Advanced Clinical Training in Somatics and Dance-Movement Therapy

The therapeutic use of movement assists us to change within and in relationship to others. As we change our mode of action, our image of ourselves also changes.

  • Who am I?
  • How do I move?
  • Which parts of me work to express myself?
  • Where does my movement initiate?
  • Does my mind lead or follow?
  • Do I trust my body?

Most of human interaction is non-verbal and therapy is lacking if we don’t utilise this information, therefore we must enhance our skills in observing the non-verbal; generally presented to us in movement, gesture, posture, and expression.

In this course we introduce students to a framework and vocabulary for grasping this non-verbal data.

There are 5 Modules associated with the course. Each Module consists of smaller individual subjects some can be studied as independent short courses for Professional Development.

  • Module 1 is an introductory module and offers students the chance to explore introductory Somatics, Development Movement, Dance/Movement Therapy & Laban Movement Analysis. Topics include: Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis, Introduction to Somatics and Dance/Movement Therapy & Introduction to Developmental Movement.
  • Module 2 is about Somatic Anatomy, Psychodynamic Theory & Theoretical Modelling for Professional Practice , Laban-Barteneiff Fundamentals and topics include: The Somatic Anatomy of Breathing,  Attachment Theory,​ Object Relations, Transference and Laban Movement Analysis Applications in Movement Therapy and Somatic Movement Therapy and Counselling.
  • Module 3 looks at Kinetic Mirroring & Attunement, Somatic Sensation & Therapeutic Touch and includes the topics: Authentic Movement, Somatic Anatomy of the Upper and Lower Body, Attentive Witnessing, Biopsychology of the nervous system, Psychology of Touch, Somatic Techniques and Movement Therapy for Trauma.
  • Module 4 is about the Therapeutic Applications for Psychodynamic Movement Therapy and includes the topics:  Intersubjectivity, Clinical Practice and Tools for Therapeutic Intervention, Role of the therapist and the role of Somatics and Dance/Movement in therapy.
  • Module 5 includes practical units that look at Clinical Applications in the workplace, Case Study discussions/applications and includes self reflection and Assessment presentations.

Subjects may be undertaken individually as Professional Development to meet the requirements of Professional Associations.

Who should attend this course?Anyone interested in learning methodologies to become a versatile, conscious and flexible therapist who understands that the ‘somatic body’ is where healing and the integration of mind and body occurs. The course will guide you in the incorporation of movement in your work with clients
Prerequisites:Studies in Allied Health Professions and prior experience in movement or exercise
Pre-course Study:2 ½ hours
Course Duration:2 years – 1 ½  years coursework and 6-12 months Clinical Practice
Course MaterialsCourse Manuals and all associated Assessment Task Workbooks. Access to a comprehensive reference Library and Peer reviewed articles
AssessmentAdditional assessment activities and attendance at online student tutorials apply
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Why This Course? Learning Outcomes

  • It is the only course in Australia for Allied Health professionals in Somatic Movement Therapy
  • Become a more effective therapist by working somatically
  • This course integrates the principles of movement, touch and verbal therapy into one therapeutic method
  • You learn simple applications based on our comprehensive framework of Somatic Movement Therapy
  • The workshop component of the course is practical– you get to experience the work and in your own body
  • You will gain understanding of possible applications, in individual/group Somatics and Dance-Movement Therapy
  • Develop understanding of various approaches to movement observation & analysis
  • You will be able to identify your own movement preferences, held patterns, restrictions using these approaches to better serve clients’ needs
  • This course provides graduates with knowledge and skills to determine how to apply tactile, movement and/ or verbal interventions with confidence, as required by clients in the pursuit of best possible outcomes.