The Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia is the professional body for practitioners, students, researchers and others interested in dance movement therapy. It is an international not-for-profit organisation with networks throughout Australasia.
The organisation has recently agreed upon its Strategic Plan for the years 2016-2020. The plan articulates this Goal for the DTAA: Better quality of life for people throughout Australasia, through improved quality, greater availability and reach to a broader range of populations, of dance movement therapy. This goal is supported by specific Objectives: Improved quality of DMT work, and Expanded reach of DMT services. The plan lists a range of activities to address these objectives over the period.
The DTAA has approximately 135 members, from all states and territories in Australia, New Zealand and some Asian countries, and other countries including the USA.
The General Committee is based in Melbourne because this has been where the majority of training has taken place, hence the major population of practitioners in the field. However, there are dance movement therapists in all states of Australia, and New Zealand and in the Pacific region and we have an active liaison committee that connects those members to the General Committee. The association encourages the attainment of a ‘Professional Membership’ status by dance movement therapists who meet the criteria set by our Professional Membership Committee.
We also provide our membership with communication and information via two journals per year and regular e-newsletters; run conferences (four so far), the most recent conference held in 2015; provide professional development activities, and maintain an on-line database of practitioners working across Australasia.
We have also published three volumes of Dance Therapy Collections, that reflect the work and growth of dance movement therapy in Australia. A fourth volume developed from presentations made at the 2015 conference is under development.
Our services include: