ZOE SCHOOL FOR DANCE MOVEMENT THERAPY
Course in Arts Therapy: Dance Movement Therapy
It is aimed at:
Art therapist*with a federal diploma, specialising in movement and dance therapy. This program covers the European Training Standard Criterias EAMDT (European Association for Dance Movement Therapy)
The training course begins in August 2021.
At the moment we are in the process of building up the training. The information that you do not yet find on this website is being processed and will be published as soon as we can.
Art therapists with a Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education are specialists in therapy with artistic media. They work therapeutically and preventively in the entire field of health care, social services and education and with a clientele of all ages.
How do we define Dance Movement Therapy?
We follow the definition of the European Association of Dance Movement Therapy (EADMT)
Dance Movement Therapy is the therapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical, spiritual and social integration of the individual. Dance as body movement, creative expression and communication, is the core component of Dance Movement Therapy. Based on the fact that the mind, the body, the emotional state and relationships are interrelated, body movement simultaneously provides the means of assessment and the mode of intervention for dance movement therapy.
Embedding in the future health system
From a relevant perspective, the future health care system requires a high degree of self-efficacy. Prerequisites for this include self-competence and self-perception. Since dance requires both the perception of movement (self-perception) and the use of movement (self-competence), dance therapy trains these two factors to a high degree.
Standard of future dance therapists
We have the vision that future dance therapists will be characterized by a professionalism that corresponds to that of other professional groups trained at colleges and universities. Future dance therapists have the appropriate professional and personal skills in the field of dance therapy practice. In concrete terms, we understand this to mean that they are able to meet their clients with professional competence, ethics and individual needs, as well as to communicate with other Helping Professionals in an appropriate and cooperative manner.
Features of the course
Our vision is that students acquire knowledge interactively and in relation to future practice. They are supported by a faculty that is committed to multidimensional and holistic learning and is able to put it into practice. Learning takes place not only at the level of knowledge acquisition, but also through experiencing and reflecting on what has been learned. Accordingly, the curricula are designed to be continuous, circular, holistic and interactive.
We see it as our task to establish a stringent, professional, innovative training course which completely fulfils the requirements for obtaining the module certificates. We want to establish the professional profile of future dance therapy in such a way that dance therapy can be securely anchored in the health care system. To this end, we take into account the requirements of the employers, design the course in such a way that it complies with the specifications of the FOPH, the OdA ARTECURA and the European standard (EADMT Training Standards) and ensure that students are competently prepared for the Federal Advanced Professional Examination in Art Therapy/Movement and Dance Therapy.
Our course and especially our curricula promote and demand cooperation between students, between lecturers, between lecturers and students and between students/lecturers and the school management. We believe that cooperation between people with different levels of knowledge (lecturers/students) and different fields of knowledge is enriching and has a multiplying effect on all those involved (see also Vision: Transparency).
Our innovation consists in this,
- that our lecturers are not only experts in their field, but also have an affinity for body-relatedness, embodiment, dance therapy, art and science
- that cognitive, creative, intuitive and emotional as well as sensomotoric and psychomotoric learning are of equal value.
- that we attach great importance to the demand of the future health care system for self-efficacy and self-competence.
- that we create the curricula interactively with the lecturers to ensure that the lecturers are able to convey their strengths and what they consider relevant to the future professional practice of the students based on their experience.
- that our learning settings are diverse (frontal teaching – guided discussions – guided learning – self-study time, holistic and circular) and train the ability to work self-competently and self-effectively and to pass on self-efficacy and self-competence to the client.
- that our Research in Practice module not only teaches to understand research, but also stimulates systematic thinking, acting and learning in a way that is appropriate for research.
We are transparent because we believe
- that transparency creates trust and promotes clarity
- that transparency creates the atmosphere for learning and creativity
- that transparency requires all stakeholders to be correct and authentic
We use transparency in such a way that trust and clarity are created:
- between the students
- between the lecturers
- between lecturers and students
- between students/lecturers and the school management
- between the school and the public
- between the school management and the employers
- between the school/school management and the authorities
Professionalism is created in students by imparting knowledge, skills and an inner attitude towards their professional activities and is demonstrated in the ability to behave correctly in relation to the professional environment. In particular, we see professionalism for dance and movement therapists in the fact that they orientate themselves towards the personal and therapeutic process of their clients and use a solid and broadly based knowledge for their interventions. We consider it an essential professional skill to be able to communicate with other Helping Professionals involved in an appropriate and cooperative manner.
