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 admin@dtaa.org.au.


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

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 this Zoom link:
https://zoom.us/j/805353585 and join in.


Next meeting Wed April 25 (yes still on even though it’s Anzac Day).

Cruz, R. & Tantia, J. (2017). Reading and understanding qualitative researchAmerican Journal of Dance Therapy, 39: 79-92.

Guiding questions for discussion:

1) Reflective questions to get you started: Have you found research to be a valuable aspect of your professional development to date? Does the research you encounter match your experience of working as a practitioner in your specific field? Are there any incongruences at times between what you read, and what you understand as a clinician?

2) Why might practitioners have an “ambivalent” attitude toward research (p. 80), and are they common assumptions about what research ‘is’ that shapes these views or understandings?

3) What is your understanding of qualitative research after reading this article, and how might some aspects of qualitative research align with your skillset as a DMT practitioner? Are there, on the other hand, aspects of qualitative research you feel do not align with your views, values, or expectations (personal and/or professional?)

4) If you had to apply for a research grant and were thinking about using qualitative research methodologies, are there any approaches named in this literature that have piqued your curiosity? For example, if you were working with diverse populations, would you consider learning more about an ethnographic approach, just to name one possible option?

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  mullane.susan.m@edumail.vic.gov.au or Ella Dumaresq ella.dumaresq@gmail.com


Movement and Dance as a resource in therapy – expressing the body’s wisdom, presented by Virginia Woods

Annandale Community Centre, Sydney

79 Johnston St Annandale NSW

June 30th – July 1st

Join us for one or two days as we experience dance as a natural resource that supports release, expression and unfolding. These two workshops offer you an opportunity to explore authentic expression of the body’s wisdom. Discover how movement and dance move beyond the mind to support healing and the fulfilment of potential. The workshops are suitable for practising and student dance movement therapists, psychotherapists, creative arts therapists, wellness practitioners and those interested in exploring how dance can be used in therapy.

Day One – Expressing the body’s wisdom to free the heart
Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience and anthropology, you will explore experientially how movement and dance goes beyond words, to deepen and enhance therapy.

Day Two – Embodying the True Heart Self in dance
Deepen your experience of embodiment, exploring authentic movement and dance. Build your confidence and connect to “who you really are”.
Virginia Woods is a psychologist, dance-movement and creative arts therapist, and somatic psychotherapist (Hakomi trained). Virginia is an experienced therapist who confidently supports people to work through old patterns into being in their true experience of self.

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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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