Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) recognises body movement as an implicit and expressive instrument of communication and expression. DMP is a relational process in which client/s and therapist engage in an empathic creative process using body movement and dance to assist integration of emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual aspects of self. DMP is practiced as individual and group therapy in settings such as health, education, social services and in private practice. The profession is continually informed by research and by initiatives and projects that open up and extend the field of DMP practice.

The introductory day will involve a mixture of experiential and improvisational movement tasks, playful activity and discussion. Areas of exploration will include: (i) developing an awareness of the interrelationship between mind, emotions and the body; (ii) how the art form of dance informs the psychotherapeutic process and; (iii) exploring assumptions and prejudices in our everyday verbal and non-verbal language.

Intended Audience

This day will be useful for anyone wishing to find out more about dance movement psychotherapy. It details how dance movement psychotherapists work in a variety of different settings. It will be beneficial to those wishing to satisfy curiosity, and also enable those who may wish to consider training as a dance movement psychotherapist to reflect on their motivations and skills.

Participants will be expected to engage in experiential and improvisational movement tasks and small group discussions. Comfortable clothing should be worn for dance movement practice.


This day will provide an introduction to dance movement psychotherapy, specifically the integrative approach taught on the MA Programme at the University of Roehampton. It is useful for anyone wishing to undertake training a subsequent career in dance movement psychotherapy and for those who would like to find out more about what is actually involved in practice. A certificate of attendance will be available at the end of the weekend.

Presented by

Geoffery UnkovichGeoffery Unkovich is a lecturer in dance movement psychotherapy at University of Roehampton, and has taught on DMP training programmes at Goldsmith College and in Croatia and Romania. He has extensive clinical experience in the NHS and local council service delivery with dance movement psychotherapy practice for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs.  Geoffery was a council member of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK for four years; being chair of council for two years of his tenure. He is currently a member of the ADMP UK Professional Development Committee. Geoffery is a co-editor on the book Dance Movement Psychotherapy for People with Learning Disabilities, to be published in 2017.  He is a co-founder of DMPLDNetwork, a special interest group for dance movement psychotherapists who specialise in the field of learning disabilities; and is a co-founder of aRTSjAM an Arts Therapies improvisation collaborative. He posits that our life-worlds are sculpted by choices made and how these choices shape our space in the world. These interactions are  further shaped by cultural perceptions of gender definitions that exacerbate or strengthen identity survival in the versatility of expression as man or woman.

Suggested Reading

Allegranti, B. (2011) Embodied Performances: Sexuality, Gender, Bodies, London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Hayes, J (2013) Soul and Spirit in Dance Movement Psychotherapy: A Transpersonal Approach. London: Jessica Kingsley

Meekums, B (2002) Dance Movement Therapy: A Creative Psychotherapeutic Approach. London: Sage.

Payne, H (2006) Dance Movement Therapy: Theory Research and Practice. London: Routlege

Professional Body

Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMPUK) www.admt.org.uk
United Kingdom Council for Pscyhotherapy (UKCP) http: www.ukcp.org.uk


Location and booking information

Date 24/11/2018
Time 10:00 - 16:30
Duration One Day
Price £149.00
Payment Places are awarded on a first paid, first serve basis due to demand.
Venue Whitelands College, University of Roehampton
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Address Whitelands College, University of Roehampton, Holybourne Avenue, London SW15 4JD

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