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There is rapidly increasing recognition of the positive impact that art therapies have on people’s health especially within the areas of mental health and dementia. Read more
There is rapidly increasing recognition of the positive impact that art therapies have on people’s health especially within the areas of mental health and dementia. Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) is effective across a very wide range of populations of every age, ability, ethnicity and culture. Requests for trained and experienced professionals in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) are increasing.

This MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy provides graduates with a route to a qualification, licence to practice and registration as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP UK).

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Course detail

The award of an MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy is consistent in its structure and content with the requirements of the Masters Framework for qualification in Health and Social Care, and is a Dance Movement Psychotherapy specific programme.

This MA gives you the opportunity to build on your previous educational studies through a challenging educational and practice experience. It combines applied theoretical concepts with practice placements, during which you'll gain knowledge and skills for practice. You'll progress through the Masters towards an award in stages.

If you exit at Year 1 or 2 you will not be eligible for registration with the ADMP UK as a Dance Movement Therapist; however you may be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Dance Movement: The Therapeutic Process.

Suitability

This MA programme is aimed at graduates from dance and other related creative arts or from education, counselling, social and health based trainings and/or practice.

It is for anyone who is already working in a related field and recognises that dance movement psychotherapy can make a significant contribution to enhancing lives. It is also for experienced practitioners who may not have trained at first degree level but who have a sound working knowledge in therapeutic creative arts.

Stage 1: Postgraduate Certificate in Dance Movement

Three Modules (60 credits):
• Orientation to Dance Movement Psychotherapy (20 credits)
• The Moving Body in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (20 credits)
• The Moving Body: Observations and Interventions (20 credits)
• Practice Portfolio

Stage 2: Postgraduate Diploma in Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Three Modules (60 credits):
• Developing Professional Practice as a Dance Movement Therapist (20 credits)
• Developmental Psychology: Internal and External Influences on Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
• Research Approaches and Methods (20 credits)

Stage 3: MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Two modules (60 credits):
• Demonstrating Professional Practice as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist (Practice Portfolio) (20 credits)
• Research Dissertation (40 credits).

Format

The course is taught with a mixture of experientially based learning, seminars and lectures.

Theoretical content is delivered on Mondays from 9am – 6pm, with students attending a second day per week for their clinical placement at Dance Voice in the first year.

In the second year students continue to attend one day per week at Dance Voice and will research and set up their own off-site placements, which typically are two per week.

The third year has a ten week taught component, and then focuses on independent research and study towards completion of the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy.

The course is underpinned by tutor contact throughout and has a supportive approach. Independent study is typically ten hours per week in year 1 and 3, increasing in year 3 for the research dissertation.

Assessment

The course is assessed with a mix of practical and written assignments for theory, and placement reports from internal and external supervisors for practice. There are no formal written exams, but there are a number of assessed practical presentations in Years 1 and 2. Each module carries 20 credits, except the dissertation, which carries 40 credits.

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Funding

-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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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- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-dance-movement-psychotherapy/. Read more
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- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-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).

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Dance Movement Psychotherapy Taster Evenings, 6pm–9pm

Come along to one of our taster evenings to find out more about the programme. They are taking place on:

Monday 7 December 2015
Tuesday 16 February 2016
Monday 9 May 2016

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Caroline Frizell.

Modules & Structure

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.

Theory and Practice of Dance Movement Psychotherapy 1- 45 credits
Experiential Learning 1- 30 credits
Clinical Placement 1- 45 credits
Theory and Practice of Dance Movement Psychotherapy 2- 60 credits
Experiential Learning 2- 15 credits
Clinical Placement 2- 45 credits

Assessment

Coursework; mid-course case study; final clinical report; placement portfolios.

Skills

The programme enables you to develop:

research skills
understanding of research methodologies
critical evaluation skills in visual, oral and written forms

Careers

Our graduates go on to complete post-doctoral studies, take part in funded projects, progress in their careers, and undergo career changes.

Funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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This course is accredited by the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMPUK), so you'll become a fully registered dance movement therapist with the ADMPUK. Read more

Why choose this course:

• This course is accredited by the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMPUK), so you'll become a fully registered dance movement therapist with the ADMPUK

• You'll develop the skills you need to support the health and well-being of vulnerable people, so it's a really rewarding course to choose

• This course will give you dance movement psychotherapy training and a licence to practice, as well as giving you an academic qualification at masters level

• We will support you during your placement to make sure that you're ready for your career in dance movement psychotherapy when you graduate

• You will be given the opportunity to undertake CPD training in Zero Balancing body work. This concerns the cultivation of sensitivity to the structure and energy of the body.

