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Dance/Movement Therapy is the "psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process that
furthers the emotional, cognitive, social and physical integration of the individual"

--American Dance Therapy Association Definition

Dance/Movement Therapists work with individuals and groups in psychiatric facilities, nursing homes, addiction treatment programs, medical and alternative health care centers, private practices and schools. Their work focuses on improving

  • Self-esteem and body image
  • Coping skills, health and well-being
  • Creative self-expression and self-awareness
  • Communication and relationship skills

CMER offers both introductory one day workshops to explore what Dance/ Movement Therapy is about, as well as a selection of comprehensive Alternate Route Training Courses for professional development in becoming a Dance/Movement Therapist. Most CMER Courses provide Continuing Education credit as an approved provider of continuing education by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (#3888).

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CMER offers Dance/Movement Therapy Alternate Route Training Courses in California. Courses adhere to the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) guidelines for BC-DMTs (Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapists) Teaching Alternate Route Training courses and the CMER course syllabi are approved by the ADTA as meeting requirements for the Alternate Route R-DMT credential.

The ADTA has established that DMT courses are graduate level, and you must 1) enroll in a Master's program before or during your DMT Alternate Route training or 2) Have a Master's or Doctoral degree in a related field as defined as a human services – related field (i.e., counseling, psychology, social work, dance education, special education, a creative arts therapy, family therapy, occupational therapy, psychiatric nursing, or medicine).

Many of our courses can also be taken for continuing education (CE) for
MFT and LCSW licensure requirements in California (#3888). Courses include

  • DMT Theory & Practice   • Laban Movement Analysis
  • DMT Specialized Topics   • Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP)
  • DMT Group Process    

Approved Provider of continuing education by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (#3888)

Click here to view our full range of current DMT Alternate Route course offerings.

Dance Movement Therapy Classes

CMER offers individual, intensive workshops focusing on key subjects within the realm of Dance/Movement Therapy intended for individuals who would like an introduction to the basic concepts of this growing field of study. Students, dancers, therapists, and those interested in the transformative elements of creative movement experience are welcome. No prior movement experience is necessary. This course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider#3888).

Introductory one-day workshops are being offered at the following locations. Click on a selection below for complete course description, time, location, and class registration information.



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