The Greek Association of
Dance Therapists (GADT) was founded in 1993. It is a Professional
Association being a Full Professional Founding Member of the European
Association of Dance Movement/Therapy (EADMT), as well as a member of
the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA).
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
The Greek Association of Dance Therapists aims in:
- Safeguarding its members’ professional
interests, in the framework of offering high standard mental health
services to the community.
- Diffusing and establishing the discipline of
Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) in Greece, while providing the community
with experiential workshops and educational programs.
- Creating a current reciprocal relationship
between DMT profession, social reality & the community’s needs.
- Maintaining a high standard training program in
- Developing an updated and ongoing professional
- Supporting its professional members by
organizing continuing professional education and supervision workshops.
- Encouraging professional DMTs through the
awarding of scholarships.
- Being part of exchange and cooperation programs
with corresponding foreign Associations.
- Being updated to current literature and
research in the fields of body, movement, art and psychotherapy, as
well as other related fields.
- Being in contact & forming working
groups with other professionals in the Arts Therapies, along with the
relevant Ministries, seeking formal recognition and accreditation of
the Dance/Movement Therapist profession.
The activities of The Greek Association of Dance Therapists include:
- Participation in Greek and International
Conferences with Lectures, Presentations and Workshops.
- Presentation of the discipline of DMT in
Television and Radio broadcasts.
- Publication of articles in scientific journals
and the daily press.
- Organization of workshops with local and
international renowned Dance/ Movement Therapists. These workshops are
realized with the cooperation of mental health units, universities,
public institutions, art places and addressed to everyone who wants to
be familiar with dance therapy.
- Organization and Supervision of Training
Programs & educational modules.
- Keeping an ongoing link and cooperation with
other International Associations.
- Sustaining an ongoing connection with other
professionals in The Arts Therapies.
- Library access to our professional members and
trainees in DMT.
- Keeping professional members updated through
our website & newsletter, regarding current conferences,
workshops, lectures, article publications, placements & job
- Continuing professional education and
supervision workshops for the members.
Where is the DMT’s place
Dance Therapists in Greece,
are mostly working in mental health settings such as:
- Psychiatric Institutions & Clinics
- Day Centers
- Prevention, Rehabilitation &
Reintegration Units for substance abuse
- Special Education Schools
- Nursery schools
- Social Care Units
- Special units taking care of patients suffering
from cancer, Parkinson disease, Alzheimer
- Nursing homes with the elderly
- NGO’s providing social support to the community
- Community settings for immigrants &
- Reform Centers
- Socially marginalized populations, such as Romá
The three years postgraduate
course in Dance Therapy
The Greek Association of Dance
Therapists (GADT) coordinates and supervises postgraduate courses,
offered to people principally from the fields of dance, the arts and
generally from social and humanistic studies.
The formulation of these courses is based on the criteria set by the
European Dance/Movement Therapy Association
It is a three years course, part time.
Aimed to the education, GADT also coordinates every year an
introductory course of four seminars.
The context of the
postgraduate courses (in brief) includes:
Α. Theory and practice
- History of dance therapy
- Learning the basic approaches (theory and
- Development of verbal and non verbal abilities
- Dance therapy in relation with other Arts
therapies and authentic movement
- The combination of dance therapy with other
- Introduction in mental health sciences
- Introduction to psychiatry and psycho-pathology
C. Clinical practice 350 hours
D. Supervision 100 hours
Ε. Personal Therapy 150 Hours
The tutors in these
postgraduate courses are experienced professors and trainers from
Greece and abroad.
Till today the following courses have been realized:
The Greek Association of Dance Therapists has developed co-operating
networks with mental health units in both public and NGO’s sector, as
well as with research and academic institutions, Public Services, Local
Authorities and Social and Scientific Bodies.
Special emphasis is given to the participation of GADT in international
co-operating networks. GADT is Full Professional founding member of the
European Association of Dance Movement Therapy (EADMT), as well as a
member of The American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA).
Furthermore GADT, obtained funding from Stavros Niarchos Foundation for
DMT’s placements in various mental health institutions (2008-2010).
Finally, GADT cooperates with artists and art places in the
implementation of performances
Greek Association of Dance Therapists
Address: 178 Kifissias Ave., P.C.152 31 Halandri, Athens, Greece
Tel: (+30) 210 6743 149