- 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 (ADMPUK) which willlead 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 so you can be confident that you’ll be learning the most up to date thinking on Dance Movement Psychotherapy. On successful completion, you’ll be eligible to register as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist.
Build your experience
This course aims to build up your experience of clinical dance movement psychotherapy and encourages you to use your creative skills to promote self-expression. It will also provide you with the skills and knowledge to enable you to apply for registration as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist.
There are tutorials available each week, which will assist in developing your ideas and developing your reflections on your work and understanding the relationship between theory and practice and progress. As well as the taught components, you’ll take part in personal therapy throughout the course, which can be individual or within a group setting.
This is a requirement for professional registration as a dance movement psychotherapist - 80 hours over two years. It is also a means of support and understanding the process of psychotherapy. This is an extra cost to the course.
We welcome guest speakers and offer perspectives on both international and national and global approaches. There is the possibility to develop projects and relationships with employers when you are on placements, and develop local and global networks. It is possible to present your ideas at conferences and 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 thinking. You’ll cover concepts such as the theory and practice of the art form 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 essential to the understanding of the dance and movement practice. 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 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 you’re 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 them over two years, beginning with this 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. You will learn the process of negotiation with other professionals and reflection with your peers and the particular way that you develop through the placement as a professional and will discuss the issues of working in 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, identifying and justifying your interventions. This module develops your understanding of the relationship between theory and practice, and helps you consider how your ideas can 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.
Experiential: Group Skills
In a group setting that includes tutors, 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 use of props and developing 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 and the understanding and personal responses to the therapeutic relationship. The end of the module celebrates the students own journey through dance and its relationship to other sensory experience 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. Students will learn about their own personal movement preferences and the way that they 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.
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:
- Talia Padilla - Programme Leader - 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 - specialising in the body and mind relationship in Parkinsons’ Disease; body image; cultural diverse practice; dance performance; educational psychotherapy
- Sally Reid – 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.
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 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 with you and the University Supervisor. You will also have to write a case study which will show how you have approached your work on placement. You explore and administer the ethical context of writing the case.
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.
2019/20 Fees (August 2019 - July 2020)
£950 per 20 credits*
£14,250 for the full programme
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 Credits|
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
Additional costs and optional extras
You will become a fully registered Dance Movement Therapist with the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy. This involves completing the required hours and fulfilling all the hours of 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 obtain UKCP registration.
You will gain an MA, which will enable you to become familiar with reflection and research ideas.
- Danni Budd- Dance Psychotherapist at Wild Lodge School
- Catherine Clissett is working in special education
- Cecelia Willis is working with refugees and women's issues
- Niki Sofianopoulo is working in Greece as a practitioner
"Studying and working in the field of DMP is as fascinating and as it is demanding. With the support from my tutors and peers, I built myself a skill set of theoretical knowledge, critical thinking and practical experience to lift-off my career. I changed and grew in ways I could not have predicted - it is impossible to not be permanently shifted in a process so revealing."
"My work now involves devising and facilitating a combination of expressive movement groups, parent-child play sessions and individual Dance Movement Psychotherapy sessions with vulnerable women. The organisation specialises in working with issues of trauma and abuse, and clients typically have limited or no intervention from other services, making the work all the more meaningful. I am supported and challenged to find new ways of integrating this field of practice into the community. It feels really pioneering and provides continual opportunities to develop."
Graduate, 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, state-of-the-art 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
- Minimum of 80 sessions of personal therapy approx. £3200
- Travel to and from placements, some placement related expenses are reimbursed if students spend more than £5 per day in travel to and from placement, approx. £150 per month
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.