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Foundation Course in Dance Movement Psychotherapy On campus 2022


Course Information

DMP 2020

October 2022 On campus

Duration 20 weeks
Pattern of Delivery 18 x two hour evening classes plus two Saturdays
Start Date 22 October 2022
End Date 18 March 2023
Course Fee


Please note you must first complete & submit an application form.
 Places will be allocated and secured upon receipt of a successful application. The course is suitbale for Health Professionals, Social Workers, Teachers and others interested in finding out about Therapies. The course is offered on a part-time basis for 20 weeks. The course compromises of two full day workshops and eighteen evening classes. 

Please click here for the Terms & Conditions

Please read the  Short Courses & Professional Development Programmes Contract 2020-21 before submitting payment.

Course Code

Course Description
Experiential Workshops

These form the backbone of the course and provide students 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 18 students) 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.


Students 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.

Successful completion of the course requires a minimum attendance of 80% and a satisfactory final Embodied Reflection. A certificate of attendance will be awarded.

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 art therapy 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 co-ordinator Layla Smith and the course facilitators and visiting Dance Movement Psychotherapists from a wide range of fields.

Course timetable and dates

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

Date Time Title
22 October 1000-1630

Workshop 1
Discussion of DMT 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: An Integrative Approach

26 October 1900-2100

Workshop 2
DMP History

2 November 1900-2100

Workshop 3
The ‘therapeutic space.’ Introduction to different models of psychotherapeutic change.

9 November 1900-2100

Workshop 4
The Egalitarian circle and Empathic Reflection

16 November 1900-2100

Workshop 5
DMP & client populations

23 November 1900-2100

Workshop 6
Authentic Movement

30 November 1900-2100

Workshop 7
DMP & Humanistic Approaches

7 December 1900-2100

Workshop 8
DMP and creative therapeutic movement: differences and similarities

14 December 1900-2100

Workshop 9
Developmental Movement & Infant Observation

11 January 1900-2100

Workshop 10
Developing Body Awareness over the Life Span

18 January 1900-2100

Workshop 11
DMP and Culture

25 January 1900-2100

Workshop 12
DMP Gender & Sexuality

1 February 1900-2100

Workshop 13
‘Observing and being aware’. Introducing Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) as a therapeutic tool

8 February 1900-2100

Workshop 14
Developing Personal Interaction Movement Profiles

15 February 1900-2100

Workshop 15
DMP and Music

22 February 1900-2100

Workshop 16
DMP and Clinical Supervision

1 March 1900-2100

Workshop 17
DMP and Music

8 March 1900-2100

Workshop 18
DMP: Reflective Practice and Research

15 March 1900-2100

Workshop 19
DMP & Props

18 March 1000-1630

Workshop 20
Solo Learning Statements & Solo Embodied Reflections & Closure

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