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MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy

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Full time | Goldsmiths, University of London | 2 years | 26-SEP-22

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Full time


2 years

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Dance Psychotherapy Dance Therapy

Course type


Course Summary

This programme provides you with a broad understanding of the theories and practices of dance movement therapy necessary for safe and effective clinical work, and enables you to practise as a dance movement therapist.

This programme is accredited by the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy.

Your learning will be underpinned by the principles and practices of psychodynamic psychotherapy within the social, political and multicultural context of mental health care and educational settings. Study is informed by contemporary dance practice, Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and somatic bodywork.

Through theoretical studies, movement observation studies, dance practice workshops, clinical work and experiential learning, you integrate cognitive understanding and practical experience with a developing awareness of self and other.

The nature of the therapeutic relationship is explored in depth through movement and dance and you have the opportunity to put your learning into practice through at least 90 days of supervised placements. This gives you the opportunity to relate your practical experience to your theoretical studies.

You'll be encouraged to develop your own dance/movement practice and to situate your work in relation to your development as a therapist, to contemporary dance and movement practice. You're required to be in personal therapy throughout the programme (please note that this is at your own cost).

On graduation you are eligible to become a registered professional member of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP UK).


Experiential learning takes place in the small experiential group and large group, comprising the entire student and staff group, which meets twice per term. Students own dance movement practice continues throughout the training and support for this is given through Dance Labs twice per term. The experiential groups teach you about the dance movement psychotherapy process, the dynamics of action and speech, psychodynamic processes, the relation between the individual, the family, the institution and society, power relations and the politics of difference, through the experience of moving in a boundaried setting which involves verbal reflection. Dance Movement outside of psychodynamic boundaries provides a contrast and will be a continuation and development in response to the training of your existing dance movement practice.

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Entry requirements

Students should have an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject or, if they aren’t a graduate or their degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that students have the ability to work at postgraduate level. Students should have a minimum of two years’ experience in dance and/or movement forms. They have experience of paid or voluntary work in health, social, education or community services.