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The application process is required for Alternate Route DMT classes beginning in Fall 2024.* The application process takes approximately two weeks. Any questions? Reach out to us at embodiededucationinstitute@gmail.com.

*AR-DMT classes are still available for individual purchase, however, priority will be given to our committed, cohort students.

The Dance/Movement Therapy Alternate Route track (AR-DMT), seeks to inspire, develop and educate students in an age-old paradigm—the use of dance and movement as a tool for healing the body, mind, and spirit. The AR-DMT program is tailored to current and future therapists who seek to advance their practical knowledge of psychotherapy and the therapeutic relationship using the creative process involved in the art of dance. The AR-DMT offers a sequential curriculum, taught by expert faculty, fulfilling the requirements set forth by the American Dance Therapy Association. The student that successfully completes AR-DMT coursework in addition to a Master’s in counseling or related field, will obtain the body of knowledge necessary to apply to the Dance Movement Therapy Certification Board for the R-DMT credential.

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Course Offerings (all courses listed are in central time zone)

Prospective AR-DMT students are responsible for contacting individual course instructors to ascertain additional admission requirements for all courses. Courses are $425/credit (28 total credits). Payment plans available on line. 

A sequential curriculum is outlined below, however, if you have taken courses elsewhere, you are permitted to join higher level courses at any time. 

Embodied Education Institute of Chicago has been approved by NBCC as an Approved
Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7458. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Embodied Education Institute of Chicago is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
CEs are available per course at an additional $25 paid at checkout unless otherwise noted
SUMMER 2024:
  • DMT I: The Chace Approach* - Hybrid May 17-19 (virtual) & June 7-9 (in person)
  • AR-DMT Summer Group Consultation-virtual-June 11th 7:30pm CST (not approved for NBCC credits)
  • Human Development: Interpersonal Neurobiology - Online - June 3-Aug.5th (10 weeks)
  • Experiential Anatomy/Kinesiology-In person (online options)-August 23-25 (not approved for NBCC credits)
FALL 2024:
  • LMA I: Observation- In person (online options)-Sept. 7 & 8
  • DMT: Intro & Invitation-Hybrid-online-Sept. 16-Nov. 18th In-person Oct. 21st 6-9pm
  • DMT with Substance Use Recovery*- October 5 & 6-in person-9am-6pm
  • LMA III: Space, shape and application* - In person - Sept. 27-29 & Nov. 8-10
  • Methods of DMT Group Psychotherapy*- Hybrid-Sept 6, Oct 11 and Nov. 14th virtual; Sept 21-22, Nov. 1-2, Dec. 7-8 in person
  • The Whitehouse Approach - In-Person- October 18-20 & Nov. 15-17
  • Performance as Therapy-In person-Oct. 22 & 23  12-4pm (not for ADTA or NBCC credit)
WINTER/SPRING 2024-25: Dates TBA
  • DMT & Trauma* - In-Person -
  • Cultural Humility & Responsibility*-virtual
  • DMT: Intro & Invitation - Online 
  • LMA I: Observation - In-Person (Online Option) 
  • LMA II: Body & Effort* - In-Person (Online Option) 
  • DMT w/ Older Adults* - In-Person (Online Option)
  • AR-DMT Spring Group Consultation-virtual
  • Neuroscience of Embodied Presence - In-Person 
SUMMER 2025:
  • DMT I: The Chace Approach*
  • DMT & Substance Use* - In-Person - TBD
  • Human Development: Interpersonal Neurobiology
  • Pediatric Eating Disorders & OCD: The Body as a Feared Place*
  • DMT w/Older Adults*
  • KMP*
  • Experiential Anatomy/Kinesiology
Courses above noted with * have a prerequisite requirement. See Course Descriptions below for more details.
Individual consultations available year round.
Contact Laura Allen to plan the start of your internship.

For additional Continuing Education and Wellness courses, click below.

Course Descriptions (Listed Alphabetically)

AR-DMT Group Consultation (not approved for NBCC credits)

Instructor: Laura Allen, BC-DMT, LCPC, GL-CMA

Online Course

June 11th 7-8pm CST

Cost: $35

Group advisement is an hour long workshop offered every trimester for EEIC students interested in a general orientation to the alternate route process of dance/movement therapy certification, including all the requirements for the application process as well as an opportunity to ask questions.

