From Theory to Practice:
The Drama Therapist’s Toolbox

Conference: Friday, October 27, 2017
*Registration Opens at 7:30am*


Early Morning Offering
8:00am - 9:00am

TM 1: Developmental Transformations (DvT) and Yoga - A Yoga workshop inspired by DvT!
Mira Rozenberg, MA, RDT/BCT

Yoga engages the mind and body through a series of postures, breathing and meditation. Developmental Transformations (DvT) is an active, playful, embodied practice. This workshop will get right into the body through a yoga practice spiced with a playful DvT flavour. Your opportunity to energize, relax, stretch, move, breathe and play! 


All Conference Event - Opening Ceremony
9:00am - 10:30am

OC: Opening Ceremony with Omega Theater and Guest Speaker, Saphira Linden
Ms. Linden, Director of The Omega Transpersonal Drama Therapy Certificate Program (in its 18th year): How can we drama therapists take our work into the world with populations who we are passionately drawn to and want to help? With RDT graduates, faculty and RDT candidates from Omega’s Drama
Therapy program, we will showcase the application of Omega’s transpersonal principles into action.
(1.5 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

Bio: Saphira Linden, MA, LCAT, TEP, RDT/BCT is the director of the Omega Transpersonal Drama Therapy Certificate Program (Boston). She is the 1st recipient of the NADTA outstanding teacher award, a fellow of ASGPP, adjunct faculty at Lesley University and Endicott College, IIP, India, and artistic director of Omega Theater/Theater Workshop Boston, Inc (since 1967).


All Conference Events

Regional Meetings 
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Join the Regional Representatives for the break-out regional meetings [Western Region, Central Region, Eastern Region, Canadian Region, and International Region].

Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon 
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Please join us for a luncheon and the annual NADTA membership meeting. We will celebrate the work of volunteers over the past year, honor award recipients and engage in a discussion about how we as a community of members and volunteers would like to see the organization develop.


Afternoon Long Workshops
2:00pm - 5:00pm

A 1: A Poetry-Based Toolkit for the Drama Therapist
Susana Pendzik, PhD, RDT
Drama therapy is poetically inspired: We chose words for their suggestive resonance, use simile and metaphor as interventions, and draw on poetic resources like word repetition, personification, and oxymoron, in dramatization. Participants will explore a range of poetry-based techniques that can be applied in drama therapy with individuals and groups.
(3.0 CE hours - NBCC)

A 2: Measure for Measure: Tools to Research Drama Therapy
Calli Armstrong, PhD, RDT
Meredith Dean, MA, LCAT, CASAC, ICADC, RDT
Christine Mayor, MA, RDT
Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT/BCT
Jason Frydman, MA, LCAT, RDT
Shea Wood, PhD, CCC

This experiential workshop aims to help participants discover the excitement, adventure, and creativity involved in 
engaging in research. Explorations will include work with stories, improvisation, and images. Participants will be 
guided through all the steps of the research journey, from identifying a research question to submitting articles 
for publication. 
(3.0 CE hours - NBCC & NYS)

A 3: The Who, What, When, and Why of Drama Therapy Interventions
Paige Dickinson, PhD, RDT/BCT
Sally Bailey, MFA, MSW, RDT/BCT

The purpose of this workshop is to provide a model for students and early career drama therapy professionals to identify appropriate drama therapy interventions for specific populations and help them understand why different drama therapy interventions are used for similarly named symptoms in different populations. 
(3.0 CE hours - NBCC & NYS)

A 4: The FEAR Project: Face Everything and Recover, Theatre Tools for Personal Change
Jessica Litwak, MFA, RDT

In The FEAR Project Workshop, participants will obtain specific tools for creating engaged theatre for personal 
change. Combining theatre, drama therapy and a 13-question interview format, participants will devise deep, 
humorous and truthful theatre pieces that can inspire audiences and clients to communicate about fear in a safe 
space.
(3.0 CE hours - NBCC)

A 5: The Powerful Partnership of Transactional Analysis and Drama Therapy
Armand Volkas, MFA, MA, LMFT, RDT/BCT

