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What Is Dance/Movement Therapy?

Based on the empirically supported premise that the body, mind and spirit are interconnected, the American Dance Therapy Association defines dance/movement therapy as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical and social integration of the individual. Learn more >

Arts Advocacy Day is March 12-13, 2018.  It is being held at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington D.C.  It is a full schedule of events that you will want to be a part of to advocate for our profession.  For more information Click here. 

A Message from the Executive Committee of the American Dance Therapy Association

The American Dance Therapy Association denounces and opposes all acts of intolerance that are on the rise in our country and around the world represented in the rhetoric and actions of neo-Nazi, white supremacist and other groups whose messages of hate and fear attempt to divide our diverse communities. These messages promoting racism and discrimination have harmful effects on the mental health of individuals, groups, and society, fueling increases in violence, anxiety, and depression while also leading to disparities in the delivery of mental health services.

Utilizing  our skills, training, and compassion to dissipate these attempts at separation, our profession remains steadfast in the foundational principles of beneficence, veracity, and justice. We seek to improve the lives of our clients and the communities we all live in. Ethical practice includes the understanding that we as Dance/Movement Therapists “…recognize the dignity and worth of all persons…promote social justice with a recognition that a just society contributes to individual, family, and community health (and) …address oppression and disparities in power and privilege, resulting in barriers to wellness at individual, institutional, and societal levels…” (Sections 1.1.b, 6.0, 6,0.a, ADTA Ethical Code and Standards)

Following these guiding principles, the ADTA stands at the ready to serve those affected by harmful, damaging, and divisive effects of hate, fear, racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, and violence.

goodday-circle-imageHow To Become A Dance / Movement Therapist  

Are you interested in the intersection between movement, mind and body, health and well-being? Curious about pursuing a career that invokes the healing power of dance to promote wellness in others? If so, dance/movement therapy might be the career for you! Whether you choose to go to one of the ADTA approved graduate programs and OR you choose to an alternate route program, we have the answers to your questions! Learn more >

Allison Fay Winters, Jody Wager, and Jennifer Frank Tantia represented the ADTA and dance/movement therapy at the two-day Creative Forces Research Summit in Washington DC.

Readout: Second Lady Karen Pence Kicks Off Two-Day Creative Forces Research Summit

Today, Second Lady Karen Pence hosted a breakfast at the Vice President’s Residence for the attendees of the Creative Forces Clinical Research Summit taking place in Washington, D.C. At the start of the event, Mrs. Pence delivered welcome remarks to the group of leaders in the field of creative arts therapies, the military, government… Continue reading

Moving Dance/Movement Therapy Forward: The Official Blog of the American Dance Therapy Association

webinar-photo-groupFEATURED WEBINARS: 2016 Creative Collaborations Series

This webinar series offers insight and inspiration for ways in which integrating dance/movement therapy (DMT) and other modalities can enhance treatment. Bringing other approaches into DMT expands options for intervention and provides additional frameworks to focus the work. Throughout the series, dance/movement therapists will learn more about options that may strengthen their practice and other mental health professionals will be introduced to the benefits of using an embodied and creative approach with a variety of interventions.

For more Info >    To register at our webinar hosting site >

2016 Conference Recording

Oral History: Roots to Branches: How Vision, Passion, and Commitment Built a Profession

Second generation dance/movement therapists share their experience in the parallel processes of creating a profession and supporting association. This “oral history” seminar is structured in a conversational, storytelling style that allows for spontaneous exchanges and connections to surface that might otherwise be lost. More >

ADTA CE Hour: 2 NBCC CE Hour: 2 ADTA Member Price: $40.00 Non-Member Price: $50.00 ADTA Student Price: $20.00

ADTA In Motion

Dance/Movement Therapy & Mental Illness – Ted Ehrhardt
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