Dance/Movement Therapy Concentration

Program Overview

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Dance/Movement Therapy Concentration is an interdisciplinary 60-credit program that prepares students for counseling positions specializing in Dance/Movement Therapy in a wide range of settings. This program meets the academic requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and most other states and for the national Registered Dance Movement Therapist (R-DMT) through the American Dance Therapy Association. It also meets all educational requirements for certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Board Certified Coach (BCC).  Master's students in their final year are provided with preparation for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) which is taken during their last semester at Rider.

This program combines the unique elements of dance/movement therapy with the mental health counseling tradition. In keeping with the University's core mission, all degree and certification programs are student-centered, created to be flexible to meet the needs of returning and professional students with busy lives, provide cutting-edge instruction, hands-on practice in mental health organizations and agencies, and supportive faculty who are dedicated to mentoring students. The faculty and training are focused on dance therapy, wellness counseling and positive psychology, with an emphasis on clients’ strengths, rather than on deficits.

Curriculum Overview

All students in this area of study are required to complete 60 credits of coursework and to participate in 800 hours of counseling and dance/movement therapy fieldwork. An appropriate agency for the intern is one which provides a program of services using dance/movement therapy to help individuals function to their optimal capacity.  Such programs exist in a wide variety of settings, such as mental health clinics, correctional facilities, hospital settings, family service centers, comprehensive rehabilitation centers, social service organizations, vocational counseling programs, private counseling programs, substance abuse treatment programs, employee assistance programs, college counseling centers, and other appropriate sites.

All degree candidates must purchase student professional liability insurance.

Accreditation Information

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program with a Dance/Movement Therapy Concentration has been accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) since 1999. The program is CACREP-accredited until October 31, 2022.

Degree Offered

  • M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Dance/Movement Therapy Concentration

Contact

Emmanuel Ahia, Ph.D., J.D., LPC, NCC
Professor and Director
Ed.S. Counseling Program & M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 202
609-896-5339
eahia@rider.edu

Program Website: Clinical Mental Health
Associated Department:  Department of Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling

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 Dance/Movement Therapy Concentration Requirements

(60 credits)

Required Core Courses:36
Theories of Counseling and Helping Professions
Psychopathology
Introduction to Counseling and Helping Professions
Group Counseling
Vocational/Career Development
Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Multicultural Counseling and Relationship Development
Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy
Counseling Techniques Laboratory
Human Growth and Development
Measurement,Tests and Assessments in Counseling/School Psychology
Introduction To Research
Required Dance/Movement Therapy Courses24
Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy Practicum I
Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy Practicum II
Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy Internship I
Counseling & DMT Internship II
Body Mind Integration through Movement I
Dance/Movement Therapy Theory and Practice I
Movement Observation, Analysis, and Assessment
Clinical Applications of Dance/Movement Therapy
Body Mind Integration through Movement II
Dance/Movement Therapy Theory and Practice II
Total Credits60

Courses and Descriptions

CNDT 584 Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy Practicum I 3 Credits

Students develop clinical observation skills by being active participant observers in clinical field settings. Supervision class will focus on understanding the professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities of being a dance/movement therapist in clinical settings from a multicultural perspective. Issues pretaining to professional identity development will be addressed.

CNDT 585 Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy Practicum II 3 Credits

A supervised field experience in counseling and dance/movement therapy techniques. In this second semester of practicum, students will continue to advance their clinical skills by co-leading dance/movement therapy sessions with field supervision. The goal is for students to facilitate entire sessions by the end of the semester. The course will include seminar discussions, observations and analysis of the therapeutic process of dance/movement therapy sessions and individual supervision with the instructor. A total of 100 field hours is required with a minimum of 40 direct contact hours with clients. The approval and cooperation of the fieldwork agency or school field supervisor must be obtained the semester prior to the actual placement.

Prerequisite(s): CNDT 584.

CNDT 590 Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy Internship I 3 Credits

This course is one of two internship courses required in the student's final year. It fulfills 350 of the internship hours required by the American Dance Therapy Association and by CACREP. Students will be at a clinical site approved by faculty, with a supervisor who meets all CACREP standards and is a board certified Dance/Movement Therapist. Supervision class will support students in the clinical setting and in effectively utilizing counseling and dance/movement therapy knowledge and skills, including clinical appraisal, treatment planning, and documentation for dance/movement therapy. The approval and cooperation of the intern's agency or school field supervisor must be obtained the semester prior to the actual placement.

