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Master of Arts in Dance and Movement Therapy Counseling

Program

Established in 1974, the Master of Arts program in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling educates students for creative, responsive and effective therapy practice. This unique program addresses both the art and science of dance/movement therapy. The graduate work develops students' personal, creative, cognitive, and movement resources so they can effectively engage in therapeutic movement relationships that facilitate access to these resources in their clients.

Dance/movement therapy is defined as the psychotherapeutic use of movement in a process that furthers the emotional, cognitive, social, and physical integration of the individual. The profession is positioned to meet an increasing interest in mind-body approaches to mental and physical health that have emerged in health profession circles and in the general public.

Upon graduation, students go on to work in schools, early intervention programs, community mental health, inpatient psychiatric, medical, social service, and wellness settings. Students also pioneer new frontiers in therapy application.

The Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program's 90-quarter-credit curriculum is designed to meet the Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) educational requirements. Be advised, however, that licensure requirements vary widely from state to state, and may change at any time. Therefore, if you are or will be interested in counseling licensure in the future, you are strongly advised to access and check the requirements for any state(s) in which you plan to work and practice. It is the student's responsibility to know and understand the requirements for any type of future licensure.

What you'll learn

The Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program integrates dance and movement into a whole-person approach to mental health.

Students learn to apply the Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) to the evaluation of individual and group functioning and to the design of therapy interventions. The program also recognizes the importance of the therapist's function on a treatment team and fosters students' abilities to communicate valuable knowledge that may not be available to the team through strictly verbal treatment approaches.

Key program components include:

  • Collaborative education in a small dance/movement therapy student cohort.
  • An educational environment vitalized by faculty member involvement in clinical practice, scholarship, and professional service.
  • Supervised dance/movement therapy clinical education experiences in three different settings, with various patient populations, beginning in the first term of study.
  • Ongoing integration of theory and practice in classroom and clinical education settings.
  • Preparation to serve multiculturally diverse populations.
  • Introduction to recent developments in neuroscience as relevant to the mind-body discipline of dance/movement therapy.
  • Dance/movement therapy research and capstone project guided by a multidisciplinary advisory committee.

What makes the Drexel Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program unique?

  • Learning enrichment derived from interaction with students and faculty from other creative arts therapy disciplines.
  • Specialty elective coursework in medical applications of dance/movement therapy.
  • Opportunity to enroll in dance classes and audition for the Drexel Dance Ensemble.
  • You are part of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions with access to various practice environments and educational facilities.

COMPLIANCE

The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

Admission Requirements

Background checks:
As a student of the College of Nursing and Health Professions you will be required to satisfactorily complete a criminal background check, child and elder abuse checks, drug test, immunizations, physical exams, health history, and/or other types of screening before being permitted to begin clinical training.

You will not need to submit documentation of these requirements as part of your application to the master's program. Failure to fully satisfy these requirements as directed upon enrollment may prevent assignment to a clinical site for training. A background check that reflects a conviction of a felony or misdemeanor may affect your ability to be placed in certain facilities, and later, to become board certified and licensed.

Deadline:
February 1, 2022

Degree:
Bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited institution, with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 in all previous coursework.

Standardized Tests:
N/A

Transcripts:

  • Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap to Drexel University, Application Processing, PO Box 34789, Philadelphia, PA 19101 or submitted through a secure electronic delivery service to enroll@drexel.edu. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
  • If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency.
  • Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions.

Prerequisites:

  • Familiarity with at least two dance or movement forms, with a minimum of five years dedicated study to at least one form in a studio or academic setting.
  • Creative dance or movement improvisation experience.
  • Teaching, performing and/or choreography experience preferred.
  • Liberal Arts coursework, including coursework in Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Human Development or Anthropology).
  • Volunteer or paid experience in a helping relationship.

References:
Three letters of recommendation required. At least two recommendations should be from current or former academic instructors. Letters of recommendation should be requested and submitted electronically through your online application.

