- As defined by the American Dance Therapy Association, "Dance/Movement Therapy is the the psychotherapeutic use of movement as a process which furthers the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical integration of the individual."
- Dance/movement therapy emerged as a distinct profession in the 1940's.
- The American Dance Therapy Association was formed in 1966. It maintains a code of ethics and has established standards for professional practice, education and training.
- ADTA has members in 48 states and U.S. territories and 24 countries.
- Dance/movement therapy is an effective treatment for people with developmental, medical, social, physical and psychological impairments.
- Dance/movement therapy is practiced in mental health rehabilitation, medical and, educational settings, nursing homes, day care, forensic, disease prevention and health promotion programs. Dance/movement therapists also work in private practice and receive insurance reimbursement.
- Dance/movement therapy is used with people of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds in individual, couples, family, and group therapy formats.
- Entry into the profession of dance/movement therapy is at the Master's level. The title "Dance Therapists Registered" (DTR) is granted to entry level dance/movement therapists who have a master's degree which includes 700 hundred hours of supervised clinical internship. The advanced level of registry, "Academy of Dance Therapists", (ADTR) is awarded only after DTRs have completed 3,640 hours of supervised clinical work in an agency, institution or special school, with additional supervision from an ADTR.
The above information was retrieved from the American Dance Therapy Association website (www.adta.org).