients and will help your own practice. With this in mind, this module ends with an in-depth case study for students to follow.

As previously mentioned, DMP can have very broad, but also very targeted, applications. The 9th module focusses in on how this type of therapy can help children with developmental disabilities and learning difficulties, such as cerebral palsy and autism.

The 10th module gives students time to absorb all they have learnt from the Dance Movement Psychotherapy Course, as it summarises and concludes on what has come before. It then guides you in the next steps to take in gaining a career in this area.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Dance Movement Psychotherapy Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

I - Introduction to Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Background Knowledge


Module 1: Dance Movement Psychotherapy

  • Types of Psychotherapies
    • Know Your Work
    • Humanistic Therapy
    • Insight-oriented Therapy
    • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
    • Systemic Therapy
    • Postmodernist Therapy
    • Expressive Therapy
  • DMP as a Type of Psychotherapy
    • Know Your Work
    • Steps of Therapy
  • History of DMP
    • Know Your Work
    • Evolution of Dance into a Form of Therapy
    • Research Studies
    • Future of DMP
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 2: Diversity in DMP

  • The Working Principle behind the Therapy
    • What is DMP?
    • What can DMP treat
    • Physical issues:
    • Cognitive issues:
    • Psychological issues:
    • Social issues
  • Process of Dance movement psychotherapy
    • Preparation
    • Incubation
    • Illumination
    • Evaluation
  • Principles of DMP
    • Mission:
    • Principles:
    • How does Dance Therapy differ from Regular Dancing?
    • Transparency in Dance Therapy
  • Styles of Dances
    • Technique developed by Blanche Evan
    • Approach used by Mary Whitehouse
    • Technique Used by Trudi Schoop
  • Commonly Used Techniques
    • Deep breathing
    • Improvisation
    • Mirroring
  • Benefitting from DMP
    • Allowing People to Express Emotions
    • Stress Relief
    • Physical fitness and Motor Skill Development
    • Improved Confidence and Self Esteem
    • Inspires Creativity and Imagination
    • Physical Health benefits
    • Benefits for Autistic People
    • Benefits for Dementia Patients
    • Benefits for Trauma Patients
    • Benefits for Depression and Anxiety Patients
  • Utilizing DMP
    • DMP for Trauma
    • DMP for Autism
    • DMP for Dementia
    • DMP for Depression
    • DMP for Stress
    • DMP for Self-Esteem
    • DMP for Eating Disorders
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 3: Therapy Fundamentals

  • Techniques of Performing DMP
    • The Chacian Session
    • Body Awareness Session
    • Expressive and Creative method
  • Possible Risks
    • Heart problems
    • Injuries
    • Chronic Psychosis
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

II - Performing The Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Module 4: Becoming a Dance Therapist

  • The Importance of Posture and Practice
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 5: What Would You Need?

  • The Knowledge Base
    • Moving in Circles
    • Gestures
    • Synchronization
    • Personality and unconscious
  • Matching the needs
    • Rage
    • Depression
    • Confidence
    • Introvert
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 6: Work Ethic

  • Know Your Work
    • Why you should know
    • What are the applications?
    • What are the limitations?
  • Standardizing Your Practice
    • Purpose of Ethical Guidelines
    • Professional Duties of a Dance movement psychotherapist
    • Specific responsibilities of dance movement psychotherapist to the clients
    • Professional Relationships
    • Confidentiality and Data Protection
    • Equal opportunity
  • Probing the Client's Past Records
  • Limiting the Realizable Expectation from DMP
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 7: Performing DMP

  • One Step at a Time
    • Assessment
    • Treatment plan
    • Prepare the space
    • Greet your client
    • Build a therapeutic relationship
    • Reassess treatment plan
  • Flexibility
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

III - Becoming a Dance Movement Psychotherapist and Its Practical Application

Module 8: Becoming a Dance Movement Psychotherapist?

  • The Requisites
  • How to Become a Dance Therapist
    • How to Qualify
    • The checklist
    • Responsibilities
    • Skills
  • What You Need to Know for Starting Dance Therapy
    • Gaining the knowledge
    • Building expertise
    • Importance of training
  • Case Studies
    • A Case Study on Autism and DMP
    • Session One
    • Session Two
    • Session Three
    • Session Four
    • Session Five
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 9: Application of Dance Movement Physiotherapy

  • What are developmental disorders?
    • Developmental delay
    • Statistics in Britain
  • How Dance Movement Psychotherapy Helps
    • DMP and ADHD
    • DMP and Cerebral Palsy
    • DMP and Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Summary
  • Course Assessment

Module 10: Course Overview

  • What We Have Learnt in this Course
    • Introduction and understanding DMP
    • Performing DMP sessions
  • What's Next
    • Perfecting your skills
    • Preparing the practice area
    • Schedule and timetable
  • Summary
  • Final Assessment

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

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Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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