DMT: Dance therapy, or dance/movement therapy (DMT), as defined by the American Dance Therapy Association, is “the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual.” (www.adta.org)
WHY: People seeking psychotherapy often turn to verbal therapists; dance/movement therapists work in both the verbal and nonverbal realms using the body as a primary medium for expression and, like many psychotherapists, have private practices with individual clients. Dance/movement therapists are also employed in psychiatric hospitals, mental health clinics, day care centers, developmental centers, correctional facilities, schools and rehabilitation facilities, working with a wide range of people and ages, in individual and group therapy. Dance/movement therapy can also be used in couples and family counseling/therapy.
For more information about dance/movement therapy, please visit our national organization’s website at www.atda.org.
ABOUT THE CHAPTER: The Rocky Mountain Chapter (RMADTA) runs under the authority of the American Dance Therapy Association . It adheres to its own by-laws, while maintaining the standards and ethics set by the national Association. Each year, RMADTA engages in a variety of activities to support its work and provide appropriate vehicles for the exchange of information with colleagues and the general public. We hold several business meetings, present educational workshops and host events for our members and interested allied professionals.
The chapter provides consumers of mental health with a list of qualified dance/movement therapists for consultation, and students and recent graduates with a list of supervisors. For a list of supervisors and therapists, please visit our Directory page.
HISTORY: Founded in 1986, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association has been supporting Dance Movement Therapy in the Rocky Mountain region of Colorado. The Rocky Mountain Chapter is committed to cultivating and sharing passion and wisdom for using the dancing / moving body in the field of psychotherapy and the healing arts. Our purpose is to support continuing education and career development and offer networking and fundraising opportunities to our communities both in person as well as through web presence and technology-facilitated participation across state lines. Our chapter has a Board Team of Directors and facilitates membership meetings and opportunities for gathering throughout the year.