Alternate Route Training

lora-alt-rtWhat is the Alternate Route for the R-DMT?

The Alternate Route is a self-directed course of study, with several different options for fulfilling R-DMT requirements. Specific training requirements include: 1) having or acquiring a masters degree from an accredited academic institution, 2) graduate level psychology-related course work, 3) dance/ movement therapy coursework, 4) fieldwork, and 5) internship. (See details of specific requirements using the Handbook link below.) The ADTA and the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board recognizes the Alternate Route as a viable path to dance/movement therapy registration.

The following should be noted by all students pursuing the R-DMT via the Alternate Route:

  1. The student should inform the DMTCB of the date on which they began their first dance/ movement therapy course. Use the following form: Alternate Route Intention Form. The form is to be sent to the ADTA office:
  2. Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board R-DMT Handbook
  3. Alternate Route Dance/Movement Therapy courses do not have to be taken within an academic institution. However, all courses must either be pre-approved or offered through an approved Dance/Movement Therapy program. Only approved Alternate Route courses are listed in the Alternate Route Current Course Calendar.
  4. All Alternate Route courses not offered through ADTA approved academic programs must be pre-approved by the Subcommittee for the Approval of Alternate Route Courses (Refer to the R-DMT Student Handbook for specific exceptions.) Pre-Approved courses are automatically accepted when the candidate submits their R-DMT application.  Courses taken prior to March 15, 2013 do not require pre-approval but are not automatically accepted by the DMT-Credentials Board.
  5. Approval of Alternate Route courses is done by the ADTA Subcommittee on the Approval of Alternate Route Courses, and is sought by the teacher of the course.
  6. If you are using courses taken prior to March 15, 2013, toward your R –DMT application, you must comply with the requirements for documenting in the R-DMT Student Handbook.
  7. Applicants are advised to consider the requirements for licensure as a mental health practitioner in their state of residence.

If you have questions that are not answered in the R-DMT Student Handbook or the links listed below, contact the Chair of the Alternate Route Educators Sub-Committee: Sandra Beggs:

Where can I find out about Alternate Route Courses?

Current Alternate route course offerings are listed in the ADTA course calendar listed above, in the ADTA Forum, under Announcements, and on the ADTA Facebook and LinkedIn sites, linked at the top of this screen.  Check these sites regularly, as new information is posted daily.

Please note: Many Alternate Route courses are not offered on a regular basis. We encourage everyone to contact the provider directly for more information.

Where can I take Alternate Route Courses?

Alternate Route coursework can be taken through an accredited ADTA approved academic program, institutions, or from a specific instructor.  Refer to the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board R-DMT Student Handbook for specific details. For some institutes and free-standing courses, college credit can be arranged.  See course calendar above.

Would you like to offer an Alternate Route Course?

ADTA offers an approval process for Alternate Route courses. Approval indicates to students and the public that courses meet high standards for DMT education. Approved courses also ease the application process for Alternate Route R-DMT candidates.

The DMTCB requires that all Alternate Route Dance/Movement Therapy coursework be approved by the ADTA.  The ADTA Committee on Approval, Subcommittee for Approval of Alternate Route Courses will review courses according to published guidelines. The Application for Course Approval, Guidelines for BC-DMTs Teaching Courses to Alternate Route Students, and Standards for Review and Approval of Alternate Route Courses can be found below.

The Alternate Route education track is in the process of updating education standards, as defined in the Standards for Education and Clinical Training (see below). Educators will need to write their syllabi following the guidelines found in the Alternate Route Education Standards. See pages 9-10 for a list of syllabi requirements and page 10 for examples of assignment descriptions.

These updates to the standards impact the process by which educators apply for course approval.

  • All Alternate Route applications received after January 1, 2020, must follow new guidelines as described on the application form.
  • By January 2025, all courses approved prior to 2020 must be resubmitted (at no cost) to show compliance with new standards. This process will be phased in from oldest to newest courses, as shown in the ADTA CoA Transition to Alternate Route Course Approval: New Standards (below).
  • Courses are approved for a period of 5 years and are then subsequent to re-approval every 5 years thereafter.