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Dance Movement Psychotherapy MA

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Full time | University of Roehampton | 2 years | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

2 years

Start date

SEP

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Dance Therapy Psychology Specialisations Dance

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Summary

This course 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.

The course 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 have the opportunity to perform and exhibit your ongoing work in a yearly Arts Therapies exhibition.

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.

Modules

It is essential for the Dance Movement Psychotherapist to be aware of fundamental anatomical principles in relation to the body in motion and how these manifest directly according to the individual?s resources and abilities. This module offers students an opportunity to integrate an understanding of anatomy in direct relation to their clinical experience with clients as bio-psycho-social bodies. An experiential and theoretical understanding of the human body will be addressed by drawing on a variety of perspectives: anatomical, physiological, biological, neuroscientific. The module emphasises issues of safe practice when engaging in movement experiences with clients. Risk assessment and management is also addressed. Students are encouraged to make connections with their clinical and supervisory experiences and reflect upon the interrelated nature of motion and emotion within a social and medical context.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£7,830

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£10,575

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

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. Applicants will be expected to have prior appropriate clinical experience of having worked within a setting and with clients appropriate to the programme. You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university.

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 history dating back over 175 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