DTAA membership levels

There are five categories of DTAA membership. The first two categories, Professional Member and Provisional Professional Member, are practitioners that the DTAA recognises as dance movement therapists.

Information about fees for each level is available here

1. 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). These members are registered by the DTAA for practice in Australasia.

Two levels of fee apply, for those who are practicing in Australia, for whom DTAA pays fee to PACFA and those outside Australia for whom PACFA membership is not relevant.
More about Professional Membership.

 

2. 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. These members are recognised by the DTAA for practice in Australasia.
More about Provisional Professional Membership.

 

3. 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). Associate Membership application form

 

4. General Member (full)

This category of membership includes any other member who is not recognised by the DTAA as current at the levels of professional training and standards listed above. It includes Retired Professional Members, members from overseas and any other person with an interest in dance movement therapy in Australasia.

 

5. General Member (concession)

This category of membership includes any other member who is not recognised by the DTAA as current at the levels of professional training and standards listed above. It includes Retired Professional Members, members from overseas and any other person with an interest in dance movement therapy in Australasia who is on a low income, including pensioners, unemployed, full-time students or part-time students with no other income.

 

6. Retired Professional Members

A sub-category of General Members are Retired Professional Members who have previously obtained Professional Membership status, but have retired from professional practice as dance movement therapists.  Members at this level are permitted to use the post-nominal DTAA (Ret. DMT), but are not eligible to call any work they undertake either paid or volunteer dance movement therapy. They may pay fees at General Member (full) or (concession) depending on their circumstances.