October 2017

Duration   20 weeks
Pattern of Delivery   18 x two hour evening classes plus two Saturdays
Start Date   28 October 2017
End Date 24 March 2018
Course Fee   £1150


Course Outline

Experiential Workshops

These form the backbone of the course and provide students with an opportunity to express, explore and reflect on the Dance Movement Psychotherapeutic Process directly. Theoretical connections will emerge from the material shared in these groups. In this way students will learn from theory that directly emerges from experience. These workshops will be limited in size (maximum of 16 students) and facilitated by a qualified and experienced registered dance movement psychotherapist. While it is stressed that the main emphasis of the groups is educational and not therapeutic, students should be prepared to work with the tensions between their personal and professional learning.

Seminars and Lectures

The seminars and lectures are woven into the workshop experiences. Each workshop will be part experiential dance movement and part seminar/lecture. The seminars take the form of presentations of clinical/therapeutic work and opportunity for discussion.


Students will keep a Reflective Log of their experiences while on the course and will create an ‘Embodied Reflection’ of their experiences to share in the last class. This Embodied Reflection will be 3 minutes long and can comprise a combination of dance movement and verbal narrative.

The Reflective Log itself is not assessed for a variety of reasons but primarily because students will be encouraged to keep a record of their personal psychological journey, including photographs and/or images they have made in the experiential workshops. As such the Log itself will be a highly personal manuscript.

Successful completion of the course requires a minimum attendance of 80% and a satisfactory final Embodied Reflection. A certificate of attendance will be awarded.

This will not automatically ensure a student's entry to the Roehampton University MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy Programme, however, we do encourage individuals considering applying for Professional Training to complete a Foundation Course.

The course is designed to provide an introduction to Dance Movement Psychotherapy for those intending to train as Dance Movement Psychotherapists or who wish to gain some experience of Dance Movement Psychotherapy for their own personal or professional development.

A programme of experiential workshops led by the course co-ordinator Layla Smith and the course facilitators and visiting Dance Movement Psychotherapists from a wide range of fields.

Please contact Rachael Furminger for further information: 0208 392 3795 rachael.furminger@roehampton.ac.uk

Course timetable and dates

This timetable is provisional - dates and times may be subject to change.

Date Time Title
28 October 1000-1630

Workshop 1
Discussion of DMT as a profession in the UK, entry into training and professional organisation:
Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMP UK) & Introduction to an 'Experiential'
way of working with dance movement. Introducing DMP: An Integrative Approach.

1 November 1900-2100

Workshop 2
DMP History

8 November 1900-2100

Workshop 3
The ‘therapeutic space.’ Introduction to different models of psychotherapeutic change.

15 November 1900-2100

Workshop 4
DMP & Psychoanalysis

22 November 1900-2100

Workshop 5
Authentic Movement

29 November 1900-2100

Workshop 6
DMP & Humanistic Approaches

6 December 1900-2100

Workshop 7
The Egalitarian circle and Empathic Reflection

13 December 1900-2100

Workshop 8
DMP and creative therapeutic movement: differences and similarities

10 January 1900-2100

Workshop 9
Developmental Movement & Infant Observation

17 January 1900-2100

Workshop 10
DMP Gender and Sexuality

24 January 1900-2100

Workshop 11
DMP and Culture

31 January 1900-2100

Workshop 12
‘Observing and being aware’. Introducing Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) as a therapeutic tool

7 February 1900-2100

Workshop 13
Developing Personal Interaction Movement Profiles

14 February 1900-2100

Workshop 14
DMP and Music

21 February 1900-2100

Workshop 15
DMP and Props

28 February 1900-2100

Workshop 16
DMP and Alternative views of Psychopathology

7 March 1900-2100

Workshop 17
DMP and client populations 

14 March 1900-2100

Workshop 18
DMP and Clinical Supervision

21 March 1900-2100

Workshop 19
Research in DMP

24 March 1000-1630

Workshop 20
Solo Learning Statements & Solo Embodied Reflections & Closure