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What is Advocacy?

  • Giving a voice for those we serve who have no voice.
  • Providing support to those who cannot help themselves.
  • Sharing our powerful stories.
  • Educating our policy makers, our schools, our communities.
  • Expanding awareness of Dance/Movement Therapy as an essential therapeutic modality.
  • Motivating and orchestrating lasting change.

Current ADTA Government Affairs Objectives:

  • Dance/Movement Therapy added to H.R. 4063 The PROMISE Act / H.R. 271 The COVER Act as a listed complementary alternative treatment therapy for mental health issues for inclusion of treatment for veterans
  • Broadening licensure obtainability for dance/movement therapists across the country

How can you help?

  • Join ADTA Government Affairs Committee
  • Serve on a regional chapter board
  • Participate in Calls of Action
  • Visit your congressional member
  • Call your congressional member
  • Write a letter to your congressional member
  • Email your congressional member
  • Encourage your co-workers, creative arts therapists, doctors, social workers, marriage family therapists, family members, friends, and neighbors to call, email, and/or write letters to their congressional members on the behalf of Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Attend an event where your congressional member is speaking…ask a question regarding Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Take a workshop focused on Advocacy
  • Work with organizations to expand awareness and accessibility of Dance/Movement Therapy into the mainstream of healthcare, education, licensure, legislation, and communities
  • Educate your doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, marriage family therapists, nurses on the value and effectiveness of Dance/Movement Therapy for their patients/clients
  • Share Dance/Movement Therapy research, benefits, and impact with everyone you encounter. (Need materials? Use these clinical information sheets.)


50 Years / 50 Ways to Advocate for Dance/Movement Therapy

Learn more about what others have done.

Find Your Governmental Officials

House of Representatives:



  • Americans for the Arts

  • National Coalition for the Creative Arts

  • National Endowment for the Arts – Dance

  • Arts in Health – Improving our Nation’s Health Through the Arts

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  • Arts, Health and Well-Being across the Military Continuum


  • National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military