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Cultural Humility and Responsibility through the Power of Story

Instructor: Ebony Nichols, MA, LCAT, BC-DMT

Online Course - Two Weekends

TBA

Fridays 6-9pm CST; Sat/Sun 10-5pm CST

Cost: $850

In this course, students will explore how power, privilege, oppression, and collective liberation intersect with our work as dance/movement therapists. Students will explore how key features of oppression show up on societal/cultural, institutional, interpersonal, and individual levels. By observing and making contact with the ways in which we have been affected by dynamics of privilege and oppression, we can begin to re-pattern habitual ways of being that may interfere with cultivating connection with others.

2 credit hours / 30 classroom hours - Approved by the ADTA & NBCC CEs offered for additional $25

AR-DMT theory & practice course

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Dance/Movement Therapy: An Introduction and an Invitation

Instructor: Kim Rothwell, BC-DMT, LCPC, GL-CMA

Hybrid - 10 Week Format

Virtual: Sept. 16, 2024-Nov. 18, 2024 4-7pm CST

In person one class: October 21st, 2024 all classes meet 4-7pm CST

Cost: $850

This course provides a survey of the field of dance/movement therapy (DMT), including an introduction to the early developers of the profession, the historical context within the United States that lead to the development of the profession and the ADTA, and contemporary applications of DMT in today’s global world. The approach to teaching is embodied, self-reflective, and relational, offering an invitation for students to learn in ways that embed both the theory and the practice of DMT into the present moment lived experience. Early DMT developers will be acknowledged, and explored in an experiential manner recognizing psychological and movement/dance backgrounds. The historical situatedness of the profession of dance/movement therapy will be examined, while acknowledging the broader global context in which the use of dance and movement has been used across generations and cultures. By exploring the contemporary applications of DMT in the fields of psychology, wellness, rehabilitation, education, and childhood development, this course highlights the unique healing processes of DMT, in relationship to other mind/body approaches and to the creative arts therapies. In the end, this course will equip students to develop a working definition of DMT for themselves within historical, cultural, and personal contexts.

2 credit hours / 30 classroom hours - Approved by the ADTA

AR-DMT theory & practice course

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Dance/Movement Therapy I: The Chace Approach

Instructor: Laura Allen, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA

Hybrid Course* - Two Weekend Format- virtual & in person

May 17-19, 2024 virtual & June 7-9, 2024 in person

Fridays 6-9; Sat/Sun 9-4pm

Cost: $850

This course provides an introduction to the historical and theoretical contributions of dance/movement therapy (DMT) founder, Marian Chace. Chace’s framework for DMT sessions, her four core concepts (body action, symbolism, therapeutic movement relationship, and group rhythmic action), and the historical/cultural/healthcare context from which her approach emerged will be addressed in depth. Students will examine the strengths-based nature of Chace’s approach paired with various psychological theories and consider its limitations as well. Through various experiential learning approaches, DMT facilitation skills will be introduced and applied.

*Hybrid: One week online and one weekend in-person

2 credit hours / 30 classroom hours - Approved by the ADTA

AR-DMT theory & practice course

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DMT with Older Adults

Instructor: Laura Allen, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA

Cost: $425

TBA

Friday 6-9 & Sat/Sun 9-4pm

Location: in person w/virtual options

Course description:  This course provides an introduction to a clinical focus on older adults for the dance/movement therapist. Students will examine theoretical and practical concepts related to aging, including typical, healthy aging issues and pathology more commonly encountered with this sub-population (i.e. neurocognitive decline). Thomas Kitwood’s Person-Centered Care paradigm will be taught as a framework through which to view DMT interventions and the therapeutic movement relationship as a whole. Awareness of elder abuse will be promoted via review of its definition and our obligations as mandated reporters. Through various experiential learning approaches, DMT facilitation skills emphasized in work with older adult clients will be introduced and applied.

1 credit hours/15 contact hours ADTA approved

AR-DMT theory & practice hours

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DMT in Substance Use Recovery

Instructor: Jessica Young, MA, BC-DMT, LCPC, GL-CMA

In person

Location: 1802 W. Berteau suite 205, Chicago, IL

When: new dates TBA later this summer,  9am-6pm

Cost: $425

DESCRIPTION: This course examines the integration and application of dance/movement therapy (DMT) theory and techniques in substance use counseling.  It is grounded in the principles of harm reduction, trauma informed and healing centered care, and motivational interviewing.  The ability to effectively facilitate the recovery process for those who use alcohol and/or other drugs in ways that are detrimental to their well-being is essential to the practice of DMT given the extraordinarily high correlations between substance use and mental illness as well as substance use and trauma.  This course will afford you the opportunity to increase your own bodily awareness and understanding of experiences and concepts related to substance use while also equipping you with the knowledge and skills to facilitate DMT interventions to support the recovery process.

