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Welcome to the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia

The Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia (DTAA) is the recognised professional body for dance movement therapy in Australasia. It sets the standards for Professional and Provisional Professional levels of membership, training and supervision. The DTAA also warmly welcomes General and Student members.

The DTAA promotes the growth, development and recognition of the dance movement therapy profession in Australasia by:

  • establishing and maintaining standards for training, research and professional practice
  • providing a means of communication, education and networking between dance movement therapists, other health professionals, employers and clients
  • liaising with other relevant peak and professional bodies
  • providing information and resources for dance movement therapy practitioners, students and the wider community
  • offering Associate, Provisional Professional and Professional Membership status to applicants who meet the training criteria, and Student or General membership to others interested in dance movement therapy.

Member resources include the opportunity for recognition as a dance movement therapist, bi-annual journal, regular news of events, insurance, library and professional development opportunities.


Upcoming Events:

Reschedule to Wednesday 5 October 2022

DTAA Research Forum: “Decolonising Dance Movement Therapy in Australasia”

Presented by: Christine de Brenni

6.00pm-7.15pm (AEDT-Melb/Syd Time) | 8.00pm-9.15pm (NZ Time)
75 Minutes by Zoom

Members Only Event, Please log in to view full details

Friday 28 October 2022

DTAA Research Forum

“Working Safely with Trauma: The Body and Dance Movement Therapy”

A One Day Workshop with Dr Bonnie Meekums

Live Webinar, Via Zoom
Time: Australia 7.30am to 3.00pm AEDT (Sydney Australia)  |  New Zealand  9.30am to 5.00pm NZDT (Auckland, NZ)
CPD Points: 7 Hours Cat A

This training workshop will include a brief introduction to the theory underpinning Bonnie’s approach (derived from her PhD research), together with experiential exploration of techniques for working with trauma through DMT. The concepts of the ‘dilemma of embodiment’, the importance of psychological safety and containment approach’ in DMP with traumatized people; will be covered. .Also, techniques of management will be taught to participants to allow the establishment of psychological safety. and DMT techniques that can be used for resolution of traumatic memories. This will include consideration of how this approach might influence participant’s practice. Although the focus is on client trauma, given the subject matter, participants need to ensure that they come prepared, with sufficient resilience and support outside of the workshop. Group boundaries including confidentiality will be agreed upon. It is not a workshop for personal therapy.

Saturday 29 October 2022


“Pre AGM Event Notice Coming Soon”

Full details on the 2nd Pre AGM Event will be available soon.

Sunday 30 October 2022 


“DTAA Annual General Meeting 2022”

Full details of the DTAA AGM Agenda will be available to all members in due course.

IMPORTANT:  Prior to the upcoming October 2022 DTAA Annual General Meeting all Eligible voting members (Professional and Provisional Professional level members) will be asked to vote on the question: SHOULD DTAA REMAIN A MEMBER ASSOCIATION OF PACFA?

Although there are benefits to being an Individual member of PACFA, remaining a Member Association of PACFA impacts DTAA financially and with regard to member equality. In April a webinar was held to discuss these concerns and to inform attendees of the issues.  The powerpoints and video from the April 2022 webinar will help you understand the problematic nature around DTAA remaining a Member Association (MA) of PACFA. If you are a Clinical, Professional or Provisional Professional member, please make yourself familiar with the issues and discussion presented in the powerpoints and video available on the Members Resources PACFA page.  You will receive a ballot by email in mid to late September.

Saturday 5 November 2022 / Saturday 19 November 2022
2 Part Course, Online Via Zoom

“Healing Processes in Group Dance Movement Therapy: Eight experiences that lead to Therapeutic Change”

Led by: International Presenter, Nana Koch, Ed. D., BC-DMT, LCAT, NCC, LPC, CMA


Part 1: Saturday 5 November 2022 / 8.30am-1.00pm AEDT (Sydney Time)
Part 2: Saturday 19 November 2022 / 8.30am-1.00pm AEDT (Sydney Time)

This didactic and experiential course focuses on the eight (8) healing processes that have been identified as elements of group dance movement therapy. They describe “guided group experiences which lead to therapeutic change.” (Schmais, 1985) The eight processes include: synchrony, expression, rhythm, vitalization, integration, cohesion, education, symbolism. Suitable for practicing and student Dance Movement Therapists, somatic movement psychotherapists and those wishing to expand their knowledge of the healing processes that occur in group Dance Movement Therapy sessions.



DTAA recognises, acknowledges and respects the ancestors, elders and families of all Indigenous peoples of the lands on which we stand and practice.


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