Training Information

At the current time, there is no university based post graduate training for dance movement therapy anywhere in Australasia. The DTAA has been working to address this for many years, without success so far.

Dance movement therapy training programs in Australasia


Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit, University of Melbourne

A new possibility for post-graduate level DMT study in Australia emerged in 2016. The University of Melbourne has established a Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit, in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, in which it is expected that post-graduate studies in dance movement therapy will be offered. These may include Graduate Certificate in 2019 and Masters in 2020. The Unit’s first PhD scholarships were offered in mid-2016, with future options for DMT scholars funded and unfunded are open. DTAA’s President Kim Dunphy is a Mackenzie Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Unit, undertaking research in dance movement therapy from mid 2016-2019, and Kim will support the establishment of DMT training programs.
For more information: Dr. Kirsten Meyer, Academic Coordinator, Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit (CATRU), FFAM, University of Melbourne.  T: (03) 9035 9496 Email:

IDTIA: International Dance Therapy Institute of Australia, Melbourne

The IDTIA has trained dance movement therapists since 1989 and has run courses at Introductory, Certificate and Advanced Clinical Training levels. The Teaching Faculty, all experienced professional dance movement therapists and teachers currently practising in their respective fields, are graduates of the IDTIA Advanced program who received their training from American dance movement therapist and international educator, Dr Marcia Leventhal PhD CMA ADTR.

For more information: IDTIA website


New Zealand:

Diploma in Dance Movement Therapy, Dance Therapy NZ

Applications for 2018 Intake now open! The Foundation Module offered 18-19 November 2017 is a prerequisite before applying to the 2018 Training.

This low-residence one year part time program includes 6 Auckland-based weekend modules plus online tutorials & self study enabling International students to attend. The course is experiential, utilising current DMT practice & tools to develop embodied skills and understanding. This is supported by a strong theoretical base, and will be delivered by both local and International guest teachers who are experts in the field of DMT. The modules are:

1. Fundamentals of Dance Movement Therapy (DMT): 18-19 November, 2017
2. Body-Based Knowing: Systems of Non-Verbal Understanding & Movement Observation: 16-18 March, 2018
3. DMT Approaches to working with Children and Adolescents: 13-15 April
4. The Healing Dance: Therapeutic Processes in DMT: 6-8 July
5. From Assessment to Intervention: Clinical Methods in DMT: 3-5 August
6. Further Applications of DMT: 2-4 November

To find out more or register, go to: email or phone +64 27 574 4340

Related training

Graduate Certificate in Movement Based Somatic Therapy
Various locations across Australia.
More details:

Training overseas

The following list provides information about dance movement therapy and other training that may be of interest to dance movement therapists, that has been provided to us for advertising.

A comprehensive list of dance movement therapy training programs is available from the ADTA website.


Applied Master’s degree in dance movement therapy at the SRH University Heidelberg
This course was developed within the framework of European alignment and recognition of university degrees (the Bologna Process) and accredited in 2012. It offers graduates of artistic or psychosocial study programs a qualified education in dance movement therapy. This program is designed as a two-year full-time  and generally begins in the winter semester on October 1st. The language of the program is English. Dance Movement Therapy


First UK Certification Programme in Laban Movement Studies
Moving Forth in Scotland is collaborating with Laban Institute for Movement Studies® New York (LIMS® NY) to offer in Scotland an accredited Certification Programme in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies® First UK Certification Programme in Laban Movement Studies. Moving Forth in Scotland bring LMA/BF training from Laban Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS), NY, to the UK.
Programme Coordinator: Karen Studd CMA ISMETA, Principal Assistant: Susan Scarth SrDMP CMA.
Further information, or email


Roehampton University, UK: MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy
The uniquely interdisciplinary MA course in DMP integrates theoretical, experiential and clinical learning, preparing students to practice as dance movement psychotherapists. On successful completion of the MA students enter the Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK professional register.
Programmes: MA DMP. PHD DMP. Foundation Course in Dance Movement Psychotherapy.
Enquiries: Course convener Beatrice Allegranti Email: Tel: +44 (0)20 8392 3377
Geoffery Unkovich Lecturer in Dance Movement Psychotherapy Email:
Yeva Feldman Lecturer in Dance Movement Psychotherapy Email:
Centre for Arts Therapies Research CATR

MA Dance & Somatic Well-Being: Connections to the Living Body, University of Central Lancashire
Connections to the Living Body is a unique visionary and pioneering program offering a professional training in Dance & Somatic Movement Education. The program is on the cutting edge of contemporary international practice, exploring the creative skills required to practice with ingenuity, individuality, insight and sensitivity. All sessions are taught in the spirit of self-discovery, non-judgment and self-reflexivity. The course is facilitated through open-ended processes of self-discovery and sensory-imaginal heart-centred educative models.
University of Central Lancashire, School of Creative & Performing Arts Preston PRI 2HE UK
Phone: 0044 (0)1772 892400. Email: | Website


ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Training Association)
Visit ISMETA Website
PO BOX 5903, Albany, NY 12205
Phone: 413-446-6009  Email:


Dance of Life® & Dance Therapy Training Program
Petra Klein and the Jardín Mariposa Team
International Institute for Dance Therapy, IIDT, Jardín Mariposa, Tenerife, España| | |