Somatic: Dance/Movement Therapy Concentration

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Approved by the American Dance Therapy Association since 1987, the Somatic: Dance/Movement Therapy concentration focuses on counseling, the healing potential of the creative experience, and the therapeutic properties of conscious movement sequencing. Students in the Somatic: Dance/Movement Therapy concentration are trained in both classical and innovative forms of dance/movement therapy, as well as object relations and self-psychology, the Gestalt-based Moving Cycle, Authentic Movement, and current models of sensorimotor tracking. Woven throughout the curriculum is a focus on inclusivity and the way that one’s particular socio-cultural locations influence the body, expression, and the therapeutic relationship. Somatic: Dance/Movement Therapy students are 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.

Dual Concentration

Qualified students may apply for the Dual Concentration after their first semester of study. The Dual Concentration offers students an opportunity to receive education in both Dance/Movement Therapy and Body Psychotherapy. Students who are Dual Concentration complete an additional 4 credits in order to fulfill the program requirements for both concentrations. Students interested in this option should work with their academic advisor to plan their course work.

American Dance Therapy Association

The Dance/Movement Therapy concentration is designed in accordance with the training guidelines of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) and has been an ADTA-approved program since 1987. The Dance/Movement Therapy concentration fulfills the requirements for the ADTA’s initial registration as a Registered Dance Movement Therapist (R-DMT). Graduates may apply for the R-DMT credential with the ADTA immediately upon degree completion.

International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association

It is possible for a student graduating from the Somatic Counseling Department to use coursework to fulfill the requirements for the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association’s (ISMETA) certification as a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) and/or Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME). 

Degree Requirements

First year, fall

  • CNSS500 Somatic Counseling Orientation Seminar (noncredit)
  • CNSD616 Foundations of Dance/Movement Therapy (2)
  • CNSS621 Body/Movement Observation and Assessment I (3)
  • CNSS623 Group Community Skills I (noncredit)
  • CNSS631 Counseling & Helping Relationships I: Verbal & Nonverbal Skills (3)
  • CNSS646 The Body in Meditation and Psychotherapy I (1)
  • CNSS657 Clinical Neuroscience (3)

First year, spring

  • CNSS610 Social and Multicultural Foundations (3)
  • CNSS637 Body/Movement Observation and Assessment II (2)
  • CNSS653 Group Community Skills II (noncredit)
  • CNSS661 Counseling & Helping Relationships II: Verbal & Nonverbal Skills (3)
  • CNSS711 Career Development I (2)
  • CNSS751 Group Counseling (3)

Second year, fall

  • CNSS605 Advanced Counseling Skills I (2)
  • CNSS620 Human Growth and Development (3)
  • CNSS649 The Body in Meditation and Psychotherapy II (1)
  • CNSS700 Assessment (3)
  • CNSS723 Group Community Skills III (noncredit)
  • CNSS790 Counseling Practicum (3)

Second year, spring

  • CNSS663 Family Systems: Methods of Family Therapy (2)
  • CNSS710 Research & Program Evaluation (3)
  • CNSD716 Specialized Approaches in Dance/Movement Therapy: Therapist as Artist (2)
  • CNSS736 Current Methods and Skills in Psychotherapy (3)
  • CNSS753 Group Community Skills IV (noncredit)
  • CNSS756 Advanced Counseling Skills II: Diagnosis and Treatment in Clinical Mental Health (3)

Third year, fall

  • CNSD871 Internship I: Dance/Movement Therapy (2)
  • CNSS823 Group Community Skills V (noncredit)
  • CNSS834 Master’s Paper Seminar I (1)
  • CNSS801 Professional Counseling Orientation & Ethical Practice (3)

Third year, spring

  • CNSS731 Career Development II (1)
  • CNSS835 Master’s Paper Seminar II (1)
  • CNSS853 Group Community Skills VI (noncredit)
  • CNSD891 Internship II: Dance/Movement Therapy (2)

Total Credits 60