M.A. Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA

Goldsmiths, University of London

Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The programme approaches Dance Movement Psychotherapy from a number of perspectives: developmental psychology, psychodynamic psychotherapy, movement observation analysis and the exploration of dance as a creative and therapeutic process. Our training enables you to: acquire clinical and professional skills as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist; enhance your self-knowledge and interpersonal relationships; deepen your awareness of relationship through movement; develop specialist skills in movement observation and movement analysis; promote your psychological understanding of individuals and groups; examine the role of Dance Movement Psychotherapy within multi-disciplinary teams; and investigate current theories of Dance Movement Psychotherapy.

Key features
-The interdisciplinary nature of our teaching enhances your learning experience providing a wealth of professional knowledge and expertise.
-In addition to appropriate knowledge and skills you acquire the maturity essential for professional practice.
-Our programme provides in-depth clinical skills in work with children, adolescents and adults.
-Our programme provides skills training in Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) including LMA in clinical applications.
-We arrange a wide range of clinical placements that are supervised in small groups.


What you study

The programme is divided into two parts:
-Part I gives you the cognitive, experiential and practical understanding of the theory and practice of Dance Movement Psychotherapy.
-Part II develops your theoretical understanding and your clinical practice and relates these to research, leading to the award of the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy.

Parts I and II have three aspects:
-Practical experience of Dance Movement Psychotherapy practice in a clinical placement chosen for you by tutors. Placement lasts 120 days and is managed at the placement and supervised in College.
-Experiential work including exploration in sensation, imagery and movement interaction, movement improvisation, Dance Movement Psychotherapy skills with children, adolescents and adults, participation in Dance Movement Psychotherapy groups with peers and continuing development of dance practice.
-Theoretical studies that draw on the disciplines of Dance Movement Psychotherapy and include psychodynamic theory, systems theory, theories of non-verbal communication and movement analysis, feminist and embodiment theory, psychotherapy and theories of groups.

Part I and II includes an introduction to research and Evidence Based Practice (EBP). This is an intrinsic part of arts therapy theory, practice and reflective processes, enabling you to develop your understanding of research and Evidence Based Practice, and incorporate this into your work as a Dance Movement Psychotherapy.


-Clinical Practice 1 & 2
A core component of the MA is clinical placement where you undertake periods of supervised clinical practice. Placements are arranged by DMT staff and selected according to your particular interests, needs and experience. This clinical training provides you with direct experience of practice with adults and children in different clinical settings and enables you to understand how therapeutic relationships are established and maintained, whilst developing your understanding of the role of the Dance Movement Psychotherapist in the multi disciplinary team. It is a core requirement for registration with ADMT UK that at least six months of your clinical practice is undertaken in a mental health setting.

Placement Portfolios

At the end of each year you will be required to submit a portfolio of your clinical work.


Coursework comprises four course-units, namely: Theory and Practice of Dance Movement Psychotherapy; Movement Studies; Dance Movement Psychotherapy Skills; Dance Practice.

Written elements

-Mid-Course Case Study
In your first clinical placement you consider and reflect upon work with an individual client or group undertaken during one of your supervised placements. In describing the therapeutic process and exploring therapeutic relationships, you demonstrate your understanding of the fundamental principles of Dance Movement Psychotherapy, psychodynamic concepts and organisational contexts including the referral process and an awareness of cultural, social and political issues present in the clinical setting.

-Final Clinical Report
In this 10,000-word essay you identify, investigate and critically review the literature on your selected topic based on your clinical work and drawing from a wide spectrum of issues related to Dance Movement Psychotherapy. This essay demonstrates your ability to select and appraise appropriate literature, and relate this to the theory and clinical practice of your topic. This should clearly illustrate a capacity for safe, effective and independent DMT practice, the ability to reflect and contextualise it within the relevant professional literature and therefore demonstrate the evidence base of your practice.

Assessment: Coursework; mid-course case study; final clinical report; placement portfolios.


You should have an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard, or its professional equivalent, in dance or a related subject area. Non-graduates with extensive experience in a related field will be considered. We give preference to those with two years´ experience in dance and movement forms. Ideally you should have some experience of personal/group and/or Dance Movement Psychotherapy before applying.

English Language Requirements

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Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)

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