Dance/Movement Therapy Concentration
Movement, to be experienced, has to be ‘found’ in the body, not put on like a dress or a coat. There is that in us which has moved from the very beginning: it is that which can liberate us. —Mary Starks Whitehouse
The Dance/Movement Therapy program concentrates on the power of the creative experience as a vehicle for individual and collective healing. The program’s philosophy is based on the belief that a functional unity exists between the body and the mind and that direct, unconditioned experience of the present moment is healing in itself.
Students in the Dance/Movement Therapy program are trained in classical as well as innovative forms of Dance/Movement Therapy, specializing in the work of Chace, Evan, Whitehouse, Schoop and Hawkins. In addition, the Dance/Movement Therapy curriculum includes the somatic based counseling skills of the Gestalt-based Moving Cycle, in-depth study of Authentic Movement and the interface of Dance/Movement Therapy with current models of Sensorimotor tracking. Dance Movement Therapy students are also invited to dive deeply into the creative process using the tools of imagery, improvisation, rhythm, spontaneity, metaphor and presence, to activate expressivity and aliveness in themselves, and thereby in those with whom they will ultimately work.
Dance/Movement Therapy students are encouraged to participate in the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) through attendance at local chapter meetings and National Conferences and registering with them upon graduating from the program. Students can read about ADTA credentialing at www.adta.org. The Somatic Counseling Psychology program has been ADTA-approved since 1987.
Upon completion of the three-year degree program, graduates will receive an MA in Somatic Counseling with a concentration in Dance/Movement Therapy.