Dance Therapy Association of Australia

DTAA Forthcoming Events

DTAA 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 aim to offer sufficient hours of PD to assist 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

Annual General Meeting and Supervision Events

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
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
Session leaders: DTAA Professional Members Kim Dunphy and Sue Mullane
This session provides three hours of supervision by DTAA Professional Members 

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

Supervision of practice with clients or problems for the therapist
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
Session leader: DTAA Professional Member, Jane Guthrie
This session provides four hours of supervision by DTAA Professional Members

*Please note the two different locations for the two supervision days.

*These events are available to current DTAA members only, please feel free to join or renew at

For further information and Trybooking links for registration please link to this flyer: dtaa-agm-and-group-supervision-november-2016

Dance movement therapy and LMA … Teasing out the essentials

JaneGuthrie  heatherhill

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.

Over the two days, the workshop will cover:

  • A “walk through” the main areas of the LMA framework, drawing on theory, embodied experience/practice and observational exercises which include practicing using the language of LMA.
  • Presentation of how the framework has been applied to a population with dementia for observation, planning and evaluation.  Drawing attention to the psychological and social aspects of LMA, and implications for planning therapeutic interventions with this group of people.
  • Consideration of LMA application to other populations, through case studies from a wide range of areas, and small group discussion and presentation.

Throughout the workshop, there will be opportunities to engage with and embody the LMA theory, to practice observations, and to workshop applications to particular contexts.  Participants are invited to bring in case material from their practice, or consider their own movement profiles and what might be important movement experiences.

Jane is a CMA as well as a DMT and physiotherapist.  Her knowledge and experience from this background is linked with Heather’s approach as a specialist in the area of Dementia and person centred care. Their approaches to using LMA complement each other but come from differing perspectives.  Heather is a DMT who has worked for 30 years with older adults and people with dementia.

For further information and booking details please see our flyer: lma-workshop-2016


Penelope Best Workshop 2016

*Please note due to unforseen circumstances this event will be postponed until next year.  

Penny Best

International presenter Penelope Best has extensive experience as an embodied practitioner in integrative psychotherapy, training, supervision and research.  She is a registered senior dance movement psychotherapist (DMP), clinical supervisor, and trainer and works nationally and internationally with arts therapists, counselors, verbal psychotherapists, body workers and business coaches. Over the past 15 years she has designed and initiated professional trainings in Poland, Croatia, and Romania, has been a core tutor in the Netherlands and continues to present regularly at international conferences. She is an Honorary Fellow of ADMP UK, a registered UKCP clinical psychotherapist, Fellow of Higher Education Academy, consultant to the DMP profession, and maintains both private therapy and supervisory. Penelope is well known to us in Australia (as Penny) from several visits between 2000 and 2014 in which she has provided professional development and supervision for Australian dance movement therapists.


‘Embodied narratives: Body sensation is a crucial component of any thought process’.

Our bodies are never neutral: our bodies hold extraordinary knowledge about our relational practice. The core of therapeutic work lies in the physical impulses experienced by us as bodily beings and how we receive and reply to those messages as bodily sensations. Could we make better use of important implicit bodily conversations both for our own critical reflection and also in the service of the client/ supervisee? For further information see flyer below.

Date and time:
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November;
Saturday: 9.30am registration – 5pm,
Sunday: 10am-5pm.

Studio 1, 15 Barnet Way, Richmond, 3121

For ticket pricing and more information on the event click on link to the workshop flyer.  Register via Trybooking: or


DTAA Supervision session

Date and Time:
Sunday November 27th, times TBC

The Stables, 19 Duke Street, Richmond

Members: $65.00, Member Concession: $55.00
Non Members: $120.00  Non Member Concession: $100.00

Take this opportunity to build up supervision hours and be involved in sharing with your peers.
A professional membership clinic will be conducted across the lunchtime break from 1.0 – 2.00 pm. There is no charge for this. It provides a great opportunity for increasing needed supervision hours.
Participants should have an issue or issues in mind that they are prepared to discuss and reflect upon.

Please register for this event by emailing We will provide EFT details on registration. The running of this event is dependent on attendee numbers so to ensure it goes ahead please ensure you register ASAP.