Prerequisites: At least 15 credits of master’s education in a clinical program AND

At least one DMT course AND

At least one movement observation and assessment course

1 credit hour / 15 classroom hours Approved by the ADTA

AR-DMT theory & practice course

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DMT & Trauma

Instructor: Melissa Schleicher Park, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA

Cost: $850

Upcoming Date: TBD

In person w/online options

Location for in person: 1802 W Berteau suite 205, Chicago

Course Description: This course provides an overview of the field of traumatology in conjunction with historical and contemporary dance/movement therapy (DMT) techniques. Beginning with an introduction to the history of trauma treatment in Western psychology, students will gain an understanding of how this history has shaped the current research and treatment of trauma through lecture and discussion. History will work in conjunction with experiential learning experiences of current neuroscience, reflecting the effects of trauma on the body and mind through the embodiment of empathic reflection and response. Through these embodied and self-reflective interventions, students will focus on ways in which body-based, somatic and DMT methods can enhance the experience of healing from post-traumatic stress, development trauma and acute stress conditions. In sync with contemporary traumatology theory, students will also be challenged to think broadly in terms of how DMT interventions can further the discussion and practice of trauma-informed care in a variety of clinical settings; combining verbal therapy, body-based intervention and a thorough understanding the brain and body’s interwoven experience of trauma.

2 credit hours/30 contact hours ADTA approved

AR-DMT Theory & Practice hours

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Experiential Anatomy/Kinesiology (not approved for NBCC credits)

Instructor: Kristina Fluty, MA

In Person with Online options

Location: 1802 W. Berteau suite 205, Chicago

August 23-25, 2024 Friday 6-9, Sat/Sun 9-4

Cost: $425

For movers, dancers, movement practitioners/artists, dance/movement therapists, teachers, and anyone who wants to deepen their embodiment and understanding of the amazing ways our bodies move. Engaging experiential and somatic modes of learning this course will cover basic human anatomy and kinesiology with an overview of bones, major muscle groups, and general workings of the musculoskeletal system. Students will begin to understand the complexities of the body through movement, reading, drawing, discussion, writing, video, and touch exercises. We will integrate what we learn from tuning into our individual sensed experience, observations of the world (and bodies) around us, and material information from the fields of anatomy and kinesiology. It is important to note that study of “the body,” our bodies, does not exist outside of the particular societies and cultures in which we live. Our work in this course acknowledges the impact and influence of culture on traditions of teaching anatomy, and the importance and relevance of our individual experiences of gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, ability, on lived embodied experience and body knowledge.

1 credit hour / 15 classroom hours

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Human Development: Interpersonal Neurobiology

Instructor: Kris Eric Larsen LCPC, BC-DMT, GLCMA

10 week virtual course

June 3-Aug. 5th, 2024;  6-9pm CST

Cost: $850

Dance/Movement Therapy has provided for us a pathway into the expressive nature of movement and its related emotional meaning. Moving the body engages the emotional system (the brain) as mind and body join together on an expressive, and often creative, journey of dance. As dance movement therapists, we have often looked at both the functional and expressive meaning of movement and yet, have we given enough attention to the subtleties found between emotional expression and the related micro-movements of the body/mind interrelationship.

This course introduces students to the intricate world of the brain and focuses upon the interrelationship between mind, body and relationships. Studies of brain development and the ways in which dance movement therapy can assist in repatterning insecure attachments and their subsequent encoded neuronal pathways is necessary in keeping the field up to date. The development of therapeutic interventions that consider developmental, biological and cultural contexts will be discussed as well.

2 credit hours / 30 classroom hours - Approved by the ADTA

AR-DMT theory & practice course

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Individual Consultation (not approved for NBCC credits)

Instructor: EEIC Faculty

Online - individually scheduled

Cost: $75

Individual consultation gives the AR-DMT student or the professional an opportunity to receive direct coaching from an experienced BC-DMT who can offer perspective, direction and concrete resources for educational and career development. These sessions can be set up directly with the faculty member.

