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 psychology and dance/movement therapy courses in order to access the official title of dance therapist. As of today, no such program exists in Canada and in 2012, no complete dance/movement therapy training program was available. This is why the NCDT was created with, as part of its mission, the creation of a graduate program in dance/movement therapy.
Along with the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy from McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, UQAM’s Dance department and Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, the NCDT is collaborating to the development of a Master’s degree
therapy according to Quebec’s educational context and needs.
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:
A program offered by the National Centre for Dance Therapy
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. (Read more) This program, developed by Dr. Miriam Roskin Berger and the 92Y Harkness Dance Centre DMT Faculty, was designed for dance and health professionals having already completed a Master’s degree in a related field (physiotherapist, occupational therapist, psychologists, etc.). The courses given in this training program are recognized by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) as academic prerequisites for obtaining R-DMT (Registered Dance/Movement Therapist) accreditation. This accreditation is given by the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board (DMTCB), affiliated to the ADTA. 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. Program structure This 405-hour program takes place in three intensive three-week semesters and includes the following courses:
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:
Also, a short audition will have to be completed by all candidates.
In 2015, eighteen women graduated from the first “Alternate Route” program to be completed in Montreal. Most of them already being professionals in various fields, they have completed the program between 2014 and 2015.
In September 2015, following two days of auditions at les Grands Ballets’ studios in Montreal, twenty-three new professionals have been selected to participate in the second cohort of the “Alternate Route” program in Montreal. They will be
Accordingly, we are not expecting to hold auditions before the fall of 2018. If you are interested in the program, we recommend that you stay connected by registering to our newsletter or to contact Amy Éloïse Mailloux for more information.
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