- Build your experience of clinical dance movement psychotherapy and use your creativity to promote self-expression.
- Develop the skills and knowledge to enable you to apply for registration as a dance movement psychotherapist.
- Study a course accredited by the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMP UK) which will lead to UKCP registration.
- Learn the latest theory and practice from experienced and enthusiastic staff
Professionally accredited course
This course is accredited by the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMP UK) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) so you can be confident that you will be learning the most up to date thinking on Dance Movement Psychotherapy. On successful completion, you will be eligible to register as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist within ADMP UK.
Build your experience
This course will encourage you to build on your knowledge, experience and creative expression whilst developing new skills within the field of clinical Dance Movement Psychotherapy. You will be guided by the principles that underlie humanistic and integrative psychotherapy while creatively exploring self-expression through body, movement and dance.
Lectures will incorporate presentations, reflexive discussion and experiential aspects. You will consider the relationship between theory and practice, becoming familiar with the most up to date research and applying learned theories and methods within your clinical placement. You will be supported through weekly tutorials and supervision sessions; these will assist you in developing your ideas and considering critical perspectives when reflecting on your work. Assessments will vary to encourage your creativity and reflective process; these include presentations, video production, facilitation and written critiques.
As well as the taught modular components, you will engage in personal therapy throughout the course. This can be individual therapy or within a group setting. 80 hours of personal therapy, at an additional cost to your course fees, is a requirement for professional registration as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist. We feel confident that you will appreciate the personal and professional benefits of this therapy as a means of support and understanding of the psychotherapeutic process.
We welcome guest speakers and offer perspectives on international, national and global approaches. There is the possibility to develop projects and relationships with employers when you are on clinical placements and develop local and global networks. It is also possible to present your ideas at conferences as well as develop your research ideas.
Understand theory and practice
It’s important to understand the roots of Dance Movement Psychotherapy, from the early pioneers through to the current perspective. You’ll cover concepts such as the theory and practice of Dance Movement Psychotherapy and the importance of improvisation, creativity, and play.
You’ll use and reflect on psychotherapeutic theory, while considering the implications for placement and practice.
The somatic understanding in psychotherapeutic practice is an essential foundation of Dance and Movement Psychotherapy. You’ll also explore anatomy and physiology, which are essential to your understanding of movement and its relevance for psychotherapy through experiential mediums in arts- based practice and in particular dance.
We have excellent facilities, including a dance studio and enjoy cooperation and commonality with the other Arts Therapies.
We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector and for work in schools. This ensures that our curriculum and practice is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change. Please check the website for the latest information.
You’ll study modules such as:
Clinical Placement and Supervision
Placement modules are an important component of your development; you’ll study these over two years, with this being the first module. You will apply your learning in clinical settings and deepen your understanding through supervision and reflection on your practice. This module is delivered face to face where you will learn the process of negotiation with other professionals and reflection with your peers. You will begin to develop your own unique style of working which you will build on through yuor placements as a professional. You will also develop your confidence to reflect on issues when working within particular contexts.
Clinical Supervision and Advanced Practice
During this module, you’ll build on your placement experience from year one. You’ll develop your own personal style based on reflective practice while identifying and justifying your interventions. This module develops your understanding of the relationship between theory and practice, helping you to consider how your ideas may be developed for research and practice.
Dance Movement Psychotherapy: Research, Theory and Skills
This module covers theoretical and practical skills in models of working and research. You’ll study anthropological and sociological aspects of Dance Movement Psychotherapy and its historical, contemporary and cultural context.
There will be practical and experiential ways of exploring this module. You will develop your skills at presenting particular research and your own personal ideas within a Dance Movement Psychotherapy context. You will develop your skills at presenting particular research and your own personal ideas within a Dance Movement Psychotherapy context.
Experiential: Group Skills
In a group setting that includes tutor support and participations, you’ll explore your emotional responses and use of movement and dance to gain a better understanding of both your own and your clients’ reactions. There will be the use of props and you'll develop your ideas through journaling and exploring personal experience and analysis of movement.
Independent Scholarship. The Body Of Work
During this triple module, you’ll conduct a major piece of independently researched work. This module uses your own responses to clinical issues and develops your thinking and practice over a whole year using performance while considering your understanding and personal responses to the therapeutic relationship. The end of the module celebrates your own journey through dance and its relationship to other sensory experiences with a performance.
Movement Observation and Analysis
You’ll look at the role of improvisation and its relationship to movement analysis and the use of movement as a psychotherapeutic intervention. You will learn about your own personal movement preferences and the way in which these relate through understanding the significance of the movement.
Psyche-Soma: The Body–Mind Relationship
During this module you’ll study the relationship of body and mind, examining the effects of the mind on the body, and the role of the body in psychotherapeutic work. This module will involve experience of the body reflected in theory and understanding. This module will involve experience of the body relfected in theory and understanding.
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
You will meet the following members of staff:
- Sally Reid – Acting Programme Leader - A registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist, specialising in young people with past and current traumatic experiences. She has also supported individuals and groups that include elderly clients with dementia, pre-school children and their parents and adult patients receiving palliative care. Previous substantial experience of teaching within secondary education settings particularly with vulnerable young people. Further interests include Kestenberg Movement Profiling (KMP), an observational tool based on Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), contemporary dance and the Brazilian dance martial art form of Capoeira. Sally now aims to develop research to support her therapeutic practice and academic interests.