    Personal Statement/ Essay:
    Submit an essay (1–3 typed pages) addressing interest in and aptitude for dance/movement therapy and counseling, with reference to personal, service, and arts experience. Submit your essay with your application or through the Discover Drexel portal after you submit your application.

    Résumé

    Upload your résumé as part of your admission application or through the Discover Drexel Portal after you submit your application.

    Select candidates will be invited to participate in an on-campus audition and interview. International applicants will be invited to submit a recorded audition and participate in a video interview.

    Audition: The movement audition involves a group improvisational experience. We are primarily interested in how you communicate, express yourself and interact through movement. Applicants need not prepare anything. Those living overseas may submit videotape or DVD in lieu of movement audition. International candidates should request instructions about these requirements with admission materials and are advised to begin admission process early.

    Interview:
    Faculty will conduct in-depth in-person interview with applicant consisting of review of personal, academic, interpersonal, and creative aptitudes. For international applicants will be invited to submit a recorded audition and participate in a video interview.

    Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience:
    A social service work or volunteer history and cross cultural experience is highly valued.

    Dance Experience
    Familiarity with at least two dance or movement forms, with five years of dedicated study to at least one form in a studio or academic setting. Improvisation, teaching, performing, and/or choreography experience preferred.

    Additional Requirements for International Applicants

    • Transcript Evaluation: All international students applying to a graduate program must have their transcripts evaluated by the approved agency: World Education Services (WES), 212.966.6311, Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087, Web site: www.wes.org/.
    • TOEFL: Applicants who have not received a degree in the United States are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). An official score report must be sent directly to Drexel University Application Processing. The minimum TOEFL score is 90, and the minimum IELTS score is 6.5. For more information visit the Web site: www.ets.org, then click on TOEFL.
    • I-20/DS-2019 and Supporting Financial Documents (international students only): After confirming attendance to Drexel, students will receive an email from ISSS with instructions for applying for their i-20/DS-2019 and submitting supporting financial documents.

    International Consultants of Delaware, Inc.
    P.O. Box 8629
    Philadelphia, PA 19101-8629
    215.222.8454, ext. 603

    Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools
    3600 Market St., Suite 400
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651
    215.349.8767

    World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
    Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087
    New York, NY 10274-5087
    212.966.6311

    Tuition and Fee Rates:
    Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page on Drexel Central

    Application Link (if outside organization):
    N/A

    Curriculum

    The MA in Dance/Movement Therapy & Counseling is a 90-quarter credit program. The program can be completed in a minimum of two years (seven quarters) of full-time study, although some students may take longer to complete all requirements, or opt for a decelerated plan of study. The majority of classes are taught in-person on Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions campus in Center City, Philadelphia with select classes offered online.

    The coursework consists of both Dance/Movement Therapy-specific and general mental health counseling coursework. Dance/Movement Therapy-specific topics include:

    • Theory and practice with child and adult populations
    • Social and cultural foundations in dance/movement therapy
    • Laban movement analysis
    • Movement perspectives in human development
    • Mental health applications of movement assessment
    • Therapy relationship skills
    • Group dynamics in dance/movement therapy
    • Movement observation

    Mental health counseling coursework covers theories and skills in:

    • Human psychological development
    • Psychopathology and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
    • Social and cultural foundations in counseling
    • Behavioral research
    • Group dynamics in counseling
    • Theories of counseling and psychotherapy
    • Career counseling
    • Clinical appraisal and diagnosis
    • Professional ethics
    • Foundations of Creative Art Therapies

    Clinical experience is integrated with classroom learning, with students participating in two practicums and one internship throughout the course of the program. Students receive both individual and small group clinical supervision. For more information on the clinical education component of the Dance/Movement Therapy program, click on the "Clinical Practices" tab above.

