The study programme of the Master of Dance Movement Therapy is structured as follows.
The research modules, classes and labs, and the research project leading to a master thesis offer professional tools for the dance movement therapy student at two levels: first, it generally contributes to an increased understanding of dance movement therapy. Second, it introduces enquiry, evaluation and research methods that help the dance movement therapy practitioner to understand and develop practical approaches to treatment. Students learn how an enquiring approach adds value to the therapeutic profession. By seeking out information and developing evaluation skills students link their arts form, and therapeutic experience with theoretical knowledge and acquire the skills of a reflective practitioner.
The programme leads to a master’s diploma, MA students emerge as critically engaged and enquiring dance movement therapists. This training enables them to make significant contributions to the further development of the field, both nationally and internationally. Dance movement therapists can be employed in public mental health services, social service agencies with crisis intervention programmes, day centres, prisons, special education and geriatric institutions, and in private practices. Dance movement therapists can work as artists and therapists in ‘arts for health’ projects and can play an important role in prevention. And last but not least dance movement therapists also conduct research, publish articles and move on to a PhD degree.
In year 1 the focus is on development and growth, play, creativity, giving meaning to music, finding out about one’s music preferences and values, exploring the musical improvisation, different Music Therapy principles and methods, developmental psychology, psychopathology, diversity issues, and through constant critical reflection connecting everything to personal interest and qualities, building up the enquiring mind. Getting acquainted with clinical practice through fieldwork, classes in leadership styles and skills and initiating internship. Classes take place every Friday, two Saturdays per month and three intensive weeks (October, February/March and June/July) per year.
Year 2 will connect practice to education, clinical reasoning, clinical internship and sharpening research skills, psychopathology, observations, building confidence and further strengthening the identity as a music therapist. Classes take place every Friday, two Saturdays per month and three intensive weeks (October, February/March and June/July) per year.
Year three applies the acquired and accumulated skills, knowledge and experience further into the internship and thesis, the integration of it all. No scheduled classes in year three as students will have an individual route for internship and research. Classes (research labs and Music Therapy supervision) will be on Saturdays, every three weeks. Music Therapy supervision will be face-to-face or online.