Columbia College Chicago

Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, MA

Columbia’s Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling MA program is geared toward those with a passion for dance and expressive movement, and who also have an interest in mental health and psychology. This interweaving of the two disciplines has resulted in one of the few programs nationally approved by the American Dance Therapy Association. Upon completion, students become Registered Dance/ Movement Therapists and may be eligible to sit for the Illinois State Licensing Exam to become a Licensed Professional Counselor.

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Alumni Success Stories

Jennifer Edwards (MA ’09) Jennifer was recently promoted to clinical director of Castlewood at Monarch Cove Treatment Center at the Castlewood Treatment Center for Eating Disorders, a national leader in eating disorder treatment, located in Monterey, Calif. Jennifer is responsible for the clinical supervision of the treatment teams and ensures the facility’s continued commitment to providing the highest level of care.

Nancy Toncy(MA ’04, GL-CMA ’07) Nancy presented on "The Use of Dance/Movement Therapy to Empower Survivors of Domestic Violence" at the National Conference of Victims' Assistance in Chicago in August 2014. Nancy also received an award from the Chicago Department of Public Health in recognition of her exemplary commitment and enthusiastic support in Child Exposure to Violence (CEV) Prevention Week.

Shannon Lengerich Suffoletto (MA ’02, GL-CMA ’07, MPAC ’13) Shannon formerly managed the Suicide Prevention Program at Columbia College Chicago (2005 through 2008), funded by a quarter of a million dollars from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She was then recruited to be Associate Dean of Wellness at Harper College in 2009. Most recently, she has been named the Director of the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness at DePaul University.

Sondra Malling (MA ’12, GL-CMA ’13) Sondra received the Marian Chase Foundation's annual award for her article, "Choreography and Performance with Deaf Adults Who Have Mental Illness: Culturally Affirmative Participatory Research," which was adapted from her thesis.

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