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Committees and Sub-Committees

Administration Team

This group manages the operations of the DTAA, including phone and email enquiries and membership and provides administrative support for PD events.

Administrator Donna Parker:

Ethics Committee

This committee is in charge of updating and reviewing DTAA’s Code of Ethics and other related documents.  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 Cath Rummery

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.


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: Mioi Forster-Nakayama

Gender, Diversity and Culture

This committee works to increase DTAA’s awareness of, presence and understanding of gender issues, cultural concerns, and to promote diversity within the profession.

Convener:  Theresa Jackson

Marketing and Promotions Committee (MPC)

This group works to promote dance movement therapy and the DTAA outside the profession, including overseeing the website.  Convener

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 committee 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.
Convener 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, convener Brigitte Puls (NZ) 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.  Convener:  Brigitte Puls

Training and Education Committee (TEC)

This group will establish and monitor standards for DMT training and education programs.  Convener Virginia Woods.

Training Providers Committee (TPC)

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