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 email@example.com or Robyn Price on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research seminar Wed September 25: 6- 7 pm AEDT/AEST, 8- 9 pm NZT.
Participate in DMT research this month: Validity testing an Outcomes Framework for Dance Movement Therapy
This month’s seminar takes a different format, with participants being invited to contribute to a research project on DMT in the session. Dr Kim Dunphy has been working for some years to develop practical assessment tools for DM therapists to use in their practice. This includes iPad app MARA which is underpinned by an Outcomes Framework for DMT that is posited to cover all of the outcomes that DM therapists might look for in their practice. In this session, participants will contribute to validity testing of the Framework by using it to assess a video of a client dancing, scoring against each of the elements.
In addition to contributing to an international research project, which is a collaboration between Australian researchers Kim Dunphy and Ella Dumaresq, with German researchers led by Professor Sabine Koch of SR Hochschule Germany, participants will develop skills in movement observation and outcomes assessment, particularly quantitative scoring of qualitative concepts.
The Outcomes Framework will be provided in the session to all participants on survey monkey. No pre-reading or other preparation 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 email@example.com or Ella Dumaresq firstname.lastname@example.org
DTAA NDIS resources webinar – Monday 7 October 6-7 pm, AEST
With Tessa Hens and Kim Dunphy
The DTAA has come to the end of a project to develop a set of resources for DM therapists in Australia who wish to access NDIS funds. The project was first instigated by the NDIS Sub-Committee and then completed by member Tessa Hens working as a contractor for the DTAA.
In this members only workshop, Tess will introduce participants to all the materials she has developed and will share with members how they might use them to advance their employment options and capability.
The session will be recorded and uploaded to the website so it can be used at any time in the future. Please access the members only area here, we will be using the same zoom link we use for the research forum’s.
AGM Professional Development Day – Saturday October 26, 9.30 – 5 pm, Darlinghurst NSW
Improving our employment possibilities through evidence-informed practice in dance movement therapy:
what does it mean and how can we do it?
Presenters: Sue Mullane and Kim Dunphy with Suzanne Scarrold, Angela Kastanis and Clare Etherton.
Health and human service professionals are increasingly expected to use evidence to inform their work. This session addresses the topic of evidence and its implications for DM therapists. It focuses on the critical advances made when practice draws from existing information, and the potential for expanded employment opportunities when practice is underpinned by evidence. Participants will also be introduced to techniques in utilising published evidence, from searching for relevant publications to analysis of available information. The workshop will also involve movement experientials led by DTAA members working with diverse issues and populations through DMT, utilising DMT and related evidence. Finally, participants will be encouraged to consider how they can contribute to the expansion of evidence about DMT, utilising accessible assessment and evaluation tools.
– advance their understanding of the concept of evidence-informed practice;
– improve their skills in searching for and utilising evidence to inform professional practice;
– enhance their capacity to create evidence by using appropriate assessment and evaluation tools in their practice.
DTAA 2019 AGM – Sunday October 27, 9:30am – 4.30 pm.
East Sydney Community and Arts Centre, 34-40 Burton St, (cnr Burton & Palmer Streets), Darlinghurst, NSW
This important event for the DMT profession in Australasia will involve a whole day of valuable information sharing, discussion and enjoyable movement experiences, as well as presentation of the Annual Report, awards and a ceremony to welcome new Professional and Provisional Members, followed by networking with drinks and nibbles. All members are warmly invited and encouraged to attend, either in person or by Zoom. Detailed agenda
Nana Koch – returning to Australia
Nana Koch will be returning to Australia in January of 2020. More details coming soon.
Sara Boas – Feb 2020
Opportunities for professional development with Sara Boas in February of 2020, details available soon.