“No pose no gesture is beautiful in itself. Every movement is beautiful only when it is expressed truthfully and sincerely” - Isadora Duncan

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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 or February 2022 and every 2 years thereafter

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 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.

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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.

The moving

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.
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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

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

Target groups

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

  1. did not do at another institute?
  2. 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.

Requirement profile

Group A

  • 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

Group B

  • Complete course with industry certificate
  • Students with at least a secondary level II degree

Group C1

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

Group C2

Individual modules with or without examination and with confirmation of continuing education, or individual subjects without examination with confirmation of continuing education

  • No requirements
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Course structure

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


Here you will find the list with the course phases, hours and courses.
Here you can find a description of the teaching and learning contents in all course phases

Our admission procedure

At ZOE SCHOOL FOR DANCE MOVEMENT THERAPY you can either complete the entire course (Group A and B), attend individual modules if you are training to become an art therapist at another institute (Group C), or take individual modules or courses as continuing education (Group D).

  • Here  you will find the admission criteria if you have a relevant previous profession incl. professional experience (Group A)
  • Here you will find the admission criteria if you do not have a relevant profession or if you have no professional experience with a relevant previous profession (group B).
  • Here you will find the admission criteria if you are enrolled at another training institute and want to complete a module with us (Group C)
    For group D: Please register by mail (admin@zoeschool.ch) for the course you want to take as continuing education.Here you can download the application form for the admission procedure for all groups



Group A: You have a relevant tertiary preliminary profession and 2 years (min. 50%) professional experience



Admission Conditions Group A

Group B: You have a non-applicable previous occupation




Admission Conditions Group B

Group C: You are already a candidate at another institute and want to take a specific course or module with us



Admission Conditions Group  C

Group D: You are a Dance Movement Therapist or an Interested Professional and would like to attend a course or module with us


Admission Conditions Group D1_(with examination)

Admission Conditions Group  D2_(without examination)


Introduction days: Saturday or Sunday 10:00 to 16:00

Information evenings: Every Friday 19:00 to 21:30

May 7, 2021
May 25th 2021
June 18th 2021
July 30th 2021
August 20th 2021
September 17th 2021
October 15th 2021
November 19th 2021
December 17th 2021

Costs: CHF 30

Entrance examinations: Saturday or Sunday 10:00 to 17:00

March 27, 2021
April 10th 2021
May 2, 2021
June 6, 2021

Costs: CHF 300

Teaching staff

Christel Büche

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

Iveta Koblic

M.D., Ph.D. Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Dance Movement Therapist

Joop Grün

Trainer in biography work” (ITF)

Michaela Noseck-Licul

Mag. Dr. phil. Cultural Anthropologist / Medical Anthropologist, Lecturer for ethics in health professions

Bettina Bannwart

Adult Educator and Coach

Barbara Studer

Dr. phil. Neuropsychologist, Lecturer

Wolfgang Tschacher

Prof. Dr. phil Psychologist, Family therapist

Tina Mantel

Prof. ZFH Choreographer, Dancer, Dance Pedagogue, Coach

Nunzia Beltrametti-Tirelli

SDCS Practical Choreologist, Dance Movement Therapist, CMA Certified Movement Analyst, Independent Dancer and Choreographer

Iris Bräuninger

Dr rer. soc.Psychologist, Dance Movement Therapist, co-Director of the bachelor course in Psychomotor Therapy

Martina Peter-Bolaender

Prof. Dr. phil., Em. Professor at  Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts

Helen Payne

Professor of Psychotherapy, Dance/movement therapist (BC-DMT), Somatic Psychologist (PhD), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)

Christine Caldwell

PhD, Somatic Psychology. Professor

Lorella Rapsidara

Laban/Bartenieff Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), Nikolais/Louis Certificated Teacher

Joachim Küchenhoff

Prof. Dr. med. Psychiatrist/ Psychotherapist

Robin Flaum Cruz

PhD, Professor, Division of Expressive Therapies, PhD Program, Lesley University, Boston, MA

Michael Gerfin

Prof. Dr., Professor for Economics, University of Bern

Mirsada Turina

Expert in Finance and Accounting

Brigitt Böni-BEck

Art therapist ED specialization intermedial, GPK
Certified teaching therapist, supervisor, mentor OdA ArteCura
Trauma-adaptive art therapy TAKT

Anina Kuoni

Dr. iur., specialist lawyer SAV labour law

Brigitte Züger

Head of School

Dance Movement Therapist, Swiss Dioloma Kunsttherapie/Dance Movement Therapy

Our rooms

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zoe ArtsTherapy
School for Dance Movement Therapy
Elsässerstrasse 34
CH-4056 Basel

T +41 61 382 60 76
E brigitte.zueger@zoeschool.ch