PACFA and the DTAA
This page explains the relationship between DTAA and PACFA (The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia) for DTAA Provisional and Professional Members in Australia.
DTAA’s status with PACFA
DTAA is a Member Association of PACFA, along with several other specialist psychotherapy and counselling modalities. The DTAA pays PACFA an annual fee proportionate to the number of our Prof. and Prov. Prof. members who live in Australia. This entitles all DTAA Prof. and Prov. Prof. members in Australia to status as a member of PACFA, but not necessarily a listing on the Register. (PACFA’s jurisdiction does not currently extend to other countries outside Australia).
This is based on the understanding that dance movement therapy is a modality of psychotherapy. Thus DMT training is considered ‘psychotherapy’ training for PACFA’s purposes. DTAA members who also have counselling training, either as part of their DMT studies or additionally, could also use that to be considered a counsellor from PACFA’s perspective.
DTAA members joining the PACFA Register
Any DTAA members at Prov. and Prof. levels who believe they have the appropriate training, supervision and clinical hours can also apply to join the PACFA National Register.
This process is additional to DTAA’s Professional Membership process, but it does not require the person to also join PACFA as an individual member. Their membership of DTAA is sufficient as a first step. Then an additional process and fee is required to enable them to join the PACFA Register. This webpage offers all information relevant for DTAA members about this process.
Training required for eligibility for the PACFA Register
While PACFA recognises DMT training as appropriate for requirements to join its Register, it does not accept other forms of training that the DTAA has considered appropriate to underpin DMT specialist training, such as psychology, education, physiotherapy, other allied health and social work, in requirements for its Register. This is because PACFA is wanting to distinguish the profession of psychotherapy and counselling as its own discrete discipline. They encourage people with other types of related training, such as psychology, to seek registration with the appropriate professional association, (ie, the APS). Thus some members of the DTAA may find themselves not eligible to join the PACFA Register, even if they meet the DTAA’s Professional requirements.
PACFA Training Standards changed in 2018, so that it in future, it will only accept training that is at AQF levels 7-9 (university Bachelor level) or above. Thus it will no longer accredit courses that are not at that level. However, PACFA previously accredited courses that were at lower levels, Diploma level or below, or not even government accredited. To offer a solution for people who trained in courses at a lower level that had previously been accredited by PACFA, grandfathering arrangements have been put in place until 2023. Thus, graduates of DMT training courses that were previously accredited by PACFA, but which would not meet PACFA’s current training standards (such as IDTIA), may apply for the Register with those qualifications only until 2023. Graduates of IDTIA’s programs who wish to be listed on the PACFA Register would be advised to make their application as quickly as possible. More information available here.
Benefits of listing on the PACFA Register
Listing on the PACFA Register offers exposure to a broader potential client and employer group nationally than the DTAA’s Register. PACFA’s new portal will have a selection option that will help potential clients identify DM therapists. It also entitles a Registrant to access funding such as NDIS, where the practitioner is dealing with a client whose funding package requires ‘ACA membership or equivalent’. Currently while DMT is not recognised as a specific modality by the NDIS, this gives DTAA members options to funding that is not available to people who are only listed on DTAA’s Register. DTAA is working to address this. Find out more about DTAA and NDIS here.
Joining PACFA Colleges
Any Professional or Provisional Member of DTAA can also apply to join other PACFA Colleges (mostly discipline or modality based groups) for a modest additional fee (currently $85 per annum). These DTAA members do not need to also join PACFA as an individual member to do this. DTAA membership is sufficient. However, membership of some Colleges requires members to meet additional membership requirements over and above the PACFA membership requirements.
PACFA and insurance
PACFA offers insurance only to its individual members, not those who are members by virtue of being members of a members association such as DTAA. Thus, DTAA members who seek insurance should use the DTAA’s insurance option or any other option they choose.
If a DTAA member chooses not to continue their DTAA Membership, then it follows that they will also not be a member of PACFA, unless they choose to take up individual membership of PACFA at that time.
A person can only be listed on the DTAA Register if they are a current financial member of the association; likewise, a person can only be listed on the PACFA Register if they are either a current financial member of the DTAA (or other member association) or an individual member of PACFA.