Dance/Movement Therapy: Online Learning and Digital Education

Accessing Dance/Movement Therapy Education from Anywhere

As a society, we are fortunate to live in a time where access to education comes in a variety of forms, from classrooms to print to online courses and digital media. One might wonder — what can dance/movement therapists do with digital education and online learning? It is well understood that dance/movement therapy is based in the body and in relationship with others; however our journey of continued education is necessary and lifelong — requiring learning from others in a variety of ways.

The Digital Leaning Day (DLDay) began as a way to actively spread innovative practices and ensure that all learners have access to high-quality educational opportunities no matter where they are in the world. DLDay reminds dance/movement therapists that, in addition to our wealth of bodily knowledge, we also have a pool of written and digital information from which to learn. Digital learning is defined as any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen the learning experience.

The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) provides several avenues for dance/movement therapists and those learning about dance/movement therapy (DMT) to learn digitally:

  • Videos ADTA Talks, produced in the style of TED talks, is a series of brief videos on YouTube that cover a wide range of topics pertaining to dance/movement therapy. Moments in Dance/Movement Therapy is a similar series of talks by professional dance/movement therapist who share insight  into their work with a variety of populations.
  • Blog The official blog of the ADTA provides original content on dance/movement therapy theory, practice and research in service of public education and outreach to worldwide community.
  • Webinars The ADTA provides dance/movement therapy continuing education via webinars on-demand. These webinars are recorded from professional dance/movement therapists and experts in the mind-body interface and cover a spectrum of topics.
  • Digital Print The ADTA’s professional publication is available in digital format. The American Journal of Dance Therapy has been published twice yearly since 1977. Access to the journal online is free for all ADTA members, whether professional, allied, international or student!

Pick an avenue and learn something new! Better yet; share your knowledge with others via social media–yet another way to spread information digitally. Lastly, consider commenting on blog posts and videos, sharing your own insights and reflections on what is being offered so that the learning process continues via virtual discussion.

Prefer in-person learning? Mark your calendars for the ADTA’s 54th annual conference Building Connections: Dance/Movement Therapy in Our Diverse World in Miami, Florida on October 17-20, 2019.

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