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, 6-7 pm (Australia EST); 8-9 (NZ).

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 the zoom link which you can access on the members only resources page here.

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: October 31st, 6-7 pm AEST; 8-9 NZ

Forum 8: Koch, S. (2017). Arts and health: Active factors and a theory framework of embodied aesthetics. The Arts in Psychotherapy 54, 85– 91.

Please download the article and access the zoom link via the members only webinar resources page here.

Guiding Questions:

1) How did you find this article to read? Where any aspects of this article similar/challenging to follow, and why do you think this is the case?

2)What is your understanding of ‘active factors’ or ‘common factors theory’ (p.88) in therapy?

3) What do you think about the idea of trying to identify ‘common factors’ or mechanisms of change within DMT and other CATs, as distinct from other medical or psychotherapeutic interventions?

4) What are your reflections regarding the ‘active factors’ identified in this article? Do they reflect your experience and knowledge as a DM practitioner?

5) What do you think about the idea of using a model of ‘embodied aesthetics’ (p.89) to theorise these active factors?


CPD Weekend

Writing for publication – with Sue Mullane

Fri. 26 October 10:00am – 4:30pm
Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library, 182 St Georges Road, North Fitzroy.
CPD: 6 hours

This workshop offers participants the opportunity to know how to create and cultivate good writing practices useful for supporting professional life. It references the work of Helen Sword, NZ-based scholar, teacher and poet, who has published widely on shaping personal habits which more reliably lead to successful academic writing. The workshop will study some of these suggestions, as well as weave in creative writing techniques involving DMT tools such as use of breath, tuning into the body and connection to sensory awareness to stimulate immersion in language.

For more information: download flyer or book here. 


CPD Weekend

Neuroscience: Using new vocabulary to explain what we do – with Jilba Wallace

Sat. 27 October 9:30am – 5:00pm
Edinburgh Gardens & Community Centre
Alfred Crescent (off Brunswick St), Fitzroy North, Victoria 3068
CPD: 6 hours

This workshop is designed to help established dance therapists and/or students, to explain the vocabulary and advances in Neuroscience, and how they relate to current dance/movement therapy practice. This can help clients understand the mind/body connection better and become more open to the interventions the dance/movement therapist offers. Jilba will present some current neuroscience theories of trauma, movement and the body, and coach participants on how to use explanations as well as make appropriate interventions with clients in a private practice setting. Therapy models will include Christine Caldwell’s “The Moving Cycle”, Bessel Van der Kolk’s trauma work, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

For more information download flyer or book here.


Annual General Meeting and CPD Weekend,

Fri 26, Sat 27 and Sun 28 October, Edinburgh Gardens meeting room, Fitzroy, Melbourne and by Zoom

Friday 26 October:   PD workshop Writing for Publication, Sue Mullane, 10.30-4.30 pmVenue: Fitzroy (as above).

Saturday 27 October: Workshop with international guest presenter Jilba Wallace on ‘Using Neuroscience to explain what DM therapists do’ (as above).

Informal dinner, Empress Hotel, corner Nicholson and Scotchmer Sts, North Fitzroy.

Sunday 28 October: AGM meeting, discussions and presentations: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.

Sunday will include: a movement warm-up; our formal AGM including elections for new leadership team; presentation of the final draft of Competencies for DMT Australasia; presentation of the new Constitution for the DTAA; presentation of the HEMF Annual Achievement Award; and ceremony acknowledging and formally welcoming our new Provisional and Professional Members for 2018. Detailed  AGM schedule 2018 (draft as at 3.8.18)

It’s a very important day for our profession where members have the opportunity to learn about and contribute to new developments. Please make your best effort to attend either in person or by Zoom from anywhere!


The practice of Authentic Movement: a two-day immersion – with Connor Kelly

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November 2018
Balmain Town Hall, Sydney
370 Darling St Balmain, Balmain NSW 2041

The Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia (DTAA) invites dance movement therapists, counsellors, psychotherapists, creative arts therapists, body workers, dancers, and those interested in exploring the use of movement and dance in their work to join us for this two-day immersion into the practice of Authentic Movement. This professional development workshop, facilitated by international presenter Connor Kelly, is suitable for practising and student therapists and practitioners.

On Saturday, Connor will facilitate two rounds of movement: working in dyads in the morning, triads in the afternoon and concluding with a breath circle.

Sunday morning is dedicated to a Long Circle, while in the afternoon we’ll look at ways to integrate Authentic Movement into your work, and how you might introduce the practice to clients.

For more information download flyer or book here.