The International Dance Therapy Institute of Australia Inc (IDTIA) was established in Melbourne in 1989 out of a need for extended study and training in dance therapy.

Dr. Marcia Leventhal, who studied with early dance movement therapy pioneers and conducted the Graduate Dance Therapy Program at New York University for sixteen years, directed the initial IDTIA training programs.

IDTIA provides training at three levels: Introductory, Foundation and Clinical Professional.

The Advanced Clinical Training (ACT) in Dance-Movement Therapy is a part time three-year coursework & fieldwork programme which equips graduates for working with clients in a group setting, and is comprised of:

  1. The Foundation Course of 16 months including fieldwork placement; and
  2. The Advanced Professional Training (APT) of 20 months including comprehensive supervised fieldwork practice and face-to-face group and individual supervision.

The Foundation Course can be taken independently of the Advanced Professional Training (APT). The Foundation Course is a requirement for application to the Advanced Professional Training (APT). These two courses (1) and (2) combined make up the three year IDTIA Advanced Clinical Training in Dance Movement Therapy.

Foundation Course and Advanced Clinical Training graduates are eligible to apply for Associate or Professional membership of the Dance Therapy Association of Australia (DTAA). The DTAA is the professional body for dance therapy practitioners in Australia and is a member association of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

In addition to our training programs, IDTIA provides workshops and networking opportunities for members throughout Australia.

The IDTIA is an Incorporated Association in the State of Victoria. The General Committee is the governing body of the Institute and consists of the office bearing positions of Convenor, Assistant Convenor, Treasurer, Secretary and Public Officer in addition to any number of Ordinary Members.  The General Committee monitors all activities of the Institute to ensure the overall health and functioning of the organisation, both in the short and long term.  The General Committee reviews activities within subcommittees and endorses recommendations as appropriate.  It creates, coordinates and reviews progress of working parties, as required.

The various sub-committees which currently sit beneath the umbrella of the General Committee are the Financial and Training and Education Sub-Committee.  The Financial Sub-committee holds overall responsibility for Institute finances, the Training and Education Sub-Committee guides and supports the Institute in providing high quality training of dance movement therapists and oversees the day to day running of the Advanced Clinical Training programme.