Course overview



This in-depth short course offers an introduction to Dance Movement Psychotherapy

This course runs as a weekly 2-hour evening class every Tuesday, over three terms of the academic year (25 weeks). It will include one 6-hour class on one Sunday in term 1 (date TBC).

This in-depth short course offers an introduction to Dance Movement Psychotherapy in the UK and includes theoretical concepts as well as the experience of using movement as a tool for self-reflection.

Throughout the course, theory and practice will be brought together in an embodied and relational learning experience. You'll gain first-hand experience of creative and embodied processes, including group work.

You'll learn core Dance Movement Psychotherapy theory, including professional contexts, and hear examples of case material from a range of dance movement therapy practices in the UK, including practice-based examples with adults, adolescents, and children from a diverse range of organisations, approaches, and services.

Term dates

  • Term 1- 3rd October to 6th December 2023, with a with 6-hour Sunday  (date TBC, 11am - 5pm)
  • Term 2- 9th January  to 19th March 2024 (no session on the 13th February-  half term)
  • Term 3- 23rd Abril to 04 to 21st May 2024

2024-25 Term dates will be announced next year. Check back for further details.

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.

Sessions will include:

  • Introduction to Dance Movement Psychotherapy?
  • Pioneers in Dance Movement Psychotherapy
  • DMP & the therapeutic processes
  • Attachment within Psychotherapy
  • Reflective perspectives on play
  • Developing kinaesthetic awareness & attunement
  • Introduction of Laban Movement Analysis.
  • The significance of containment and boundaries in DMP
  • Introduction to Group Theory

Term 2: Experiential term

Term 2 will be experiential group work. You'll 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'll 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'll have an opportunity to hear about several specialist areas and how DMP adapts to fit the context whilst staying fundamentally on model with its guiding principles.

This Foundation course will provide a good insight into the Dance Movement Psychotherapy profession, however, it is not a licence to practise as 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.

Disability Support

We're committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. If you require adjustments, please complete the relevant section on the booking form and also contact the PSST team so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about this course, please contact Marina Benini.



Booking information

Please note our short courses sell out quickly, so early booking is advisable.


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