ECArTE Full Member
Barcelona: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Course Title: Masters and Postgraduate Diploma in Dance Movement Therapy
Duration: Three years part-time for the MA
One year for the Postgraduate Diploma
This course is aimed at applicants holding a bachelor’s degree, professionals of psychology, pedagogy and medicine, and other graduates or professionals with experience in dance and/or expressive movement. Other professionals without a university qualification, with previous assessment of their curriculum vitae, can also apply and obtain the Master’s Degree Title.
• to be able to read English without many difficulties
• to undertake a personal psychotherapeutic process during the course
• to have done a dance movement therapy introductory course
• an oral and movement interview.
*Students with prior clinical experience can undertake the MA course in two years, starting their clinical placement and supervision during the first year of the course.
Course Philosophy and Main Theoretical Approaches:
The master’s degree offers a comprehensive training in DMT and consists of theoretical and experiential sessions, clinical practice, supervision and research – a total of 100 ECTS.
The course adopts a multidisciplinary focus, building on a psychodynamic and general inter-subjective psychological orientation. It includes professionals and students from nearly twenty different countries, and more than 300 students have completed the course over the last eleven years.
Year One (30 ECTS, equal to postgraduate degree)
The bases of DMT (10 ECTS)
• Dance movement theory: history and theory (2.5 ECTS)
• Dance movement theory: Child Kills (1.25 ECTS)
• Dance movement theory: Adult Skills (1.25 ECTS)
• Movement observation and analysis (6 ECTS)
• Movement Observation and Analysis: Clinical Applications I (1.5 ECTS)
• Anatomy of movement (1.5 ECTS)
• Embodiment theories (1.5 ECTS)
Self experience and analysis (10 ECTS)
• Movement observation and analysis (6 ECTS)
• Preparation: Dance Movement Theory (4 ECTS)
Theoretical underpinnings of DMT (10 ECTS)
• Psychotherapy: Introduction to Theory and Practice (2.25 ECTS)
• Psychology: Developmental Perspectives (3 ECTS)
• Group Psychology: Group Dynamics (2.25 ECTS)
• Psychopathology (2.5 ECTS)
Year Two (40 ECTS)
Advanced experience and analysis (10 ECTS)
• Movement Observation and Analysis: Clinical Applications ii (1.5 ECTS)
• Advanced Movement and Analysis (2.25 ECTS)
• Embodiment Theories ii (1.25 ECTS)
• Group Psychology: Group Dynamics ii (1.25 ECTS)
• Preparation: Dance Movement Theory ii (4 ECTS)
Theoretical pillars and interventions in DMT (10 ECTS)
• Psychotherapy: Introduction to Theory and Practice ii (2.25 ECTS)
• Psychology: Developmental Perspectives ii (1.25 ECTS)
• Dance movement theory: Child Skills ii (3 ECTS)
• Dance movement theory: Adult Skills ii (3 ECTS)
• Theory & Practice of Creative Arts Therapies (2.25 ECTS)
Research (10 ECTS)
• Case Study (4 ECTS)
• Research and dissertation: comparative methodology in the different psychotherapies (6 ECTS)
Year Three (30 ECTS)
Supervised clinical practice
• Clinical Placement as assistant and therapist in training (15 ECTS)
• Group supervision (5 ECTS)
* Module 7 extends normally over the years two and three: taught classes take place during the year two, individual tutorials, methodology and writing up of the research takes place during the year three.
Qualification Awarded: MA in Dance Movement Therapy
Language: All modules are taught in Spanish
Student Exchange Opportunities:
The University is currently not able to offer any student exchange or clinical placement opportunities with ECArTE member universities
Peer reviewed internationally distributed scientific publications in arts therapies:
Panhofer, H. (2008). Forgotten moments in supervision: the challenge for their recuperation. In Payne, H. (comp). Supervision in Dance Movement Therapy. London: Routledge.
Panhofer, H., García, M.E. & Zelaskowski, P. (submitted). The challenge of working with the embodied mind in the context of a university-based Dance Movement Therapy training. The Arts in Psychotherapy.
Panhofer, H. and Payne, H. (2011). New approaches to communicate embodied psychotherapeutic practice. Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy. An International Journal for Theory, Research and Practice.
Panhofer, H., Payne, H., Meekums, B. and Parke, T. (2010). Dancing, moving and writing in clinical supervision? Employing embodied practices in psychotherapy supervision. The Arts in Psychotherapy.
Panhofer, H., Payne, H., Meekums, B. and Parke, T. (2011). The space between body and mind: Two models for group supervision. ECARTE digital publication.
Panhofer, H., Payne, H., Parke, T. and Meekums, B. (2012). The embodied word. Book chapter in S Koch, T Fuchs and C Müller, Body Memory, Metaphor and Movement. John Benjamins Publisher.
Panhofer, H., Brauninger, I. & Zelaskowski, P. (forthcoming 2016) Dance movement therapy training: the challenges of interculturality and cross-cultural communication within a diverse student group-analytic large group In D. Dokter & M Hills Zarate (Eds.) ECARTE book on Interculturality.London: Routledge.
Panhofer, H. & MacDonald, J. (forthcoming 20126)
Moviéndonos hasta el final de nuestros días. Cuidados paliativos a través de la Danza Movimiento Terapia. Arteterapia: Papeles de arteterapia y educación artística para la inclusión social. Vol. 10 (2015).
Panhofer, H. (forthcoming 2016) Body memory and its recuperation through movement. In Karkou, V., Oliver, S. & Lycouris, S. (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing. Oxford: University Press.
Panhofer, H., Garcia, M.E., Zelaskowski, P. (2014) The challenge of working with embodied, emotional consciousness in the context of a university-based Dance Movement Therapy training. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 41, 115– 119.
Panhofer, H., Payne, H., Meekums, B. & Parke, T. (2012) The embodied ord. In S Koch, Fuchs, T & C Müller (eds). Body Memory, Metaphor and Movement. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Panhofer, H. (2012) La sabiduría y la memoria del cuerpo. En C Giménez Morte ed). La investigación en Danza en España. Valencia : Ediciones Mahali.
Panhofer, H. (2011) Langugaged and non-lanugaged ways of knowing in counselling and psychotherapy. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 39 (5), 455 – 470.
The University is interested in research collaboration with ECArTE members, with particular interests in embodiment approaches, supervision, group dynamics, and experiential work within an academic creative arts therapies training.
Asociación Española de Danza Movimiento Terapia – ADMTE
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Professional Body or Ministry:
Students are not obliged to register with the professional association in order to practise as an arts therapist.
The course is approved by Asociación Española de Danza Movimiento Terapia – ADMTE (ADMTE)
Code of Ethics:
Code of ethics of Asociación Española de Danza Movimiento Terapia (ADMTE)
Contact person: Dr Heidrun Panhofer
Postal address: Universitat Autònoma Barcelona, Department of Clinical Psychology, Edifici d’estudiants 08193, Master en DMT, Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain
Telephone number: 0034 615 34 66 57
University website: http://pagines.uab.cat/dmt/
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