Dance/Movement Therapy Concentration

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Earn an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Qualify to become a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) AND a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

About the Dance/Movement Therapy Program

As a dance/movement therapist, you will apply your artistry, knowledge, creativity and skills to help people with:

  • Anxiety
  • Autism/Developmental Disabilities
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Disordered Eating
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Psychosis

As a student in the program, you will:

  • Learn how to harness the healing powers of your art as a therapeutic technique
  • Discover how to blend mind-body practices, mindfulness and traditional therapies for holistic wellness
  • Gain extensive and valuable clinical experience to prepare for counseling and dance/movement therapy positions in hospitals, mental health agencies, assisted living facilities, alternative schools, and private practice
  • Meet the educational qualifications for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credentials in New Jersey and most other states and for the national Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential
  • Qualify for the entry-level credential as a registered dance/movement therapist (R-DMT)

Rider University's 4+2 degree option provides undergraduate dance or psychology majors with an accelerated path to earn a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with just two additional years of study while qualifying to become a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) AND a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Watch an educational video to learn more about Dance/Movement Therapy from the American Dance Therapy Association.

Dance/Movement Therapy classes taught at Rider University

Dance/Movement, body mind integration through movement.


Dance/Movement Therapy is a concentration in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s program. This track requires a separate dance audition for admission.

All students in this area of study must complete 60-credits of coursework as well as 800 hours of fieldwork. Fieldwork must be completed at the end of the program over two semesters, at a minimum. Students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program all take 36-credits of core coursework and 9-credits of fieldwork at the end of the program. In addition to the 9-credits of fieldwork required, students in the Dance/Movement Therapy concentration take an additional 3-credits of practicum (Practicum I) included in the required 15 credits in the Dance/Movement Therapy concentration. See Program Requirements for more information.


An appropriate agency for the fieldwork requirement is one which provides a program of services using dance/movement therapy to help individuals function to their optimal capacity. Such programs exist in a wide variety of settings, such as mental health clinics, correctional facilities, hospital settings, family service centers, comprehensive rehabilitation centers, social service organizations, vocational counseling programs, private counseling programs, substance abuse treatment programs, employee assistance programs, college counseling centers, and other appropriate sites. All degree candidates must purchase student professional liability insurance.

Accreditation Information

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program with a Dance/Movement Therapy Concentration has been accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) since 1999. The program is CACREP-accredited until October 31, 2022.

For admission information or program information, please contact:

Headshot of Emmanuel Ahia
Professor and Director, Ed.S. Counseling Services Program, & M.A. Clinical Mental Health Program
Bierenbaum Fisher Hall 202E

Academic Background

  • J. D. School of Law, University of Arkansas; Fayetteville, Arkansas. May 1990
  • Ph. D. Education Psychology (Counseling): Department of Educational Psychology; Southern Illinois University; Carbondale, Illinois May 1983
  • M. A. Interpersonal Communication; Minor in Counseling Psychology, Wheaton Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois. June 1980
  • B. A. Religious Studies; Minor in Counseling Psychology; Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. Dec 1978

Books and Book Chapters

    Jamie Mitchell
    Director of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission
    Ciambelli Hall