Dance Therapist (3144)

Dance movement therapists apply dance and movement in a therapeutic context. The goal of DMT is not to teach a dance technique. Rather, dance movement therapists apply the elements of dance and movement to facilitate a process that meets the needs and treatment programs of the clients with whom they are working. Dance and movement are applied as a supportive intervention and can also serve as a diagnostic tool. Dance movement therapists work as members of multidisciplinary teams with other educational, medical and mental health professionals. (Dance Movement Therapy Association in Canada, DMTAC)

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The University of Manitoba does not offer specialized training in Dance Movement Therapy, but does offer initial training in Social Work, Psychology, Counselling, etc.. Please view the links below for more information about training programs in North America.

Note that there is currently no master’s level programme 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)

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Date modified: August 6, 2019