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Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling MA

Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling MA

PLEASE NOTE: These are samples only. Course offerings are subject to change and not all courses are offered each term or each year. Be sure to check the online course catalog and the current class schedule for details about pre-requisites, terms offered, class fees, etc.).

  • Dance/Movement Therapy Theory I
    This course lays the basic foundation of becoming a Dance/Movement therapist through understanding the principles, methods, and techniques of the early pioneers of Dance/Movement Therapy. A historical overview of dance and psychology encompasses the bridge between aesthetic and scientific practices.
    70-6110, 3 credits
  • Dance/Movement Therapy Theory II
    This class is the second course emphasizing the foundations of D/MT. Students will create and practice D/MT techniques with infant, child, adolescent, adult, older adult, and geriatric populations, incorporating knowledge from normal human development and D/MT Theory I. Basic and complex affects are examined. Treatment planning is introduced. Prerequisites: D/MT I & Human Development.
    70-6115, 3 credits
  • Clinical Assessment and Treatment Planning
    This course helps you build on earlier theory, drawing on movement observation, assessment and psychopathology within artistic and psychological frameworks. Emphasis will be placed on treatment planning, including one to one and group assessment, intervention, and the application of psychological paradigms in accordance with the Theories & Principles of Counseling course. Prerequisites: D/MT I & II, Observation and Assessment of Movement I, Psychopathology, Human Development and Theories and Principles of Counseling.
    70-6120, 3 credits
  • Addiction Counseling
    The etiology, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of addictions will be explored through bio-psycho-social models of theory and practice with addiction counselors and dance/movement therapists. Community learning through attendance at community support groups is essential for the completion of course requirements.
    70-6125, 3 credits
  • Family Counseling
    Students will survey various frameworks in couples and family counseling focusing on facilitating change in dysfunctional relationship patterns. Principles in Imago Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Communication Analysis will by covered. Emphasis will be placed on at-risk families that face challenging issues such as neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, trauma, acculturation, discrimination and racism. Effective treatment will draw upon different family system approaches and incorporate them into treatment planning.
    70-6126, 3 credits
  • Social and Cultural Foundations
    The course will introduce the social and cultural foundations of dance and the arts in healing and how this has influenced current understanding of dance/movement therapy and counseling. Included will be a creative exploration of the student?s culturally influenced beliefs about health, illness and healing. The impact of power, prejudice and oppression on the provision of mental health services to diverse populations will also be examined. Participation in community-based cultural dance events will be central to the learning experience.
    70-6135, 3 credits
  • Introduction to the Body-Mind Experience in Movement
    This course will provide an understanding of the biopsychosocial and spiritual states and processes, how they are experienced and manifested, both in the formation of the body and movement/dance. The anatomical, neurological, and kinesiological foundations of these states and processes will be studied experientially.
    70-6310, 3 credits
  • Observation and Assessment of Movement I*
    Students will learn and develop skills for observing, documenting, describing, and assessing human movement behavior. Students will learn foundational theory, principles, vocabulary, and philosophy of Laban Movement Analysis through kinesthetic, written, and verbal experience. *Prerequisite: Introduction to the Body-Mind Experience in Movement.
    70-6315, 3 credits
  • Observation & Assessment of Movement II*
    Students will develop skills for observing and assessing human movement within a psychotherapeutic context, using Laban Movement Analysis as a basis for clinical applications in Dance/Movement Therapy. Students will examine foundational theory, principles, and applications of The Kestenberg Movement Profile. *Prerequisite: Observation and Assessment of Movement I.
    70-6320, 3 credits
  • Human Development
    This class focuses on stages of development and developmental tasks in the life cycle spanning the prenatal period to our elder years and death. We examine the life cycle from various perspectives, including physical, cognitive, emotional, and social. Discussion will also focus upon how we construct/determine ideas of ?normal? and ?pathological? development. Throughout the course attention is paid to how genetic and environmental factors influence development with an emphasis on the impact of culture, creativity and brain development.
    70-6210, 3 credits
  • Psychopathology*
    Students will understand the basic biological aspects of mental illness, delineate the signs and symptoms of mental illness on clinical evaluation, and formulate a differential diagnosis consistent with DSM-IVTR criteria. *Prerequisite: Human Development.
    70-6215, 3 credits
  • Theories and Principles of Counseling
    An introduction to the field of psychotherapy and counseling, exploring alternative approaches and techniques presently used by psychotherapists and counselors. Students will be required to understand the relationship of psychotherapeutic and counseling techniques to the psychological theory from which they are derived.
    70-6220, 3 credits
  • Clinical Techniques of Counseling*
    Contemporary techniques of psychotherapy and counseling will be explored beginning with the specific characteristics required in all psychotherapy and counseling modalities. Major treatment modalities and how they may benefit the client will be explored. *Prerequisite: Theories and Principles of Counseling.
    70-6230, 3 credits
  • Methods of Group Therapy*
    This course explores clinical techniques in group process predominantly through Irving Yalom?s interpersonal approach to group psychotherapy. Inpatient and outpatient settings are addressed. *Prerequisites: D/MT I, II.
    70-6225, 3 credits
  • Research Methods
    This course is the first in a two-course series designed to prepare the student as a researcher and research consumer in the field of counseling-dance/movement therapy. The course will provide a basic review of experimental research methods and statistical analysis followed by an exploration of quantitative and qualitative research methods in ethical and legal contexts appropriate to counseling- dance/movement therapy.
    70-6410, 3 credits
  • Thesis Seminar*
    This course completes the two-course research requirement begun with Research Methods I. Students will continue to develop their research with a goal of completing data collection and finishing a first draft of their thesis. The seminar seeks to provide consultation and technical assistance, as well as offering group support and structure. *Prerequisite: Research Methods.
    70-6415, 1 credit
  • Graduate Thesis*
    Re-write and completion of the final thesis project will occur under the guidance of the thesis coordinator and outside reader. *Prerequisite: Research & Thesis Seminar.
    70-6420, 1 credit
  • Professional Orientation Fieldwork
    Professional orientation includes the following content: diverse organizational systems, administrative policies and procedures, roles and professional relationships, patient populations, daily routine, beginning documentation, beginning group facilitation, and the practice of counseling within the clinical setting and the broader context of society.
    70-6515, 3 credits
  • Internship I/Clinical Supervision Seminar*
    Internship entails supervised clinical placement in a mental health agency, special school, hospital or institution, functioning as a counselor-dance/movement therapist. An in-service must be given by the student to the site in which they are placed. The student will be on-site for a minimum of 350 hours. *Prerequisite: Professional Issues Fieldwork
    70-6589, 2 credits
  • Internship II/Clinical Supervision Seminar*
    Continuation of Internship I with emphasis on observation, assessment, and intervention skills. Students will work on their oral presentation skills, as well as written communication of the therapeutic experience. Attention will be given to the students developing theoretical framework. A minimum of 350 hours is required. *Prerequisite: Internship I.
    70-6590, 2 credits
  • Professional Ethics
    Ethical and legal standards of treatment will be reviewed as set forth by the American Dance Therapy Association and the Illinois Board of Professional Regulations for licensing professional counselors. Personal ethics will also be examined as they relate to the student?s philosophy of healing.
    70-6595, 3 credits
  • Lifestyle and Career Development
    This course examines the creation of career patterns and the need for self care in the work place. Barteneiff Fundamentals will be taught for self-care training. Secondary trauma will be explored and the role body psychotherapies play in leading the field in the treatment of trauma. Decision making styles will be introduced through Movement Pattern Analysis. The introduction of basic career counseling theories and community resources will assist D/MT?s with referral choices and sources.
    70-6600, 3 credits

Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis

PLEASE NOTE: These are samples only. Course offerings are subject to change and not all courses are offered each term or each year. Be sure to check the online course catalog and the current class schedule for details about pre-requisites, terms offered, class fees, etc.).

  • Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis 1-Laban Movement Analysis (LMA)
    Physical exploration of Laban?s comprehensive conceptual framework for understanding movement, encompassing bodily articulation, kinetic dynamism, plasticity, and spatial patterning (Body/Effort/Shape/Space).
    70-6700, 6 credits
  • Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis 2-Bartenieff Fundamentals (BF)
    Practical, physical work with the system of body re-education developed by Laban?s student, Irmgard Bartenieff. Fundamentals integrates LMA with philosophies of physical therapy to provide wholistic approaches to functional issues, such as mobility, efficiency, and ease in motion.
    70-6710, 3 credits
  • Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis 3-Observation
    The application of concepts for LMA and BF in assessing and recording movement for purposes of diagnosis, intervention and performance.
    70-6720, 3 credits
  • Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis 4-Professional Issues
    Reading and discussion seminar examining the theory and practice of body/mind therapy, performing arts, and relevant applications of Laban-based movement study.
    70-6730, 6 credits
  • Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis 5
    This extra one to two credit course is for students who have earned below standard grades (79%and below) and must repeat examinations. A faculty member will work with the student as a tutorial to assist in the re-writing of their examinations.
    70-6735, 1-2 credits

Movement Pattern Analysis Consultant Certificate

PLEASE NOTE: These are samples only. Course offerings are subject to change and not all courses are offered each term or each year. Be sure to check the online course catalog and the current class schedule for details about pre-requisites, terms offered, class fees, etc.).

  • Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis
    This course provides a general overview of Rudolf Laban’s taxonomy of human movement.  Through didactic and studio movement labs students explore the body, effort, space, and shape; core concepts in Laban Movement Analysis.  No previous movement experience is necessary.
    70-6699-01, 1 credit
  • Movement Pattern Analysis I
    This course lays the basic foundation of becoming a Movement Pattern Analysis practitioner. Students practice advance movement observation and analysis, explore interviewing techniques, learn to construct and interpret individual profiles, conduct counseling sessions under supervision, and write reports.
    70-6900-01, 3 credits
  • Introduction to Business Management (title TBD)
    Students will learn the basic requirements of self employment, including contract agreements, feasibility analysis, personal start-up and projected operating budgets, financing needs, marketing, business communication and ethics.  By the end of the course, each student will have produced a preliminary business action plan for his/her MPA consultancy business.
    Course number TBD, 3 credits
  • Movement Pattern Analysis II
    This course continues development of skills needed to make and apply individual profiles. In addition, team analysis skills are introduced in the context of providing guidance to co-workers and professional or personal partners regarding their individual and composite decision-making styles. Students learn to construct and interpret a profile of a dyad team, conduct a pair feedback session, and write a team report.
    70-6920-01, 3 credits
  • Team Building Practicum
    This capstone course includes a theoretical orientation to team building and its application to practice. Pairs of students will complete a team building project in the community, applying the principles of Movement Pattern Analysis. They will analyze team members’ movement patterns and decision making processes, identify strengths and weaknesses of the team members and of the team as a whole, anticipate and share potential challenges team members might encounter when working with each other, suggest what work tasks might fit team members best, offer career guidance, and develop managerial talent.
    70- 6930-01, 3 credits