Everything is (in) movement and movement takes place in the present. Movement ensures continuous (further) development, change, consolidation and unfolding. This movement usually does not follow the law of straightforwardness, but the holistic law: An external or internal impulse moves what already exists and thereby creates something new. This new is the enrichment of experience and also new orientation. What and how this happens is hardly predictable and can only be grasped through the phenomena that appear in the expression and experience of the human being.
clear, precise and effective
- We are clear: We describe our goals and our approach to achieving them.
- We teach precisely: Our curricula are carefully and precisely elaborated. They are carefully executed due to the professional and pedagogically competent teaching staff.
- You learn effectively: the contents of the curricula refer to the factors that influence psychotherapy and meet the requirements of the employer. The Research in Practice module is woven into each module and subject: Hermeneutically guided learning and work processes are thus created.
Image of man
Humanistic basic attitude
The human image of zoe ArtsTherapy is based on a humanistic concept of being:
Each person is unique and is considered an individual whose body, mind and soul are interwoven and influence each other. His creative potential is recognized, grasped, appreciated and supported. The individual is granted and expected to be able to grant the same rights to other people and to lead a discourse about them.
The humanistic view considers this person embedded in an ecological and social environment with which he can enter into resonance. He has a right to freedom and the right and responsibility to self-determination. This view of man focuses on the interaction of inner processes and the resonance to external circumstances. For this reason, we also regard the human being as a holistic being.
Dance therapy promotes self-perception and embodiment as well as individual expression and relation to the world. It draws from depth psychological levels and promotes self-competent and self-effective behaviour. It is dynamic, fine, powerful, small, large, etc. All we humans have been in our humanity alone and as one being can be related to the world. – B. Züger
Would you like to become an art therapist* in movement and dance therapy with a Swiss Federal Diploma?
You will acquire the module certificates by completing the modules and the module examinations and by taking the module certificates to the Federal Advanced Professional Examination.
Would you like to become an art therapist* in movement and dance therapy and obtain the industry certificate?
You acquire the module confirmations from us and can request the industry certificate with them.
Do you want to attend individual modules or subjects because you want to
- did not do at another institute?
- want to complete one or more modules or subjects because you are interested in deepening your knowledge in this field due to your profession?
You can take your desired module or subject with us and complete it like any other student. You decide whether you want to take the module exam once you have completed a module and you will receive a confirmation of your further education. It is not possible to take an examination if you have taken individual subjects, but you will receive a confirmation of continuing education for this.
- Complete course with module certificate
- a degree at tertiary level in one of the following fields: health, art, education, social services
- Basic vocational training/teaching EFZ
- Vocational school-leaving certificate
- Complete course with industry certificate
- Students with at least a secondary level II degree
Individual module certificates
- Completion at tertiary level II in one of the following fields: health care, art, education, social services
- Basic vocational training/teaching EFZ
- Vocational school-leaving certificate
Individual modules with or without examination and with confirmation of continuing education, or individual subjects without examination with confirmation of continuing education
- No requirements
The course is structured in accordance with the guidelines on module and learning content and duration set by OdA ARTECURA and the FOPH. The Research in Practice module supplements the module specifications.
The content and duration of the course is compatible with the training standards according to EAMDT (European Association of Dance Movement Therapy). The whole course lasts 9 semesters. Attendance is on Fridays all day and once a month on Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays. 2-3 times a year intensive courses of 4-5 days take place. The colloquia take place on Saturdays.
