In Harmony with the Elements: Drama Therapy and Wellness

Sunday, November 2nd Conference Schedule

Morning Programs

BCT Meeting
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

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

E1: Alternative Training: Challenges, Opportunities, and Growth
Jennifer Wilson, MA, RDT/BCT, LCAT

BCTs will explore through dialogue some of the key questions relating to Alternative Training.

E2: Shakespeare for Social Justice: Shakespeare, Life Stories and Film with Inmates and Youth
Suraya Keating, RDT, MFT

How can Shakespeare, original theater and film help promote positive choices among at-risk youth and the incarcerated? This workshop highlights key components of Marin Shakespeare’s Shakespeare for Social Justice Program, which provides opportunities for inmates and youth to perform Shakespeare, and use Shakespeare as a doorway into performing life stories.

E3: Empowered Transitions: Baby Boomers Dance the Paradox Between Wisdom and Beginners Mind
Janna Mitchell, MA, RDT/BCT, LMFT

In the spirit of the ancient Japanese ritual of Kanreki, a ritual of rebirth in older age, we will explore, through drama therapy, the paradox between wisdom accumulated and beginners mind. This rebirth, through dissolution of ego, allows the older adult to bring her/his love fully into our world.

E4: Into the Wildman: Democratized Drama Therapy and the ManKind Project
Andrew Gaines, PhD Candidate, RDT/BCT, LCAT
David Govaker, MD

Irrespective of gender, we invite you to critically examine the ManKind Project's bold approach to healing men through drama. Where are the boundaries between therapy, education, and “consciousness-raising?“ Through ritual, demonstration, enactment, and dialogue, we will encounter the paradoxical intersection of allied fields, and exchange strategies for cultivating safer worlds.

Sunday Early Morning Short Workshops
9:00 am - 10:30 am

E6: When Nature Goes Awry: Storytelling with Infants on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Rebecca Versaci, MA

What happens when the birth process does not go as we expect? In this session, Rebecca Versaci will present her MA thesis research with infants on the neonatal intensive care unit, in which storytelling was used in an extended case study to promote attunement between infant and therapist.

E7: Balancing Our Stories: How Living Alongside our Clients Changes our Personal Narrative
Shea Wood, PhD Candidate

As drama therapists, our own stories live alongside our clients’ stories. In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to deeply consider how their life story has been shaped through therapeutic relationships and how we balance and maintain harmony between our clients' stories and our own within a session.

E8: Drama Therapy and Older Adults: Grantwriting and Program Development in PACE Adult Care
Karen Knappenberger, MA, RDT/BCT, LSCSW

This session will review how drama therapy was brought into a PACE Adult Day Center through grant funding. Attendees will learn how the grant was written and will practice the interventions and progress note writing. This session is appropriate for students and entry level professionals.

Sunday Late Morning Short Workshops
10:45 am – 12:15 pm

E9: Mandated and Contracted: Dynamic Group Facilitation with Adjudicated Girls
Dana Suttles, MA

Utilizing the purpose and mission of the Amicus–Radius Program for Girls (Radius) as a foundation, the ways in which Radius Counselors encounter and engage challenges when facilitating groups are highlighted and deconstructed with the aim of further equipping students and practitioners for group work in community with mandated participants.

E10: Playing on the Edge: Drama Therapy and the Capacity for Harm
Adam Reynolds, MSW, RDT/BCT, LMSW

Many times the ‘play’ of drama therapy sits right at the edge of what is safe or playable for the client, for ourselves, for our institutions. We will reflect on this liminal ‘edge’ of drama therapy, and through DvT play visit it, and explore. Will we emerge unscathed?

E11: Finding Balance in Performing the Theory: Deepening/Widening the Circle of Meaning
Bonnie Harnden, MA, RDT

Performance Auto-Ethnography seeks to illuminate, digest and recreate drama therapy theory through combining the lived experience with theory in embodied performance. In this way, widening circles of meaning and conversation happen between us and within us. Join Concordia drama therapy students and professor Bonnie Harnden as they perform five-minute Auto-ethnographies.

Sunday Closing Ceremony
 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM