After graduating with the appropriate Master’s degree, dance/movement therapists have the opportunity to receive two levels of credentials: first, the title of Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT), and later, with additional supervised, clinical experience and the passage of written exams, the Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT) credential.
If the Master’s program is ADTA approved, graduates are eligible to apply for R-DMT credentials upon graduation. Students who have chosen to pursue the Alternate Route may apply for the R-DMT after all coursework and internship hours are completed. The R-DMT signifies the first level of credentialing and the basic level of competence. R-DMTs are able to seek employment as dance/movement therapists in a facility and work underneath the supervision of BC-DMTs. It is considered unethical for R-DMTs to engage in private practice or practice as a dance/movement therapist without the supervision of a BC-DMT.
R-DMTs accrue work and supervisions hours for the attainment of the BC-DMT. BC-DMT eligibility requirements include two (2) years of full-time, paid clinical work, and at least 48 hours of supervision by a BC-DMT followed by an application process. The BC-DMT credential signifies a higher level of competence, and enables the clinician to train others, provide supervision, and to engage in private practice. Visit the ADTA website for more information on education and credentials.
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