Foundation Course in Dance Movement Psychotherapy 2019

October 2019

Duration   20 weeks
Pattern of Delivery   18 x two hour evening classes plus two Saturdays
Start Date   26 October 2019
End Date 21 March 2020
Course Fee   £1150

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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 tutors whose expertise cover a diverse range of dance movement psychotherapy practices.

Course timetable and dates

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

Date Time Title
26 October 1000-1630

Workshop 1
Discussion of Dance Movement Psychotherapy 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

30 October 1900-2100

Workshop 2
DMP History

6 November 1900-2100

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

13 November 1900-2100

Workshop 4
The Egalitarian circle and Empathic Reflection

20 November 1900-2100

Workshop 5
DMP & client populations

27 November 1900-2100

Workshop 6
Authentic Movement

4 December 1900-2100

Workshop 7
DMP & Humanistic Approaches

11 December 1900-2100

Workshop 8
DMP and Creative Therapeutic Movement: differences and similarities

8 January 1900-2100

Workshop 9
Developmental Movement & Infant Observation

15 January 1900-2100

Workshop 10
Developing Body Awareness over the Life Span

22 January 1900-2100

Workshop 11
DMP & Culture

29 January 1900-2100

Workshop 12
DMP Gender and Sexuality

5 February 1900-2100

Workshop 13
'Observing and being aware’. Introducing Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) as a therapeutic tool

12 February 1900-2100

Workshop 14
Developing Personal Interaction Movement Profiles

19 February 1900-2100

Workshop 15
DMP and Alternative views of Psychology

26 February 1900-2100

Workshop 16
DMP and Clinical Supervision

4 March 1900-2100

Workshop 17
DMP and Music

11 March 1900-2100

Workshop 18
DMP: Reflective Practice and Research

18 March 1900-2100

Workshop 19
DMP and Props

21 March 1000-1630

Workshop 20
Solo Learning Statements & Solo Embodied Reflections & Closure