Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if DMP is a career I would like to pursue?

Can you give me information about training in DMP?

  • DMP training is a postgraduate training at Masters Level. There are currently four trainings in the UK Dance Voice Therapy Centre, Bristol; Goldsmiths University, London; Roehampton University, London; University of Derby. Please see ‘Training, CPD and Workshops

Are there any part time courses in DMP?

Am I able to work as a DMP in the UK if I have been trained as a DMP in another country?

  • At present, ADMP UK does offer professional registration to DMPs who have not completed one of the British accredited courses. However, you will need to apply to ADMP UK to ascertain that your training and qualifications meet the criteria to practice in the UK.

What preparation do I need to train in DMP?

  • As the trainings in DMP are at postgraduate level you should have the following experience in order to undertake a postgraduate professional training in DMP. Please also contact the universities who run the training courses directly to find out exactly what their requirements are for entry to their courses. In addition, there are foundation courses in DMP available at several institutions. For further information please refer to ‘Training, CPD and Workshops’. Preparation needed to train in DMP:
  • An undergraduate degree degree in relevant field of study, or an equivalent professional qualification, or extensive experience in a related field
  • Continuous experience of at least one dance or movement form for a period of two years and exposure to, and experience of, a variety of dance and movement forms.
  • An ability to improvise, relate, and communicate through movement in solo, dyadic and group interaction in addition to an ability to use movement symbolically and expressively.
  • At least one year's relevant practical work experience (voluntary or paid) in settings with vulnerable individuals for a minimum of 200 hours.
  • Personal qualities required are: maturity and psychological robustness commensurate with training as a therapist; self-awareness and ability for self-reflection; commitment to self-development; ability to critically reflect, analyse and evaluate; ability to self-motivate; empathy, sensitivity and awareness in relation to others.

Do I have to be a (good) dancer to become a DMP?

  • While excellence in any particular dance technique is not necessary, applicants will need to have a good understanding and aptitude of dance and movement and have attended a range of classes over a period of two years which will afford insights into dance forms, rhythms, patterns, and experience
  • You will also need to maintain your dance/movement skills throughout the length of your postgraduate course and beyond in order to have a practical resource from which your therapeutic practice can develop

What kinds of jobs are available for DMPs?

  • Most DMPs work within the statutory services (health, education, prisons, social services) and/or in private practice. This work is often on a sessional basis although sometimes part and full time contracted jobs also become available
  • Hours worked will depend on the employer. Within the NHS the work is mainly nine to five, but with private practice the hours can be more varied to fit around both the client and practitioner and could involve weekends and evenings.
  • Opportunities exist for part-time and portfolio working, for example some DMPs may divide their working time between the NHS, private practice and teaching, and many DMPs combine DMP practice with other types of related work.
  • Career breaks are possible but it is vital to keep up to date with developments in the profession through attending courses and maintaining established networks.
  • Work can be gained in several ways: by responding to advertised jobs; by generating work through a range of activities including networking; DMPs working in private practice may take referrals from other professionals or organisations
  • Travel within a working day is frequent. Some DMPs work for several employers and may travel between them during the week.
  • In addition travel may also be necessary to attend residential courses, seminars and workshops for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CPD is an essential element of continued professional registration with ADMP.

What are the salaries like?

  • Salaries vary according to expertise and experience
  • Within the National Health Service (NHS) DMPs salaries are usually covered by the Agenda for Change Pay Scale consisting of nine pay bands. Typical salaries for NHS art therapist entry level posts (band 6) are: £25,783 -£34,530, rising to £47,088 for principal DMPs. Please note these rates are dependent on funding.
  • Salary levels outside the NHS can vary depending on the employer and whether working part time and/or self-employed.
  • Payment for sessional work varies depending on the employer, as well as the experience and seniority of the DMP. The range can be between £40-60 an hour. A session is expected to last for two hours, which includes preparation, the session and note taking. Usually DMPs work in each setting on a weekly basis; they may visit several settings during a working week.

How can I get some work experience in DMP, perhaps working alongside a DMP?

How do I find a DMP for personal therapy?

How do I find a DMP for clinical supervision?


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