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Laban Movement Analysis I: Observation

Instructor: Stacey Hurst, BC-DMT, LCPC, GL-CMA

in person w/virtual options

Where: 1802 W Berteau Suite 205, Chicago, IL

When: Sept. 7 & 8 , 2024 9:00am-6:00pm CST

Cost: $425

Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and Bartenieff Fundamentals (BF) give dance/movement therapists a common language to study movement and its developmental aspects, informing our relationship to self, other, and the environment. LMA I contexts LMA and BF in history and within the field of dance/movement therapy. This course provides: a framework for how to structure and approach movement observation, an understanding of the cultural and therapeutic implications of Body Knowledge/Body Prejudice and a forum for the student to identify their own movement preferences and limitations. LMA I will also provide a general overview of the core principles of movement and of Rudolf Laban’s taxonomy of human movement. The course will be grounded through both didactic and movement experientials to support multiple learning preferences. LMA I will provide the foundation for all other LMA classes to follow.

1 credit hour / 15 classroom hours - Approved by the ADTA

AR-DMT Observation Course credit

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Laban Movement Analysis II: Body and Effort

Instructor: Stacey Hurst, BC-DMT, LCPC, GL-CMA

2 weekend format

TBA

Fri 6-9 & Sat/Sun 9-4

In person with on-line options

1802 W Berteau, suite 205, Chicago

Cost: $850

This course will continue the process of providing knowledge and skill development regarding the use of the Laban Taxonomy of Movement Analysis in order to observe, document, describe, and assess human movement behavior through the lens of BODY and EFFORT categories (SPACE and SHAPE will be taught in LMA III). In addition, students will gain more information about Irmgard Bartenieff’s contributions to LMA and begin to create Laban/Bartenieff informed DMT warm-ups. Students will continue to explore how sociocultural content and psychological defenses manifest in body/movement and how sociocultural background and “protection” informs movement preferences. The written work and verbal discussions will be used, not only to gain knowledge and process experiences, but to practice communicating the material to other professionals outside of our field.

2 credit hours / 30 classroom hours -approved by the ADTA

AR-DMT Observation course credit

Prerequisite: LMA I

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Laban Movement Analysis III: Shape and Space

Instructor: Stacey Hurst, BC-DMT, LCPC, GL-CMA

In person w/Online options; two weekend format

Dates: Sept. 27-29 & Nov. 8-10, 2024; Fridays 6-9pm, Sat/Sun 9-4pm

Location: 1802 W Berteau, suite 205, Chicago

Cost: $850

Course Description:

The DMT student who successfully completes this course will have a firm grasp of the principles of Laban Movement Analysis with a strong ability to understand the interrelationship of Body, Effort, Shape, and Space within the context of a DMT and counseling setting. This course will specifically focus on the Shape and Space aspects of the taxonomy and will weave principles of Body, Effort, Shape and Space into theoretical application. The student will also be able to create and apply Laban-based interventions within movement labs.  In addition, the student will be able to draw together knowledge of human development (functional, expressive and communicative) as it is objectively observed in order to apply contextually and culturally informed interventions within a session.

2 credit hours / 30 classroom hours -Approved by the ADTA

AR-DMT Observation course credit

Prerequisite: LMA 1 & LMA 2

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Methods of DMT Group Psychotherapy

Instructor: Eve Chalom, BC-DMT

Hybrid; 3 weekend format

Dates: VIRTUAL: Sept. 6, Oct. 11 and Nov. 14th 6-9pm CST; IN PERSON: Sept. 21-22; Nov. 2-3; Dec. 7-8th  9am-4pm CST

Location for in person: 1802 W Berteau Suite 205, Chicago, IL

Cost: $1250

Course Description:

This course explores in both verbal groups and dance movement therapy groups how the group process allows for more change, growth, and healing than is possible through individual therapy.  The student will be taught to become an effective facilitator, and will enhance their knowledge of treatment objectives, plans, and goals, as well as teach them to create a therapeutic container and facilitate dynamics within diverse groups. This will be done through lecture, discussion, assignments, and experiential training groups where the skills are practiced.

3 credit hours / 45 classroom hours- Approved by the ADTA

Group DMT theory course

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The Neuroscience of Embodied Presence: Moving within the Inter-subjective Realm

Instructor: Kris Eric Larsen LCPC, BC-DMT, GLCMA

In-Person

TBA-two weekend format

Fridays 6-9pm; Saturday & Sunday 9-4

Cost: $850

Embedded within the intersubjective relationship is the opportunity for present moment experiences of self and other. As dance/movement therapists we are utilizing our bodies as intuitive processors within the therapeutic relationship and thus in need to be conscious of how we create presence in our own bodies for self-care and within the relationship for intervention and healing. Current discoveries in neuroscience and mindfulness find the field of psychology integrating the mind and the body in ways that are both new and creative. This course introduces students to in-roads for creating presence, mindful self-care, identification of personal creative process and critical inquiry of neuroscientific discussions that integrate and navigate the flow of mind and the flow of bodies in movement.

