Register your interest in DMT certificate

Who is this for?

This 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.

Course Content

The 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 lectures, tutorials, coursework and readings throughout the year. Graduates will be eligible to apply for Associate Membership with DTAA (Dance Therapy Association of Australasia).

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.


In 2014, Senior Dance Therapists working with Dance Therapy NZ established a Training Programme in DMT that is offered independently but in close relationship with DTNZ. The next intake for the Certificate Training in Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) will begin in September 2020, with the Foundation Module (Module 1 of the Certificate programme). The Certificate will be offered in a format enabling long distance students to participate in the Training.


If you would like to apply for the Certificate, please register for and attend the Foundation Module: Fundamentals of Dance Movement Therapy (DMT), 26-27 September, 2020.

You may then apply for the Certificate after completing this module if you choose to. The deadline to apply once the September Foundation Module has been completed is 10th of October, 2020. If a Foundation Module has been completed previously, the deadline to apply for the 2021 Certificate is 21st of September, 2020.

This Foundation Module serves as a base for the rest of the Certificate training, which will be delivered in an intensive weekend format Friday-Sunday in five additional modules in 2021. In addition, 6 evening tutorials will be offered between the modules, and can be attended in person or via online video access. Each student will participate in a Fieldwork Placement during the year, to observe and assist in a Dance Movement Therapy setting to gain practical experience and apply their learning. The Certificate consists of 160 contact hours.

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

Schedule for training modules is Friday 1-5pm, Saturday 9.30am-5pm & Sunday 9.30am-5.00pm (except for Foundation Module). Location: Endeavour Street, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland.

DMT Certificate Training Modules:

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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