2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Dance/Movement Therapy (60 credits)

On-Campus and Low-Residency Options

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Dance/Movement Therapy is a 60-credit program that integrates coursework, clinical work and supervision in dance therapy and mental health counseling.

  • The specialization can be completed in two or three years of study.
  • A first field placement of 400 supervised hours, and a second field placement of 700 clinically supervised hours are required.
  • On-Campus and Low-Residency students follow the same program of study.

Program Prerequisites

  • A minimum of six credits in psychology: three credits in abnormal psychology and three credits in developmental psychology with grades of B or better, as well as a prerequisite course in Anatomy and Kinesiology.
  • Applicant should have extensive dance experience including modern dance, a 7-10 minute dance video of the applicant is accepted in lieu of a dance and movement audition.

Program of Study

Required Dance Therapy Courses (15 credits)

GEXTH 5108Dance/Movement Therapy: Theories and Practice I

3

GEXTH 5109Dance/Movement Therapy: Theories and Practice II

3

GEXTH 6256Group Process in Dance/Movement Therapy

3

GEXTH 6258Body/Movement Observation and Assessment I

3

GEXTH 6106Research and Evaluation

3

GEXTH 7013Body/Movement Observation and Assessment II

3

Required Core Courses (33 credits)

GEXTH 5010Principles and Practices of Expressive Arts Therapy

3

GEXTH 5032Orientation to Expressive Therapies

3

GEXTH 6032Human Development Across the Lifespan

3

GEXTH 6102Standards and Ethics in Clinical Practice

3

GEXTH 6105Examining Power, Privilege and Oppression in Clinical Practice

3

GEXTH 6415Psychopathology and Clinical Practice

3

GEXTH XXXX Students select one special treatment issues course

3

GEXTH 6416Theories of Mental Health Counseling

3

GEXTH 6417Assessment and Mental Health Counseling

3

GEXTH 7017Thesis Seminar

3

GEXTH 5010 and GEXTH 5032: Taken before starting second year internship.

Dance Therapy Field Experience Courses (12 credits)

GEXTH 5119Clinical Skills and Applications

3

GEXTH 7708Supervision in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling I

3

GEXTH 7713Supervision in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling II

3

GEXTH 7717Supervision in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling III

3

GEXTH 5119 and GEXTH 7708: Taken before starting second year internship.

Program Prerequisites: GEXTH 6260 Anatomy and Kinesiology (or similar course)