Because we are a young and growing profession, the advocate is one of the roles a drama therapist may need to take. Advocacy takes a number of different forms. We become advocates for the profession as we spread the word about the value and efficacy of drama therapy in our workplaces. Some drama therapists go into schools to inform the next generation about the possibilities of becoming a drama therapist. In many states and provinces we are advocating with government officials for inclusion of drama therapy in laws which govern licensure and funding.
This section of the website provides resources to drama therapists, students and other interested professionals to assist in advocacy. We invite you to check back with us over time as we continue to develop the resources on this site.
Political Advocacy Within the United States
Advocacy in any form is a grass roots and collaborative effort. It requires the involvement of our members, and it asks us to build coalitions with other fields in order to be successful. Through member involvement and coalition building, NADTA has made progress on advocating for laws that include drama therapy. Examples are the New York State LCAT license and the inclusion funding for creative arts therapies in the Older Americans Act.
The North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) is part of the annual National Arts Advocacy Day sponsored by Americans for the Arts. All NADTA members, including students, are encouraged to attend. This is an amazing opportunity to learn to navigate the political process and build the relationships needed to obtain goals. Contact the NADTA Government Affairs Chair to join the NADTA delegation.
Many States also have State Arts Advocacy Day. Drama therapists are encouraged to attend arts advocacy day in their states, as this is an opportunity to make connections in your state legislature and to start building the coalitions that are needed to gain licensure and to be included in state and local funding. More information can be found through a google search for "your state" "arts advocacy".
Political Advocacy Within Canada
Please contact the NADTA Canadian Representative (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about political advocacy in Canada.