You Are Invited to Attend A Series of Three Online Reflection Sessions: 


Holding Space: 

Ongoing reflections on race in the clinical space and the Drama Therapists Against White Supremacy (#DTAWS) Campaign

The Cultural Humility, Equity, and Diversity Committee is pleased to invite NADTA members to continue reflecting on the 2018 Conference Theatre-based Diversity Forum: Race Inside and Outside the Clinical Space. Three reflection calls will be offered on different dates, creating people of colour only, white people, and mixed spaces for members who are interested in cross-racial dialogue about race inside and outside clinical spaces. A video of the diversity forum will be shared with members, and we encourage people who were not able to attend the conference as well as people who would like a refresher to watch the video. These calls will also create space to reflect on the participation in the #Drama Therapists Against White Supremacy Campaign.

Let’s keep the conversation going!

Topics addressed during the calls:
The calls will begin with a recap of the performance Race Inside and Outside the Clinical Space performed at the last NADTA Coference. We will also review the ongoing campaign Drama Therapists Against White Supremacy.

And we will then explore what these topics mean to us through the following questions:
 
1- How does the topic of race inside and outside the clinical space impact you personally?
 
2-How do you think about race at work? (Clinical and educational settings)
 
3-How can the Drama Therapists Against White Supremacy Campaign and other initiatives address our role as advocates against racism and white supremacy?

IMPORTANT: Prior to each call, please view this video.


Call 1: Monday, January 21st at 8:30 PM EST/5:30 PM PST

This is a space for clinicians of color to gather in community. We will reflect on our shared experiences on the performance of race in and out of clinical spaces and how this impacts our practice as creative arts therapists.
Facilitators: Adam Stevens, Chantal Georges, & Jordan Stewart

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Call 2: Sunday, February 3rd: 8 PM EST/5 PM PST

This call will offer a space where racialized people, people of colour, and white people will be able to discuss the impact of race in clinical and non clinical settings together. We will use the Diversity Forum video as a catalyst to reflect on our different lived experiences and how this impacts our practice as creative arts therapists. This call will also focus on the Drama Therapists Against White Supremacy Campaign and further anti-racist advocacy.
Facilitators: Jessica Bleuer, Mimi Savage, & Jessica Litwak.

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Call 3: Sunday, February 10th at 4PM EST/1PM PST

This call will offer an opportunity for clinicians who identify as white, Caucasian, or European-American to reflect amongst ourselves on recognizing/addressing white fragility, developing meaningful ally-ship, and learning from curated input by colleagues of color about their experiences. We will use the Diversity Forum video as a reference point in our reflective, compassionate discussion.
Facilitators: Liah Rozenman & Gary Raucher

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Please view this video prior to attending each call.
 



LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FACILITATORS


Jessica Bleuer
Past two-term NADTA Diversity Chair Jessica Bleuer is a Latina Canadian drama therapist who has been practicing drama therapy professionally for over ten years and Theatre of the Oppressed techniques in educational, clinical settings and activism settings for the past fifteen years. She works as a drama therapist, teaches drama therapy at Concordia University and also works as a cultural equity consultant with organizations, businesses and educational institutions to develop safer,  more equitable work and learning environments conscious of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, sizeizm, anti-Setmitism, Islamophobia and other forms of religious intolerance and cultural oppression.

Chantal Georges
Chantal Georges is a drama therapist (MA from New York University), a Developmental Transformations trainee (Level I), and a licensed creative art therapist. She works as a clinical supervisor at Kngs County Hospital’s Adult Outpatient Programs.

Jessica Litwak, RDT, PhD
Jessica is an award-winning playwright, an actor, educator, puppet builder, drama therapist, and a recognized International leader in the field of socially engaged theatre. She is the Artistic Director of The H.E.A.T. Collective (www.theheatcollective.org) , the Director of Theatre Arts for the Arlene Francis Center, the founder of Artists Rise Up NY, a core member of Theatre Without Borders and a Fulbright Scholar. 

Gary Raucher, MA, LMFT, RDT/BCT
Gary is a Professor of Drama Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco. He is a licensed MFT and drama therapist with broad clinical experience in community agencies, clinics, and hospitals. Beyond his early life’s work as an actor, Gary’s studies in spiritual practice and holistic health led to certifications in teaching meditation, bodywork, and energy-based healing. He incorporates these disciplines, as clinically appropriate, into an integral approach to drama therapy. He experiences diversity/inclusion work as spiritually grounded social justice advocacy, and he has presented with colleagues on these topics at NADTA and Expressive Arts Therapies conferences, and with the CIIS Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He is a past Vice-President and NADTA Board member, and he received NADTA’s 2015 Annual Service Award.

Liah Rozenman LCAT. RDT
Ms. Rozenman is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Registered Drama Therapist practicing individual and group psychotherapy in New York City. She is particularly interested in experiential therapies and eating disorders. Liah is an active member of the Cultural Humility, Equity, and Diversity Committee.



Mimi Savage, Ph.D., RDT-BCT
Mimi is the director of SoCal Drama Therapy Center and leads drama therapy groups for adolescents in residential treatment. A lecturer for UCLA's Visual Arts and Performing Arts Education program, she is also a founding faculty member of UCLArts and Healing Social Emotional Arts (SEA) program. Dr. Savage is a NADTA board member.

Adam D-F. Stevens
Adam is a New York based drama therapist and theatre artist. He studied drama therapy at New York University.  Currently, Adam works with developmentally diverse students at the Cooke School & Institute as part of the counseling team. He is the current NADTA Tri-state Chapter president hoping to foster collaboration and fellowship among local creative arts therapists.  Additionally, Adam is an active member of the NADTA Diversity Committee where he helped fellow drama therapist, Jessica Bleuer, to develop the Drama Therapists Against White Supremacy Campaign.  He has worked in various roles developing social, political, and therapeutic theatre in Manhattan. Through his work as artist and therapist, Adam hopes to allow spaces for people to engage in the difficult dialogues through witnessing and experiencing embodied art.

Jordan Daniel Stewart
Jordan is originally from Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Jordan is new to the world of drama therapy and is currently a first-year student at CIIS. Prior to his career in drama therapy, Jordan has studied theology and the arts and now desires to use drama therapy to help heal black communities. Jordan participated in this past year's conference during the diversity forum.

 

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