DTAA membership levels

As of June 2020 the categories of DTAA membership as well as their criteria changed.  New membership levels, approved at the 2019 AGM, have been instituted. There are only four levels of practitioners that the DTAA recognises as dance movement therapists and whose work DTAA recognises as dance movement therapy.  These levels are Clinical Professional, Professional, Provisional Professional, and Associate.

Information about fees for each level is available here

1. Clinical Professional Member

A Professional member can upgrade from Professional status after working clinically for an additional 500 clinical hours (usually over five years) and receiving an additional 50 hours of  group or individual supervision (not peer). The Professional member now holds the right to become a Supervisor of dance movement therapists and uses the nominal DTAA (Clin DMT) in their signature block.

The form to upgrade from Professional member to Clinical can be found here.

2. Professional Member

A Professional Member has completed an AQF/NZQF-recognised DMT training course to an approved level and has accumulated at least 250 hours of clinical experience with at least 80 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.

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 an AQF/NZQF-recognised DMT training course to an approved level and has accumulated at 80 hours of practice experience with at least 30 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.

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 Provisional Professional Membership.

4. Associate Member

This level of membership recognizes that a member has begun their progress toward becoming a full professional dance movement therapist.  They graduated from an AQF/NZQF-recognized training program  within the past year, or is returning to the profession after an extended break. S/he is currently in supervision with Prof DMT or Clinical DMT, and has completed 40 hours of client work with 10 hours of professional supervision.

Application for Associate Member can be found here.

5. Student Member

This level includes any person currently studying DMT in an AQF/NZQF accredited program.

6. 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 any person with an interest in dance movement therapy in Australasia.

7. 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 any  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.

8. Retired Professional Members

Retired Professional Members  have previously obtained Professional Membership status, but have retired from professional practice as a dance movement therapist.  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.

9. Institutional

This level of membership is for Institutions (such as Universities, libraries, etc) who would like access to DTAA’s publications.  To obtain Institutional membership, the director of the program writes to DTAA’s Administrator.