Dance Therapy Association of Australia

Welcome to the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia!

The Dance Movement Therapy Association (DTAA) is the recognised professional body for dance movement therapy in Australasia. It sets the standards for Professional, Provisional Professional and Associate levels of membership, training and supervision. The DTAA also warmly welcomes General and Student members.

The DTAA promotes the growth, development and recognition of the dance movement therapy profession in Australasia by:

  • establishing and maintaining standards for training, research and professional practice
  • providing a means of communication, education and networking between dance movement therapists, other health professionals, employers and clients
  • liaising with other relevant peak and professional bodies
  • providing information and resources for dance movement therapy practitioners, students and the wider community
  • offering Provisional Professional and Professional Membership status to applicants who meet the training criteria, and Associate, Student or Overseas membership to others interested in dance movement therapy.

Member resources include the opportunity for recognition as a dance movement therapist, bi-annual journal, regular news of events, insurance, library and professional development opportunities.


DTAA Events and News



Sat 26 and Sun 27 November, 2016


Sun 27 November, The Stables, 19 Duke Street, Richmond

1.30-2.30 pm Informal shared lunch and Professional Membership Clinic 

2.45 pm- 4 pm: The AGM will include a presentation of the usual report of activities and financials for the 14-15 financial year. Draft documents will be presented for discussion about several important topics followed by presentations of new Professional Memberships and the HEMF Award for 2016.

4.00 pm: Dancing, networking, drinks and light refreshments


Sat 26 Nov, 9.15- 12.30 pm, registration from 9 am: Group supervision session

Assessing clients’ progress in DMT: considering successful practice and challenges, led by Professional  DTAA members, Dr Kim Dunphy and Sue Mullane
This event will offer supervision focussing on assessment of client progress in DMT. Participants will discuss their current practices of assessment, considering aspects that are successful and useful and those that are challenging. A technological tool for assessment, Marking the Moves iPad app, will be introduced briefly and participants invited to consider its usefulness for their context.

Venue: Edinburgh Gardens Community Rooms, Edinburgh Gardens, Alfred Crescent (off Brunswick Street) North Fitzroy.

Sun 27 Nov, 9.30-1.30 pm: General group supervision session

Supervision of practice with clients or problems for the therapist, led by Professional DTAA Member, Jane Guthrie
Take this opportunity to build up supervision hours and be involved in sharing issues and problems with your peers. Participant should come prepared with something they would like to be supervised on. The Relational Creative Processes Model of supervision (Best, 2008) will be used in this session, which is an experiential approach to supervision. This starts with participants embodying their own issues prior to being

encouraged to look at them in different ways to reveal different perspectives.

Venue: The Stables, 19 Duke Street, Richmond

For more information and Trybooking links please link to flyer here: dtaa-agm-and-group-supervision-november-2016


Dance movement therapy and LMA … Teasing out the essentials

**Please note due to unforseen circumstances this professional development event is cancelled. We regret the late notice. Due to a large amount of expressed interest from New South Wales it will run in Sydney early next year.  It can also be re-programmed in Melbourne at a later date.  If you are still interested in attending this event in Melbourne please contact us at**


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A two day immersion in movement behaviours, observations and analysis

Jane Guthrie and Heather Hill combine to present a workshop that connects LMA theory with practical application in the field. In order to do so, they will draw on specific areas for the purposes of recording movement observations and analysis, program planning and development.

Where: Studio 1,15 Barnet Way, Richmond, 3121
Saturday 5 and Sun 6 November 2016: Registration 9.30am for workshop 10 am – 5.00 pm

For further details please visit our events page or this flyer: lma-workshop-2016

New book published by PACFA
Psychotherapy and Counselling: Reflections on Practice
includes two chapters on DMT.
More details

psychotherapy and counselling