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

Conference: Saturday, October 17, 2015


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

SM 1: Yoga
Nicole Brucato Cooley, MA, RDT, LMFT, RYT
Mira Rozenberg, MA, RDT

Yoga is both active and restorative and a great way to ground, centre and connect to our bodies. Come join Mira and Nicole for this early morning before-the-conference burst of energy! We will indulge in a series of physical postures, stretching, breath awareness and restful meditation. Please wear comfortable clothing, yoga mats are welcome but not necessary.

SM 2: Alternative Track Meeting
Jennifer Wilson, RDT, LCAT, Education Chair

Open to anyone who is curious or who has questions about Alternative Training in drama therapy.

SM 3: Drama Therapy Review Meeting
Meredith Dean, MA, LCAT, RDT, CASAC, ICADC
Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT/BCT
Christine Mayor, MA, RDT

Participants are invited to meet with members of Drama Therapy Review's Editorial Team and invited guests to explore topics related to the writing, editing and publishing process.

SM 4: Ethics Meeting
Maria Hodermarska, MA, RDT/BCT, CASAC, LCAT

Join a discussion with members of the Ethics Committee about issues pertaining to ethics, the organization and this year’s conference theme.

Saturday Morning Long Workshops
9:15am - 12:15pm

B 1: Gender Performance, Role Concepts and the Therapeutic Encounter
Nadya Trytan, MA, RDT/BCT
Mark Beauregard, MA, RDT, LCAT
Anke Schäfer, DGfT
Ross Stone

Explore culturally defined gender roles performed in daily life, and create new archetypes validating experiences beyond the binary male/female. Participants will examine their attractions/repulsions to gender notions, and the impact on the therapeutic encounter. Attendees are asked to attend A 3: LGBTQI Foundations workshop or have knowledge of those concepts.

B 2: Pushing Boundaries: Playing with Pleasure and Aggression in Sexual Abuse Treatment
Lucy McLellan, MA, RDT/BCT, LCAT

This workshop will address the potential of play and story-making to explore and transform the hurt, aggression and sometimes confusing feelings of pleasure experienced by children during and after sexual abuse, applying best practices of trauma-focused treatment within the reparative realm of dramatic play.

B 3: Life AND Death: Creating a New Paradigm
Pamela Edgar, MA, RDT, LCAT, CDP

In this experiential workshop participants will explore death stories and rituals from different cultures to discover their own personal response to death and dying. We will review how such stories and rituals can be used in clinical practice. We will also discuss how examining death impacts our daily lives.

B 4: Instant Messages: Exploring the Impact of Assumptions, Biases & Stereotypes
Britton Williams, MA, RDT, LCAT

This workshop will explore the impact of assumptions, biases and stereotypes on individuals, relationships and communities. Didactic and experiential processes will be employed to assist participants in identifying the many ways assumptions and biases are internalized and how they impact an individual’s ability to connect or not connect with others.

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

B 5: Improvising Co-Culture: Youth "At Risk" and University Students Meet on Stage
Gideon Zehavi, MA, RDT/BCT

In Jerusalem (a diverse, vibrant, some say volatile city), hybrid co-cultures evolve from planned or spontaneous meetings between two or more urban cultures. This presentation will examine the aesthetic and drama therapy based processes pertinent to creating a youth-at risk and university students co-culture in a semester long improvisation lab.

B 6: Performance as an Empathy-Building Tool: Experimental Integration of Playback and Ethnodrama
Stephen Snow, PhD, RDT/BCT
Eric Mongerson, MFA
Charles Smith Metellus, MA
Reem Hashem, BA
Eliane Gendron, BA
Shannon Rzucidlo, BA
Alana Goldscheid, MA
Katia El-Eter, MA
Miranda D'Amico, PhD
Shelly Snow, PhD, MTA
Mira Rozenberg, MA, RDT
Simon Driver, MA

Our Pro Bono Playback Ensemble, made up of Concordia University students, graduates, and faculty, will perform excerpts from the Ethnodrama that is being created with caregivers of the mentally ill; elucidate how they were developed through our unique integration of Playback and Ethnodrama; and demonstrate our methods of empathy-building performance with the audience.

B 7: Rule Breaking: Disability as Performance
Maria Hodermarska, MA, RDT/BCT, CASAC, LCAT
Craig Becker, MS
Nick Bruner, MA
Delia Camden
Bernardo Carlucci
Cecilia Dintino, PsyD, RDT
Maya Hormadaly
Lillian Houghton
Henry Houghton
Ethan Jones
Alec Silberblatt, BA
Ming Yuan Low, MA

This didactic workshop includes performed material from a participatory action research theater project at NYU, with presentation of the co-researched concepts and the disability and queer theories that inform it. We ask how (or if or when) developmental disability impacts intimacy in “caregiver/care-receiver” relationships and use Sajnani’s "loving enquiry" to answer.

