Supervision requirement for Professional Members

Clinical 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 clinical role. In clinical supervision the central focus is on both the optimum treatment outcome for the client and the professional development and self-care of the supervisee.  The process of clinical 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 clinical 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 (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 your supervisor has relevant qualifications and experience to provide effective supervision.

All applicants are required to demonstrate that they meet supervision requirements in dance-movement therapy.

To become a Professional Member, a dance movement therapist is required to obtain supervision that includes but is not limited to:

  • a minimum of 70 hours of documented supervision.
  • supervised by more than one person over the 70 hours, unless any particular supervisor is considered by the PMC to have been able to provide appropriate professional development extension for the applicant.
  • a minimum of 30 hours supervision needs to be with a Professional Member of the DTAA, or dance movement therapist of equivalent qualifications.
  • a minimum of 40 supervision hours may be obtained from a relevant professional (not necessarily a dance movement therapist) in the candidate’s workplace who can extend and enhance the dance therapist’s skills. The choice of supervisor in this circumstance is dependent upon the individual’s professional development needs.

Supervision provided as part of professional training may be included in these hours.

  • Group supervision is acceptable and may be included as part of the 70 hour requirement, providing:

– that the groups are small (no more than five people per supervisor),

– that the candidate is participating and presenting within the group,

-that the group is supervised by a leader who is deemed acceptable by the Professional Membership Committee.

  • Ideally there should be an appropriate balance between individual and group supervision. However, the Professional Membership Committee has the discretion to consider individual needs and situations relevant to the applicant’s overall experience.
  • Up to ten supervision hours can be obtained by attendance at courses approved by the Professional Membership Committee; eg. a course that is specifically on supervision, designed by a specialist in this area, that allows opportunities for participation and presentation
  • At least one report from an approved supervisor needs to be provided using the form in the Professional Membership document
  • A candidate needs to have had at least two visits to their dance movement therapy program in action by an appropriate supervisor. For those candidates who are geographically separate from their supervisor, options that can be considered are a recording of the session sent to a supervisor and discussed by phone or skype, skype watching of a session.

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 treatment programs
  • the therapist’s ability to evaluate treatment 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