Prerequisite(s): All other required course work must be completed or in progress and permission of the Rider supervisor must be obtained; any exceptions must be approved by the instructor.

CNDT 591 Counseling & DMT Internship II 3 Credits

The second semester of the internship that fulfills the remaining internship hours required by the American Dance Therapy Association and CACREP. Students will be at a clinical site approved by faculty, and will engage in all activities that a regularly employed staff member would be expected to perform. A regularly employed staff member is defined as a person occupying the professional role to which the student is aspiring. Students will be under the field supervision of a supervisor who meets all CACREP requirements and is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist. Supervision class will provide opportunities for students to analyze their practice, reflect on their progress as clinicians, and develop skills to internally self-evaluate their effectiveness as counselors and dance/movement therapists. The approval and cooperation of the intern's agency or school field supervisor must be obtained the semester prior to the actual placement. Prerequsite(s): CNDT 590 and all other required course work must be completed or in progress and permission of the faculty supervisor must be obtained; any exceptions must be approved by the instructor.

CNDT 600 Body Mind Integration through Movement I 0 Credits

This is a movement laboratory class to explore how dance and movement reflect and affect physical, cognitive, mental, emotional, and spiritual states. Students learn to attune to their bodies in movement and develop awareness of the bidirectional interactions between body and mind.

CNDT 610 Dance/Movement Therapy Theory and Practice I 3 Credits

This course covers the foundational principles, theories, and techniques of dance/movement therapy and will examine the social and cultural foundations of dance as art and medium for growth, change, and healing. Works of dance/movement therapy pioneers and the evoluation of dance/movement therapy practices will be explored didactically and experientially.

CNDT 612 Movement Observation, Analysis, and Assessment 3 Credits

This course is designed to provide students with the language and skills to observe, describe, analyze, and document human movement patterns and behaviors using Laban Movement Analysis. The didactic and experientials format of this class will allow students to embody movements and make connections to clinical practice with various client populations. Students will learn to translate movement based terminology and dance/movement therapy goals into clinical language used in treatment plans and progress notes.

CNDT 620 Clinical Applications of Dance/Movement Therapy 3 Credits

Group and individual dance/movement therapy practices in various clinical settings are addressed: psychiatric hospitals, addiction recovery programs, therapeutic schools for children with emotional and behavioral problems, developmental disabilities, and special needs; hospices; and hospitals. Students develop their own working theoretical model of dance/movement therapy to guide their work as emerging dance/movement therapists.

CNDT 700 Body Mind Integration through Movement II 0 Credits

The second semester of the movement laboratory class focuses on the use of mindfulness practices and Authentic Movement methods for further develop body-mind awareness, to experience and observe movements simultaneously as internal and external experience, and to decipher the nature of knowledge and meaning inherent in dance and movement.

Prerequisite(s): CNDT 600.

CNDT 710 Dance/Movement Therapy Theory and Practice II 3 Credits

In this didactic and experiential course, select theories from psychology, counseling, psychotherapy, and neuroscience are studied in order to identify the healing and transformative factors of the creative arts therapies. Some of the topics covered in this course are: psychodynamics and object relations theories; intersubjectivity; symbolism and metaphor; psychology of crteativity; and neuroscience in dance/movement therapy. Prerequiste(s: CNDT 610.

COUN 500 Introduction to Counseling and Helping Professions 3 Credits

Educational, social, and psychological foundations of counseling services. Basic theories, principles, and techniques of counseling and related helping professions, such as coaching, and their applications to professional services. Emphasizes self-awareness as related to becoming a facilitator of helping skills. The team approach to counseling services and the contribution of the various specialties within the total counseling services program are stressed.

COUN 503 Group Counseling 3 Credits

Analyzes the historical development of group treatment methods, theories, practices, methods for appraising outcomes of treatment, and research findings. Includes critique of recordings, demonstrations, and students’ own group experiences as counseling group members.

Prerequisite(s): COUN 500, CNPY 502.