About the course:

The programme gives you solid experience of clinical dance movement therapy practice, supervision and work in education, as well as further closed group work. The main emphasis is on your work in a clinical environment and using creative skills to explore self-expression. You will be allocated a personal tutor who'll be responsible for monitoring your overall progress. As well as taught components, you'll be required to engage in personal therapy as this is a requirement for professional registration. This is a private arrangement and the cost is not included in the fees. Individual or group therapy is acceptable.

This course is accredited by the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK, so you can be confident that you'll be learning the most up to date thinking on dance movement psychotherapy.

During the course you'll build up your experience of clinical dance movement therapy, and use your creative skills to explore self-expression.

It's important to understand the history of dance movement psychotherapy from the early pioneers through to the current thinking. You'll cover concepts such as the theory and practice of the art form and the importance of improvisation, creativity and play. You'll also use and reflect on psychotherapeutic theory, while considering the implications for placement and practice. Because anatomy and physiology are essential to your understanding of movement and its relevance for psychotherapy, you'll also explore this during the course.

We've excellent facilities including our new dance studio, and have close links with Déda, the Derby dance centre.

You'll be allocated a personal tutor who will be responsible for monitoring your overall progress. As well as the taught components, you'll need to take part in personal therapy throughout the course, which can be individual or group therapy, because this is a requirement for professional registration as a dance movement psychotherapist.

You'll need to undertake health screening at the start of the course to monitor your fitness to practice.

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This course is designed for people who have prior dance experience and professonional or volunteering experience with people in need, and would like to practise as a dance movement psychotherapist. Read more

Summary

This course is designed for people who have prior dance experience and professonional or volunteering experience with people in need, and would like to practise as a dance movement psychotherapist.

Dance movement psychotherapy is a relational process in which a client and therapist engage in an empathetic creative process using body movement and dance to assist the integration of emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of self. We believe that focusing on the creative potential of individuals in a relationship creates a sound ethical basis for psychotherapeutic work.

You will be taught by leading experts who will equip you with the skills, experience, and confidence to work as a dance movement psychotherapist. All graduating students are eligible to apply for registration with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP UK). Graduates often create their own positions; facilitating dance movement psychotherapy sessions within settings including: social services; special needs; schools; psychiatry; probationary and rehabilitation units; forensic psychiatry.

The course offers opportunities for you to explore and expand movement preferences, ways of interacting with others, belief systems, prejudices and values. Emphasis is placed on development of your own style as a dance movement psychotherapist. You also have the opportunity to perform and exhibit your ongoing work in a yearly Arts Therapies exhibition.

The MA in DMP benefits from cutting edge research conducted through the Centre for Arts Therapies Research (CATR) and this feeds directly into teaching. The programme ethos emphasises a critical consideration of different descriptions and explanations of bodies, human systems and therapeutic practices in different places and times. In the context of an individual student's experiences, beliefs, values and different 'cultures', our teaching actively promotes a participatory ethic, self-reflexive practices and the ability for critical reflection on: creative processes, intersubjectivity and the construction of social and power differentials, in learning and in psychotherapy.

Content

The uniquely interdisciplinary MA course in Dance Movement Psychotherapy integrates theoretical, experiential and clinical learning, preparing students to practice as dance movement psychotherapists. Cutting edge research cascades into teaching emphasising the social, biological and psychological construction of the moving body and meaning-making. Students are encouraged to develop a self-reflexive practice and the ability for critical reflection on creative processes.

Key areas of study include Contemporary DMP and psychotherapeutic theories, Feminist embodied reflexivity, clinical placement and supervision (for one-two days a week), dance movement improvisation skills and interventions, embodied performance practice, experiential anatomy for clinical practice, human development, movement and growth, Laban Movement Analysis and video observation.

Embodied practice and working with attention to the art of dance is placed at the centre of the programme. Drawing from Feminist, Psychoanalytical, Phenomenological and Systemic frameworks, the training emphasises the creative role of curiosity and a 'not knowing' position, a respect for difference, and appreciation of the effects that mutual influences have in all relationships.

We also offer introductory courses which provide a useful background in related professions. For more information on our Introduction Courses, Summer Schools and Foundation Courses, see our Psychology Short Courses.

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