2013 - NADTA 34th Annual Conference



Knowledge through Performance:  Arts Based Research and Drama Therapy

September 26 - 29, 2013, Montréal, QC, Canada

As drama therapists, we come to know the people we work with through play and through engaging with them in dramatic action. Our intentional use of drama gives us the information we need to know our clients and to work in their best interests. In many ways, drama therapy is itself a form of arts based research - the systematic use of the artistic process as a primary way of understanding and examining experience. In addition to conducting our research in libraries and lecture halls, we search for knowledge through play, performance, and in the laboratory of theatre. Arts based research allows for a multitude of ways to apply our art form to the process of knowing. Art becomes the means by which we collect and analyze information about the people with whom we work and it can become the way we represent and share the information. In the sometimes gray area between art and science, arts based research gives form and voice to innovative ways of knowing and acting.
For the 2013 North American Drama Therapy Association conference we invite you to come explore with us the many questions found at the intersection of art and knowing: Where is the art within our practice? How can that art create knowledge and how can it help us transmit and share that knowledge? What does our art teach us about our clients and ourselves? How are our experiences captured within the art form? Within drama therapy, how do we know what we know? And ultimately, what are some ways that we can navigate this interplay between science and art?
Join us in the vibrant, multicultural city of Montreal where the Arts and Arts Based Research flourish - where the leaves will put on their finest show - where delicious pastries and a diverse people will welcome you with open arms and where we will come together to explore the intersection of art and knowing. As the first conference in Canada after the National Association for Drama Therapy transformed to the North American Drama Therapy Association, Montreal is eager to welcome the organization back for a playful, artistic celebration and exploration. français



Keynote Speaker

Phil Jones, PhD

2013 Keynote Speaker:  Knowledge through Performance: Arts Based Research and Drama Therapy

Dr Phil Jones, Institute of Education, University of London, has held the roles of Director of Research and Reader at the University of Leeds, UK and visiting chair to Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.   His 'Drama As Therapy' (1996, 2007 Routledge) is, internationally, the most cited work on drama therapy (Google Scholar metrics 2013). Other volumes include, 'The Arts Therapies' (2005 Routledge), 'Rethinking Childhood' (2009 Continuum) and 'Rethinking Children's Rights' (2010 with Welch Continuum). His books on the arts therapies have been translated and published in China, South Korea and Greece. He is editor of 'Drama As Therapy 2: Clinical Work and Research into Practice' (2010 Routledge), 'Supervision of Dramatherapy' (2008 with Dokter Routledge), 'Children's Rights in Practice' (with Walker 2011 Sage),  'Childhood: Services and Provision' (2007 with Moss, Tomlinson and Welch Pearson) and is series editor for Continuum's 'New Childhoods'. Research articles have been published in many journals including the 'European Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy', 'Research in Drama Education', 'Counselling and Psychotherapy Research', 'The Arts in Psychotherapy' and 'Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy'.   He has given keynotes in many countries including South Africa, South Korea, the U.S.A., Italy, Greece, the Netherlands and, recently, at the prestigious Triennial  World Congress for Psychotherapy, Sydney, Australia.

Continuing Education (CE)

Take advantage of the NADTA Conference Continuing Education (CE) credits.  Ensure that your credentials stay up to date and you have the latest information in the field to continue developing skills in drama therapy, psychotherapy, and theater.

NADTA Conference sessions are valid for the following types of Continuing Education credits: 

  • NADTA RDT CE Hours.
  • CEUs for California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and California Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW).

The NADTA is an approved CEU provider through the California Board of BBS (Behavioral Heath Services.)

If you are looking for CEs or CEUs for a license or credential not listed above, please contact your licensing or credentialing organization to ask if they will accept CEs/CEUs from the North American Drama Therapy Association/National Association for Drama Therapy or from a provider approved by the California BBS.

CE/CEU certificates will be given out at the conference. CEU Certificates for California LMFT or LCSW will be sent after the conference to attendees who complete and return the California CEU forms.

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