Coming Events

The DTAA runs regular professional development events to enable our members to keep up to date with the latest developments in DMT and related areas of professional knowledge. We offer activities that will enable all members to reach the necessary hours for professional development per year. Most of our events are also open to other interested professionals. Members who have suggestions for PD topics they would like the DTAA to address, or who would like to offer a PD on a topic of their expertise, should contact PD Committee Convenor Jane Guthrie on


Research Forum webinars for members, last Wed of the month, 7.30-8.30 pm (Australia EST). Next meeting Wed March 28

DTAA Research Committee conveners Sue Mullane and Ella Dumaresq offer members a series of online discussion forums.  A friendly, energised, ‘book-club’ style experience will be fostered to engage participants with research in an open, inclusive, and yet rigorous manner. Each month, participants will be invited to take part in a group discussion  to address questions based on a chosen article relevant to DMT research. Research articles will cover a wide range of topics and include studies from both qualitative as well as quantitative research traditions.

Members of the DTAA are encouraged to join in any of these forums as they are interested. There is no need to commit to attend every month, and no previous experience as a ‘researcher’ is required. Notice of each article and questions for discussion, along with the Zoom link, will be advertised via the monthly DTAA e-Moves bulletin. No bookings required, just click on the Zoom link and join in.

Wed March 28;  Article: Rae Johnson (2014). Somatic psychotherapy and research. Walking the common ground, Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, 9:2, 82-92.

Guiding questions for discussion:

  1. Based on what you know of research relevant to your field of practice, what is the predominant methodology used? Do “non-traditional approaches” such as embodied methodologies feature in your field’s research inquiries in any way?
  2. What aspects of a “somatically informed research mind” (p.85) have particular meaning for you and your practice?
  3. Can you imagine utilising aspects of the embodied approach described by Johnson? What might be drawbacks for you in implementing what she suggests?
  4. What stands out for you regarding Johnson’s statement that in terms of research rigour, somatic research should demonstrate “it has had an impact on the somatic experience of those who have encountered it” (p. 89)?

April 25; May 30; June 27; July 25; August 29; September 26; October 31; November 28.

Each hour-long forum enables participants to claim one hour DTAA CPD Category A.

Enquiries: Sue Mullane or Ella Dumaresq


Body as Voice: Restorative Movement Psychotherapy

A Training with international trauma expert Amber Gray

PART 2 – Melbourne April 20th – 23rd 2018
Friday 20th & Satruday 21st, Loughnan Hall, 57-65 Coppin Street, Richmond
Sunday 22nd & Monday 23rd, Edinburgh Gardens, Alfred Crescent, Fitzroy North

 Please note you must have competed PART 1 to be eligible to participate in PART 2 of this valuable training.

Amber’s 3-part training is based on her 20 years experience as a Dance Movement Therapist and Somatic Psychotherapist specializing in interpersonal trauma, including torture treatment, refugee mental health, ritual abuse, childhood trauma and human rights violations, in cross cultural contexts. Of note, Part 1 and 2 are currently approved for ADTA Alternate Route (Graduate Level) Training, and Part 3 is in process.

Part 2, “Body as Voice: Body Wisdom”, will emphasize embodiment of resources with somatic and movement-based processing of trauma narratives, to support connection and meaning making and Part 3 “Body as Voice: The Collective Body”, builds on work with the dyadic therapeutic relationship, integrating working with families, groups and communities. It emphasizes integration, wholism and restoration of a sense of belonging.

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