The Benefits of ADTA Membership

“Why did I become a member of the ADTA?”

For me, it’s an easy question to answer. It’s the right thing to do given that I studied to be a dance/movement therapist. Not only do I get special rates at the annual conference, information on research articles, access to the American Journal of Dance Therapy, and access to the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) website forums and potential job information —  ADTA membership also keeps me connected to what I love and provides a sense of community.

In addition to the personal benefits I receive, there are additional perks. As a member, you stay informed around professional issues: the maintenance of high standards for the profession via education, legislative efforts, advocacy and professional collaboration. To keep members near and far connected, we have Members-at-Large, who serve as direct links between members of the various regional chapters and the Board of Directors.

To best meet the needs of those interested in becoming members of the ADTA, there are a variety of membership categories to choose from, whether you are:

  • Students (high school and college)
  • Professional Dance/Movement Therapists
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Creative Arts Therapies Practitioners
  • Dancers
  • Educators
  • Somatic Practitioners
  • Institutions (schools, organizations and foundations)

As dance/movement therapists, we thrive on connection and collaboration, and hope that our diverse membership categories offers benefits all those who may be interested in dance/movement therapy. This includes:

  • students of psychology, marriage and family counseling, human services programs, etc.;
  • professional and retired dance/movement therapists (both R-DMT and BC-DMT);
  • allied health professionals such as social workers, nurses, mental health therapists, counselors, behavioral specialists;
  • creative arts therapies practitioners who specialize in art, music, drama, psychodrama;
  • dancers, educators, dance teachers;
  • somatic practitioners – body workers, massage therapist, yoga teachers.

What’s the one thing all of these membership categories have in common? A love of dance and movement, an interest in learning more about the nonverbal impact on inter and intrapersonal relationships, and a desire to learn, support, educate, collaborate, and connect through this shared love. There are so many possibilities.

My question to you is why not join the ADTA? Please feel free to browse the ADTA website, to see if membership in this organization may be the right fit for you.


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