What is dance/movement Therapy?

The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) defines dance/movement therapy as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to promote emotional, social, cognitive and physical integration of the individual.

What do dance/movement therapists do?

Dance/Movement Therapists work with individuals of all ages, groups, and families in a wide variety of settings. They focus on helping their clients improve self-esteem and body image, develop effective communication skills and relationships, expand their movement vocabulary, gain insight into patterns of behavior, as well as create new options for coping with problems. Movement is the primary medium dance/movement therapists use for observation, assessment, research, therapeutic interaction, and interventions. Dance/Movement Therapists work in settings that include psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, schools, nursing homes, drug treatment centers, counseling centers, medical facilities, crisis centers, and wellness and alternative health care centers. Dance/Movement Therapy can be a powerful tool for stress management and the prevention of physical and mental health problems.

What does BC-DMT stand for?

BC-DMT stands for board-certified dance/movement therapist, and signifies that an individual has the experience to work in a private practice setting, teach in a dance/movement therapy training program, and supervise interns. Individuals achieve their board certification upon completing hours of supervised work as an R-DMT, and completing the application process.

What does R-DMT stand for?

R-DMT stands for registered dance/movement therapist, and signifies that an individual is prepared to practice dance/movement therapy in a clinical, educational, or rehabilitative setting.

How do I find a dance/movement therapist?

Search the ADTA website directory to locate a dance/movement therapist in your area. Use the search box to choose the District, Maryland and/or Virginia. https://adta.org/find-a-dancemovement-therapist/

How do i find a clinical supervisor?

Search the ADTA website directory to locate supervisors in our chapter. Use the search box to choose the District, Maryland and/or Virginia. https://adta.org/find-a-dancemovement-therapist/

How do I become a dance/movement therapist?

Please refer to this page on the ADTA website. https://adta.org/how-to-become-a-dmt/