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Foundation Course in Dance Movement Psychotherapy 2021 - On Campus

Course Outline Experiential Workshops These form the backbone of the course and provide participants with an opportunity to express, explore and reflect on the Dance Movement Psychotherapeutic Process directly. Theoretical connections will emerge from the material shared in these groups. In this way students will learn from theory that directly emerges from experience. These workshops will be limited in size (maximum of 16 course participants) and facilitated by a qualified and experienced registered dance movement psychotherapist. While it is stressed that the main emphasis of the groups is educational and not therapeutic, students should be prepared to work with the tensions between their personal and professional learning.

Seminars and Lectures The seminars and lectures are woven into the workshop experiences. Each workshop will be part experiential dance movement and part seminar/lecture. The seminars take the form of presentations of clinical/therapeutic work and opportunity for discussion.

Assessment Course participants will keep a Reflective Log of their experiences while on the course and will create an ‘Embodied Reflection’ of their experiences to share in the last class. This Embodied Reflection will be 3 minutes long and can comprise a combination of dance movement and verbal narrative.

The Reflective Log itself is not assessed for a variety of reasons but primarily because students will be encouraged to keep a record of their personal psychological journey, including photographs and/or images they have made in the experiential workshops. As such the Log itself will be a highly personal manuscript.

You will need to complete a minimum of 80% of the course and a satisfactory final Embodied Reflection in order to recieve an electronic attendance certificate.

This will not automatically ensure a student's entry to the Roehampton University MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy Programme, however, we do encourage individuals considering applying for Professional Training to complete a Foundation Course.

The course is designed to provide an introduction to Dance Movement Psychotherapy for those intending to train as Dance Movement Psychotherapists or who wish to gain some experience of Dance Movement Psychotherapy for their own personal or professional development.

A programme of experiential workshops led by the course tutors whose expertise cover a diverse range of dance movement psychotherapy practices.

Suggested Reading List The suggested reading list is available here.

Course timetable and dates This timetable is provisional - dates and times may be subject to change.  



23 October 1000 - 1630 Workshop 1 Discussion of Dance Movement Psychotherapy as a profession in the UK, entry into training and professional organisation: Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMP UK) & Introduction to an 'Experiential' way of working with dance movement. Introducing DMP: A Social Constructionist Approach.
27 October 1900 - 2100 Workshop 2 DMP History
3 November 1900 - 2100 Workshop 3 The ‘therapeutic space.’ Introduction to different models of psychotherapeutic change.
10 November 1900 - 2100 Workshop 4 The Egalitarian circle and Empathic Reflection
17 November 1900 - 2100 Workshop 5 Authentic Movement
24 November 1900 - 2100 Workshop 6 DMP & Humanistic Approaches
1 December 1900 - 2100 Workshop 7 DMP and Creative Therapeutic Movement: differences and similarities
8 December 1900 - 2100 Workshop 8 Developing Body Awareness over the Life Span
15 December 1900 - 2100 Workshop 9 Developmental Movement & Infant Observation
12 January 1900 - 2100 Workshop 10 DMP and Culture
19 January 1900 - 2100 Workshop 11 DMP Gender and Sexuality
26 January 1900 - 2100 Workshop 12 ‘Observing and being aware’. Introducing Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) as a therapeutic tool
2 February 1900 - 2100 Workshop 13 Developing Personal Interaction Movement Profiles
9 February 1900 - 2100 Workshop 14 DMP and Alternative views of Psychopathology
16 February 1900 - 2100 Workshop 15 DMP and Props
23 February 1900 - 2100 Workshop 16 DMP and Music
2 March 1900 - 2100 Workshop 17 DMP and client populations 
9 March 1900 - 2100 Workshop 18 DMP and Clinical Supervision
16 March 1900 - 2100 Workshop 19 DMP: Reflective Practice and Research
19 March 1000 - 1630 Workshop 20 Solo Learning Statements & Solo Embodied Reflections & Closure