Register your interest in DMT certificate


The Diploma training in Dance Movement Therapy is a two year part time training that offers a pathway toward practicing as a Professional Dance Movement Therapist. The course consists of two years: 1. The Certificate in DMT and 2. The Advanced Clinical Practicum (ACP). After the two year training, you will have completed the requirements for registration as a Provisional Professional member of the DTAA (Dance Therapy Association of Australasia) and be able to practice professionally. You must complete both years in order to practice as a Dance Therapist, however you may opt out of the training after the first year, if you choose, and still apply the principles of DMT to your work and lead therapeutic group dance sessions.


Who is this for?

This first year Certificate is designed for those who are interested in developing skills to work in the field of Dance Movement Therapy in the future, or those who would like to integrate therapeutic dance into an existing related Profession such as Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychology, Teaching, Occupational Therapy, or Physiotherapy. It is also ideal for Arts Therapy Trainees who wish to specialise in Dance Movement Therapy as part of their training. The second year supports students to practice more clinically, and individually, and to gain the required practice and supervision hours to be able to register as a Prof. Prov. DMT.

Course Content

The first year Certificate Course will be experiential in nature, utilising current DMT practice and tools to develop embodied skills and understanding. This experiential learning will be supported by a strong theoretical base, provided through workshops, lectures, tutorials, supervision, coursework and readings throughout the year.

The course consists of six weekend modules - an initial Foundation Module which serves as a base for the rest of the Certificate training. The remaining 5 modules are 3-day weekends, Friday-Sunday April - December 2022. STUDENTS CAN ATTEND THESE MODULES VIA ZOOM. We will provide an online cohort experience with a dedicated online trainer to support students attending in this format, along with participation and interaction with the in person student cohort.

In addition, online evening tutorials and supervision sessions will be offered between the modules on Zoom.

Each student will participate in a 40 hour Placement during the year, to observe, assist and lead in Dance Movement Therapy and other settings to gain practical experience and apply their learning. This can be done outside of NZ. The Certificate consists of 170 contact hours.

Training modules will be taught by experienced Dance Movement Therapists, and will include Guest Presenters who are experts in the field of Dance Movement Therapy, both Nationally and Internationally.

Schedule for training modules is Friday 1-5pm & Saturday-Sunday, 9.30am-5pm (except for Foundation Module). Location: Endeavour Street, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland.


If you would like to apply for the Certificate, please register for and attend the Foundation Module: Fundamentals of Dance Movement Therapy (DMT), 6th and 7th of November, 2021.

You may then apply for the first year Certificate after completing this module if you choose to. The deadline to apply once the November Foundation Module has been completed is 3rd of December, 2021. If a Foundation Module has been completed previously, the deadline to apply for the 2022 Certificate is 1st November, 2021,

Registration for the Foundation Module is now open. If you have attended the Foundation Module you are ready to apply for the first year Certificate.

DMT Certificate Training Modules:

Foundation Module: 6-7 November, 2021

Module 2: 2022 TBC (16-18 April, 2021)

Module 3: 2022 TBC (11-13 June, 2021)

Module 4: 2022 TBC (6-8 August, 2021)

Module 5: 2022 TBC (1-3 October, 2021)

Module 6 : 2022 TBC  (3-5 December, 2021)

1. Fundamentals of Dance Movement Therapy (DMT)

This weekend training will introduce participants to foundational skills and practices in the field of Dance Movement Therapy. The weekend will be highly experiential, with many opportunities to experience a variety of DMT approaches firsthand. Relevant theory and concepts will be presented to support the experiential learning. You will also have a chance to see some DMT in action via video presentations of work with clients, to have a glimpse of where this work may lead you! A wonderful opportunity to gain a fuller understanding of the field, and if it is the direction you want to head in. For Professionals working in a variety of therapeutic fields, this training will give you a grounding in movement based therapy and support your integration of some basic DMT tools into existing work.

  • Overview of DMT Development
  • Chacean Approach
  • Janet Adler
  • Laban
  • Bartentieff/BMC/Developmental Movement
  • Blanche Evans
  • Alma Hawkins
  • Trudi Schoop
  • DMT Concepts
  • Mirroring
  • DMT applications/populations
2. Body-Based Knowing: Systems of Non-Verbal Understanding & Movement Observation
  • Anatomy & Constructional kinesiology
  • Laban Movement Analysis (LMA)
  • Bartenieff Fundamentals
  • Movement observation
  • Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP)
  • Witnessing practice
3. DMT Approaches to working with Children and Adolescents
  • Ways of Seeing Approach
  • Neurological disorders eg. Autism
  • Work in schools
  • ADHD
  • Attachment issues
  • Parent/child work
  • Physical disabilities
  • Cognitive/developmental delays
  • Motor & movement development
  • Working with groups: (tools & Session planning)
4. The Healing Dance: Therapeutic Processes in DMT
  • Use of dance forms in DMT
  • The therapeutic relationship
  • Transference countertransference
  • Witnessing/attunement
  • Psychotherapeutic aspects of DMT
  • Authentic Movement
  • Adult populations
5. From Assessment to Intervention: Clinical Methods in DMT
  • Assessment Tools
  • Laban
  • KMP
  • Movement observation: Level 2
  • Ways of Seeing: Level 2
  • Therapeutic goal planning
  • Intervention approaches
  • Review
6. Further Applications of DMT
  • Ethics
  • Clinical applications
  • Professional practice
  • DMT in Australasia
  • Additional approaches

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