Introduction to Somatics and Dance-Movement Therapy


Somatic Movement Therapy works with connection of mind and body using psychotherapy, dance-movement and physical therapies for holistic healing.

In this course, you will be introduced the world of Somatics and Dance-Movement Therapy. Upon completion of this course you may continue into our full Advanced Clinical Training program. Students who have completed all introductory courses – Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis/Introduction to Developmental Movement and Introduction to Somatics and Dance-Movement Therapy have completed the equivalent to Module 1 of the Advanced Clinical Training program and may continue into subsequent units of study in the full training program.

The Model presented in this workshop is based on a psychotherapeutic process for bringing body-movement data into the foreground and providing a tool for therapists to record their movement observations of clients.

Through dance and movement students learn ways of observing, organising and intervening to work deeply and effectively with clients based on the knowledge that the body and mind are inseparable.

Often words alone are not enough for healing – the body-mind needs to be engaged. Body oriented expressive therapies can increase our ability to live a healthy, satisfying life as it is based on the premise that our bodies, minds, emotions and spirits are completely inter-related which encourages all parts of the self to heal.


Who should attend this course?Anyone interested in learning methodologies and philosophies that guide you in the incorporation of movement as the basis of your work with clients
Prerequisites:Studies in Allied Health Professions and prior experience in movement or exercise
Pre-course Study:2 ½ hours
Course Materials:Short Course Manual – Introduction to Somatics & Dance-Movement Therapy
AssessmentAdditional assessment activities and attendance at online student tutorials apply
How Much?$800
Availability?Course Dates and Times

Why This Course/Learning Outcomes?

  • Introduces you to the wonder of the therapeutic use of movement
  • You learn simple applications based on our comprehensive framework which can be studied more deeply in our full training program
  • 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
  • Assist your clients to understand themselves and what motivates their movement preferences