Jessica Young - Columbia College Chicago

Jessica Young

Associate Professor


Jessica Young, Associate Professor in the Dance Department, teaches in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program.  Her clinical work is informed by a humanistic approach, trauma informed care, a harm reduction philosophy, motivational interviewing, Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), and Chace’s dance/movement therapy (DMT) methodology.

Jessica’s recent publications focus on the therapeutic movement relationship, DMT as a strengths based practice, and the use of LMA in bridging DMT and drama therapy.  She has presented workshops in DMT, clinical supervision, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, and violence prevention nationally and internationally. She provides direct client services to children and adults through the Institute of Therapy through the Arts, the Soldiers Project, and New Prairie Counseling.  She also provides BC-DMT and LCPC supervision, and is very active in the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) where she currently serves as Chair of the Education Committee.  In this capacity, she led the revision process of the ADTA Standards of Education and Clinical Training for approved master’s programs, and is leading the revision process for alternate route training.  A major focus of these revisions addresses the provision of an integrated DMT education that encompasses diversity, equity, and inclusion across input and outcome based standards.

Jessica received her Master of Arts (MA) in Dance/Movement Therapy at Columbia College Chicago.  Her additional credentialing includes: Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist (BC-DMT), American Dance Therapy Association; Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Department of Professional Regulation, State of Illinois; Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (GL-CMA), Columbia College Chicago.

Instructional Areas

Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Therapeutic Movement Relationship, Dance/Movement Therapy Education, Dance/Movement Therapy Theory, Embodied Education