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The Center for Movement Education and Research (CMER) offers professional training in Dance/Movement Therapy. The courses have been approved by the American Dance Therapy Association for use toward the R-DMT's Alternate Route Training credential. Many of the courses can be taken for continuing education (CE) credit for MFT and LCSW license requirements in California (#3888). Please refer to the CMER course application form for details.


What Does The CMER Program Offer?

CMER offers quality academic and professional instruction. The Alternate Route courses in Dance/Movement Therapy are taught by seasoned professional therapists and are approved by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA).

All courses are structured to promote personal and professional growth. The educational experience will be challenging, physically and intellectually. Our goal is to provide a blend of experiential movement, dance education, and didactic study encouraging students to use their creativity for self-development and service to others.

This program will offer an opportunity to study in a field of dance that is vital to the development and understanding of the body-mind relationship that has application through movement practices in the fields of Health Science, Psychology, Education, Child Development, and the Arts.


There are 3 ways to take CMER DMT courses:

you can enroll in CMER DMT Alternate Route Education. If you want to become a certified DMT, you MUST be enrolled in Master’s degree program before you finish the LAST CMER DMT course.  Contact the ADTA to find out about accepted Master degree programs.

you can enroll in all DMT courses offered through CMER.

you can take most of the DMT courses for continuing education (CE) credit at reduced fees enrolling thru CMER. These courses meet the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (Provider #3888). See our Continuing Education page for further details.

course schedule and enrollment form



DMT classes will be held in various locations in Northern California. Most will be
held in the Berkeley area, but note that times and locations may vary with each class. Refer to the course schedule page for more information. The followiing is a summary of the current courses offered in our Alternate Route Training in DMT program. Click on a course name to learn about each course's curriculum and subject matter.

Courses Offered In This
Program Include The Following:
DMT Theory I
DMT Theory II
DMT Theory III
DMT Theory & Practice:
Evan For The Higher Functioning Client
Group Process
DMT with Children/Adolescents
Authentic Movement
Advanced Clinical Skills: The Methods of Blanche Evan
DMT with Seniors
Intermediate LMA - Part 1
Intermediate LMA - Part 2
DMT in Healthcare:
Prevention, Treatment & Aftercare


Enrollment & Refund Policy

Tuition is determined by course hours. A 50% course fee deposit is due at the time an application is submitted to hold your place in the class. Once the deposit is paid and the application is accepted, participants will receive a syllabus, course reading assignments and an E-Reader sent by DropBox.

The deposit holds your place in the course. Deposits not used for a given course may be applied to other courses within a one year period if cancellation happens THREE weeks before the start date of the course. There are NO refunds for lack of attendance. If a course is cancelled, your deposit will be returned.

There is a $100.00 late fee if you DO NOT enroll
at least four weeks before each course starts.

CMER reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient registration. Final decisions regarding the status of each class are made two weeks before the scheduled start date. Before making travel arrangements, please contact CMER to be sure enough people have registered for the course.

Final payment is due at least two weeks before the course begins unless you have made special arrangements with CMER.


Individuals who live outside the U.S.A. must pay additional fees for shipping and handling as required. Payment can be made in checks in U.S. dollars payable to CMER.

Information on Alternate Route Training In Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT)

In California, there are no university programs offering degrees in Dance/Movement Therapy. The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) created alternate route training for clinicians and students who want to become registered Dance/Movement Therapists (R-DMT).

Training in Dance/Movement Therapy takes place on the graduate level. To become registered as a Dance/Movement Therapist, via alternate route training, specific DMT course content areas are required along with a Master’s Degree in a related field. (If you wish to apply for the National Counseling Exam and become a National Certified Counselor as well as a Registered Dance Movement Therapist, you will need a Master’s Degree in a mental health profession. If you plan to practice in the State of California, it is recommended you complete your MA Degree in a program that leads towards a psychotherapy license.)

Click here for current R-DMT level registry requirements or visit the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) website at for further information.

CMER Alternate Route Courses

The CMER Alternate Route DMT Training offers coursework that can be applied to ADTA R-DMT level registry and the coursework adheres to the American Dance Therapy Association Guidelines for BC-DMT's Teaching Alternate Route Training Courses. All classes are supplemented by structured interim assignments. (Note: coursework does NOT include the clinical fieldwork and internship component).

CMER courses serve various populations, e.g. licensed Marriage Family Therapists, LCSW, practicing mental health clinicians, educators, dancers, students with a B.A. and artists from other disciplines. CMER is a Continuing Education Provider approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for MFT and LCSW licensure requirements. Provider #3888. Check specific courses which qualify for CE. CMER advises taking courses in sequential order, but selected courses can be taken as single classes. Students wanting to complete the entire Alternate Route Training should review the ADTA R-DMT Applicant Handbook carefully (

Course Faculty:

For information on the faculty involved with the
Alternate Route Training DMT coursework, please click here.


Campus Locations:

Most CMER Alternate Route DMT courses
will be held in Berkeley, California


Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) courses are
held at our Sebastopol, California location.


The DMT Theory 1 course is to be held at
JFK University in San Jose, California


Contact Information:

For questions or additional information regarding this coursework, contact:

Judy Gantz - CMER Director
P.O. Box 2001
Sebastopol, CA 95473
Phone: (310) 600-0664

or e-mail:

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