DTAA membership levels
There are seven categories of DTAA membership. The first three categories are practitioners that the DTAA recognises as dance movement therapists.
1. Clinical Member (PACFA)
This is the highest level of professional recognition attainable by a DTAA Professional Member. It is awarded by PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) to those professionals who have undergone a rigorous application process in which their training, qualifications and supervised experience have been verified as meeting PACFA’s standards, and meet PACFA’s annual registration renewal requirements. Members achieving this level are permitted to use the post-nominal PACFA (Clinical) in their CV and signature block.
Find DTAA members at this level on PACFA’s National Register.
2. Professional Member
A Professional Member has completed a recognised DMT training course to an approved level and has accumulated at least 250 hours of clinical experience with at least 70 hours of supervision. S/he continues regular supervision and professional development and makes an active contribution to their profession. Members at this level are eligible to join the PACFA register. Members achieving this level are permitted to use the title Dance Movement Therapist and DTAA post-nominal in their CV and signature block: DTAA (Prof DMT).
More about Professional Membership.
3. Provisional Professional Member
This level of membership recognises that a member is progressing towards his/her achievement of Professional Membership and expects to reach it within two years. A Provisional Professional Member has completed a recognised DMT training course to an approved level and has accumulated at 80 hours of practice experience with at least 20 hours of supervision, is currently in supervised practice and is working towards Professional Membership. S/he continues regular supervision and professional development and makes an active contribution to their profession. Members achieving this level are permitted to use the title Dance Movement Therapist (Provisional) and DTAA post-nominal in their CV and signature block: DTAA (Prov. DMT). This is contingent on ongoing supervision and documented professional practice and progression towards Professional Membership within the two year time limit.
More about Provisional Professional Membership.
4. Associate Member
This level of membership includes two types of professionals: the first have some dance movement therapy training and are on the pathway to becoming a Provisional or Professional Member; and the others are professionals with related training and are interested in the use of therapeutic dance in their work. The Association does not recognise members at this level as ‘dance movement therapists’. Titles like ‘therapeutic dance specialist’ are recommended instead. These members are eligible to use the post-nominal: DTAA (Associate). More about Associate Membership.
5. General Member
This category of membership is open to any person with an interest in dance movement therapy.
6. Student Member
Concession level fee for people studying full time only, or part-time students with no other income.
7. Overseas Member
This membership category is for people from countries outside Australasia who receive our journal regularly. The DTAA does not offer recognition for professionals outside the Australasia region.