The course is divided into five phases:
Basic level I - Personal Learning World
- M4_1 Self Reflection/Embodied Anatomy
- M2_6 Salutogenesis and Psychohygiene
- M2_4 Biography
- M2_2c Psychology,Learning- and Creative Psychology
- M2_3 Basic Pedagogical Attitudes and Concepts, Norms and Values in Education, Social and Special Education
- M4_7 History of Dance Movement Therapy linked to the History of Dance and the Currents in Psychotherapy
- M4_4 Imagination-Improvisation-Interaction
Basic level II - Expanded Learning World
- M2_2a Communication Psychology and Models
- M7_1 Communication (1. part)
- M2_2b Philosophy-Sociology-Demography-Other Cultures and Religions
- M2_5 Group Work
- M4_11 Embodiment-Communication-Common Factors
- M3_1 Artistic Inquiry
Middle Level - Medical Learning World
- M1_1a Basics of Anatomy and Physiology
- M1_1b Basic Disorders and Diseases, Inter-professional Cooperation
- M1_1c Psychosomatics, Psychopathology, Psychiatry
- M1_1d Emergencies
Upper lLevel I - Dance Movement Therapy Learning World
- M4_5 Ritual-Dance Rituals-Ritualisation in Dance Movement Therapy
- M4_2 Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS)
- M4_6 Authentic Movement / Other Methods
- M4_12 Research in Practice
- M4_8 Mobility Gradient
- M4_9 Body Image
- M4_3 Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP)
Upper Level II- Business Learning World
- M4_14 Concept Development
- M5 Internship
- M6_1 Case Study
- M7_1 Communication (2. part)
- M4_13 Professional Ethics
- M4_15 Learning Group (Supervision and Introduction to be a Supervisor)
- M7_2 Organisation and Operational Management
- M7_3 Health Economy
Introduction days: Saturday or Sunday 10:00 to 16:00
December 12, 2020
February 13, 2021
March 21, 2021
April 10, 2021
Costs: CHF 200
Information evenings: Every Friday 19:00 to 21:30
November 20, 2020
December 11, 2020
January 15, 2021
February 19, 2021
March 12, 2021
April 23, 2021
May 7, 2021
Costs: CHF 30
Entrance examinations: Saturday or Sunday 10:00 to 17:00
January 23, 2021
March 27, 2021
May 2, 2021
June 6, 2021
Costs: CHF 300
Course in Arts Therapy: Dance Movement Therapy
At ZOE SCHOOL FOR DANCE MOVEMENT TEHRAPY you can either complete the whole course (Group A and B), attend individual modules if you are training as an art therapist at another institute (Group C), or you can take individual modules or courses as further education (Group D).
Group A: You have a relevant tertiary preliminary profession and 2 years (min. 50%) professional experience
Dance Pedagogue/Certified Dance Movement Therapist BTD/Cert. KMP
PD Dr. Klaus Bally
Specialist for General Medicine FMH
University Centre for Family Medicine of both Basel | uniham-bb
Cantonal Hospital Baselland
M.D., Ph.D. Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Dance Movement Therapist
Trainer in biography work” (ITF)
Mag. Dr. phil. Cultural Anthropologist / Medical Anthropologist, Lecturer for ethics in health professions
Adult Educator and Coach
Dr. phil. Neuropsychologist, Lecturer
Prof. Dr. phil Psychologist, Family therapist
Prof. ZFH Choreographer, Dancer, Dance Pedagogue, Coach
SDCS Practical Choreologist, Dance Movement Therapist, CMA Certified Movement Analyst, Independent Dancer and Choreographer
Dr rer. soc.Psychologist, Dance Movement Therapist, co-Director of the bachelor course in Psychomotor Therapy
Prof. Dr. phil., Em. Professor at Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts
Professor of Psychotherapy, Dance/movement therapist (BC-DMT), Somatic Psychologist (PhD), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)
PhD, Somatic Psychology. Professor
Laban/Bartenieff Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), Nikolais/Louis Certificated Teacher
Prof. Dr. med. Psychiatrist/ Psychotherapist
Prof. Dr., Professor for Economics, University of Bern
Expert in Finance and Accounting
Dr. iur., specialist lawyer SAV labour law
Head of School
Dance Movement Therapist, Swiss Dioloma Kunsttherapie/Dance Movement Therapy
School for Dance Movement Therapy
T +41 61 382 60 76