As provided by the American Dance Therapy Association:
What is Alternate Route for the R-DMT?
The Alternate Route is a self-directed course of study, with several different options for fulfilling R-DMT requirements. Specific training requirements include:
- Having or acquiring a master’s degree from an accredited academic institution
- Graduate psychology-related course work
- Dance/ movement therapy coursework
- Observation and assessment of movement courses
- Internship (See the R-DMT Handbook for specific requirements.)
The following should be noted by all students pursuing the R-DMT via the Alternate Route:
- The student is required to complete the Alternate Route Intention Form by the completion of 8 credits, documenting the official beginning of AR training. The form is to be sent to the ADTA office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The student should be familiar with the R-DMT Handbook
- Alternate Route Dance/Movement Therapy courses do not have to be taken within an academic institution. However, all courses must either be pre-approved or offered through an approved Dance/Movement Therapy program. Only approved Alternate Route courses are listed in the Alternate Route Course Calendar.
- All Alternate Route dance/movement therapy history, theory, practice, and professional development courses not offered through ADTA approved academic programs must be approved by the Subcommittee for the Approval of Alternate Route Courses. Such approval is sought by the teacher of the course. Courses taken prior to March 15, 2013 do not require pre-approval but are not automatically accepted by the DMTCB. Find more information about approval for alternate route courses here.
- If you are using courses taken prior to March 15, 2013, toward your R –DMT application, you must comply with the documentation requirements in the R-DMT Handbook.
- Applicants are advised to consider the requirements for licensure as a mental health practitioner in their state of residence.