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MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy

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Full time | University of Roehampton | 2 years | 26-SEP-22

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Full time


2 years

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Dance Therapy Psychotherapy Dance

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Course Summary


This programme is designed for people who have prior dance experience and professional?or volunteering experience with people in need and would like to practise as a dance movement psychotherapist.

Dance movement psychotherapy is a relational process in which a client and therapist engage in an empathetic creative process using body movement and dance to assist the integration of emotional, cognitive, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of self. We believe that focusing on the creative potential of individuals in a relationship creates a sound ethical basis for psychotherapeutic work.

You will be taught by leading experts who will equip you with the skills, experience, and confidence to work as a dance movement psychotherapist. All graduating students are eligible to apply for registration with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP UK). Graduates often create their own positions; facilitating dance movement psychotherapy sessions within settings including social services; special needs; schools; psychiatry; probationary and rehabilitation units; forensic psychiatry.

Our uniquely interdisciplinary MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy integrates theoretical, experiential, and clinical learning, preparing students to practice as dance movement psychotherapists. Practice-based research cascades into teaching emphasising the social, biological, and psychological construction of the moving body and meaning-making. The programme offers opportunities for you to explore and expand movement preferences, ways of interacting with others, belief systems, prejudices, and values. Emphasis is placed on development of your own style as a dance movement psychotherapist. You also can perform and exhibit your ongoing work in a yearly Arts Therapies exhibition.

The programme ethos emphasises a critical consideration of different descriptions and explanations of bodies, human systems and therapeutic practices in different places and times. In the context of an individual student's experiences, beliefs, values and different cultures, our teaching actively promotes a participatory ethic, self-reflexive practices, and the ability for critical reflection on creative processes, intersubjectivity and the construction of social and power differentials, in learning and in psychotherapy.

Career Options

Graduates can enter a variety of roles including NHS clinical practice within in and outpatient services, community services, prison services, special needs schools, performing arts contexts, drug rehabilitation, in social services with immigrants and asylum seekers, in shelters with women who have suffered domestic abuse, dementia services, learning disabilities services, child and adolescent mental health services.


This module offers students opportunities to develop core clinical skills informed by practice, feedback from observation and reflection. Students will be encouraged to critique methods of observation, acknowledging mutual influences between moving and witnessing. The module provides students with practical opportunities to develop embodied intersubjective skills when working with groups and individuals within a variety of settings. Elements of this module will encourage students to communicate coherently with other professionals both within their placements and in their professional life. The module assists students in identifying present aims and interventions suitable to the needs of specific client(s). Students negotiate with their placement setting, or another suitable setting, to give an introductory presentation on Dance Movement Psychotherapy to other professionals.

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Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be required to hold a good second-class honours degree (or above); in most cases this will be in a dance-related discipline or a clinically related discipline such as Dance, Psychology, Mental Health (Psychiatric) Nursing, or Social Work etc. Alternatively graduate level professional qualifications in appropriate disciplines such as Dance, Drama, Performing Arts, Occupational Therapy, Probation Officers or Social Work, are also accepted.

University information

Located in South-West London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The university has a long history dating back over 180 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more

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