2015 - NADTA 36th Annual Conference

Magnetic Forces:
Working with Attraction and Aversion
to Difference and Social Justice

Join NADTA for the 2015 Annual Conference in White Plains, NY...

36th Annual Conference
October 15 - 18, 2015


The drama therapy community is well-positioned to thrive in a space of magnetic push and pull; our work with ambivalence permits us the understanding that divergent forces can be the catalyst for change. Addressing intersections of culture and identity, including race, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, dis/ability, national origin, language, religion, body politics, and age, often creates a polarizing tension of attraction and aversion. On one hand, we may feel deep curiosity and desire to understand identities that differ from our own, but we may fall into the trap of appropriation and exotification of “the Other.” On the other hand, we may become repulsed by difference, feeling confused, afraid, or destabilized by facing our own experiences of privilege and oppression, and avoid these conversations altogether. When we are able to challenge these polarities through authentic encounter with one another, we may be able to co-create a new space for understanding and identification to occur. This conference is an invitation not only to develop our own awareness, but also to expand our knowledge and practice, and examine the ways in which drama therapy is uniquely poised to enact social change.
Navigating a terrain of such powerful forces begins by locating the self individually and as a community. Who are we and how do we identify? What biases and assumptions do we bring to the table? How does our experience with harm- both inflicting and receiving- affect our willingness to participate in dialogue? What are the ethics of power that arise when working with people whose identities may be different from our own? How do institutional expectations and needs influence both our practice and the experience of the clients whom we serve? In our efforts to obtain justice for our clients and community, what happens when we perform roles such as the Colonizer, Benevolent Savior, Martyr, or Victim?
The action methods embedded in drama and improvisation have much to offer the field of social justice. What are the mechanisms through which we express and work through the strong affects of shame, guilt, anger, and fear that may emerge? As drama therapists, how can we use embodiment, metaphor, tele, expression, transformation, roles, and containment as strategies for creating a space for encounter, reflection, and performance of change? In what ways could we begin to adjust our ethics, approaches, and expectations to transform our roles to that of allies or advocates? How do the arts allow for richer expression of harm and greater possibilities for hope?
We invite proposals for presentations that focus on the awareness, knowledge, and action needed to build stronger capacities for enacting social justice in our community. Please join us for the NADTA’s 36th Annual Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, NY from October 15-18, 2015. Together we will explore the push and pull of grappling with difference, coming together to inspire change not only in those with whom we work, but also within ourselves.
If you have any questions regarding the conference, please email: [email protected].


Conference Image Credit: Jenny and Julia Velarde


Early Registration - Ends Sept 1st Midnight EST

REGISTRATION: Received AFTER September 1, 2015

Member Discount: If you would like to join the NADTA to qualify for member discounts, please join online prior to registering for the conference.

Meals: The Annual Membership Meeting & Luncheon is included with the Registration Fee. All other meals are the responsibility of the attendee. Vegetarian and Kosher meals are available if requested by September 15, 2015.

Refunds: Please visit our refund policy page for more information.

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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