According to the international standards set in place by associations delivering dance/movement therapy accreditations, it is necessary to have completed a graduate university training including clinical psychology and dance/movement therapy (DMT) courses in order to access a dance/movement therapist accreditation. As of today, no such program exists in Canada. This is why the NCDT was created with, as part of its mission, the creation of a graduate program in dance/movement therapy.
Since there is no organization in charge of delivering accreditation in Canada, the Centre established its criteria according to the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA), an organization recognized worldwide and delivering Registered Dance/Movement
Criteria to obtain accreditation through the Alternate Route are roughly the following:
1. A master’s degree in a field related to health;
2. A total of 27 graduate level credits in dance/movement therapy;
3. A total of 21 graduate level credits in anatomy and psychology;
4. 700 internship hours;
5. 5 years of experience in dance.
By partnering up with the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center in New York, NCDT is able to offer, since 2013, a professional dance therapy program called the “Alternate Route”, here in Montreal. This program, developed by Dr. Miriam Roskin Berger
In 2015, eighteen women graduated from the first cohort of the “Alternate Route” in Montreal. Most of them already being professionals in various fields, they have completed the program between 2014 and 2015.
In September 2015, twenty-three new
Accordingly, we will not be recruiting new students before the fall of 2018, for a program which would be starting in July 2019. If you are interested in the program, we recommend that you stay connected by registering to our newsletter.
This 405-hour program takes place in three intensive three-week semesters and includes the following courses:
Training in French and English
The goal of the National Centre for Dance Therapy is to build a faculty that will be able to offer the program in French and English, depending on the faculty giving the courses. Students will have the option of submitting their assignments in French or English.
Since the ADTA is the most renown organization providing accreditation in North America, our admission criteria for the Alternate Route program are based on ADTA’s accreditation requirements. Candidates to the program are therefore required to prove they have the following:
As an integral part of Les Grands Ballets, the National Centre for Dance Therapy is committed to providing new employment opportunities for dance professionals. The latter would be supervised by a dance/movement therapist, enabling them to give
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