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MA / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Year of entry

This course is offered in partnership with Dance Voice. Dance Voice is the only UK practicing Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) centre that offers academic courses and hands on experience treating clients.

There is rapidly increasing recognition of the positive impact that art therapies have on people’s health especially within the areas of mental health and dementia.  Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) is effective across a very wide range of populations of every age, ability, ethnicity and culture. Requests for trained and experienced professionals in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) are increasing.

This MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy provides graduates with a route to a qualification, licence to practice and registration as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP UK).

The three ­year part­-time course has been run successfully in collaboration between Canterbury Christ Church and Dance Voice Education and Therapy Centre, in Bristol for nearly ten years.

The course:

  • is part-time
  • is located at the Dance Voice Education and Therapy Centre in Bristol and commences in September each year

The award of an MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy is consistent in its structure and content with the requirements of the Masters Framework for qualification in Health and Social Care, and is a Dance Movement Psychotherapy specific programme.

This MA gives you the opportunity to build on your previous educational studies through a challenging educational and practice experience. It combines applied theoretical concepts with practice placements, during which you'll gain knowledge and skills for practice. You'll progress through the Masters towards an award in stages.

If you exit at Year 1 or 2 you will not be eligible for registration with the ADMP UK as a Dance Movement Therapist;  however you may be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Dance Movement: The Therapeutic Process.

This MA programme is aimed at graduates from dance and other related creative arts or from education, counselling, social and health based trainings and/or practice.

It is for anyone who is already working in a related field and recognises that dance movement psychotherapy can make a significant contribution to enhancing lives. It is also for experienced practitioners who may not have trained at first degree level but who have a sound working knowledge in therapeutic creative arts.

Stage 1: Postgraduate Certificate in Dance Movement

Three Modules (60 credits):

  • Orientation to Dance Movement Psychotherapy (20 credits)
  • The Moving Body in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (20 credits)
  • The Moving Body: Observations and Interventions (20 credits)
  • Practice Portfolio

Stage 2: Postgraduate Diploma in Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Three Modules (60 credits):

  • Developing Professional Practice as a Dance Movement Therapist (20 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology: Internal and External Influences on Health and Wellbeing (20 credits)
  • Research Approaches and Methods (20 credits)

Stage 3: MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Two modules (60 credits):

  • Demonstrating Professional Practice as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist (Practice Portfolio)  (20 credits)
  • Research Dissertation (40 credits).

All modules are core to the Programme.

The course is accredited by ADMP UK  which is the governing body for dance movement psychotherapists in the UK.

There is rapidly increasing recognition of the positive impact that art therapies have on people’s health especially within the areas of mental health and dementia.  Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) is effective across a very wide range of populations of every age, ability, ethnicity and culture. Requests for trained and experienced professionals in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) are increasing.

This MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy provides graduates with a route to a qualification, licence to practice and registration as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist with the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP UK).

The three ­year part­-time course has been run successfully in collaboration between CCCU and Dance Voice Education and Therapy Centre, in Bristol for nearly ten years.

The course:

  • is part-time
  • is located at the Dance Voice Education and Therapy Centre in Bristol and commences in September each year

The award of an MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy is consistent in its structure and content with the requirements of the Masters Framework for qualification in Health and Social Care, and is a Dance Movement Psychotherapy specific programme.

This MA gives you the opportunity to build on your previous educational studies through a challenging educational and practice experience. It combines applied theoretical concepts with practice placements, during which you'll gain knowledge and skills for practice. You'll progress through the Masters towards an award in stages.

If you exit at Year 1 or 2 you will not be eligible for registration with the ADMP UK as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist;  however you may be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Dance Movement: The Therapeutic Process.

The MA course at Dance Voice has enriched my life, both personally and professionally. Throughout the training, I developed and refined my skills in order to work with a range of different client groups; the process involved theoretical and experiential learning, which greatly helped to develop my confidence.  Tutors were highly supportive as I delved deeper into my own psychological state, and by the end of the three years I was aware of having become a fully integrated and embodied individual.

I am left with a great sense of personal achievement, as well as being experienced and qualified to offer Dance Movement Psychotherapy sessions to others.       

Millie, Dance Movement Psychotherapy Alumna

The course is taught with a mixture of experientially based learning, seminars and lectures. Theoretical content is delivered on Mondays from 9am – 6pm, with students attending a second day per week for their clinical placement at Dance Voice in the first year. In the second year students continue to attend one day per week at Dance Voice and will research and set up their own off-site placements, which typically are two per week. The third year has a ten week taught component, and then focuses on independent research and study towards completion of the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy. The course is underpinned by tutor contact throughout and has a supportive approach. Independent study is typically ten hours per week in year 1 and 3, increasing in year 3 for the research dissertation.

The teaching team are all working Dance Movement Psychotherapists who have studied and achieved at Masters level. Each staff member brings expertise from for example choreography, performance, drama and nursing, together with a wide range of practice experience across diverse client populations.

Students will have access to Canterbury Christ Church library resources including e-books, journals and a specialist health and social care librarian.

There are webinars and workshops available via the CCCU student portal. There is also a librarian on site at Dance Voice and via SCONUL, access to any academic library in the UK.

The course is assessed with a mix of practical and written assignments for theory, and placement reports from internal and external supervisors for practice. There are no formal written exams, but there are a number of assessed practical presentations in Years 1 and 2. Each module carries 20 credits, except the dissertation, which carries 40 credits.

This course is delivered in partnership with Dance Voice.

For fee information please contact admin@dancevoice.org.uk or fees@canterbury.ac.uk.

Additional costs are for weekly personal therapy throughout training, which is a professional requirement. Also you will be required to become a student member of ADMP UK and to have enhanced DBS clearance, both of which will incur a fee.  From Year 2 onwards you will require professional indemnity insurance to cover your practice. 

Apply online via the Dance Voice website

email: admin@dancevoice.org.uk  for the attention of Kate Marsh

You can apply at any time during the year, but are advised to apply by May at the latest if you are hoping to begin training in the autumn of that year.

Specialist features

The special, unique facility offered by Dance Voice is that the students will train inside a working therapy centre and will meet and work with a professional Dance Movement Psychotherapy team.

Research environment

Your research environment will be one in which you have access to a team of 12 practicing dance movement psychotherapists who work at Dance Voice.  All of them have done their own research as part of their training programme, and thus bring experience, insights and support.  

Supervisors

Your research supervisors bring fields of interest such as:

  • Working with difference – the impact of dance movement psychotherapy for differently abled and/or non-verbal clients
  • The potential for connection with spirituality through dance movement psychotherapy
  • The value of community based dance movement psychotherapy for clients with enduring mental health needs

The research supervisors bring experience of supporting past students in their research across a wide field of client populations – for example:

  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Self-harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Young offenders
  • Recovered memories of childhood abuse
  • Autistic spectrum disorder
  • Gender image/identity
  • Dementia
  • Palliative care

A practising dance movement psychotherapist will support you throughout your research dissertation.  The Dance Voice team match you with the member of the team whose own research and practice relates to your choice of research topic.

Fact file

Length

  • 3 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • First degree with honours: from a range of relevant subject areas (e.g. dance, psychology, education, childhood studies) normally with first or second class degree; or

    have a recognised academic professional qualification in a health ­related field such as Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy or Counselling, with additional evidence of ability to study at postgraduate level.

    In exceptional circumstances candidates with significant experience of working in this field who produce a satisfactory portfolio of evidence demonstrating their ability to study at this level, may be accepted.

Location

  • Other

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