Goldsmiths University of London Dance Therapy

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Goldsmiths University of London Dance Therapy

This programme provides you with a broad understanding of the theories and practices of dance movement therapy necessary for safe and effective clinical work, and enables you to practise as a dance movement therapist.

Your learning will be underpinned by the principles and practices of psychodynamic psychotherapy within the social, political and multicultural context of mental health care and educational settings. Study is informed by contemporary dance practice, Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and somatic bodywork.

Through theoretical studies, movement observation studies, dance practice workshops, clinical work and experiential learning, you integrate cognitive understanding and practical experience with a developing awareness of self and other.

The nature of the therapeutic relationship is explored in depth through movement and dance and you have the opportunity to put your learning into practice through at least 90 days of supervised placements. This gives you the opportunity to relate your practical experience to your theoretical studies.

You’ll be encouraged to develop your own dance/movement practice and to situate your work in relation to your development as a therapist, to contemporary dance and movement practice. You’re required to be in personal therapy throughout the programme.

On graduation you are eligible to become a registered professional member of the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP UK).

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Dance Movement Psychotherapy Taster Evenings, 6pm–9pm

Come along to one of our taster evenings to find out more about the programme. Our next sessions take place on:

  • Tuesday 29 November 2016
  • Tuesday 28 March 2017

Short courses

We offer a Dance Movement Psychotherapy short course, along with other therapeutic short courses. Visit our short course pages to find out more.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Caroline Frizell

Entry requirements