    A Culminating Project rounds out the curriculum. Second-or third-year students conduct a Culminating Project that integrates practice with theory and/or research. Under the guidance of their Culminating Project advisor, students design a project that explores aspects of both their respective Creative Arts Therapies discipline and counseling. Examples of Culminating Projects include development of a method, a community engagement project, research thesis or artistic project. Culminating Projects may be connected to a student's internship, but it is not a requirement. At the end of each academic year, students present their Culminating Projects to peers, faculty, friends and family at their respective program's Colloquium. Students are also encouraged to submit projects to regional and national conferences when applicable.

    Accreditation

    The Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program is approved by the American Dance Therapy Association.

    Clinical Practice

    Students engage in dance/movement therapy clinical education in three different settings during the course of the program. Individual clinical supervision is supplemented by small group mental health and dance/movement therapy supervision in the academic setting, a reflection of the program's commitment to clinical supervision as a learning tool.

    In the first year, students are placed in two practicum experiences, with different patient populations and in different types of settings. The student has the opportunity to observe and practice beginning therapy skills with the role modeling and support of an on-site dance/movement therapist.

    Students are actively involved in the selection of their second year internship sites with respect to their individual learning needs and interests. The second year internship offers an opportunity for students to mature and specialize as clinical interns over the course of a full academic year. The student functions as an integral member of an on-site treatment team. Students participate in individual supervision with a dance/movement therapist holding the advanced credential of BC-DMT (Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist).

    News & Events

    This Year's People of Purpose Announced

    12/02/21

    People of Purpose Graphic on blue background with multi-size circlesThe People of Purpose project recognizes and celebrates the College of Nursing and Health Professions students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners who exemplify our core values of health equity and purpose and demonstrate an abiding sense of caring, commitment and service to the Drexel community, Philadelphia and/or the world. The reasons given for the nominations of these individuals and teams, which this year included students from Dornsife School of Public Health and College of Arts and Sciences, are compelling and explain how their lives and their work represent the core values that lie at the heart of the College.

    Today, we are most pleased to announce our third cohort of People of Purpose. They are listed below by name, and, if alumni or current student, degree, graduation year and program. When you read their stories, you will learn about the work they do and the impact they make.

    Our individual People of Purpose are:

    • Laura Baehr, PhD ’22, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
    • Sheetal Bahirat, MSCAS '20 and Zuri Masud, MSFS '19, Food and Hospitality Management
    • Veronica Carey, PhD, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Clinical Professor, Counseling and Family Therapy
    • Melanie Cataldi, BS ’98, Nutrition and Food Science
    • Lisa Chiarello, PhD, Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
    • Sen. Maria Collett, BSN ’09, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, Professor and Director of the Drexel Food Lab, Food and Hospitality Management
    • Noel Goodstadt, PT, DPT, Associate Clinical Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
    • Holly Hagy, BSN ’15, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Rani Hanna, MHS ‘18 and Sara Jamil Hanna, MHS ’18, Physician Assistant
    • Nary Kith, MFT '07, Counseling and Family Therapy
    • Hanna Lee, MA '21, Creative Arts Therapies
    • Kimberly McClellan, EdD ’18, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Lynette Medley, BS '97, Mental Health Technology
    • Gwen Moriarty, BSN '22, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Shel Myers, MFT '22, Counseling and Family Therapy
    • Sharrona Pearl, PhD, Associate Teaching Professor, Health Administration
    • Arun Ramakrishnan, PhD, Director of Research Labs
    • Michele Rattigan, MA ’96, DHSc ’24, Associate Clinical Professor, Creative Arts Therapies
    • Jeff Ryan, MPT '87, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
    • Helen Teng, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Lena Ward, BS ’18, MHS ’19, Clinical Instructor, Physician Assistant
    • Ebony White, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Counseling and Family Therapy
    • KC Wuebbling, MA ’16, Creative Arts Therapies

    Our People of Purpose teams are:

