Supervision Requirements for Practicing Members
Professional supervision provides an opportunity to reflect on, and receive feedback on therapeutic work for the purpose of professional growth and accountability. Supervision is a contractual, collaborative process which monitors, develops and supports supervisees in their professional role/s. In professional supervision, the central focus is on both the optimum outcome for the client and the professional development and self-care of the supervisee. The process of professional supervision is seen to encompass a number of significant components, including a formal agreement between supervisor and supervisee. It is an opportunity for the supervisee to present relevant material regarding their professional practice via case discussion, recordings of client sessions, role plays, etc., allowing a space for reflective review by the supervisee and feedback by the supervisor. The supervisory relationship and process of supervision are congruent with the developmental needs of the supervisee (adapted from PACFA, 2017).
The supervisor is generally seen to have more experience than the supervisee with regard to professional seniority, skill development and possibly within a particular specialty. It is important that supervisors have relevant qualifications and experience to provide effective supervision.
To address membership requirements for the DTAA, Associate, Provisional Professional and Professional Members are expected to engage in regular and ongoing clinical supervision with a professional practitioner. An appropriate supervisor is described below:
Examples of appropriate supervisors
- a Professional or Clinical Supervisor Member of the DTAA
- a professional person experienced in the therapeutic application of dance
- a professional person who can extend the knowledge and expertise of the therapist
- a professional person who has strong skills and knowledge of the client population
Both group and individual supervision are acceptable. Ideally there should be an appropriate balance between individual and group supervision, however the DTAA offers no specific guideline or ratio. Group supervision shall have no more than 6 members in the group, plus the supervisor.
Peer group supervision of groups with six or less members is acceptable ONLY for Professional and Clinical Supervisor members.
Supervision is a time for honest and open inquiry into one’s practice in an accepting and non-judgmental environment. There are many topics the supervisee may choose to discuss, and some example topics are offered below:
Examples of issues for supervision
- the therapist’s ability to assess, evaluate, and document the client’s current state and needs (physical, emotional, psychological)
- the therapist’s interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with other professionals
- the therapist’s appropriate use of the materials of dance in any given dance movement therapy situation
- the therapist’s ability to develop and implement progressive dance movement therapy programs
- the therapist’s ability to evaluate the DMT program and modify it accordingly
Practicing members are responsible for seeking out supervision relevant to their own professional development. DTAA has accredited a number of its members, each working within their own area of expertise. The Clinical Supervisor page offers a comprehensive listing of accredited supervisors.
At renewal time each year, practicing members will be asked to report the following information:
- approximate number of client contact hours worked during the reporting period (renewal year)
- number of hours of appropriate supervision received during the reporting period
This information is to be recorded on the downloadable SUPERVISION REPORTING FORM 2023 and uploaded at the time of renewal.
Yearly supervision requirements are as follows:
- Professional and Clinical Supervisor members working more than 100 hours per year:
- 10 hours of clinical supervision per year (peer, group or individual)
- Professional and Clinical members working less than 50 hours per year
- 2 hours of clinical supervision (group or individual)
- Associate and Provisional Professional members working any number of hours per year:
- 1 hour of clinical supervision (group or individual) per 15 hours of professional practice