Edcuational Degrees: Undergrad. Masters, Doctorate
Consider getting an academic degree or credit while studying to become a somatic movement educator or therapist:
Undergrad and Grad studies at SUNY-ESC: investigate diverse topics related to Somatic Education through the MALS degree at the State University of NY. Gain MASTERY through somatic education; study experientially as you research the relationship of somatic theories and practices to your study interests. Topics may include cultural studies, dance, education, fitness, gender issues, health (including complementary, alternative and integrative), non-verbal communication, performance, and therapy.
Visit SBGI.edu and IUPS.edu doctoral studies in Somatic Psychology
Are there pre-requisites for DE-SMTT?
Yes. Students need to study an experiential anatomy course. These are offered periodically through Moving ON Center but may be taken in any other embodiment or somatic program. Graduates of Participatory Arts Certificate studies are eligible to apply for Dynamic Embodiment Somatic Movement Therapy Training (DE-SMTT) with two short workshops (Dynamics of Touch and Movement© and Embodied Physiology or BMC© Body Systems). Everyone else must attend Phase One in NYC or in their local area. Please contact us for more information about where to find these workshops offered around the globe that meet the DE-SMTT requirements.
Students who have taken Somatic Movement Theory Courses over many years or in diverse locations may also apply to join the DE-SMTT. If your studies are not complete at the time of applying there is an up to $600 advising fee to help students to complete the Phase One DE-SMTT course work. This fee is substantially reduced if you have fulfilled most of the credits. See the transcript in the application.
Students vary as to whether they complete the 4 phases in 15 months, 2 years or longer. Numerous students choose to take even longer, especially if they are working, involved in parenting, or combining their studies with an academic degree program. If an applicant is already certified in Laban/Bartenieff studies or BodyMind Centering they may choose a shorter course of study depending on their certification or ISMETA registration goals.
DE-SMTT Phase 1 studies may be completed in NYC by selecting workshops through the Center for Kinesthetic Education - CKE, Movements Afoot, or from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies; all pre-requisite courses are offered in either weekend or once a week format. Occasionally these centers also offer 3 - 5 day intensives. Courses in other areas of the world are acceptable.
Moving On Center students: Participatory Arts graduates or applicants who have completed Module I as well as introductions to LMA & BMC body systems or Embodied Anatomy
Others: Record Prior training; attend courses still needed; pay advising fee.
Apply to DE-SMTT - The application with ask you to report all PHASE ONE courses taken so far:
2 - 4 full days of Orientation: NYC, CA or in a local area where at least 3 students are gathered.
Independent Study: any portion of August through spring of even year needed to complete a majority of the Phase 2 homework assisgments.
Spring Intensive: Phase 3 is offered every 2 years during even years (2008, 2010 etc.) It usually begins in Mid May or June and lasts for about 6or 7 weeks. Part-time students may participate in 2 week segments of Phase 3 over the course of several years. For more information please download the Course Catalogue
20 – 70 hours of additional weekend or weeklong intensives in Summer or Fall following Phase 3.
Upon completion of all classes, homework and tuition payments. It is possible to be complete DE-SMTT training in one year but many students opt to take more time to integrate the knowledge.
One common time frame for completing Certification is from July through the following December (14 months). However some students elect to stretch out the PHASES over several cycles (years).
For example, if you go to Moving On Center and complete coursework for Modules 1 & 2, and LMA in CA you will be complete with PHASE ONE. If you choose to take classes independently, your PHASE ONE could be shorter or longer. Ideally, you complete PHASE ONE in time to attend an orientation on the East or West coast.
Most students join the full PHASE THREE Spring Intensive (Generally Monday - Friday 9 – 6PM), however some students take it in two week segments over several years.PHASE FOUR also has variable timing since the modules will be developed in accordance with your professional interests and those of your group members. Some students choose to take longer to complete their written homework. There is a fee for homework submitted after November 1 of the year that you completed PHASE THREE intensive.
You need to finish them before you graduate. It is ideal to finish them before you begin the Independent Study packet in PHASE TWO because the knowledge will help you. Many students have completed most courses before the orientation. By PHASE THREE your cohorts will have taken all of these courses, however periodically exceptions are made.
Yes, that is ideal. As you study more you can add more information about the completion of coursework to your self-created transcript. If you have attended Moving On Center, you can indicate completion of Modules 1 & 2 or list the PHASE ONE courses that you have taken.
Core students who take the full Participatory Arts Certification Program are required to complete multiple homework assignments and projects (social change, informal performance, and a teaching project) plus any mandatory reading. Students taking individual modules will have some mandatory reading and homework assignments. The culminating Teaching Project will be designed by each Core Participatory Arts Students upon completion of their courses. It will require documentation and will be verbally and/or visually presented. It will be a time to integrate material learned from all modules and intensives taken.
Students pursuing the Somatic Movement Therapy Training certification need to meet additional requirements, which include assignments and independent study. Please see our DE-SMTT page for more information. As this is a professional training program, there is an expectation of completion of written and interactive homework before certification is awarded.
At MOC we value "real" learning, knowledge and skills that can be applied by each person in his or her own unique setting and own creative way. Given this, we believe there is no one answer or solution to the projects or assignments that we give. While quizzes may be given in class, exams given are often open-book, take-home assignments. At MOC we are interested in personally motivated learning: a student's ability to identify goals, find appropriate resources, implement tasks, and record what has been accomplished. Students write self-evaluations and discuss these with their faculty advisor. Students are also asked to develop a portfolio of their work that may include written reports, creative writing, photos, and fine art samples. In making evaluations the faculty act as witnesses and facilitators of student learning, sharing and articulating their perceptions in dialogue with the student.
The same values exist for the DE-SMTT. Competency of knowledge is evaluated through in-class participation, movement and hands-on demonstrations and assessments, written homework, and one take-home exam.
Housing is provided during the Earth Dance portion of the spring 6+ weeks DE-Somatic Movement Therapy Training (DE-SMTT) for an additional cost. This fee also includes the wholesome food often grown at EarthDance. Students can be assisted in finding housing in New York City if needed.