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The LICENSING of our profession Will improve access to dance/movement therapy services for NJ residents. Many programs such as healthcare facilities and school settings often require a state license in order to provide much-needed professional services.

The passage of Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists Licensing Act - Bill A1220 / S675

  • Will alleviate public confusion regarding the difference between professional drama and dance/movement therapy services and the general use of drama and dance in healthcare and educational settings.

  • Protects consumers by ensuring that individuals using the title drama therapist or dance/movement therapist have the high level of education, clinical training, and credentialing requirements outlined in the bill.

    Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists serve clients in more than twenty counties and at least 40 sites in New Jersey

    Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists in NJ are currently providing clinical services in the following facilities:

    • Substance abuse and addiction recovery programs • Community programs (including after school programs) • Inpatient Psychiatric Units and mental health programs. • Private Practice • Rehabilitation programs • School settings (special education, therapeutic classrooms) • Programs for persons with disabilities • Day treatment centers • Businesses • Correctional facilities • Medical programs (chronic pain, cancer, HIV/AIDS) • Treatment Program for Eating Disorders • Nursing homes • Homeless shelters • Programs for refugees and immigrants

    Drama and Dance/Movement Therapies are used with people of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds in individual, couples, family and group therapy.

Further Questions about licensing can be directed to nj.licensure.task.force@gmail.com

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