Category Archives for "Courses"

October 9, 2018

Calendar 2018-2019 Workshops

The IDTIA is pleased to offer day and half day workshops to dance movement therapists and community health workers who are interested in use of the dance movement therapy approach with interventions for children and adults. Workshops will run in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

The Current DMT workshop 2018-2019 calendar is facilitated by DTAA (Prof DTM) Reg. dance movement therapists.

The first workshop on 18 November 18 2018, facilitated by Beatrice Lucas, DTAA Reg. Dance Movement therapist, was a great success. Beatrice has many years of experience in dance movement with children on the Autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  She has held a long-term position as Advisory Teacher with Education QLD supporting the integration of children with disabilities into school settings.

Sunday 18th November 2018 day workshop
Use of Movement and Dance as an Intervention  for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder facilitated by Dance movement therapist Beatrice Lucas at Habitat Centre 2 Minoa Street, Hawthorn, Melbourne, Vic. 3122. Click here to view flyer –  Flyer 20181118 Autism workshop 

Saturday 9th February 2019
Morning workshop ‘Choosing music and sound for dance movement therapy populations: young children & families with social emotional vulnerability; older adults within residential care’ facilitated by Studio Creative dance teacher & Dance movement therapist, Fran Ostroburski at Dorm 1 Abbotsford Convent, 1 St. Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne, Vic 3067.  Flyer 20190209 Music Workshop Final

Wednesday 20th February 2019
Regional half day workshop ‘Working in nonverbal communication for those with Dementia‘ facilitated by Dance Movement therapist Maeve Larkin at Chiltern, near Albury-Wodonga. Flyer-20190220-Non-Verbal-final

Workshop date and location to be fixed
The relevance of DMT for the mother-baby connection’ . Facilitated by Elizabeth Loughlin, Dance movement therapist, Parent -Infant Research Institute, Austin Health with assistance from Karolina Shaw, Early parenting centre.

Further information, flyer, contact IDTIA Administrator
OR  03 94829312

August 15, 2018

Advanced Clinical Training in Dance Movement Therapy

A new course in Advanced Clinical Training in DMT course began this year, 2018.  The first 16 months Foundation Course in DMT of this training is being held in Rosina Dorm 1,  The Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Victoria

For more information about the commencement of future training courses please contact Karen Nankervis, IDTIA administrator:



April 7, 2017

Advanced Professional Training in Dance Therapy

Successful completion of the Foundation Course in Dance-Movement Therapy is a pre-requisite to continue training in the IDTIA Advanced Professional Training in Dance-Movement Therapy.

The 20 month Advanced Professional Training course deepens the theoretical and experiential components covered in the first year and extends the clinical application of dance therapy.

April 7, 2017

Foundation Course in Dance Movement Therapy

The Foundation Course in Dance-Movement Therapy is the first 16 months of the IDTIA Advanced Clinical Training  programme.  It is a 16 month, part time course of study comprising six modules. Teaching Faculty are IDTIA graduates who received their training from American dance therapist and educator, Dr Marcia Leventhal PhD CMA ADTR. All are experienced professional dance therapists and teachers. The training is highly experiential, supported by theoretical teaching and practicum.


The Foundation Course training comprises 6 study modules, 188 training hours in total (slightly less for interstate students). Each module consists of a three-four day weekend intensive workshop running from Friday morning until Sunday/Monday early evening, and two week day evening tutorials (or one tutorial for interstate students on an agreed day). Students will complete three assignments, together with practical exercises and short papers; a 20 hour dyad project (first 8 months) and a 10 week/20 hour practice project (second 8 months) with four week self initiated fieldwork practicum.

The Foundation Couorse in Dance-Movement Therapy is awarded upon attendance at all modules and tutorials and satisfactory completion of all course work, assignments, dyads and the dance therapy practice project.

Curriculum Overview

Training modules include:

  • dance movement processes
  • history of dance therapy as a healing art
  • creative processes and group processes
  • human development related to movement studies
  • theoretical frameworks and healing modalities
  • therapeutic application

Dance therapy practice project: observation and participation in a group that uses dance for therapeutic purposes
Leading part of one session with supervision. Visits of observation to other site(s)
The training is in three major areas

  1. Personal movement experience – to understand the power of dance in contributing to growth or change
  2. Theoretical/conceptual – including relevant developmental, humanistic and psycho-dynamic frameworks
  3. Practical application of dance to populations with therapeutic needs



The following criteria are required for entrance into the Foundation Course Programme:

  • attendance at an IDTIA ‘Introduction to Dance Therapy’ workshop (within a two year period prior to application)
  • minimum age of 24, as a relative indication of maturity
  • past and continuing dance-movement experience including creative and improvisational dance
  • ability to research and write at a standard consistent with the printed materials and learning of the course
  • self awareness; the capacity to relate in a facilitative way with others and to reflect on and examine the impact of these actions
  • voluntary service or paid employment in the community, in clinical populations, or in a related and appropriate sector (such as work with people with disabilities or in aged care)
  • a capacity to understand and practice ethical behaviour and be prepared to follow a code of ethics, which is an integrated part of the training program
  • a capacity to reflect on and learn from experience, including being open to new experiences
  • capacity for self-critique
  • ability to accept and reflect upon lecturers’ and peers’ comments, criticism and support.

The following criteria are deemed desirable for entrance into the Foundation Course, but in their absence must be acquired prior to entry into the Advanced Professional Training Course.

  • completion of a course in Counselling or other psychotherapeutic relational training, minimum of 30 hours.
  • an undergraduate degree or equivalent, in which the student has demonstrated both literacy and the intellectual capacity to productively synthesise the materials and experiences of the course

Attendance at an Introduction to Dance Therapy workshop is expected for selection and orientation to the approach to dance therapy taught through IDTIA.

On application to the course, prospective students may be interviewed by Faculty member(s) or an interstate tutor before acceptance into the program.

Interstate students are required to attend the 6 intensive Modules in Melbourne. Major tutorials and the dance therapy practice project will be based in the home state (where possible).



Fees are payable in advance. An additional enrolment fee is payable on application to the course. The total fees (including enrolment) for the Foundation Course are currently $9,900.

Commencement of the course is subject to sufficient numbers enrolling. Course fees may increase yearly. IDTIA does not cover any additional costs associated with the dyad or practice project.

For more detailed information on the Foundation Course, or to obtain an Expression of Interest form for the next course, please contact the IDTIA Administrator.

April 7, 2017

Introduction to Dance-Movement Therapy Workshop

A full day experiential workshop to introduce dance-movement therapy and its potential for discovery, change and healing.

The Institute welcomes people who may be considering training for the Foundation Course in Dance-Movement Therapy ; those interested in gaining some insight into dance-movement therapy and what it has to offer for their practice in dance, health, welfare or education settings; and others who may simply be curious to explore a different application of dance.

Further Introductory Workshops will be scheduled for 2019
(dates tba).