Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements for DTAA-recognised members (Professional and Provisional Professional levels)

These requirements are effective from the renewal year commencing 1/7/2017.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the means by which practitioners broaden and deepen their knowledge, skills and awareness, to develop the personal and professional qualities necessary for the effective practice of dance movement therapy.

DTAA’s CPD requirements support the obligation of DTAA-recognised members (Professional and Provisional Professional Members) to maintain currency of practice in the dance movement therapy field. All members at those levels are expected to adhere to these requirements, regardless of the percentage of their professional practice devoted to DMT.  This helps to ensure agencies and clients of a minimum standard of service from DTAA-recognised members.

Annual CPD requirement – 20 hours

There are two categories from which the annual 20 hours of CPD required for renewal may be accrued:

Category A: Minimum annual requirement – 15 hours. The whole of the annual requirement of 20 CPD hours may be accrued from Category A only.

Category B: Maximum claimable annual allowance – 5 hours


A minimum requirement of 15 hours per year, accumulated by:

  • Imparting knowledge relating to dance movement therapy through formal presentations, teaching, research and publications.
  • Contributing to DTAA activities – sub-committees, publications, etc.
  • Attendance at person-to-person courses, workshops, seminars and conferences.
  • Participation in online facilitated learning. Online facilitated learning takes place in an online learning environment. The presence and contribution of an online facilitator is required, providing synchronous* or asynchronous* interaction between the facilitator and the participants. This involves interactive learning where participants carry out a number of learning activities rather than passively listening to a lecture or presentation. Examples of online facilitated learning are online courses that include facilitated online discussions or forums, and may also include assessment components.

*Synchronous interaction takes place during the online training

*Asynchronous interaction takes place at another time, for example via an online forum, or email


A maximum claimable annual allowance of 5 hours per year, accumulated by:

  • Personal dance practice: participation in dance movement activities that reinforce therapeutic skills
  • Participation in peer learning groups
  • Participation in online non-facilitated learning.
  • Reading and taking notes on dance movement therapy journals and books (to be logged in a reflective journal).

Peer learning groups are groups of peers who meet to discuss and explore dance movement therapy related topics or resources, without a formal facilitator.

Online non-facilitated learning takes place in an online learning environment without synchronous or asynchronous interaction with an online facilitator. For example, recorded webinars or webinars that are not substantially interactive in nature.

A reflective journal is a written record, using the DTAA pro forma (attached below), that reflects on the learning activity undertaken and how it relates to and enhances professional practice.

The 20 hours of CPD must be accrued between 1 July and 30 June in the previous 12 months. The CPD requirements for a registration period of less than 12 months can be taken pro rata in the first year of membership or registration. Pro rata CPD will be calculated on a monthly basis, for example, for 6 months of registration, the requirements will be halved to 10 hours.

Logging CPD and Providing CPD Evidence

Members are responsible for documenting their completed CPD annually and follow the instructions of the DTAA regarding submission of those documents.

The Activity Reporting and Reflective journal forms should be completed as soon as the activity is undertaken, with the

Members are likely to be required to upload evidence of their CPD to the online Professional Log (when upload functionality is available) or to submit their evidence to DTAA via email. This new process will be determined before 30 June 2018.

Acceptable CPD evidence includes: certificates of attendance, receipts which show the course name, the course duration and the attendee, screen shot photos of on-line participation, or other documentary proof which verifies the course name, course duration and the attendee.

CPD Activity Reporting form 

CPD Reflective Journal form 

CPD Reporting Summary form

CPD Policy

Auditing of CPD Evidence

A sample of members will have their CPD evidence audited by the DTAA each year to ensure they meet the Association’s requirements. Members selected for audit will be notified in writing. If the required CPD has not been logged or the evidence previously provided to DTAA is incomplete or insufficient, they will be requested to submit further documentation.

Members are required to comply with CPD requirements and reporting to ensure that they meet their obligations as professionals recognised by the Association, and abiding by Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice.

Content for CPD Activities

CPD activities must be directly relevant to the member’s professional practice in dance movement therapy and/or the research evidence base for dance movement therapy. This should expand the practitioner’s extend current skills or introduce new skills and knowledge in dance movement therapy or other topics related to the person’s area of practice. In addition to CPD activities provided by the DTAA, this may also be activities offered by PACFA, other creative arts therapy organisations, other professional organisations or government. This should include regular classes in dance, movement or other embodied practices.

DTAA recommends that members also consider undertaking some training on a regular basis relating to:

  • Ethics in dance movement therapy practice (counts as CPD);
  • Undertaking dance movement therapy research (counts as CPD);
  • Legal requirements relating to record keeping and case notes (does not count as CPD);
  • For practitioners who work with children, the legal requirements relating to working with children (does not count as CPD);
  • Learning required for your work environment that is not specifically related to dance movement therapy knowledge and competencies (does not count as CPD);

Guidelines for CPD Presenters

CPD activities should be presented by those who are:

  • Appropriately qualified members of DTAA; or
  • Able to demonstrate eligibility for membership of DTAA, PACFA or a PACFA Member Association; or
  • Recognised by the profession as having advanced expertise in the topic being addressed. In this instance, members should provide a brief justification for why a particular leader was skilled in the topic that they are claiming as CPD.

This guideline aims to ensure that CPD activities are led by suitably qualified and experienced practitioners, and that CPD undertaken by members is of sufficiently high quality to make a contribution to their development as practitioners.

*DTAA acknowledges PACFA’s Continuing Professional Development Policy for the basis for these requirements.