    CNHP IT Department

    • Jack Cordivari, IT Support Specialist
    • Robert H. Feenan, College IT and AV Manager
    • James Lipczynski, IT Support Specialist II
    • Aila Luneau, AV Systems Specialist
    • George M. Merritt, III, IT Support Specialist
    • Chip Myers, IT Director Marc Scott, IT Support Specialist
    • Steve Surgalski, AV Support Specialist
    • Brian Thomas, Systems Administrator COVID

    Case Investigation Team

    • Nina Kulkarni, MPH, COVID Testing/Vaccine Site Manager
    • Bhargavi Sahu, Student, Dornsife School of Public Health

    COVID Contact Tracing Team

    • Katie Anderson, Student, Dornsife School of Public Health
    • Anthony M. Angelow, PhD, Chair, Advanced Practice Nursing; Assistant Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
    • Erica Chang, Student, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Leah Condon, Student, College of Arts and Sciences
    • Theresa Fay-Hillier, DrPH, Associate Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Kimberly McClellan, EdD ’18, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Kymberlee Montgomery, DNP, Senior Associate Dean of Nursing & Student Affairs; Chief Academic Nursing Officer
    • Kate J. Morse, PhD, Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning and Innovation; Associate Clinical Professor
    • Jenny Ni, Student, College of Arts and Sciences
    • Mikaela Perez, COVID Contact Tracing Assistant Manager; Student, Dornsife School of Public Health
    • Susan Solecki, DrPH, Associate Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
    • Helen L. Teng, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing

    COVID Testing Team

    • Helena Aklilu, Student, Health Sciences
    • Saznin Chowdhury, Student, Health Sciences
    • Ferne M. Cohen, EdD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
    • Jennifer Cummings, MSN, Assistant Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
    • Stephen Gambescia, PhD, Clinical Professor, Health Administration
    • Ann McDonough Madden, MHS, Associate Clinical Professor, Physician Assistant
    • Kimberly McClellan, EdD ’18, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Jennifer Olszewski, EdD, Chair, Accelerated Career Entry Nursing; Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Alis Kotler Panzera, DrNP, Assistant Dean of Student Services; Associate Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
    • Jordan Perez, Student, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Genevieve M. Porrecca, MSN, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Helen L. Teng, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing

    COVID Vaccination Team

    • Adrian S. Banning, DHSc '20, Associate Clinical Professor, Physician Assistant
    • Linda M. Celia, DNP, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Ferne M. Cohen, EdD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Nurse Anesthesia
    • Jennifer Cummings, MSN, Assistant Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
    • Ellen D. Feld, MD, Clinical Professor, Physician Assistant
    • Stephen Gambescia, PhD, Clinical Professor, Health Administration
    • Maryann Godshall, PhD, Associate Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
    • Dana Kemery, EdD, Director of Innovative Course Design and Technological Infusion; Associate Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Kimberly McClellan, EdD ’18, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Kymberlee Montgomery, DNP, Senior Associate Dean of Nursing & Student Affairs; Chief Academic Nursing Officer
    • Kate J. Morse, PhD, Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning and Innovation; Associate Clinical Professor
    • Jennifer Olszewski, EdD, Chair, Accelerated Career Entry Nursing; Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Alis Kotler Panzera, DrNP, Assistant Dean of Student Services; Associate Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing
    • Anna Pohuly, Executive Assistant II
    • Genevieve M. Porrecca, MSN, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Lori Ruskin, MSN, Assistant Professor, Graduate Nursing
    • Deanna Lynn Schaffer, PhD, Director of Recruitment, Retention and Alumni Engagement; Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Helen L. Teng, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Nursing
    • Janet Zimmerman, MS, Assistant Clinical Professor, Graduate Nursing

    This cohort represents a wide range of CNHP professions, programs and roles and includes students, faculty, professional staff, advisors, alumni and interprofessional teams from across the University. Collectively, this group of nearly 80 people embodies how we learn, teach and collaborate, provide exceptional care, serve our communities and contribute new knowledge that advances health equity and social justice.

    Please join in congratulating our newest “People of Purpose.”

    Transgender Day of Remembrance

    11/19/21

    Drexel University Transgender flag at half mast. Courtesy of DrexelNOWOn November 20th we observe Transgender Day of Remembrance to honor the memory of transgender individuals whose lives were taken in acts of violence.

    This day originated in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender advocate, to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in Boston, Massachusetts. Over the past 20+ years, this day has become one to honor and commemorate all the transgender individuals who lost their lives to violence.

    While there has been an increase in awareness and in legislation that help prosecute those who participate in these violent acts, there is still work to be done as people continue to be victimized for just being who they are. According to the Human Rights Campaign, in 2021 there have been at least 45 transgender or non-gender conforming individuals who have died by violence. Each case differs, however data shows that fatalities impact transgender women of color, in particular Black women. These crimes occur throughout the country and world. Closer to home, the city of Philadelphia recently described these types of crimes as an epidemic of violence against transgender citizens.

    The Human Rights Campaign report, “Dismantling a Culture of Violence,” explains how a culture of violence exists because of stigma, denial of opportunity, and other increased risk factors and leads to an unsafe environment and violent culture. This report also provides us with ways to promote inclusivity and create safety for transgender and non-gender confirming people. It is important that we do not forget these individuals, and that we continue to work towards justice and equality.

    At the College of Nursing and Health Professions, we aim to make our communities more inclusive and continue to raise awareness of the issues transgender and non-gender confirming individuals face, especially in healthcare, each day. On November 19th Drexel will honor our non-binary and transgender communities by raising Drexel Transgender flags on all three campuses. This day will be used to mourn the loss of life. It will also demonstrate our commitment and the fight towards a better existence for all members of these communities. In addition, all are encouraged to visit Paul Peck Alumni Center at 9:00 a.m. for remarks, words of wisdom, and to reflect on readings highlighting victims of anti-transgender violence in the past year.

    Written by Kathryn (Katie) Farrell, MSN, RN, assistant clinical professor, Graduate Nursing, and member of the Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Drexel Health Sciences Building Updates

    11/09/21

    October 2021

    Construction on our future home is moving along! The building perimeter is almost complete and should be “zippered up” by the end of November.

    Core and shell work (elevators, toilet rooms and stairs) are really taking shape. The HVAC work is in place, metal stud installation is up to the 12th floor and drywall work is underway on the lower floors. Visible spaces and rooms are replacing the big empty floors. Interior photos to come soon.

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    photo from ground looking up at new health sciences building mid-construction

    distance photo from end of sidewalk of new health sciences building with cranes on roof


    June 2021

    Photo of Drexel Academic Tower construction

    May 2021

    Cement trucks ready to start pouring concrete floors of the new building.

    Cement trucks ready to start pouring concrete floors of the new building.

    March 2021

    Six cement trucks lined up to pour the concrete floors.

    Cement trucks ready to start pouring concrete floors of the new building.

    Cement trucks ready to start pouring concrete floors of the new building.

    Click images to magnify


    January 2021

    Photo of Drexel Academic Tower construction 

    Photo of Drexel Academic Tower construction 

    Photo of Drexel Academic Tower construction


    December 2020

    When the announcement about a new home for the College of Nursing and Health Professions was made in May 2019, no one could have imagined that construction would be delayed by a global pandemic. It was expected that groundbreaking would be in spring 2020 with a substantial completion delivery of mid-2022. Beginning in late July, it is still the hope to maintain the same timeline.

    Google Earth screenshot of the location of the Drexel Academic Tower

    With CNHP being the first occupants of the new facility, some of the College of Medicine’s administrative functions, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies and its first- and second-year medical program will join the College in phases. President Fry, in a message to the University in late 2019, said “at the new academic building, many of Drexel’s health-related programs will be under one roof, enhancing opportunities for interdisciplinary education in a facility that affords health sciences students, faculty and professional staff the best possible environment for continued development and growth.”


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     


     

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