- Talia Padilla - a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist (DMP) and Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) Analyst with teaching, research, and clinical experience. Talia draws from a combined educational background in music, psychotherapy, yoga, and dance, to interweave body awareness, movement and creativity while working on the psychological and educational aspects in classes. Her work is enriched by a multicultural background. She was born in Mexico and lived in USA, India, Spain and UK. Exposure to diversity enriches her perception of how people from diverse cultures have different ways of thinking, moving and being in the world. She has worked with children and adults in multiple settings, such as cancer palliative care in a hospital; behavior, trauma, and other emotional issues within an educational setting; and infant/child-caregiver relationships. Research interests include the impact of cultural clashes in movement patterns; cultural differences in movement in the migrant community; caregiver-child relationships; the use of movement as a support tool; mindfulness and attunement through movement.
- Dr Jill Bunce - I teach on the course for Dance Movement Psychotherapy. This involves me developing community projects for placement, interaction with placement managers and developing the skills of other professionals. I am responsible for the teaching methods and delivery of the course and the design of the course to professional standards of ADMP (the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapists). I led the Programme from 2007 until January 2019. I specialise in the body and mind relationship in Parkinson's Disease; body image; cultural diverse practice; dance performance and educational psychotherapy.
How you're assessed
You will receive clear guidelines upon the nature of assessment for each module at its commencement. Modules are assessed through the submission of verbal presentations, written work and other art forms including videos, written and spoken language and group facilitation; aimed at demonstrating that you have met the learning outcomes pertinent to the module.
The clinical placements are assessed through the submission of reports completed by the Clinical Placement Manager and the use of Supervision with your University Supervisor. These and your clinical work are then discussed between you and your University Supervisor. You will also need to write a case study which will show how you have approached your work on placement. You will be required to explore and administer the ethical context of writing this case study.
You'll need a relevant undergraduate degree and at least two years’ experience of dance and movement and have worked with a vulnerable population(s) for 200 hours.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding
Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this programme.
If English is not your first language, you will need to hold IELTS 7.0.
You will become a fully registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist with the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP UK). This requires completion of the expected training hours and fulfilling all the hours of personal therapy.
You can develop practice in health, education and in the community and later supervise, lecture and research in the field of Dance Movement Psychotherapy. You can develop your practice and complete top up training for UKCP registration.
You will gain an MA, which will enable you to become familiar with critical reflection and research ideas.
- Nandini Manjunath is studying a professional doctorate in psychotherapy, completing research and supporting clients who are experiencing mental health difficulties and those with a history of childhood sexual abuse and trauma.
- Rae Scudder is a Specialist Wellbeing Practitioner and Wellbeing Client Coordinator at "Inspirative Arts". She project manages a funding grant to support groups and individuals with barriers to employment through a range of wellbeing and psychotherapeutic activities.
- Ellis Frost works across an education federation (consisting of three primary schools) as a Clinical Lead and Head Practitioner delivering psychotherapy interventions to groups and individuals, he also works in a rehabilitation centre and delivers Dance and Movement Psychotherapy sessions each week.
- Christina Gougouli provides monthly Dance Movement Psychotherapy workshops whilst working as a psychologist at a day centre for children on the autistic spectrum. She also co-leads a gender based violence project for survivors of abuse supporting them to build resilience and identify their boundaries through movement interventions.
- Tamara Roberts is working as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist in Trauma Care at Imara, where she collaboratively supports children and families who have been impacted by child sexual abuse. She is also developing a therapeutic service department at Portland College where she will offer Dance Movement Psychotherapy and manage therapist student placements.
- Tammy Lowe works for a children and adolescent mental health and emotional well-being service in Staffordshire as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist and Children and Young Person's Therapist in schools and children's centres. She also facilitates therapeutic group work to meet presenting needs, such as anxiety and depression, and delivers mental health presentations to schools and parenting support groups across Staffordshire.
- Danielle Whiteley-Smith works for a supported housing charity with vulnerable young women affected by trauma and abuse, facilitating Dance Movement Psychotherapy sessions for individuals and families, at women's refuges and local schools. Danielle also provides Dance Movement Psychotherapy for older adults seeking therapeutic support with mental health difficulties for the national charity "Mind".
"This course has absolutely changed my life, not just through doing the training, but also through looking towards getting work after I leave. That's something the tutors really do focus on."
"As an Indian student, at first I found the transition to higher education in the UK difficult. In India I never felt I had room to explore and found the system really rigid. The freedom on this course allowed for so much more than study. It allowed for intense personal development and I found it truly life-changing. I've now gone on to study for my doctorate and hope to teach in the UK in the future."
Graduates, MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy
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Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Included in your fees
- Resources for practical workshops, clinical supervision, some travel to placements can also be refunded
- DBS check
- Health screening costs
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
Optional costs not included in your fees
- Students may opt to engage in international trips and activities that are not fully funded, though bursaries may be available
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.
Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.