This programme provides you with a broad understanding of the theories and practices of dance movement therapy necessary for safe and effective clinical work, and enables you to practise as a dance movement therapist.
This programme is accredited by the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy.
Your learning will be underpinned by the principles and practices of psychodynamic psychotherapy within the social, political and multicultural context of mental health care and educational settings. Study is informed by contemporary dance practice, Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and somatic bodywork.
Through theoretical studies, movement observation studies, dance practice workshops, clinical work and experiential learning, you integrate cognitive understanding and practical experience with a developing awareness of self and other.
The nature of the therapeutic relationship is explored in depth through movement and dance and you have the opportunity to put your learning into practice through at least 90 days of supervised placements. This gives you the opportunity to relate your practical experience to your theoretical studies.
You'll be encouraged to develop your own dance/movement practice and to situate your work in relation to your development as a therapist, to contemporary dance and movement practice. You're required to be in personal therapy throughout the programme.
On graduation you are eligible to become a registered professional member of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP UK).
The MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy programme is made up of 240 credits and provides you with a broad understanding of the theories and practices of Dance Movement Psychotherapy necessary for safe and effective clinical work as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist.
It aims to enhance your self-knowledge and interpersonal relationships and to promote your psychodynamic understanding of individuals, groups and society; working with questions of difference, equality and diversity.
Your learning is underpinned by the principles and practices of psychodynamic psychotherapy within the social, political and multicultural context of mental health care and educational settings, and informed by contemporary dance practice and Laban Movement Analysis (LMA). On successful completion of the MA you will be able to apply to the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapists UK for registration.
Assessed by coursework, film, portfolio, case study, dissertation, log and reports
During their training students will gain clinical experience in both child and adult placement settings. Please visit the website for more information.
Key employability skills developed on the course include:
Examples of places that DMP MA graduates are currently working:
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Modern family life has been transformed by high divorce rates, the decline of the extended family, easy access to alcohol and drugs and other social and cultural factors adversely impacting on many of today's young people. By developing your 'play therapy toolkit' competencies to an advanced level using mediums such as storytelling, music, dance and drama, you will be able to work with children who have serious social, emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties.
You will focus primarily on developing techniques in non-directive play, encouraging the child to work towards finding their own solutions to problems through play. You will explore ways of integrating the child as the centre of a social system made up of school, family and teams of support. You will also undertake 100 hours of clinically supervised work with children in a variety of practical settings.
Please note that all applications and queries for this course will be dealt with by APAC, and that start dates may differ depending on your location of study. Find out more on the APAC website.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: we entered an increased number of units for this assessment, up from 11% in 2008 to 33% in 2014.
As you progress, you will develop your own network of contacts and be able to join Play Therapy UK (PTUK) local support groups and meet experienced practitioners. You will join the PTUK as a trainee member, observe the ethical framework and clinical governance requirements designed to protect the public.
You will also undertake 100 hours of clinically supervised work with children in either a primary school, special needs school, nursery, primary health care, hospital, care home or adoption and foster care setting, where you will apply your learning in a practical setting.
Our Faculty of Health & Social Sciences has a well-established Playwork group which has close links with APAC and professional organisations Play Therapy UK and Play Therapy International.
Upon graduation you will be able to practise independently as a Certified Play Therapist in a number of settings including schools, primary health care, care homes, adoption and fostering agencies, hospitals and social services where you will work with individual and groups of children with moderate to severe emotional, behavioural and mental health problems.