Prepare for a career in which you will use body knowledge, movement and dance to transform the emotional, physical, cognitive, and social health of individuals, families, and communities.
Lesley University’s Master’s program in Expressive Therapies: Dance Therapy with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling equips students with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to become an effective, qualified dance/movement therapist. • Qualify for the Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) credential and graduate with a degree approved by the American Dance Therapy Association• Qualify for the Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) credential in Massachusetts• Gain extensive and valuable field experience• Learn from leaders in the fields of dance/movement therapy and expressive therapies• Study full-time or part-time• Celebrate creative expression through the use of movement and danceThe 60-credit M.A. in Expressive Therapies: Dance Therapy with a Specialization in Mental Health Counseling trains students in the psychotherapeutic use of dance and movement. Students learn to address the emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual health of the individual. Dance/movement is the primary medium used for observation, assessment, research, therapeutic interaction, and intervention. The Lesley Dance Movement Therapy program focuses on using self as instrument, integration of theory and practice, making connections with diverse populations and building community.The Dance Therapy specialization encourages students to become critical thinkers; creative, reflective, mindful practitioners; and instruments of therapeutic and social change. Direct supervised contact with clients from a range of populations is required within the 1150 hours of field experience so that you can leave the program fully prepared for professional practice.Program Coordinator: Dr. Nancy Beardall (617-349-8413)Meet our Dance/Movement Therapy FacultyView the program of study for the Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies: Dance Therapy w/ a Specialization in Mental Health CounselingSUMMER AT LESLEYExperience Lesley's Dance Therapy Program by enrolling in a summer course.Introduction to Dance/Movement TherapyAugust 5th - August 9th
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Dance Therapy students coordinated a procession and dance performances in University Hall as part of the world-wide One Billion Movement. The event was part of an eight-day series of events, lectures, film screenings and more to celebrate Gender and Sexual Violence Awareness Week. View Photos
“Lesley allowed me to explore expressive therapies and clinical psychotherapy together in one program and offered a platform for integrating movement, music, visual art, and drama therapies into the clinical realm of psychotherapy.”
Lesley University and the Laban-Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies are pleased to offer a program in Certified Movement Analysis (CMA). Laban Movement Analysis provides a comprehensive vocabulary and analytical framework for the description of human movement. Learn more.