Coming Events

The DTAA runs regular continuing professional development events to enable our members to keep up to date with the latest developments in DMT and related areas of professional knowledge. We offer activities that will enable all members to reach the necessary hours for professional development per year. Most of our events are also open to other interested professionals. Members who have suggestions for PD topics they would like the DTAA to address, or who would like to offer a PD on a topic of their expertise, should contact PD Committee Convenor Jane Guthrie on info@dtaa.org.au or Robyn Price on treasurer@dtaa.org.au.


Research Forum Wednesday November 27: 6- 7 pm AEDT/AEST,  9-10 pm NZT.

Forum 18 Article: Napoli, M (2019). Indigenous methodology: An ethical systems approach to arts based work with Native communities in the U.S. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 64, 77-83.

DTAA Research Committee conveners Sue Mullane and Ella Dumaresq offer members a series of online discussion forums. A friendly, energised, ‘book-club’ style experience will be fostered to engage participants with research in an open, inclusive, and yet rigorous manner. Research articles will cover a wide range of topics and include studies from both qualitative as well as quantitative research traditions.

Members of the DTAA are encouraged to join in any of these forums as they are interested. There is no need to commit to attend every month, and no previous experience as a ‘researcher’ is required.

Each hour long forum enables participants to claim one hour DTAA CPD Category A. DTAA members can access the forum link and article download via the members only section on the DTAA website here.

Enquiries: Sue Mullane mullane.susan.m@edumail.vic.gov.au or  Ella Dumaresq ella.dumaresq@gmail.com


Nana Koch: Psychomotor Therapy and improvisational techniques around Liljan Espenak’s system of treatment – Feb 1 & 2 Melbourne

Nana Koch will be returning to Australia in February of 2020 to conduct this workshop at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne.

To ground this work in theory, and for those not present in last year’s workshop, there will initially be a review of the influences on this system, including the work of Mary Wigman, Alfred Adler and Alexander Lowen. The workshop will then follow-up last year’s introduction to Liljan’ Espenaks 3-part system for treatment: diagnosis, restructuring and integration.  The course focus will be primarily on integration and the different ways pf stimulating the free expression of emotional content. Concentration will be on the use of improvisational techniques for unearthing our life force and vitality that include attention to, among others, images from everyday life, mask work and combined musical and movement choices that lead to emotional connections, expression and catharsis.

Booking details coming soon.


Body Memory and the Unconscious – February 8, 2020, Auckland, NZ

Saturday, February 8th, 2020, 10am-5pm in the Dance Studies studio, University of Auckland

Presenter: Bonnie Meekums, PhD

Attention all qualified and student Dance Movement Therapists and Creative Arts Therapists, and those psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists who are interested in Dance Movement Therapy.

This professional development workshop will address the ways in which our bodies remember feelings and events even when our conscious minds do not; these body memories may manifest in bodily symptoms, eating disorders, anxiety or injuries. They can be explored and worked through, using the principles of movement metaphor and the creative cycle, both inherent in the practice of Dance Movement Psychotherapy as articulated by Bonnie in her book Dance Movement Therapy: A creative psychotherapeutic approach.

The program includes movement improvisations in which participants will be invited to remember both positive and less positive experiences of themselves. Whilst they will be encouraged to work with only positive and mildly unpleasant memories, it is important that participants have sufficient resilience, and support outside of the workshop.

Learning objectives:

Participants will:

  • Learn how to conduct a short client assessment to elicit positive body memories
  • Understand the topic through consideration of case study material
  • Explore their own experiences of body memory, through movement improvisation
  • Consider how this approach might influence their own practice

More information and booking details available soon.

This event is proudly hosted by the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia (DTAA) and supported by the University of Auckland – Dance Studies.


Sara Boas – Feb 2020

Opportunities for professional development with Sara Boas in February of 2020, details available soon.