Transactional Analysis (TA) is a dynamic theory of personality and accessible system of interactional therapy. 
Its goals are autonomy, spontaneity and intimacy. When TA is combined with drama therapy, clients quickly learn 
to identify and change self-defeating “life-scripts”. This workshop introduces TA as an illuminating therapeutic 
template for drama therapy. 
(3.0 CE hours - NBCC)

A 6: The Play that Kills us Makes us Stronger: Vicarious Resilience & Drama Therapy
Adam Reynolds, PhD (abd), MSW, MFA, LCSW, CASAC, RDT/BCT

The concept of Vicarious Resilience (VR) names a paradox in the treatment trauma survivors -- our exposure to 
clients' resilience in the face of great suffering can have positive effects on therapists. Drama therapists are 
uniquely positioned to illuminate and experience this effect through the powerful empathic connection of play.
(3.0 CE hours - NBCC & NYS)

A 7: Exploring Self with the Communicube: A Dramatherapy Tool & Method by John Casson
Myriam Savage, PhD, RDT/BCT

The Communicube, a therapeutic intervention tool, created by British dramatherapist John Casson, relies on projective approaches as part of the Therapeutic Method of the Five-Story Self-Structure he devised for individual or group therapy, supervision, teambuilding and play. The containing "cube" a five-tiered transparent plastic tower is implemented by using small abstract objects (i.e. buttons) and storymaking to help clients explore the self through symbols and roleplaying.
(3.0 CE hours - NBCC)

A 8: The Brecht Toolkit: Old Ideas for New Times 
Anna Seymour, PhD, PFHEA, PG Dip Drth, Dip Sup., HCPC reg Dramatherapist

Bertolt Brecht's (1898-1956) theatre was created to respond to what he described as the 'dark times'. As we face our own 'fears and miseries' this workshop revisits the key concepts of his theatre praxis as essential practical and theoretical tools of the Dramatherapist's craft. 
(3.0 CE hours - NBCC & NYS)

A 9: Learning To Love: Using Drama Therapy and Sandtray to Explore Attachment in Children and Adults 
Lucy McLellan, MA, LPC, LCAT, RDT/BCT 

Learning to Love is an experiential workshop that will fuse theories of attachment and trauma with 
drama therapy and sandtray to explore the ways in which adults enrole and perform in relationships, 
as parents, as lovers, and as clients in the therapeutic playspace. 
(3.0 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)


All Conference Event – Body of Knowledge
5:30pm - 7:00pm 

BoK: “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House”: Embracing Intersectional Feminism
Intersectional Feminist Drama Therapists:
Darci Burch, MA, LCAT-P, RDT
Maria Hodermarska, MA, CASAC, LCAT, RDT/BCT

Kate Hurd, MA, LCAT, RDT/BCT
Katherine Lee, MA, CCLS, RDT
Christine Mayor, MA, RDT
Lucy McLellan, MA, LCAT, RDT/BCT
Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT/BCT

This performative roundtable explores the praxis of intersectional feminism, a theoretical paradigm that 
interrogates how multiple systems of oppression interlock to create inequality as well as solidarity. Through 
radical listening and loving inquiry, this session asks: How are gendered, racialized, neurodiverse, and queer 
bodies and perspectives quieted in our field?
(1.5 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)


Evening Performance 
7:00pm - 8:30pm 

P 2: THE SHOW: Therapeutic Theatre illuminating Intersectionality of Race, Power & Privilege
Adam Stevens, MA, LCAT-P 

THE SHOW is a stylized, satirical musical that explores the intersections of race, power, privilege, and performance. This exciting therapeutic theatre work is an arts based research project that illuminates unique stories of people of color. THE SHOW is presented through the frame of a 1950's sitcom and features the beautiful, bodacious Black Family.
(1.5 CE hours - NBCC)


All Conference Event – Reception Hosted by the Omega Theater and Lesley University
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Omega Theater and Lesley University welcome and invites you to meet old friends and make new ones over refreshments. Omega, now in their 50th year, will be previewing a documentary as they also celebrate their 16th year as an alternative training program in drama therapy. Both local institutions, Lesley is one of 5 NADTA accredited programs.