Dance Therapy Association of Australia

Professional Membership of the DTAA

The importance of Professional Membership for practitioners and our profession

The DTAA encourages all those who seek to have their work recognised as dance movement therapy, or who have the intention of practicing in the field, to work towards Professional Membership. There are advantages both for the individual, and for the future of dance movement therapy in Australasia.

For the individual:

  • being awarded this level of membership is a valuable and substantial professional credential and significant achievement. It is only granted after achieving stringent criteria set by the Professional Membership Committee;
  • the right to use the post-nominal DTAA (Professional) after the therapist’s name is earned;
  • Professional Members can supervise Associate Members aiming at a higher level of membership.

Through the DTAA being a member organisation of PACFA, Professional Members can also:

  • use the letters “PACFA M.A.” (Member Association) after their names;
  • use the PACFA logo on their letterhead;
  • be listed on the National PACFA Register.

For the future of dance movement therapy in Australasia, we need to strengthen the organisation by having more members achieve this status. Having this level of membership of one’s professional association is the best way for DM therapists to be established as valued professionals within healthcare teams, and is also important for those working in private practice. Overall, taking this step is the best means of strengthening the dance movement therapy profession and one’s own personal professional credentials.

For further information, please contact Professional Membership Convenor Sandra Lauffenburger at or

Competencies for Professional Members 

In addition to demonstrated evidence of meeting the dance movement therapy competencies, applicants for Professional Membership of the DTAA are required to demonstrate that they also meet all of the following:

  • Minimum standards of dance movement therapy training (see Part A);
  • All requirements within their specific category of application (see Part B below);
  • Minimum requirements for supervision (See Part C below);
  • Compliance requirements with the ‘Code of Ethics’ and ‘Rules of Professional Conduct’ (see Part D below).

Part A: Minimum Standards of Dance Movement Therapy Training

Part B: Categories for Application

Part C: Practical experience and supervision

Part D: Code of Ethics and Rules of Professional Conduct

Professional Membership form