Dance Therapist (3144)

Dance Therapists focus on non-verbal behaviour and encourage clients to use creative, expressive movement to address emotional issues.  Along with other creative arts therapists, Dance Therapists work in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, community agencies, and prisons. They may also work in private practices. (alis)

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The University of Manitoba does not offer specialized training in Dance Movement Therapy.  Please view the links below for more information about training pathways in North America.

Note: There is currently no master’s level program in dance movement therapy in Canada, but there are ADTA-approved alternative routes of study which requires a master’s degree in a related field such as creative arts therapy, social work, psychology, counselling, etc. (Dance Movement Therapy Association in Canada).  The U of M offers training in Social Work, Clinical Psychology, and Education (Counselling Psychology).

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Date modified: May 22, 2020