Dance/movement therapy training occurs at the graduate level and involves coursework in the following areas: “psychological theory, human development, multicultural perspectives, group process, behavioral research, psychopathology, psychodiagnosis and assessment skills; DMT theory, expressive and communicative aspects of verbal and non-verbal behavior, movement observation and analysis, human anatomy, kinesiology and basic neuroscience; and clinical applications of DMT with individuals, families and groups.  Programs also require and provide at least 700 hours of supervised clinical fieldwork and internships.”


There are currently two routes to becoming a registered dance/movement therapist: graduating from an ADTA Approved Dance/Movement Therapy Program or via the Alternate Route.

Extensive information on the Dance/Movement Therapy education can be found on the American Dance Therapy Association’s website, including details on prerequisites, FAQs, and other considerations. To determine if a career in dance/movement therapy is right for you, please see: Becoming a Dance/Movement Therapist.

Education Opportunities 

John F. Kennedy University

12 Altarinda Road, Orinda, CA 94563
Telephone: 510-254-0200    
Contact: Rhonda James

This school offers an MA in Counseling Psychology with an Expressive Arts Specialization and emphasis in Dance/Movement Therapy. It meets the requirements for the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) licensure process in California and may meet the requirements for the new Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). (Consult for clarification.)  Further details on the program are provided here.

Embodied Education Institute of Chicago

This institute offers an alternative route of courses in dance/movement therapy, a Laban training program and more!
Email for more information.

Life Is Movement

Palo Alto, Ca
Contact: Bonnie Bernstein