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).

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: and join in.

Next webinar: Wednesday May 30th.

Selissky M.A. 2017. Embodiment of a fictional character during dance movement therapy with an adolescent ADDpatient. Case study.

Guiding questions for discussion:

1. Did you find this case study easy to read?
2. Have you been given sufficient information about the data generation and analysis such that you feel the author’s findings are substantiated?
3. What are your impressions on this case study’s “mechanisms of credibility” (as per Tantia & Cruz, 2017, as discussed at the April research forum)? (“mechanisms of credibility” refers to aspects of research projects such as prolonged engagement, persistent observation, triangulation, peer debriefing and/ or member checking). Would you do anything differently?
4. What are the pros and cons of using a specific assessment tool, such as the Emotorics movement analysis system utilised in this case study, for your readership?
5. Do you think there is sufficient “thick description” of Leah’s experiences, such that you could use this information with a client with a similar diagnosis?
6. Do you think the author sufficiently answered her guiding question?

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

DTAA Supervision Day

Melbourne, Loughnan Hall

Sunday November 27th, 10am – 5pm

57-65 Coppin St Richmond VIC

Members: $80.00, Member Concession: $70.00
Non Members: $120.00 Non Member Concession: $110.00

Take this opportunity to build up supervision hours and be involved in sharing with your peers.

Participants should have an issue or issues in mind that they are prepared to discuss and reflect upon. A minimum number of participants is required for this event so please book here ASAP or register your interest to attend by emailing

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

Sydney, Annandale Community Centre

June 30th – July 1st

79 Johnston St Annandale NSW

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.

For more information please Download Flyer or book here

Writing Successful Grant Proposals

July 14th, 10am – 5pm 

Meeting room 1, 128 Moor St Fitzroy VIC, or by Zoom from anywhere (link provided on registration)

Presenter: Dr Kim Dunphy, Research Fellow, University of Melbourne.

Learn skills of writing successful grants in a workshop designed specifically for dance movement and other creative arts therapists. The workshop offers participants the opportunity to develop a successful grant proposal. It includes skill development in finding a relevant grant opportunity, sharpening responses to selection criteria, providing relevant background and articulating the benefits of the proposed project for stakeholders from funders, to participants and the wider profession.

Participants should come with a specific project or grant round in mind, and will spend the day working specifically on that task. They can expect to complete the workshop with a proposal well-developed for submission!

*Please note the Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation, offering grants for DMT research, closes on August 27th. This workshop is highly recommended for those wishing to make a submission*

For more information please Download Flyer or book here

Thinking Bodies: Moving Minds – A Symposium on the Art of Embodiment

Melbourne, Abbotsford Convent 

September 15th & 16th, 8:30am – 5:30pm

1 St Heliers Street Abbotsford VIC

In somatics and dance movement therapy practices, embodiment is a core philosophical assumption, one that is so embedded in what we do that we may find it challenging to articulate or identify what we mean by the term. This symposium will offer a wide range of opportunities to investigate and reflect on meanings and experiences of embodiment, in order to share, deepen and enrich our somatic practices.

We invite you to be part of this inaugural Australian somatics symposium, joining leaders from the fields of somatics, dance and dance movement therapy, all of whom share a common interest in embodied practices. The historic Abbotsford Convent provides the perfect venue for this rich program of deeply experiential movement workshops, thoughtful presentations and discussion, reflection and professional development.

For more information please Download Flyer or book here