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  • NJ A2477
  • "Drama therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists Licensing Act."
Introduced
(2/4/2016)
In Committee
(9/26/2016)
Crossed Over
(6/27/2016)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill provides for the licensure of clinical drama therapists, associate drama therapists, clinical dance/movement therapists, and associate dance/movement therapists. The bill also establishes a Drama Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy Advisory Committee ("the committee") under the State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners in the Division of Consumer Affairs in the Department of Law and Public Safety. The committee is to consist of six members who are residents of the State: three of whom shall be licensed clinical drama therapists and three of whom shall be licensed clinical dance/movement therapists. To be eligible for licensure as a clinical drama therapist or associate drama therapist, an applicant must be at least 21 years of age and be of good moral character. In addition, the applicant must hold a master's degree in drama therapy from an accredited educational institution of higher learning that is approved by the committee; or a master's degree or a doctoral degree in a mental health discipline from an accredited educational institution of higher learning with specific additional training in drama therapy coursework, and complete a drama therapy internship as approved by the committee. The bill also delineates specific requirements to be met to qualify for each of these licenses, including the requisite number of graduate credit hours or its equivalent, the amount of supervised paid clinical experience, and additional concentrated theater/drama training and study. To be eligible for licensure as a clinical dance/movement therapist or an associate dance/movement therapist, an applicant must be at least 21 years of age and be of good moral character. In addition, the applicant must hold a master's degree in dance/movement therapy from an accredited educational institution of higher learning that is approved by the committee; or a master's degree or a doctoral degree in a mental health discipline from an accredited educational institution of higher learning with specific additional training in dance/movement therapy coursework, complete fieldwork experience, and complete a dance/movement therapy internship as approved by the committee. The bill also delineates specific requirements to be met to qualify for each of these licenses, including the requisite number of graduate credit hours or its equivalent, the amount of supervised paid clinical experience, or its equivalent, and additional concentrated dance training and study. Additionally, each applicant seeking licensure as a clinical or associate drama therapist, or clinical or associate dance/movement therapist, as the case may be, is required to pass an examination or assessment administered or approved by the committee. "Drama therapy" is defined in the bill as the integrated use of psychotherapy, theater and creative processes to further the emotional, physical, cognitive, and social well-being of the individual. As a behavioral health discipline, the application of fundamental mental health, psychological, developmental, and mind/body principles are synthesized in an experiential process in order to: (1) facilitate human development and adjustment throughout the lifespan; (2) treat persons with mental, emotional or behavioral disorders that interfere with mental health or adequate functioning; (3) conduct clinical assessment and appraisal using currently accepted diagnostic classifications including, but not limited to, current and future editions of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for the purposes of evaluation and establishing treatment goals and objectives; and (4) plan, implement and evaluate treatment interventions designed to meet developmental, behavioral, mental, and emotional needs for individuals or groups. "Dance/Movement therapy" is defined in the bill as the use of dance/movement and psychotherapy in a creative process which furthers the emotional, physical, cognitive, and social integration of the individual by utilizing, as a behavioral health discipline, the application of fundamental mental health, psychological, developmental and mind/body principles in order to: (1) facilitate human development and adjustment throughout the lifespan; (2) treat persons with mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders that interfere with mental health or adequate functioning; (3) conduct clinical assessment and appraisal, using currently accepted diagnostic classifications including, but not limited to, current and future editions of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for the purposes of evaluation and establishing treatment goals and objectives; and (4) plan, implement and evaluate treatment interventions designed to meet developmental, behavioral, mental and emotional needs for individuals or groups. The bill provides that no person shall engage in the practice of drama therapy unless licensed as a clinical drama therapist or associate drama therapist. The bill also provides that no person shall engage in the practice of dance/movement therapy unless licensed as a clinical dance/movement therapist or associate dance/movement therapist. Additionally, the bill provides that no person shall use the title "Licensed Clinical Drama Therapist" or "Licensed Associate Drama Therapist" or the abbreviation "LCDT" or "LADT" or any other title, designation, words, letters, abbreviations or insignia indicating the practice of drama therapy unless licensed pursuant to the provisions of the bill. Furthermore, the bill provides that no person shall use the title "Licensed Clinical Dance/Movement Therapist" or "Licensed Associate Dance/Movement Therapist, or the abbreviation "LCDMT" or "LADMT" or any other title, designation, words, letters, abbreviations or insignia indicating the practice of dance/movement therapy unless licensed pursuant to the provisions of the bill. Clinical drama therapist licenses, associate drama therapist licenses, clinical dance/movement therapist licenses, and associate dance/movement therapist licenses shall be issued for a two-year period upon the payment of the prescribed licensure fee, and shall be renewed upon filing of a renewal application, the payment of a licensure fee, and presentation of satisfactory evidence to the committee that in the period since the license was issued or last renewed any continuing education requirements have been completed as specified by the committee. The bill provides that the committee shall establish standards for continuing drama therapy education and continuing dance/movement therapy education, including the subject matter and content of courses of study, and approve programs offering continuing education credits. For a period of 360 days after the date procedures are established by the committee for applying for licensure as a clinical drama therapist, any person may qualify as a licensed clinical drama therapist, upon application for licensure and payment of the appropriate fee, provided the applicant furnishes satisfactory evidence to the committee that he has obtained the credential "RDT" (Registered Drama Therapist) from the North American Drama Therapy Association. For a period of 360 days after the date procedures are established by the committee for applying for licensure as a clinical dance/movement therapist, any person may qualify as a licensed clinical dance/movement therapist, upon application for licensure and payment of the appropriate fee, provided the applicant furnishes satisfactory evidence to the committee that he has obtained the credential "BC-DMT" (Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist) from the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board. For a period of 360 days after the date procedures are established by the committee for applying for licensure as an associate drama therapist, any person may qualify as a licensed associate drama therapist, upon application for licensure and payment of the appropriate fee, provided the applicant furnishes satisfactory evidence to the committee that he has completed a master's degree in drama therapy or a master's degree in a mental health discipline with the additional drama therapy training as required by North American Drama Therapy Association. For a period of 360 days after the date procedures are established by the committee for applying for licensure as an associate dance/movement therapist, any person may qualify as a licensed associate dance/movement therapist, upon application for licensure and payment of the appropriate fee, provided the applicant furnishes satisfactory evidence to the committee that he has obtained the credential "R-DMT" (Registered Dance/Movement Therapist) from the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board.
Commerce, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, Budget and Appropriations, Passed Assembly, Regulated Professions
Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee  (on 9/26/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
9/26/2016 S Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
9/26/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
9/26/2016 Senate Commerce Hearing (13:00 9/26/2016 Committee Room 6, First Floor)
6/30/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Commerce Committee
6/27/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (55-21-0)
6/2/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
6/2/2016 Assembly Regulated Professions Hearing (13:00 6/2/2016 Committee Room 15, Fourth Floor)
2/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Regulated Professions Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 9/26/2016 Senate Commerce Committee: Reported with Amendments 5 1 0
Detail 6/27/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 55 21 4
Detail 6/2/2016 Assembly Regulated Professions Committee: Reported Favorably 4 1 3