Somatic Counseling Psychology
Dance/Movement Therapy Concentration
Dance/movement therapy assumes that a functional unity exists between the body and the mind, and that therapeutic change occurs through direct experience of the present moment. One of the ways to engage the present moment is to stay awake in the body, the sensing, emoting, thinking body.
Movement provides us with a profound medium and metaphor for discovering where we are moving and where we are stuck. Dance/movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, and physical integration of an individual.
Dance/movement therapists value the healing nature of the creative act, believe that movement has inner meaning and purpose, and outer expressive and communicative properties, and that body-mind synchronization is an essential component of healing.
Central to the stated purpose of contemplative practice at Naropa University is the belief that contemplative practices synchronize body, speech, and heart. As this synchronization occurs, it is said that the practitioner becomes a "spiritual warrior."
It is highly recommended that Dance/Movement Therapy students maintain their association with 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 Psychology with a concentration in Dance/Movement Therapy.