Graduate Admissions

MPAC Certificate

10 Credit Hours
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted through May 1, 2014.  

Movement Pattern Analysis

PLEASE NOTE: Please contact the Dance/Movement Therapy Department at 312-369-7697 for more details.

What Is Movement Pattern Analysis

Movement Pattern Analysis is a grounded application of Laban Movement Analysis that correlates physical behaviors with a decision-making framework.  It is a unique system that analyzes non-verbal communication to identify an individual’s motivation to act, decision making process, and interaction style.  The system was developed by Warren Lamb (1926-  ) and Rudolf Laban (1879-1958) to identify and analyze specific movement parameters that include but are not limited to the postural gestural merger, effort-shape, and flow. The analysis of these patterns for an individual and their team assists an organization with employee hiring, job selection, placement, career guidance, development of managerial talent, and formation of an executive team.

Columbia College Chicago’s Department of Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling has used this approach in team building and resource management since 1999 and has established a solid working relationship with Warren Lamb and his protégé, Carol-Lynne Moore.

A Tested Tool Debuts in Academia

Movement Pattern Analysis (MPA), as it is called today, has been taught and practiced since 1965. Over 30,000 individuals have been assessed and over 400 organizations have utilized the approach. MPA has been taught in professional training seminars, but never in an academic setting. Columbia is truly privileged to have an opportunity to provide the first educational venue in an accredited institution for graduate credit. Movement analysts, business consultancies, the United States Military, nationally renowned business, education departments, and major corporations recognize the lack of training programs in the world for this particular management tool. The college aims to broaden the field of movement studies for not only dance/movement therapists and career counselors, but arts managers and management executives.

Four Course Intensives

The Movement Pattern Analysis Consultant Certificate (MPACC) is a 10 credit-hour program which consists of four courses. At conclusion, students will complete a team building project in the community applying the principles of Movement Pattern Analysis to select members of the team, place them appropriately, offer career guidance to managers, develop managerial talent and form an executive team.

MPACC Course Schedule for the 2014-2015 cycle

Spring 2014 or Summer 2014 - 1 credit,  Introduction to Laban (if not yet taken)
April 25-27, 2014 or August 13-15, 2014

Fall 2014 - 3 credits, Movement Pattern Analysis I (70-6900-01)
September 26-27
October 31-November 1
November 21-22
December 12-14

Spring 2015 - 3 credits , Movement Pattern Analysis II (70-6920-01)
February 6-7
March 6-7
April 3-5
May 8-9

Summer 2015 - 3 credits , Team Building Practicum (70-6930-01)
June 12-13
July 10-11
August 7-9

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