In May 2009 the ADTA membership voted to change the Bylaws to create the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board, an ADTA affiliate, and to change the DTR and ADTR service marks to R-DMT (Registered Dance Movement Therapist) and BC-DMT (Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist), respectively.
As of October, 9, 2009 the new service mark that replaced Academy of Dance Therapists Registered (ADTR) is Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT). All active credentials were converted automatically on that date, and the ADTR ceased to exist.
As of October, 9, 2009 the new service mark that replaced Dance Therapist Registered (DTR) is Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT). All active credentials were converted automatically on that date, and the DTR ceased to exist.
The Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board (DMTCB) offered a Grace Period of three (3) years to allow individuals to re-activate a lapsed credential and be converted to Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT). Individuals were required to pay the renewal fee ($235.00, includes fiscal year 2009 ADTA membership & benefits) and file proof of 20 hours of completed Continuing Education (CE) for each year the credential had been lapsed up to a maximum of 100 CE hours.
The Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board (DMTCB) offered a Grace Period of three (3) years to allow individuals to re-activate a lapsed credential and be converted to Registered Dance/Movement Therapist. To re-activate a credential, individuals were required to pay the renewal fee ($235.00, includes fiscal year 2009 ADTA membership & benefits) and file proof of 10 hours of completed Continuing Education (CE) for each year the credential has been lapsed up to a maximum of 50 completed CE hours.
If you had an inactive DTR or ADTR, as of July 1, 2013, you are no longer eligible for automatic conversion to the R-DMT or BC-DMT, respectively.
As of July 1, 2013 any former ADTR or DTR who wishes to obtain a new credential must apply to the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board. Please review the eligibility requirements and application handbooks for details.
The Grace Period for automatic conversion to the new service marks expired on July 1, 2013.
Notify your employer of the change in your dance/movement therapy credential - click here for official letter.
Registered Dance/Movement Therapist -- Other Dance/Movement Therapy Program and Alternate Route Students
- Please read the R-DMT Applicant Handbook.
- Alternate Route students must notify the DMTCB when they begin taking dance/movement therapy courses, and state that they have reviewed the requirements in the Applicant Handbook.
- Other Dance/Movement Therapy Program and Alternate Route students must complete specific required coursework prior to starting internship.
Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist ApplicantsPlease be advised to access the BC-DMT Applicant Handbook and note that if you intend to use private practice hours as a part of the requirement, you must send a letter of intent to the DMTCB.
International Applicants for R-DMT or BC-DMTPlease note that equivalency of education must be demonstrated. Please use an equivalency organization such as World Education Services (www.wes.org) or Educational Credential Evaluatiors, Inc. (www.ece.org).
All application procedures and requirements apply to international applicants and all application materials must be submitted in English.
Institute for Credentialing Excellence News
In 2014, the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board will apply to the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) for accreditation of the BC-DMT by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). ICE is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing resources for the credentialing community. ICE’s accrediting body, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), evaluates certification for compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA's Standards exceed the requirements set forth by the American Psychological Association and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. NCCA accreditation of the BC-DMT will convey to the public that high standards have been achieved by anyone with the credential.