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Starting date, Tuesday 5 Oct 2021
6-8pm | 3 terms

Course overview

Dance Movement Psychotherapy Foundation

Term 1: Theoretical term

The first term of the course will explore the key concepts that underpin DMP in creative and interactive ways, through group work, discussion, creative exploration, theory and movement.

Session will include:

  • Introduction ‘What is Dance Movement Psychotherapy?
  • Pioneers in Dance Movement Psychotherapy.
  • DMP & the therapeutic process; making sense of dance movement as the embodied, symbolic expression of experience.
  • Relationships building and attachment within Psychotherapy
  • Reflective perspectives on play
  • Developing kinaesthetic awareness & attunement: the body in therapy
  • “Moving and Discovering”: Introduction of Laban Movement Analysis.
  • The significance of containment and boundaries in DMP
  • Using creativity & play in Dance Movement Psychotherapy
  • Embodied writing- writing about your experience.

Term 2: Experiential term

Term 2 will be experiential group work. You will get to experience and be facilitated in an "as-if" DMP group session. These sessions follow a simple structure of check-in, full body warm up, movement exploration, verbal reflection time, and personal reflective journal writing. You will be expected to submit an essay based on your experiences in Term 2. 

Term 3: DMP Application to practise

The third term examines how DMP is applied to practice in the various settings Dance Movement Psychotherapists work. You will have an opportunity to hear about a number of specialist areas and how DMP adapts to fit the context whilst staying fundamentally on model with its guiding principles.

An example:

  • DMP for children with ASD & learning difficulties
  • DMP with adults with mental health problems.
  • The significance of endings and breaks; finding a way through.

The Foundation will provide you with a good insight into the Dance Movement Psychotherapy profession, however it is not a licence to practise DMP.

A certificate of Attendance will be awarded. The completion of the Foundation course will not automatically guarantee you a place on the MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy.

There will also be one Saturday in the first term - date and time TBC.

The course maybe subjected to change ie. the experiential sessions may be conducted online to follow government guidance on COVID. Any changes will be confirmed nearer the time.


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  • Bloom, K. (2006) The Embodied Self – Movement & Psychoanalysis. Karnac: London.
  • Chodorow, J. (1991) Dance Therapy and Depth Psychology: The Moving Imagination. London: Routledge.
  • Davies, E. (2001), Beyond Dance: Laban’s Legacy of Movement Analysis. England: Brechin Books Ltd.
  • Hackney, P. (1998) Making Connections: Total Body Integration through Bartenieff Fundamentals. Amsterdam: Gordon & Breach
  • Hayes, J. (2007) Performing the Dreams of your body - plays of animation and compassion. Archive: UK.
  • Kestenberg, Loman, Lewis &Sossin (1999) The Meaning of Movement. Gordon & Breach.
  • Levy, F. J. (1988) Dance Movement Therapy: A Healing Art. Reston Virginia: The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
  • Levy, F. J. (ed.) (1995) Dance and Other Expressive Art Therapies: When Words are Not Enough. NY: Routledge
  • Meekums, B. (2002) Dance Movement Therapy. England: Sage.
  • Pallaro, P. (Ed), (1999) Authentic Movement. Great Britain: Jessica Kingsley
  • Payne, H. (ed.) (2006) Dance Movement Therapy: Theory and Practice – 2nd edition. London: Tavistock/Routledge.
  • Stanton-Jones, K. (1992) An Introduction to Dance Movement Therapy in Psychiatry. London: Tavistock/Routledge.


  • Body, Movement & Dance in Psychotherapy. Internal journal for Theory, Research & Practice. London:
  • The Arts in Psychotherapy Journal.
  • American Journal of Dance Therapy.



Booking information

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Starting date, Tuesday 5 Oct 2021
6-8pm | 3 terms


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