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Frequently Asked Questions about the Alternate Route

Have the courses at Kinections been approved by the American Dance Therapy Association?

The ADTA has just begun to approve alternate route courses. Thus far the ADTA has reviewed and approved all the courses that Kinections has submitted. We expect that all Kinections courses will be approved because they have all been developed in accordance with the ADTA's guidelines. Dr. Fraenkel, founder and director of Kinections, spearheaded the development of these guidelines during her tenure as chair of the Credentials Committee. Students can be sure, therefore, that all Kinections' curricula have been developed in accordance with the ADTA's guidelines. The faculty is more than fully qualified. Many have national or international reputations, most have published articles and contributed chapters to books.

How long are the courses at Kinections?

Courses are 2-7 days long depending on the subject matter. Some, such as the introductory Summer Series, are offered only every other year. There are opportunities for completing part of the work on-line or through distance education, however, each course requires being present for the experiential components. Enrollment is always limited to ensure learning.

What other courses are required?

Applicants for the R_DMT must also complete course work in research design and methodology, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, group processes, and at least two electives chosen from the following courses: personality theory, counseling methods, therapeutic intervention, diagnostic methodology, or systems theory. Most applicants have, or will take, these courses in their regular masters degree programs.

How do I register for courses at Kinections?

Kinections reviews and accepts applications throughout the year. If you are applying for the Summer Sequence, or LivingDance in Corfu, we recommend you submit your application as soon as possible. These courses fill quickly. Once a class is full, accepted applicants are placed on a waiting list. To request your application, use our contact form.

What is the alternate route for the R_DMT level of credentialing?

The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) created the alternate route for the Dance Therapist Registered (R_DMT) level of credentialing to meet the needs of individuals who want to become credentialed dance/movement therapists, but are unable to disrupt their lives to attend full-time programs that may be far from home.

What is the difference between going to graduate school in dance/movement therapy and pursuing the alternate route in dance/movement therapy at Kinections?

Students who attend a full-time program in dance/movement therapy receive masters' degrees in dance/movement therapy (d/mt) or creative arts therapies. Students who pursue the alternate route at Kinections in order to become registered dance/movement therapists must have or must seek masters' degrees in a related area. Related areas may include counseling, social work, psychology, dance, education, etc. Alternate route students who wish to become National Certified Counselors must have masters' degrees in mental health.

Differences between Kinections and Graduate Schools in D/MT
  Kinections Graduate School in D/MT
Degree Must have or must pursue a masters degree in a relevant area; receive certificate of course completion that is submitted to ADTA. ADTA awards the R_DMT. Receive Masters degree in D/MT or MCAT. ADTA awards the R_DMT.
Schedule Intensive 2-7 day courses that foster flexibility and the freedom to plan your education so that it does not interfere with your life, e.g. no need to move permanently or give up a job. Full-time program
Courses Most courses have been pre-approved by the ADTA Education Approval Committee. The rest have been submitted for pre-approval and are in review. Even before the new review system, courses submitted by Kinections' students received 100% approval (see next question). Five schools have ADTA-approved programs. The rest of the programs must follow the ADTA established alternate route requirements that Kinections follows.
Faculty Teachers are willing to come from different parts of the country so students get intensive exposure to a wide variety of approaches to dance/movement therapy. Students from approved programs often come to Kinections' to learn from the experts on our faculty. Smaller pool of teachers

What is the difference between an alternate route course that has been approved by the American Dance Therapy Association ( ADTA) and an alternate route course that has been prepared in accordance with the guidelines of the ADTA?

All alternate route courses must be prepared in accordance with the guidelines of the ADTA. Alternate route courses that have been approved by the ADTA Educational Approval Committee have been reviewed and meet the requirements for the Alternate Route D.T.R. credentialing process. This distinction ensures that the ADTA Credentialing Committee will automatically accept the course as meeting the requirements for credentialing.

On a practical level, approval reduces the amount of paperwork alternate route students have to submit when they apply for the R_DMT level of credentialing. Students who take courses that have not been approved by the ADTA must submit four copies of all the required paperwork, including course descriptions, syllabi, and evidence of evaluation and completion of the course.

All that will be required is a Kinections' transcript indicating that the student completed the course(s) at Kinections with a B or better. Most Kinections' courses have been pre-approved by the ADTA Education Approval Committee. The rest are in process.

May I take alternate route courses in dance/movement therapy at Kinections if I have already taken alternate route courses with people who are not affiliated with Kinections?

Yes, however, you will have to submit a detailed list of the courses you have taken and the topics covered in them. We want to ensure that you are enrolling in courses or which you are adequately prepared.

I want to go to graduate school in dance/movement therapy. May I take kinesiology at Kinections since the school says it is a pre-requisite?

Yes. Assuming we accept your application, you many take as many or as few courses at Kinections as you wish as long as their are openings in the class. However, fully enrolled students receive priority.

I hear the practicing dance/movement therapists take courses at Kinections? Why would working clinicians want to take courses designed for the alternate route? How can students and working clinicians learn together?

According to our evaluations practicing dance/movement therapists take courses at Kinections' courses because they are high level courses that include a wide range of readings and experiential learning activities, provide traditionally untaught or innovative approaches to dance/movement therapy and are grounded in current research. In addition, practicing dance/movement therapists get the opportunity to study with nationally and internationally known clinicians.

Evaluations frequently comment on the joy of taking a class at Kinections and being professionally nurtured. Working clinicians bring a level of professionalism that comes from experience and the ability to present actual case studies. Students bring wonder and a lack of pre-conceptions. Combine experience and wonder with thoughtful teaching and you get creative learning. Evaluations from student and practicing dance/movement therapists alike repeatedly refer to the new information, methods and perspectives they have received.

May I take alternate route courses at Kinections if I am already enrolled in a graduate dance/movement therapy program?

Yes, many matriculated graduate students in dance/movement therapy come to Kinections. They do so for a variety of reasons. The two most frequent relate to the opportunity to study with our distinguished faculty and the need to fill in the gaps they see in their own education, e.g. some programs do not offer group process in dance therapy every year and most do not offer kinesiology.

I am a National Certified Counselor and want to become a dance/movement therapist. May I apply the alternate route courses I take to the required 100 hours of continuing education NBCC requires for re-certification?

Yes. Kinections is an NBCC approved provider (#5767) of continuing education.

Can I apply the courses at Kinections to my required hours of continuing education?

Yes, if you are referring to the NBCC and to the ADTA. If you are referring to the continuing education requirements of your state licensure board or another organization, you ought to check first. Be sure to let them know that Kinections is an NBCC approved provider of continuing education (#5767).

Can I apply LivingDance seminars to my alternate route program?

Yes, Both the 30-hour and 45-hour LivingDance seminars have been pre-approved by the ADTA as meeting requirements for the Alternate Route R_DMT credential. The LivingDance program in Corfu, Greece is a 30-hour program. You can extend it into the 45-hour program if you attend an additional in-depth LivingDance weekend intensive in the States or elsewhere.

Can I apply LivingDance workshops to my required 100 hours of continuing education?

Yes, if you are referring to the NBCC and to the ADTA. If you are referring to the continuing education requirements of your state licensure board or another organization, you ought to check first. Be sure to let them know that Kinections is an NBCC approved provider of continuing education (#5767).

How can I be sure that a course that has not been pre-approved has been developed in accordance with the guidelines of the American Dance Therapy Association?

Here are the American Dance Therapy Association's Guidelines: