Committees and Sub-Committees
Branches and Regional Representatives (BRR)
These individuals represent the DTAA in their regions. Their responsibilities are to promote DMT in their region as opportunities allow and respond to local enquiries. Regional reps attend GC meetings by Zoom from time to time. See Contact page.
Convener Connor Kelly.
Conference Sub-Committee (CC)
This group plans and oversees the DTAA’s regular conferences.
Convener Kim Dunphy
Dance Movement Therapy Competency Standards Sub-Committee (CSC)
The DTAA competency project involves the development of competency standards for Australasian dance movement therapists. Competency standards are an important professional benchmark for Australasian dance movement therapy. They are used to assess the skills and knowledge that a person must demonstrate in the workplace to be seen as competent. When finalised and endorsed, the DTAA Competency Standards will not only define the requirements for effective workplace performance of Australasian dance movement therapists and the criteria for professional membership of DTAA, but they will also offer a platform for defining learning outcomes and assessment benchmarks for dance movement therapy training.
Acting Convener Sandra Kay Lauffenburger
This committee is in charge of updating and reviewing DTAA’s Code of Ethics. Convener E. Connor Kelly
Finance Committee (FC)
This committee group oversees the DTAA’s finances, including producing and monitoring its budget, and reporting to state government. This committee reports on progress to the Board
Convener Francoise Bale
Governance Committee (GC)
This committee oversees the Constitutional processes by which DTAA operates, including creation of policies and procedures for the enactment of Board decisions. This committee is also in charge of DTAA’s legal status, which is now as a Registrable Body.
Convener Eileen McDonald
HEMF Committee (HEMF)
This group runs the Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation, including grants for research and professional development; awards the HEMF Achievement Award; and selects a prominent DM therapist to present the HEMF address at the DTAA’s conferences. More about HEMF.
Convener Mandy Agnew
Workplace Development Committee (WDC)
This committee has responsibilities for issues such as rates of pay for DM therapists, contracting and ethical issues. It also aims to advocate for dance movement therapy to be included in the options of recognised professions to deliver services to NDIS and ACC clients, and provide information to DTAA members regarding potential avenues for funding support through the various insurance schemes, which may include registration processes for individual therapists and other options.
Convener Kim Dunphy
Marketing and Promotions Committee (MPC)
This group works to promote dance movement therapy and the DTAA outside the profession, including overseeing the website.
Convener Maeve Larkin
Publications Committee (PC)
This committee publishes the DTAA’s biannual journal Moving On, the monthly e-news Current Moves to DTAA’s subscriber list, and DT Collections books from time to time.
Convener Jane Guthrie
Professional Development Committee (PDC)
This scommittee is responsible for planning and running professional development activities for members, and others interested in dance movement therapy. These activities address the strategic objectives of the DTAA for its members, and also take advantage of opportunities from visiting experts to ensure DM therapists stay abreast of latest developments in our own and related professional areas. It identifies the number of PD points for each PD activity. See DTAA Events.
Conveners Jane Guthrie and Robyn Price.
Professional Membership Committee (PMC)
This committee manages enquiries and applications for all levels of membership which now includes Associate, Provisional Professional and Professional level membership; and is pro-active in mentoring members through these levels. It regularly monitors and upgrades the criteria needed to reach the required standards for each membership level so that the DTAA is aligned with the other psychotherapeutic and counselling professions. It audits members’ supervision and PD documentation. The committee also liaises with the Professional Development Committee to address the overlapping concerns regarding professional development needed for continuing education requirements. This committee also undertakes business related to DTAA’s membership of PACFA (Psychotherapy & Counselling Federation of Australia). More about membership. Convener Sandra Kay Lauffenburger
Research Committee (RC)
This promotes evidence-based practice and practitioners’ skills by advancing research in and about dance movement therapy. It also works with members to engage with professional learning in fields outside of DMT that can strengthen body-based theory and practice.
This year, conveners Sue Mullane and Ella Dumaresq will host a series of online discussion forums that engages us with research. The group will foster a friendly, energised, ‘book-club’ style experience in an open, inclusive, and yet rigorous manner. Participants will take part in a group discussion via Zoom to address questions based on a chosen article relevant to DMT research. Research articles will cover a wide range of topics and include studies from both qualitative as well as quantitative research traditions. Co-Conveners Sue Mullane and Ella Dumaresq.
Training and Education Committee (TEC)
This group will establish and monitor standards for DMT training and education programs. Convener Sue Mullane.
Training Organizations Committee (TOC)
This committee consists of the directors of DMT training programs within Australasia and will address issues, needs and concerns arising as DTAA establishes its Training and Education standards. Convener Tracey Nicholson