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Columbia College Chicago
Mission Statements

Mission Statements

Departmental Mission Statement

Graduate and undergraduate programs from multi‐disciplinary fields in the performing arts
therapies, counseling psychology, arts in healthcare, and movement studies are offered
through this progressive Department of Creative Arts Therapies (DCAT). Rooted in a 30 year
history of dance/movement therapy, DCAT is guided by student‐centered‐practitioner‐scholarartists
who value artistic excellence. DCAT educates students to become dynamic leaders in the
professional application of the arts within a discernible scope of credentialed practices.
Through respectful, culturally aware learning communities; innovative and integrative curricula;
experiential engagement; and critical inquiry, students learn how to personally enhance the
health and vitality of our local, national, and global communities.

Programs and Learning Outcomes

MA in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling  60 hours

The Department of Creative Arts Therapies clinical programs teach the psychotherapeutic use of the performing arts: dance, drama, and music. While the expertise of each distinct modality is honored, students embrace collaborative learning experiences and their creative artistic processes. The curriculum educates students to become credentialed mental health professionals who utilize active, experiential, goal oriented approaches to create change through bio‐psycho‐social and aesthetic assessment, intervention, and mutual, bi‐directional therapeutic relationships.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowledge and application of theories, methods, and techniques in the culturally informed practice of the performing creative arts therapies.
  2. Knowledge and application of theories, methods, and techniques in the culturally informed practice of counseling psychology.
  3. Awareness and understanding of the roles and function of a performing creative arts therapist and counselor within facilities and environments that treat individuals, families, and groups with the highest ethical standards.
  4. Development of the reflective use of self in understanding the therapeutic process and ethical therapeutic relationships.
  5. Understanding the role of the creative process, its development, and application in clinical practice and wellness.
  6. Knowledge of the body and how its systems affect functional, expressive, communicative and developmental aspects of movement.
  7. Knowledge and application of methods for observation, assessment, and research.

Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (GL‐CMA) – 18 hours

The Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (GL‐CMA) provides a comprehensive
study of movement meaning and its application to body/mind therapies and the performing
arts. The program is designed for somatic therapists and artists who wish to approach an
understanding of the body/mind and its expression from a holistic perspective. It is the first
certificate program tailored to apply movement analysis in a therapeutic and artistic setting,
providing the opportunity to take the seminal work for Rudolf Laban to a new level of

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze, evaluate and apply knowledge of the human body/human movement to understand its role in functional and expressive behavior.
  2. Understand the elements of human movement and their embodiment as set forth in the taxonomy known as Laban Movement Analysis.
  3. Demonstrate integrated learning in the application and evaluation of techniques for observing, analyzing and researching nonverbal communication.
  4. Demonstrate a reflection on your personal movement repertoire and how it informs your analysis of the nonverbal dynamics of therapeutic, educational, and artistic relationships including the impact of environmental, social, and cultural factors.

Movement Pattern Analysis Certificate (MPAC) – 9– 10 hours

Executive Leadership Training
This program provides a powerful way to understand individual motivation and behavior in the
workplace through movement analysis. Every individual’s distinctive approach to making
decisions is embodied in characteristic patterns of integrated movement. Through objective
observation, these indelible and unique physical signatures can be discerned and related to
decision‐making processes. A trained MPA consultant identifies these patterns and
communicates them to clients and teams in business settings.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowledge and application of theories, methods and techniques in the practice of Movement Pattern Analysis (MPA), counseling and management consulting
  2. Knowledge of the human body and how its systems affect functional, expressive, communicative and developmental aspects of movement
  3. Knowledge and application of techniques for observing, assessing and researching verbal and non‐verbal communication in Movement Pattern Analysis counseling and consulting
  4. Development of the reflective use of self in understanding decision‐making processes and ethical counseling and consulting relationships

Minor in Arts in Healthcare – 18 hours

The Minor in Arts in Healthcare reflects a shift in scientific and popular culture as the arts are
increasingly integrated into healthcare and wellness. Integration of the student’s Major with
cultural foundations, therapeutic applications and professional healthcare procedures, result in
an application for their area of arts proficiency in a non‐clinical setting, taught by professionals
in the field, including an opportunity for a practicum.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowledge of methods and application of best practices in the arts and healthcare field including their role in integrative medicine.
  2. Knowledge of the cultural context of the healthcare system including healthcare policies and procedures for employee and consumer protection.
  3. Knowledge of effective communication practices to foster a sense of community healing and health through the informed use of the creative process.
  4. Develop and implement arts based programming and or environmental aesthetics to positively impact the consumers, providers, and visitors of healthcare facilities and their surrounding environments.