2014-2015 Dance/Movement Therapy Courses
Graduate Seminar in Methods and Theory of DMT I
This course is a historical overview of the foundations and development of DMT and the relationship of the field to the origins and development of psychology. We will construct a foundation of theories, principles, and values that are basic to the practice of DMT. Students will be introduced to the use of movement interactions as a means of providing clinical services to both groups and individuals.
Movement Observation I
Movement observation I is the first in a series of three sequentially developed courses. The focus of this course is to provide students with a foundational exploration of personal embodiment as the basis for clinical presence in Dance/Movement therapy. We will begin our study through self-observation in the study and practice of developmental movement patterns based on the work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and Bodynamic Developmental Psychotherapy. Students will further develop observational and assessment skills through weekly observation of young children at the Early Childhood Center. The classroom experience will provide an opportunity for students to integrate self-observational skills with observation and assessment of children and to articulate their perceptions through spoken and written language.
Human Growth and Development
This course will outline the inter-relationships between physiological, psychological, cognitive, and sociocultural factors and their effects on human growth, development, and behavior. Students will gain a basic knowledge of brain development and neuroscience as they relate to the theory and practice of DMT.
Group Work Theory and Practice I - Graduate
In this course, students will learn basic theories and concepts of interventions with small groups. We will explore theories such as Irving Yalom’s interpersonal approach, as well as clinical roles and skills needed for the effective practice of group work in varied clinical settings.
Professional Orientation and Ethics - Graduate
Students in this course will learn the ethical standards reflected in, and upheld by, the American Dance Therapy Association Code of Ethical Practice and the New York State Education Department’s requirements for standards for licensure in Creative Arts Therapy. We will also examine each student’s personal ethics as they relate to the role of the profession of DMT.
Movement Observation of Children Fieldwork
Students will spend two or three hours per week at the Early Childhood Center. These fieldwork hours are not counted toward the clinical internship requirement of 700 hours.
Graduate Seminar in Methods and Theory of DMT II - Dance
This course builds on the work in Graduate Seminar in Methods & Theory of DMT I to synthesize the practice of DMT with knowledge of human development. We will explore various clinical circumstances and develop a basic understanding of treatment planning. Students will be exposed to techniques of practice specific to clinical populations such as children, adolescents, physically ill and/or disabled, mentally ill, and survivors of physical and/or emotional trauma and addiction disorders.
Movement Observation II
Students will be introduced to Rudolf Laban’s system of movement analysis—including his vocabulary, notation, theory, concepts, and philosophy—for use in the clinical practice of DMT. Students will also begin to use Laban’s system to analyze their own movement predilections for the purpose of understanding clinical theories such as transference and counter-transference and diversity awareness. The work in this course builds on the assessment and appraisal skills for groups and individuals that were acquired in Movement Observation I.
This course is an introduction to psychopathology, in which students will learn to recognize and assess the signs and symptoms of mental illness. We will study the biopsychosocial framework used for clinical evaluation and formulation of a differential diagnosis consistent with DSM-IV criteria.
Group Work Theory and Practice II - Graduate
This course will expand on the theory and the clinical applications of group work covered in Group Work Theory & Practice I , focusing specifically on group therapy with DMT and other creative-arts therapies.
This class is an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and techniques. Students will learn to apply research techniques such as data collection and analysis as researchers, as well as to enhance clinical interpretation and practice skills.
Clinical Fieldwork Orientation
For one day per week, Clinical Fieldwork Orientation combines course work with placement in a clinical setting that is designed to provide the student with professional orientation and direct exposure to DMT practice, an orientation to health and educational systems, and an understanding of the role and function of the dance/movement therapist within each system. Hours earned in clinical fieldwork placement are not counted toward the clinical internship requirement of 700 hours.
Graduate Seminar III: Methods and Theory of Dance/Movement Therapy
This course is the third in a series of four on the methods and theory of dance/movement therapy for clinical practice. Our focus will be on the experience of embodiment and on broadening and deepening the students’ practice of dance/movement therapy as we examine cultural, spiritual, and socioeconomic perspectives on dance and healing.
Movement Observation III
Movement Observation III serves as a continuation of the course work in Movement Observation I and II. Movement Observation III introduces the fundamentals of the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP), a theoretical-based assessment tool that examines psychological development through body movement. Students’ understanding of Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and its application in the therapeutic process is deepened with the addition of KMP as part of the movement development, relationship, learning, and psychological process. Additionally, ways of organizing observations and developing targeted assessments utilizing KMP will be considered. Students will also learn about current theories in neuroscience and their relation to movement observation.
Clinical Treatment Planning
In this course, students will build on concepts learned in Graduate Seminar in Methods and Theory of DMT I and II, Human Growth, Psychopathology, and Movement Observation I and II to refine their assessment skills in developing treatment plans consistent with DSM-V criteria and the application of dance/movement therapy principles and interventions. The role of pharmacotherapy will be included. We will also examine clinical and treatment planning, with a focus on developing clinical writing skills as they relate to specific settings and populations, including children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics.
Graduate Thesis I
This course will offer students the structure to apply what they have learned in Research Methods toward developing their own research project, with the goal of beginning data collection and a completed proposal (references, literature review and method section) of the graduate thesis. Group support, consultation, and technical assistance will be provided in the class.
Clinical Internship Practicum I
This course will support the students’ clinical internship experiences. We will meet as a group for one hour each week. An intrinsic part of this course is the integration of practical and theoretical work through the use of case presentations and experiential exercises.
Graduate Seminar IV: Methods and Theory of Dance/Movement Therapy
This course will examine clinical applications of expressive arts modalities such as art, music, poetry, and drama for the purpose of understanding their relationship to DMT and how they can be used in conjunction with DMT as a treatment intervention. We will also analyze the use of artistic components of dance, such as choreography and performance, to support a variety of mental and physical health goals. The course will be co-taught by several guest faculty with expertise in play, music, drama, poetry and dance; faculty members will assign their own readings.
Graduate Thesis II
This course will offer students the structure to apply what they have learned in Research Methods toward developing their own research project, with the goal of beginning data collection and a completed proposal (references, literature review, and method section) of the graduate thesis. Group support, consultation, and technical assistance will be provided in the class.
Clinical Internship Practicum II
This course will support students’ clinical internship experiences and build on the work done in Clinical Internship Practicum I. We will meet as a group for one hour each week. An intrinsic part of this course is the continued integration and deepening of practical and theoretical work through the use of case presentations and experiential exercises.