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PACFA Life membership awarded to Dr Kim Dunphy

PACFA is pleased to announce that a PACFA Life Membership has been awarded to Dr Kim Dunphy. 

The award is in recognition of the significant contribution Kim has made to PACFA and to the counselling and psychotherapy profession. Kim was a member of the PACFA Board, Chair of the Research Committee, a researcher and academic in the field of Dance Movement Therapy and the President of a PACFA Member Association, the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia (DTAA).

Kim stepped down from the Board and as Research Committee Chair in August.

While a number of life members were transferred to PACFA by our former Member Associations, this is the first time the PACFA Board has award a PACFA Life Membership.

Kim is a Mackenzie Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Creative Arts Therapy Research Unit. In this role, she is researching dance movement therapy assessment, particularly the establishment of a framework of outcomes for dance movement therapy. She is also involved in establishing post-graduate training programs in dance movement therapy. Kim is President of the Dance Movement Therapy Association of Australasia (DTAA) and Convenor of the International Network for Dance Movement Therapy. 

Kim has a long-standing involvement in PACFA as a PACFA Council Delegate representing DTAA and as a Former Research Chair and Board member of PACFA.  Kim has recently published articles in journals including Arts in Psychotherapy, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, American Journal of Dance TherapyPsychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia and the International Journal of Creativity and Human Development.  Kim has also contributed chapters to books including The Oxford Handbook of Community MusicContemporary Perspectives in Art and International Development, and Psychotherapy and Counselling: Reflections on Practice (produced by PACFA). Kim has also been involved in developing on-line products for evaluation and assessment, including Marking the Moves, the world’s first iPad app for dance movement therapy assessment. Kim’s research interests are informed by earlier career stages as a performing arts educator, dance movement therapist, community artist and local government cultural development professional.  Kim is also Director of Many Hands International, an Australian-based NGO that works in Timor-Leste to promote culture in development, and development of culture.