From Theory to Practice:
The Drama Therapist’s Toolbox

Conference: Sunday, October 29, 2017


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

SU 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! 

SU 2: RDT Application Process
Liz Muckley, LCPC, RDT

This one-hour session will take you step by step through the application requirements. Download and print out a blank application, make a list of your questions and we will guide you through this important and sometimes confusing process. Don’t let mistakes and a lack of foreknowledge delay your achievement of this important goal.

SU 3: BCT Meeting
Adam Reynolds, PhD (abd), MSW, MFA, LCSW, CASAC, RDT/BCT

This is a required meeting for all Board Certified Trainers, moderated by Education Chair, Adam Reynolds. Bring your questions and concerns. 


Early Morning Short Workshop
9:00am - 10:30am

C 1: Life-crossroads on Stage: Integrating Life-Review and Drama Therapy for Older Adults
Shoshi Keisari, MA
Yuval Palgi, PhD

This presentation examines a therapeutic intervention for older adults, which includes drama therapy together 
with life-story work. Bringing to life the succinct life-story in one dramatic creation enhances the integrity and 
coherence of one’s life-story. Furthermore, it encourages the acceptance of dialectical perspectives and 
contradictions while enhancing a positive identity.
(1.5 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)


Morning Long Workshops
9:00am - 12:00pm

C 2: Toss Open the Chest!  Attunement: Accessing Our Most Basic Tool
Kristin Long, MA, LCAT, LP, RDT/BCT

As clinicians, our most valuable tool is our self.  This workshop will explore how our mind, our body, and our 
very being impact therapeutic relationships.  We will look at definitions of attunement and how this concept
influences our work individually, in group settings, when co-leading, in supervisory dyads, and other relationships.
(3.0 CE hours (3.0 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

C 3: Drama Therapy Praxis: Intuitive Improv or Premeditated Application?
Jami Osborne, MA, LMHC, MaCCS, RDT/BCT
Daniel Weiner, PhD, LMFT,LIC Psychologist,  RDT/BCT,

We will create a laboratory to: (1) deepen understanding of drama therapy practice, both by solving clinical problems and witnessing the creative process; (2) explore the role of improvisation in moving from known generic techniques to unique, effective interventions; (3) increase self-knowledge in the development of one’s clinical mastery.
(3.0 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

C 4: Standing in Grace: Harnessing the power of Awe, Gratitude in Drama Therapy
Bonnie Harnden, MA, RDT

Isis Brisebois
Meaghen Buckley
Satara Devi Subedar
Paula Duffy
Florine Gall
Julia Griffiths-Nadeau
Koudia Gueniot
Alaya Jade Martin
Elliot Maxwell
Jeremy Park
Lillian Rivera Valerdi
Angela Tauber
Bill Wood
Anna Zipporah Doiron

How do we become more present and resilient when facing adversity, trauma, and oppression? This workshop will
present the current research on the healing power of awe and gratitude within drama therapy. Building a 
sustaining alive practice, to contain our inner worlds and those of our clients, will be central. 
(3.0 CE hours - NBCC)

C 5: Puppets For The People, Tools For Personal and Social Change
Jessica Litwak, MFA, RDT

Join theatre artist and RDT Jessica Litwak for this fun, creative and therapeutic puppet-making workshop. Learn 
the tools for building a puppet using simple materials, and bringing it to life. This unique form of puppet building 
allows participants to freely and deeply expresses themselves with hands, heart, body and voice.
(3.0 CE hours - NBCC)

C 6: Holding Space: Peer Supervision for Personal Growth and Professional Development
Nick Brunner, MA, LCAT, RDT
Allison Finder, LCAT-P, RDT
Rachel Lee Soon, MA, LCAT, RDT
Danielle Levanas, MA, LCAT-permit
Erin Roth, LCAT-P
Isabel Shanahan, MA, LCAT-P
Jessica Shotwell, MA, RDT

This workshop will provide participants with a lens into the benefits and challenges of establishing and sustaining 
a peer supervision group.  Attendees will learn strategies and tools from members of an ongoing peer supervision 
group, and will have the opportunity to utilize these skills in small group discussions.
(3.0 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

C 7: Enhancing the Alphabet Therapies with Drama Therapy
Nancy Sondag, MA, LCAT, CDP, CADDCT, RDT/BCT
Pio Cabada-Bleier, LCSW, MPA, MSW, RYT

This experiential workshop demonstrates how Drama Therapy can be incorporated into the practice of Cognitive 
Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing  (MI) to make 
these Evidence-Based Practices (EBP)  more effective through the use of embodiment, perspective-taking, and
role-play.
(3.0 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

C 8: Theater of Possibility for Autism & Related Challenges
Lauren Marshall, MFA, JD, BA 

Theater of Possibility (“TOP”) is geared to kids and adults with autism spectrum and other ability differences. 
TOP explores relationship skills, combining Theater of the Oppressed with principles of Relationship Development
Intervention, acting, improvisation, collaboration and playwriting.  This experiential workshop will apply theory and 
practice to working with autistic individuals.
(3.0 CE hours - NBCC)

C 9: Trauma in Our Schools: Three Approaches Addressing Widespread Trauma in K-12 Schools
Darci Burch, MA, LCAT-P, RDT
Diana Feldman, MA, LCAT, RDT/ BCT
Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT/BCT
Heidi Landis, LCAT, TEP, RDT/BCT
Lizzie McAdam, MA, MS, RDT
Cat Davis, MA, RDT
Christine Mayor, MA, RDT

Witness a conversation between ENACT, CANY, and the ALIVE program at the PTSC, three organizations using 
signature methods with thousands of K-12 students in public schools. Participants will gain an understanding of 
the role of drama therapy in treating complex, collective, and systemic trauma within a public health framework.
(3.0 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)


Student Forum
11:00am - 12:00pm

SF 2: Student Forum, Part 2
Paula Heller, MA
Jason Butler, PhD, LCAT, RDT/BCT, President

It’s not A Doll’s House but it’s a part 2 nonetheless. Join part 2 of the student forum for a fantastic opportunity for students in various programs and also from the alternative track to connect in person and begin developing professional networks. Experimental dramatic play and group activity round out this social experience.


All Conference Event - Closing Ceremony
12:15pm - 1:15pm

CC: Closing Ceremony
Wrap up this year’s conference with a closing ceremony led by Lesley University.