Approved Programs

ADTA Approved Graduate Programs in Dance/Movement Therapy

The ADTA approves programs that meet the ADTA Standards for Education and Clinical Practice. Graduates of approved programs meet all professional requirements for the Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) credential. As of January 1, 2023, all approved programs will need to be in compliance with the revised ADTA Standards for Education and Clinical Practice.
ADTA Standards for Education and Clinical Practice (effective January 1, 2023)
ADTA Standards for Dance Movement Therapy Master’s Programs (effective through December 31, 2022)

A dance/movement therapy education provides students with culturally informed knowledge in four broad core curriculum content areas: History, Theory, Practice, and Professional Development.  The theoretical content that substantiates the core principles of dance/movement therapy includes: Dance, Relationships, Human Development, Neuroscience, and Assessment.  Operationalized competencies for each core area are articulated in the ADTA Standards for Education and Clinical Practice and specific to the following:

  • Elements of dance and movement in health and healing
  • Creativity and aesthetics
  • Psychology of groups and group process
  • Dance/movement therapy group work
  • Therapeutic movement relationship
  • Body/mind integration
  • Neurology of movement
  • Neuropsychology
  • Movement observation, assessment, and analysis
  • Assessment tools
  • Multidisciplinary psychodiagnosis

Programs also provide at least 700 hours of supervised clinical training through fieldwork and internship experiences.

For further information about specific programs, including curriculum, admissions, prerequisites, financial assistance, and housing, please contact each college or university directly.

 

ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY, NEW ENGLAND

40 Avon Street
Keene, NH 03431-3516
Telephone: 603-283-2137
Website: http://www.antiochne.edu/applied-psychology/dance-movement-therapy/

Contact:Tomoyo Kawano, Director — tkawano@antioch.edu

Masters Program in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, Department of Applied Psychology.

COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO

600 S Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605-9988
Contact: Emily Schmidt mailto:eschmidt@colum.edu 312-369-7298

Masters Program in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling. Department of Creative Arts Therapies

At this time Columbia College Chicago is NOT accepting new applications.

DREXEL UNIVERSITY, PHILADELPHIA

Mail Stop 7905, Three Parkway, 7th Floor, Suite 7103, 1601 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Telephone: 267-359-5511
Website: http://drexel.edu/cnhp/academics/graduate/MA-Dance-Movement-Therapy-Counseling/

Contact: Kade Haskins – kth38@drexel.edu

Masters Program Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, Creative Arts Therapies Department.

LESLEY UNIVERSITY, CAMBRIDGE, MA

29 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Telephone: 617-349-8413
Website: http://www.lesley.edu/master-of-arts/expressive-therapies/dance-therapy/mental-health-counseling/

Contact: Nancy Beardall — beardall@lesley.edu

M.A. In Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Specialization Dance/Movement Therapy

NAROPA UNIVERSITY, BOULDER, CO

2130 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, CO 80302-6697
Telephone: 303-546-3572 and 800-772-6951
Website: http://www.naropa.edu/academics/masters/clinical-mental-health-counseling/somatic-counseling/dance-movement-therapy/index.php

Contact: Stephanie San German, Admissions — ssangerman@naropa.edu or Wendy Allen — wallen@naropa.edu

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration in Somatic Counseling: Dance/Movement Therapy

PRATT INSTITUTE, Brooklyn, NY

200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11205
Telephone: 718-399-4532
Website: https://www.pratt.edu/academics/school-of-art/graduate-school-of-art/creative-arts-therapy/creative-arts-therapy-degrees/dance-movement-therapy-ms/

Contact: Julie Miller,  Chair Creative Arts Therapy Dept. jmiller2@pratt.edu

Masters Program in Dance/Movement Therapy

Low Residency Masters Program in Dance/Movement Therapy

Website: https://www.pratt.edu/academics/school-of-art/graduate-school-of-art/creative-arts-therapy/intensive/

SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE, Bronxville, NY

1 Mead Way
Bronxville, NY 10708
Telephone: 914-395-2371
Website: https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/dance-movement-therapy/#.TxnU6bNnV6c.email

Contact: Elise Risher, Interim Director — erisher@sarahlawrence.edu or Jennifer Lemiech-Iervolino, Coordinator — jlemiechiervolino@sarahlawrence.edu


Emanuel Lomax, Graduate Admissions: elomax@sarahlawrence.edu

MS Degree Program in Dance/Movement Therapy.