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.
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.
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.
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).