COUN 505 Vocational/Career Development 3 Credits

Includes organizational change and vocational development theories, research, and literature in the field to inform practice with clients with vocational/career concern. The problems and techniques of using occupational and career information, assessment tools, educational and vocational goal setting, conflict management strategies, and individual and group processes are stressed. Includes concepts of career/life planning and counseling and coaching techniques, lifespan transitions, and the interrelationships among work, family, and other life roles.

COUN 508 Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling 3 Credits

This course will provide the foundation of community counseling including roles, policies, history, diversity, systems, programs, interventions, fiscal issues, community resources, consultation, advocacy, and assessment that are unique to community counselors. Projects include searching for government and foundation funding, writing a grant proposal, developing a resource directory, visiting and writing reports evaluating community agencies. This course also meets Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards for Community Counseling Programs.

COUN 520 Multicultural Counseling and Relationship Development 3 Credits

Introduces, examines, and critically analyzes and reflects upon major origins and dimensions of human similarities and differences. Explores and personalizes the social-psychological and behavioral implications of these similarities and differences. Examines issues of racism, reverse racism, age and handicapped discrimination, sexism, sexual orientation, etc., in the light of theories of individual and group identity development and the impact of these on, between and within group relationships. Each student is expected to utilize this knowledge for the development of healthy multicultural skills. A semester-long engagement in a multicultural interaction and a presentation of a multicultural discovery project are required.

COUN 530 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling and Psychotherapy 3 Credits

Examines and analyzes the legal, ethical, and professional parameters of counseling and psychotherapy. Discusses legal liabilities and malpractice cases arising from constitutional, tort, contract, family, privacy, and criminal laws. Examines client rights and counselor duties and responsibilities. Explores legal, ethical, and professional implications of third party payment, informed consent, medication, case documentation, client termination and abandonment. Advertisement of counseling services, crisis and case management, consultation and supervision, "duty-to-warn" and court appearances of an expert witness will be explored. Special attention will be given to child abuse reporting issues, dual relationships and to regional legal and ethical developments.

COUN 550 Counseling and Helping Techniques Laboratory 3 Credits

This a laboratory course, which provides opportunities for both the observation and practice of counseling and professional helping skills. The purpose of this course is to provide students with their initial training in counseling and helping skills under closely supervised conditions. The focus of this course is the development of initial client interviewing and basic counseling and helping skills through an emphasis on techniques (basic and advanced listening and helping skills), strategy (the counseling and helping process), and self-development (the student as counselor and helper) grounded in theories of counseling and related helping professions.

CNPY 502 Theories of Counseling and Helping Professions 3 Credits

Introduces the theoretical constructs of the primary contemporary counseling psychology theories being used in the counseling profession today. The theoretical constructs will be explored for use for self-reflection and self-development and to serve as the basis for development of psychological maps for understanding purposes of clients’ behaviors.

Prerequisite(s): COUN 500 or as corequisite.

CNPY 514 Psychopathology 3 Credits

A survey of the study of abnormal psychology. Includes classification, assessment, and treatment and prevention of psychopathology. Characteristics of healthy psychological functioning are examined. Biological, psychological, and sociocultural bases of well-adjusted and maladjusted behavior patterns are considered. Stress, anxiety, and milder forms of psychopathology are considered, as are more severe psychopathological conditions.

EDPS 503 Human Growth and Development 3 Credits

Provides an overview and broad understanding of life span developmental theories and research applied to counseling services with special emphasis on developmental processes, individual differences and mental health. Includes strategies for working with developmental issues across the life span.

EDPS 520 Measurement,Tests and Assessments in Counseling 3 Credits

This course covers the use of assessment instruments in counseling practice. Topics include descriptive statistics, reliability and validity, social and ethical considerations in testing, the appropriate selection and usage of standardized tests, and the communication of their results. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to administer, evaluate and interpret assessment instruments commonly used in the counseling profession.

EDUC 500 Introduction To Research 3 Credits

This course will provide students with the tools to evaluate the claims and uses of research related to teaching, counseling, and psychology. Students will learn how to find and critique the literature, and will be able to conduct some of their own basic evaluative research to assess the efficacy of their practice and programs. At the conclusion of the course, students will have developed an understanding of rigorous research and evaluation design, and will have skills in data analysis and interpretation.