Training & Credentials

Dance/movement therapy, one of the creative art therapies, is a Master’s degree profession that integrates knowledge of the body, movement and expressive spirit with the healing skills of psychotherapy.

To become a registered dance/movement therapist you can take one of two routes: graduate from an ADTA Approved Dance/Movement Therapy Program or, with a related Masters degree, take classes via the Alternate Route program. Alternate Route coursework DOES NOT necessarily meet the requirements for licensure.

Approved degree programs in the Rocky Mountain Region:

Naropa University

Master’s of Somatic Counseling Psychology: Dance Movement Therapy at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Click here for more information.

Contact: Director of the Dance/Movement Therapy Program, Wendy Allen

For other approved DMT programs around the country, click here.


R-DMT (Registered Dance/Movement Therapist):
A registered dance/movement therapist is an individual who is prepared to practice dance/movement therapy in a clinical, educational, or rehabilitative setting. For more on becoming an R-DMT, click here.

BC-DMT (Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist):
In this level of training, the individual has the education and experience to practice privately, to teach dance/movement therapy, and to supervise students/interns. For more on becoming a BC-DMT, click here.