2 credit hours / 30 classroom hours - Approved by the ADTA

AR-DMT Theory & Practice hours

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Pediatric Eating Disorders & OCD: The Body as a Feared Place

Instructor: Kristen Mennona, LPC CEDS BC-DMT RYT GLCMA

Cost: $785

Upcoming Date:

TBA

Obsessive Compulsive disorder and eating disorders thrive in an environment of fear, body avoidance and relief seeking behaviors. The body's fear response will be examined from evolutionary, physiological and neurobiological perspectives. Modern-day eating disorders and OCD will be explored as escape strategies for uncomfortable bodily sensations. Dance/movement therapy will be applied as a method to build body trust, instill courage and restore aliveness through a mindful, embodied, improvisational, and playful approach. A special focus on embodying imperfection, practicing gratitude and building a “window of tolerance” for uncomfortable bodily sensations will help students craft a body map of their own fear response system. Forming an embodied relationship to fear allows participants to increase their body threshold for body discomfort. This course centers the practitioner's self-discovery as a guide on how to help others.

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Performance as Therapy

Instructor: Kris Eric Larsen, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA

Cost: $350

Upcoming Date: October 22&23 1-5pm in person

Location: 1802 W. Berteau Suite 205, Chicago

Performance involves preparation through engagement on many levels, intrapersonal and interpersonal. It includes being immersed in the creative process, feedback on the emerging creation and its integration. While there is an ongoing reflective dialogue between the process and the product, it also involves active decision making and community building.

As therapists we often ask how we can sustain connection to our creative selves while in the midst of working in a field of suffering. We also wonder how we can engage our clients in new perspectives that are based in creativity and the role of community in group process and healing. Performance as Therapy is a developed framework seeking to expand the practice of creative arts therapies and also that of counseling as it involves many of the techniques found in humanism, group process and positive psychology while bridging the gap between verbal and non-verbal processes. It asks the question “What is the role of self in creativity and how this relationship is fundamental to therapeutic performance, multicultural expression and human existence?”

This workshop will explore the 4 concepts of creative process and art making, developed by the workshop presenters. Participants will be guided through the 4 concepts as they explore the journey from finding the inner impulse to create all the way to community performance.

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Whitehouse Approach

Instructor: Kim Rothwell, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA

Cost: $850

Upcoming Date: October 18-20 & Nov. 15-17, 2024; Fridays 6-9pm, Sat/Sun 9-4pm

Location: 1802 W Berteau, suite 205, Chicago

This course explores the impact of Mary Whitehouse’s approach on the field of dance/movement therapy, including the early development of Authentic Movement (AM) and contemporary practices informed by her work. Students will become familiar with the essential form of AM, including creating a holding environment, moving from within and the development of witness consciousness. Processes of intrapersonal, interpersonal, transpersonal organization and growth will be traced in relation to the practice. Foundational clinical principles underlying the form will be examined in order to establish the somatic, artistic and jungian foundations as well as the developmental, relational and transpersonal grounding in the form. Students will engage in practices that promote understanding and experience of essential clinical skills including establishing a holding environment, tracking somatic processes, identifying somatic countertransference, recognizing projection, practicing embodied verbal witnessing, transition as an opportunity for bilateral integration, cultural humility, and reflection both verbal and nonverbal as a way of holding present moment lived experience. Key figures in the development and practice of authentic movement as well as contemporary practices derived from the work and lineage of Mary Whitehouse will be included as primary sources for ongoing learning.

2 credit hours/30 contact hours ADTA approved 

AR-DMT Theory & Practice Course

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To register, please visit the Class Registration page and add relevant courses to your cart. Select your trimester and payment option (pay in full or payment plan). Please note that your payment plan deposit is non-refundable*. If you have any questions regarding classes, payment plans, or other concerns, please reach out to embodiededucationinstitute@gmail.com.

If you pay in full upon checkout, please use the code "FULLPAY5" for 5% off your order. Due to high exchange fees, international students are not eligible for discounts.

Registration closes two weeks prior to class start date. If you are trying to enter a class within two weeks of the start date, please contact us at embodiededucationinstitute@gmail.com prior to purchasing to confirm your spot.

The student contract is available here.

*If a class is cancelled by EEIC, your deposit will be refunded.