Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Certificate Program

Students and a professor engage in a dance movement therapy activity

Heal people in your community both mentally and physically by harnessing the benefits of dance and movement therapy. By completing Brenau’s Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate Certificate Program, you’ll learn how to effectively apply dance and movement into improving individuals’ quality of life, whether they’re living with a chronic condition or navigating trauma. 

This part-time program offers nine courses with criteria established by the American Dance Therapy Association. Courses are housed in the new state-of-the-art  Lynn J. Darby School of Psychology and Adolescent Counseling facility, which is located inside the Gainesville Renaissance. 

Duration: 7 semesters (part-time)
Start term: Spring
Class type: On-ground
Location: Gainesville

Student opportunities 

  • Have access to two on-site clinics where you can serve community members
  • Receive fieldwork experience through your capstone requirements 
  • Learn in state-of-the-art facilities that offer virtual reality technology and more
  • Take classes from accomplished professors, several of whom have active practices 

Potential careers

  • Dance/movement therapist
  • Family therapist 
  • Outpatient psychotherapist

Candidates for program entry

  1. Students enrolled in Brenau’s Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology program or Doctorate in Psychology program
  2. Individuals who have completed a clinical master’s or doctoral degree and are currently licensed (or in the process of getting licensed) as a counselor, psychologist or clinical social worker 

Courses you’ll take

  • DMT Theory & Practice 1: History 
  • DMT Theory & Practice 2: Theoretical Frameworks 
  • DMT Theory & Practice 3: Multicultural & Diverse Populations 
  • DMT Theory & Practice 4: Children & Adolescents 
  • Observation & Assessment of Movement 1 
  • Observation & Assessment of Movement 2 
  • DMT Specialty Practicum I 
  • DMT Specialty Practicum II 
  • Group Dance/Movement Therapy

An undergraduate kinesiology class is recommended but not required for the DMT certificate program. However, this course is required to become a registered DMT through ADTA. This course is available at Brenau.

Admissions requirements

To be considered for this program the applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Statement detailing your training and experience
  • Statement of intent to become a registered dance/movement therapist
  • GPA 3.0 or higher from all college transcripts
  • Three professional references
  • Official transcripts from all previous college/universities
  • Combined GRE score of 540 or higher within the past seven years 
  • One of the following:
    • Transcripts documenting clinical or counseling master’s or doctoral degree in psychology, counseling, social work or a related field
    • Current enrollment in a qualifying master’s or doctoral program, or acceptance to Brenau’s Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology program or Doctorate in Psychology program

Have questions?

Contact Amy Jacques, Dance/Movement Therapy Certificate Program Coordinator, at

Contact Julie Battle, Chair of the Lynn J. Darby School of Psychology and Adolescent Counseling, at
770-534-6228 or