Supervision requirement for Provisional and Professional Members

Professional supervision provides an opportunity to reflect on, and receive feedback on therapeutic work for the purpose of professional growth and accountability. Supervision is a contractual, collaborative process which monitors, develops and supports supervisees in their professional role/s. In professional supervision, the central focus is on both the optimum outcome for the client and the professional development and self-care of the supervisee.  The process of professional supervision is seen to encompass a number of significant components, including a formal agreement between supervisor and supervisee. It is an opportunity for the supervisee to present relevant material regarding their professional practice via case discussion, recordings of client sessions, role plays, etc., allowing a space for reflective review by the supervisee and feedback by the supervisor. The supervisory relationship and process of supervision are congruent with the developmental needs of the supervisee (adapted from PACFA, 2017).

The supervisor is generally seen to have more experience than the supervisee with regard to professional seniority, skill development and possibly within a particular speciality. It is important that supervisors have relevant qualifications and experience to provide effective supervision.

DTAA requirements

To address membership requirements for the DTAA, Provisional and Professional Members need to obtain ongoing supervision. Further details coming soon.

Ideally there should be an appropriate balance between individual and group supervision.

Examples of appropriate supervisors

  • a Professional Member of the DTAA
  • a professional person experienced in the therapeutic application of dance
  • a professional person who can extend the knowledge and expertise of the therapist
  • a professional person who has strong skills and knowledge of the client population

Examples of issues for supervision

  • the therapist’s ability to assess, evaluate, and document the client’s current state and needs (physical, emotional, psychological)
  • the therapist’s interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with other professionals
  • the therapist’s appropriate use of the materials of dance in any given dance movement therapy situation
  • the therapist’s ability to develop and implement progressive dance movement therapy programs
  • the therapist’s ability to evaluate the DMT program and modify it accordingly

Applicants are responsible for seeking out supervision relevant to their own professional development. Some of the DTAA’s Professional Members offer supervision in their specialist areas.

Reporting supervision

Members are expected to report their supervision activities annually. The DTAA is currently establishing processes for reporting supervision and CPD.

Members will be advised as  to how this will occur before the end of the financial year 2018.