Dance Theraphy

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The Growing Field of Dance Therapy

In the world of therapy, there are many routes that can be taken by college graduates to lead successful lives. There are the “norms” such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and recreational therapy. There are also the therapy types that have not been exposed quite as much as the aforementioned and should be because they are definitely exciting and should be explored. Among these is the lucrative field of dance therapy. Dance therapy is one of, if not the, most interesting career available to graduates of college today.
Sometimes called dance movement therapy, dance therapy requires not only using your body to assist your client. This concentration of therapy relies on your body and your
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Take as many psychology courses as you can fit into your schedule because graduate schools will expect you to know the basics (” It is also important to research the graduate school that you wish to attend thoroughly so that you know that the dance therapy program is accredited. “Relevant degree subjects include those in arts and humanities or those in life and medical sciences. In particular, the following subjects may increase your chances:
• performing arts;
• dance;
• human movement;
• psychology;
• medicine;
• Nursing. (”
Although the dance therapy courses may be available to everyone attending the university, training in specific kinds of dance may be required to be admitted to the dance therapy program. This may vary with each school. The job outlook of the dance therapy profession is one of the best that there is considering the downsizing of jobs that the United States has recently experienced. “Faster than average job growth is expected due to anticipated expansions in long-term care, physical and psychiatric rehabilitation, and services for the disabled (” As a dance therapist, there is also the opportunity for advancement in the profession. Just as other professions offer the opportunity to become registered, so does dance therapy. “Graduates from an "approved" dance/movement therapy program are eligible for the DTR (Dance Therapist Registered)