Coming Events

The DTAA runs regular 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 admin@dtaa.org.au.


Research forum webinars for members, (usually) last Wed of the month, 7.30-8.30 pm (Australia EST).

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. Each month, participants will be invited to take part in a group discussion  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.

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.

No bookings required, just click on this Zoom link and join in.

July 4, 6 pm AEST (note change of date and time for this month only); August 29; September 26; October 31; November 28.

Each hour-long forum enables participants to claim one hour DTAA CPD Category A.

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


Next webinar: Wednesday July 4th.

Hagensen, K.P. (2015), Using a dance/movement therapy-based Wellness Curriculum: An adolescent case study. American Journal of Dance Therapy, 37(2), 157-175.

Research webinar with special guest Prof. Sherry Goodill. 

Prof. Goodill from Drexel University Philadelphia will frame the webinar conversation rather than having pre-arranged guiding questions.

Note time change: 6 – 7pm AEST


DTAA Supervision Day (POSTPONED)

Please note this event was scheduled for June 17th but has been postponed. Information re: rescheduling to follow soon. 

Members: $70.00, Member Concession: $60.00
Non Members: $110.00 Non Member Concession: $100.00

Take this opportunity to build up supervision hours and be involved in sharing with your peers!

Participants should have an issue or issues in mind that they are prepared to discuss and reflect upon. Register your interest to attend by emailing admin@dtaa.org.au. For more information please download flyer.


Movement and Dance as a resource in therapy – expressing the body’s wisdom, presented by Virginia Woods

Sydney, Annandale Community Centre

June 30th – July 1st

79 Johnston St Annandale NSW

Join us for one or two days as we experience dance as a natural resource that supports release, expression and unfolding. These two workshops offer you an opportunity to explore authentic expression of the body’s wisdom. Discover how movement and dance move beyond the mind to support healing and the fulfilment of potential. The workshops are suitable for practising and student dance movement therapists, psychotherapists, creative arts therapists, wellness practitioners and those interested in exploring how dance can be used in therapy.

Day One – Expressing the body’s wisdom to free the heart
Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience and anthropology, you will explore experientially how movement and dance goes beyond words, to deepen and enhance therapy.

Day Two – Embodying the True Heart Self in dance
Deepen your experience of embodiment, exploring authentic movement and dance. Build your confidence and connect to “who you really are”.
Virginia Woods is a psychologist, dance-movement and creative arts therapist, and somatic psychotherapist (Hakomi trained). Virginia is an experienced therapist who confidently supports people to work through old patterns into being in their true experience of self.

For more information please
Download this flyer or
Book online here


Writing Successful Grant Proposals

July 14th, 10am – 5pm 

Meeting room 1, 128 Moor St Fitzroy VIC, or by Zoom from anywhere (link provided on registration)

Presenter: Dr Kim Dunphy, Research Fellow, University of Melbourne.

Learn skills of writing successful grants in a workshop designed specifically for dance movement and other creative arts therapists. The workshop offers participants the opportunity to develop a successful grant proposal. It includes skill development in finding a relevant grant opportunity, sharpening responses to selection criteria, providing relevant background and articulating the benefits of the proposed project for stakeholders from funders, to participants and the wider profession.

Participants should come with a specific project or grant round in mind, and will spend the day working specifically on that task. They can expect to complete the workshop with a proposal well-developed for submission!

*Please note the Hanny Exiner Memorial Foundation, offering grants for DMT research, closes on August 27th. This workshop is highly recommended for those wishing to make a submission*

For more information please download flyer or book here


Thinking Bodies: Moving Minds – A Symposium on the Art of Embodiment

Melbourne, Abbotsford Convent 

September 15th & 16th, 8:30am – 5:30pm

1 St Heliers Street Abbotsford VIC

In somatics and dance movement therapy practices, embodiment is a core philosophical assumption, one that is so embedded in what we do that we may find it challenging to articulate or identify what we mean by the term. This symposium will offer a wide range of opportunities to investigate and reflect on meanings and experiences of embodiment, in order to share, deepen and enrich our somatic practices.

We invite you to be part of this inaugural Australian somatics symposium, joining leaders from the fields of somatics, dance and dance movement therapy, all of whom share a common interest in embodied practices. The historic Abbotsford Convent provides the perfect venue for this rich program of deeply experiential movement workshops, thoughtful presentations and discussion, reflection and professional development.

For more information please visit the symposium webpagedownload flyer or book here.