Academy of Human Development

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UEN No/CPE Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 19 May 2020 to 20 May 2024)

Dance Movement Therapy (Working with Children)


Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) is a form of creative arts therapy that supports the process of integration within a person in respect of their cognitive, emotional and physical health.

Using movements, observations and psychotherapeutic skills, the dance therapist supports participants to express, associate and find meanings for their personal growth or working towards change.

Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) is widely practiced across sectors such as education, social services and mental health.

This two day introductory course will focus primarily on our work with children and adolescents.

Four main areas in this workshop are:

(1) Overview of DMT

(2) Experiencing movement with theory

(3) Understanding DMT in a clinical/ therapeutic setting

(4) Applications of DMT on working with children and adolescents


This course will help participants:

  • Understand the basic theory and applications of DMT
  • Learn how movement therapy is linked with childhood developmental stages
  • Experience an 'as if' dance movement therapy group session
  • Discuss case studies in clinical and other settings
  • Apply basic DMT techniques on their work with children and teenagers


i) Movement Explorations

Participants will learn basic movement theory such as Laban effort theory through movement explorations. 

(ii) Childhood developmental stages 

We will learn about childhood stage of development from birth to walking to support our personal integration and to develop our observation skills in children.

(iii) Experiential DMT Session

Participants will participate in an 'as if' group DMT and reflect on their experiences after moving together.

(iv) DMT in Clinical Settings and Its Ethnics

Participants will look at key concepts from psychodynamic theory and to read about research studies and best practices in DMT with children and adolescents. Participants will discuss relevant case studies including children with special needs.

(v) Designing a Basic Intervention for Children Using DMT

Participants will design a basic intervention for children based on the movement theory and techniques learnt. Participants can bring back valuable knowledge to extend their scope in engaging children in a creative manner.


Lectures, small group discussions, experiential activities using body and movement.


Nursery and pre-school teachers, primary school teachers, school-based counsellors, social workers and social work assistants who work with children and families.


Participants who meet 80% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment by the Academy of Human Development.


Fees S$

Course Fee (Nett)



Subsidies/ Fundings S$

Company-Sponsored Applicant:

PCG (formerly VCF) pre-approved funding at 30% per pax for Singaporean/PR staff of Social Service Organisations (Ref No. PAS00002898, End date of approval: 21 Jul 2023)

Up to $240.00 subsidy



Ms. Agnes Law is a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist and a supervisor with the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy in the United Kingdom. Agnes is currently an Associate Lecturer in Dance Movement Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has extensive experience in providing therapeutic/DMT programme for children, young people and their families both in Singapore and in the UK. She also offers clinical supervision and training to a wide audience such as social workers, therapists, counsellors, trainees, pastoral staff and educators using DMT and creative approaches.



May Fhong

6593 5286

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Course Schedule

Duration 14 Hours
Dates Please note that this course is not available until further notice
Timing 9.30am - 5.30pm
Trainer(s) Agnes Law
Venue(s) To be advised