Expressive Therapies

Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Dance/Movement Therapy

Master of Arts (MA), on-campus or low-residency graduate program

Move people toward wellness.

Dance/movement therapy is a powerful, creative, and effective method of mental health treatment. At Lesley, investigate the power of dance and movement as a therapeutic outlet for individuals, groups, and communities. As you train to qualify as both a dance/movement therapist and licensed mental health counselor, be mentored by faculty who pioneered the field. From them, learn proven strategies for opening channels of expression and nonverbal communication.

Here, you’ll learn to address the emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual health of individuals using dance as a lens for observation, research, and intervention. Throughout your studies, you’ll increase your awareness of socio-cultural dynamics in yourself and others, and become skilled in intrapersonal reflections, integrating theory and practice, making connections with different populations, and building community.

Our dance/movement specialization encourages you to become a critical thinker, creative and reflective practitioner, and instrument of therapeutic and social change. Your professors will be prominent therapists in the field, with specializations that include children, adolescents, adults, older adults, conflict resolution, trauma, family systems, somatic and spiritual development, and more.

Program Structure

On-Campus or Low-Residency Program

60 Credits
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Neusa Araujo-Furtado ’17

For Neusa, traditional batuque dance is more than a means of staying in touch with her Cape Verdean roots. It’s a tool for educating and empowering others. Knowing full well the potential of dance to promote personal transformation, today she works with urban youth, using dance and movement techniques to facilitate healing, positive body image, and social skills.

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On-Campus Option

Become part of a community of artists and scholars in Cambridge while pursuing your degree. Gain in-person access to leaders in the field and benefit from Lesley’s professional network in and around Greater Boston and New England. Taking three to four courses per semester, immerse in rigorous study and complete your program within a two to three year sequence.

Best if you:

  • Live near Cambridge or are able to relocate
  • Enjoy the rigor of an intensive program and want to take advantage of internships in Greater Boston
  • Want face-to-face time with faculty and peers and to become integrated into campus life
  • Are not planning to work full-time during your studies
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Low-Residency Option

Participate in one 3-week summer residency per year on Lesley University’s Cambridge campus. Between residencies, continue your studies online with Lesley faculty and through supervised field experiences in your community. Your courses correspond with those of our on-campus program, and will be completed within three years.

Best if you:

  • Live at a distance
  • Enjoy the flexibility of online learning
  • Want to take fewer courses at a time
  • Would like to complete internships/research in your community
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Program Cost Description
Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Tuition
    $1,100/credit x 60
    $66,000
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $2,180
    Materials Fee
    $350
    Registration Fee
    $320
    Activity Fee
    $180
    Practicum Fee
    $140
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

  • Tuition
    $1,100/credit x 60
    $66,000
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $2,180
    Registration Fee
    $360
    Materials Fee
    $350
    Practicum Fee
    $140
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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