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

Conference: Friday, October 16, 2015
Registration Opens at 8am


OC: Opening Ceremony
8:00am - 8:45am

All Conference Required Event
9:00am - 12:00pm

You, Me, We: A Deep Dive into Identity and Difference
Autumn Brown, Special Guest Diversity Trainer

This workshop will be an all-conference event familiarizing participants with themes and ideas relating to identity, social location, and privilege, as well as helping participants to develop a vocabulary and common language through which to discuss and address these topics. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the way identity and privilege are socially and historically constructed, improve their ability to self-identify, and increase their awareness of interpersonal dynamics that reinforce social power hierarchies and privilege, oppress individuals and communities, and inhibit social change and equity.

An award-winning facilitator, Autumn conducts trainings with individuals and organizations on issues of social justice and equity. She has taught and presented across the globe, and currently serves as the Interim Executive Director of RECLAIM!, a nonprofit that supports mental and integrative health needs for LGBTQ youth.

Annual Membership Meeting, Regional Meetings & Luncheon
12:00pm - 2:30pm

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. The membership meeting will be followed by break-out regional meetings hosted by the Regional Representatives.

Friday Afternoon Workshops
2:45pm - 5:45pm

A 1: Dueling Narratives: Rewriting Dysfunctional Cultural Scripts in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding
Armand Volkas, MFA, MA, RDT/BCT, MFT

Historical trauma and unconscious life scripts are transmitted from generation to generation and drive the beliefs and behaviors of individuals, cultures, and nations in conflict. In this workshop, we will experientially explore how dysfunctional cultural narratives can be uncovered and transformed through drama therapy, sociodrama, and Transactional Analysis.

A 2: Exploring a Multicultural Self-Assessment Using Drama Therapy Techniques
Alexis Powell, MA, LCAT-P
Danielle Levanas, MA, LCAT-P

The goal of this workshop is to approach cross-cultural counseling and self-assessment through the use of embodied exploration techniques in order to attempt a compassionate exploration of the lived experiences of workshop members.

A 3: LGBTQI Foundations: Providing Competent and Affirming Care
Mark Beauregard, MA, RDT, LCAT
Nadya Trytan, MA, RDT/BCT
Anke Schäfer, DGfT
Ross Stone

Learn the essentials you need to know to feel confident in your therapeutic encounters with LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex) and GNC (Gender Nonconforming) clients. Through experiential and didactic methods, you will be introduced to the fundamentals of gender and sexuality affirmative language, best practices and care.

A 4: “You’re too Female For This Job”: Sexism in the Institution/Therapeutic Relationship
Elizabeth Edwards, MA, RDT, LCAT
Morgan Geisert, MA, RDT, LCAT
Jennifer Richards, MA
Natasha Amendolara, MA, RDT, LCAT
Kate Schober, MA, RDT, LCAT

This performance-based and experiential workshop will explore experiences of women working in health care systems in New York City. How do we safely acknowledge that as drama therapists who are primarily women, the objectification that we experience is oppressive and sexist, while maintaining a therapeutic relationship with those we treat?

A 5: How Much Can I Take?: The Lure of Theoretical Justice
Craig Haen, PhD, RDT, CGP, LCAT, FAGPA
Kelvin Ramirez, PhD, ATR-BC, LCAT

The empathic nature of therapy can place practitioners at odds with institutions that, regardless of philosophical mandate, become oppressive. This workshop explores tensions between change efforts and self-preservation for therapists and educators working in systems that perpetuate trauma and inequality. What’s really required to have just agencies, institutions, or professional organizations?

A 6: Hide & Seek/Lost & Found: Locating Oneself in/out of the Playspace
Adam Reynolds, MFA, RDT/BCT, LCSW, CASAC
Navah Steiner, MA, RDT, LCAT
Erinn Webb, MA, RDT, LCAT
Chantal George, MA, RDT, LCAT

“Location of self,” is a therapeutic approach where the therapist discloses/acknowledges their key identities to clients, directly addressing privilege, power and difference. We intersect this theory with Developmental Transformations, sharing what about ourselves we reveal, hide, or think we are hiding (but everyone knows), in and out of the Playspace.

A 7: Within and Beyond the Hyphen: Two Drama Therapists Working with Asian---Americans
Aileen Cho, MA, RDT, MFT Intern
Ya-Huei Chi, MA, MFT Intern

An exploration of clinical experiences working with Asian-American individuals, families, and groups in which forces between the polarized hyphenated identities are viewed and encountered in action through the lens of Asian/Asian-American drama therapists.

A 8: Dialogues with God
Robert Landy, PhD, RDT/BCT, LCAT
The leaders will facilitate dialogues with God, that of one’s faith and that of another’s. Through engaging and reflecting upon these dialogues, the group will work toward better understanding how and why religion has become such a polarizing force in contemporary society, and maybe work toward changing this reality.

Early Evening Film & Performance
6:00pm - 7:30pm

F 1: Shebaik Lebaik (“Your Wish is My Command”): A Folkloric Performance by Migrant Workers (Film)
Zeina Daccache, MA, RDT

The first North American film screening of Daccache's latest theatre play, Shebaik Lebaik, on the experiences of migrant workers in the Middle East. The performers speak out against the injustices that migrant workers face in their respective cultures, including racism and class discrimination within the kafala (sponsorship) system.

F 2: To Me
Jessica Asch, MA, RDT, LCAT-P

This performance explores how using the distancing model in drama therapy and a performance based inquiry model helps to conceptualize the experience of a learning disability (LD). A literature review presented examines disability from an organic and cultural perspective and suggests why drama therapy is an effective treatment intervention.

Late Evening Performances
8:30pm - 10:00pm

F 3: Life of Bi: A Self-Revelatory Performance on Bi-racial, Bi-sexual, and Bi-cultural Identity
Sherry Diamond, JD, RDT, Esq.


F 4: Ability to Love
Norman Fedder, PhD, RDT/BCT
Andrea DeCrescenzo, BA
Darcy Hildebidle, BIS

This performance explores what it means to be disabled in an ableist world, particularly with regard to intimate relationships. The struggle of a woman with cerebral palsy, using a motorized wheelchair, to realize her ability to love in the dating scene will be followed by a discussion and art-making process.