Continuing Education (CE)

Information on Continuing Education Requirements for Registered Drama Therapists

Purpose:

The purpose of Continuing Education is to ensure that Registered Drama Therapists stay up to date on the information in the field and continue developing skills in drama therapy, psychotherapy, and theater. 

CE Hours Required:

30 hours of Continuing Education are required for RDTs within a 2-year cycle. 

The cycle begins January 1 in odd numbered years and ends December 31 of the second (even numbered) year. Gathering of CE hours for new RDTs will commence in the first odd-numbered year after the receipt of their RDT. In this way all CE hours will be due at the same time.

The 30 hours represent contact hours and do not include breaks, commuting time, meals, etc.

The same content cannot be used for credit more than once, either within a 2-year cycle or in consecutive 2-year cycles

  • You can count second terms of office on the NADTA Board or continuing membership on an NADTA committee as the content of the work will be different each cycle.
  • You can get credit only once for a presentation or workshop which you present for more than one conference/organization, or for a course you teach on a regular basis.
  • You cannot count taking the same title course again, unless it is taught by a different instructor and covers different topics. Send both syllabi to document there was different content, if you are in this situation.

Note to New RDTs:

Because a member’s education is current at the time of submitting the RDT application, new Registered Drama Therapists are not required to submit CE hours in the cycle in which they received their RDT.  CEs will not need to be submitted until the CE cycle following the receipt of your RDT. For example, members who are granted the RDT credential in 2011 or 2012, would not need to start acquiring CE hours until the 2013-2014 cycle.

Submission:

Every RDT must submit a list of his/her Continuing Education hours and complete documentation for them to the NADTA Office by January 31 after the end of each cycle year. (This will be in an odd-numbered year following the end of the cycle – i.e., in the beginning of the next CE Cycle).

CE forms and documentation can be uploaded into your Member Profile and approved online by the Education Chair each year. Your complete history of CEs will now be archived with your membership for easy access and review.

Documentation can also be submitted to the NADTA Office by email: office@nadta.org; by fax: 518.463.8656; or by mail: 230 Washington Avenue Extension Suite 101 Albany, NY 12203.

Audit:

A certain number of individuals (approximately 10%) will be randomly audited each Continuing Education Cycle. RDTs who submit their CE hours late will automatically be audited.

No Rollover:

Hours of Continuing Education over and above 30 within each 2-year cycle can only count for credit within that 2-year cycle. Hours cannot be “rolled over” to the next 2-year cycle.       

Noncompliance:

Any RDT who does not complete the required 30 continuing education hours or who fails to submit CE documentation in a timely manner stands to forfeit his/her Registry status.  The Continuing Education Committee will communicate in writing with RDTs who have not complied with instructions and/or deadlines on how to rectify the missing hours.

Categories and Content Areas:

All Continuing Education activities must fall into at least one of the following areas:

  • Drama therapy theory and practice with any population.
  • Ethics in Drama therapy and/or mental health therapy. Study in area of specialization or to extend area of specialization, e.g., special education, trauma studies, conflict resolution, etc.
  • Creative Arts Therapy, Psychodrama, Playback Theatre, and other related modalities.
  • Improvisation, Theater, Acting, Directing, Playwriting, etc.
  • Psychology and psychological process.
  • Diversity and social and cultural foundation.
  • Supervision (group or individual)
  • Research and evaluation
  • Board membership of NADTA, serving as a chair or member on NADTA Committees (including committees for the national conference or a regional conference), and officer or committee work for an NADTA Chapter.

Additional Required Category/Content Area for BCTs:

BCTs need to show proof of attendance at a BCT training or a meeting sponsored by the NADTA about alternative training at least once in the 2 year cycle. This is to ensure that all BCTs keep up with policy changes regarding Alternative Training and engage in a dialogue with other BCTs to ensure high standards of Alternative Training.  Proof of attendance can consist of being signed off by the workshop leader or the NADTA Chair of Education.

Methods for Earning Continuing Education:

  1. Post masters college or university credits or auditing: copy of transcript or grade report plus copy of syllabus required for verification (1 academic credit = 15 hours of continuing education credit).  Instructors should be appropriately credentialed for the subject matter (i.e., if you are taking a drama therapy course, it should be taught by an RDT or RDT/BCT; if you are taking a clowning class, it should be taught by a bona fide clown who has been through clown college and worked professionally; if you are taking a psychology course, it should be taught by a Ph.D. psychologist or other appropriately credentialed mental health professional.) Up to 30 hours accepted.
  2. Drama Therapy Conferences and/or other Creative Arts Therapy and/or human services conferences: Copy of Certificate, receipt, or letter of attendance for verification. Up to 30 hours accepted. The CE Committee will supply Continuing Education forms at each NADTA Conference with the number of hours of credit available each day indicated on the form. RDTs will be on their honor to check off the sessions which they actually attended and submit this with a copy of their receipt for payment for the conference.
  3. Seminars and workshops: Copy of certificate or letter of attendance for verification. Up to 30 hours accepted.
  4. Publications written by individual: articles in adjudicated journals or chapters in books (may claim up to 15 hours); books (up to 30 hours). Submit copy of title page or table of contents for verification.
  5. Presentations, workshops or courses taught by you: copy of syllabus, presentation brochure, and/or organization confirmation for verification. (Hours credited must be reflective of contact and preparation time minus administrative time spent on activities like photocopying. You may use the teaching of a particular course or workshop only once unless the course has gone through a MAJOR revision.) Up to 20 hours.
  6. Supervision from an RDT or MA/PhD credentialed mental health professional: letter from supervisor confirming number of hours for verification. Up to15 hours.
  7. Dissertation related to drama therapy, theatre or psychology: copy of transcript for verification. Up to 30 hours.
  8. Leadership on NADTA Board, committee chairs, conference committee involvement, delegate to NCCATA, officer/leadership of NADTA Chapter: Confirmation letter from NADTA or NADTA Chapter for verification. Up to 30 hours.
  9. Home Study: Reading drama therapy, psychology, or related books: annotated bibliography of book submitted for verification.  (An annotated bibliography includes an entry of the book’s bibliographic information, one paragraph summarizing the book’s content, and one paragraph of critical response to the book. An annotated bibliography is no longer than one page.) Up to 10 hours.
  10. Theater, drama training and performance, stage management, or directing of a play. Maximum amount of hours received in this manner: Up to 20 hours.

Workshops and classes need to be taught by credentialed professionals. For example, creative art therapy sessions taught by a credentialed or licensed creative arts therapist, mental health session taught by licensed or credentialed mental health professionals and drama therapy workshops taught by RDTs. Sessions at the NADTA conference only are vetted by the conference committee and may be used even if not led by an RDT.

NOTE: For clarification on any of these Methods or documentation of them, contact the Chair of the Continuing Education Committee.

THE BEST WAY TO KEEP TRACK OF YOUR CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS is to create a file into which you put all documentation of CE work on an ongoing basis or to upload the documentation to your NADTA member profile as you receive it – instead of waiting for the CE cycle to end.

Instructions for Submitting CEs

You may choose to upload your CE verification documents to your member profile (Option 1 - Preferred Method) or submit them to the office for uploading (Option 2).

Option 1: Upload Documents to Your Member Profile:

This allows you to upload your CE certificates and documentation into your NADTA member profile as you receive them. (Or you may choose to collect all the documentation and upload it all at the end of the CE cycle year.)

  1. Scan your CE certificate into your computer. Please name your file using your last name, first  name, and a description of the item. Example: Smith.Jane_CEform.pdf
  2. Log in to your Member Profile and SELECT the MY PROFILE tab on the left side bar.
  3. Scroll midway down the page until you see your profile details listed. There will be an edit button at the top of the list. Click on the edit button.
  4. Scroll down the page, you will see a list of attributes labeled with the CE cycle years and a button for uploaded the documents.
  5. Click on the "Add Attachment" button to upload your current CE form from your computer. (Note: Files can be in any format Word, Excel, PDF, jpeg etc.). You can also scan and save documents and upload them to your profile.
  6. After you have collected all of your CEs for the current cycle, download and complete the CE form.
  7. Scan the CE form. and follow the same procedures to upload it to your profile.

If you need assistance or require more information, please contact the NADTA Office at office@nadta.org or 888.416.7167.

Option 2: Submit by Email, Fax, or Mail

Instructions for Submitting CEs


Option 1: Upload Documents to Your Member Profile:

This allows you to upload your CE certificates and documentation into your NADTA member profile as you receive them. (Or you may choose to collect all the documentation and upload it all at the end of the CE cycle year.)

  • Scan your CE certificate into your computer.Please name your file using your last name, first  name, and a description of the item. Example: Smith.Jane_CEform.pdf
  • Log in to your Member Profile and SELECT the MY PROFILE tab on the left side bar.
  • Scroll midway down the page until you see your profile details listed. There will be an edit button at the top of the list. Click on the edit button.
  • Scroll down the page, you will see a list of attributes labeled with the CE cycle years and a button for uploaded the documents.
  • Click on the "Add Attachment" button to upload your current CE form from your computer. (Note: Files can be in any format Word, Excel, PDF, jpeg etc.). You can also scan and save documents and upload them to your profile.
  • After you have collected all of your CEs for the current cycle, download and complete the CE form.
  • Scan the CE form. and follow the same procedures to upload it to your profile.

If you need assistance or require more information, please contact the NADTA Office at either office@nadta.org or 888.416.7167.

 

Option 2: Submit by Email, Fax, or Mail

  • Download and complete the CE form.
  • Attach verifying documentation and and submit by one of the below methods:
        Email: office@nadta.org
        Fax:  518.463.8656
        Mail: NADTA 230 Washington Avenue Extension Suite 101 Albany, NY 12203  

CE Verification Form