B 8: A Patient Centered Care Approach to Group Programming in Acute Psychiatry
Barbara Bornmann, MA, MA, RDT/BCT, LCAT
Carlos Rodriguez Perez, MA, RDT/BCT, LCAT

Kings County Hospital is a safety net service for citizens with complex psychosocial stressors such as poverty, immigration, underemployment, and stigma. A group treatment model that utilizes group prescription to target categorized group treatment and skill building was developed to provide a patient-centered care approach. Group metrics presented. Discussion.

Saturday Late Morning Short Workshops
10:45am - 12:15pm

B 9: Aphasia Groups; Daring to Disturb the Silence on Inclusion and Creative Expression
Keith Whipple, MA, RDT
Ann Oehring, MA, CCC-SLP

Since 2009, ITA Drama Therapists and participants in RIC's Outpatient Aphasia Programs have built a place where those with Aphasia, including all levels of severity, can powerfully express their experiences and ideas, and advocate for better understanding and more just treatment. Outcome studies show the positive impact of this approach.

B 10: Taking Narrative Transportation into and out of the Transitional Space
Sally Bailey, MFA, MSW, RDT/BCT
Joanna Abillama, MA
Jessica Munoz, MA
Jessie Greenfield, MA

This session introduces the construct of Narrative Transportation and presents methods and instruments used in a multiple production research study conducted at Kansas State University. Implications exist for research in NT to validate the power of therapeutic theatre and identify levels of immersion clients feel when engaging in role-play.

B 11: Embodying an Epistemology of Aloha: A Post-Colonial/Indigenous Perspective of Drama Therapy
Rachel Lee Soon, MA, LCAT-P

What is the relationship between drama therapy and colonization? In this workshop we will "talk story" about the role of colonization in our own narratives on a personal, professional, and political level, and begin to play with how we can enter into the therapeutic encounter with a little more aloha.

B 12: Trauma, Performance, and the Drama Triangle: Wrestling With the Ethics of Therapeutic Theatre
Laura Hix, MA
Nick Brunner, MA

In therapeutic theatre, challenging questions regarding ethical practice emerge. Instances of harm demand to be explored with authenticity, but at what expense? How does the therapist's own trauma impact her ability to act ethically? In this experiential presentation, participants will wrestle with these questions and more.

Keynote Speaker: Zeina Daccache, MA, RDT
Peaceful, Constructive Riot: How can Drama Therapy Bring About Change on an Individual and Systemic Level?
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Zeina Daccache has a theory: ‘Theatre can live in the most forgotten places and grow in the most difficult situations.’ As a play director, drama therapist and film maker who has worked in Lebanon’s prisons, refugee camps and psychiatric hospitals, she is on a mission: to alter the public’s perception of marginalized populations by creating a platform to allow them to tell their own stories and lobby for policy change. The question remains, however: How can this process of clients telling their own stories bring about change? As drama therapists, we often see the therapeutic impact on an individual level, but how does it create systemic change? Through illustrations of Daccache's own work, this keynote presentation will critically examine the relationships of power, privilege and oppression embedded in working with marginalized clients to share their personal stories, both within a therapeutic setting as well as in public spaces as part of a larger movement to affect change.

Bio: A recipient of many awards for her distinguished contributions to the field of social initiatives and services, Zeina has been implementing drama therapy processes in Lebanon and the Middle East since 2006. She is the founder and Executive Director of Catharsis - Lebanese Center for Drama Therapy, and is renowned for her film and theatre projects including Scheherazade’s Diary (2014), and her production of 12 Angry Lebanese inside Roumieh Prison.

Lunch on Your Own
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Saturday Afternoon Long Workshops
2:30pm - 5:30pm

C 1: Opening Conversation: A Trauma Model for Intensive Trauma Treatment
Renee Pitre, MA, RDT
Jesse Toth, MA, RDT, LPC
Cat Davis, MA, RDT
Antonietta Delli Carpini, MA, RDT
Erinn Webb, MA, RDT

Trauma happens. Society pressures individuals and systems into silence. Join the PTSC staff as they open up the conversation to confront the avoidance of individual and systemic trauma and learn more about the theory and steps of their intensive trauma treatment model.

C 2: At the Pyramids: Uncovering the Elusive Tomb of the Unplayable
Jason D. Butler, PhD, RDT/BCT, LCAT
Ingi Abouzeid, BSc

Examining the multiple intersections of identity in a drama therapy group in Cairo that culminated in a DvT intensive co-led by an Egyptian and an American. Looking at the layers of oppression and how they manifest in the playspace in a country in turmoil. A collective exploration of the unplayable.

C 3: Borders, Shadows and Spotlights: CANY Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy
Heidi Landis, RDT/BCT, LCAT, TEP
Meredith Dean, RDT, LCAT
Rachel Lee Soon, MA, LCAT-P
Alexis Powell, MA, LCAT-P
Britton Williams, MA
Karlene Brathwaite, MA

This mixed-method workshop will illustrate how Creative Alternatives of New York addresses and explores oppression and systemic trauma within groups, site partnership, and staff development. Failures, successes, hopes, and still unanswered questions will be explored. Participants will experience the CANY model in action exploring their own successes and failures within the systems they inhabit.

Saturday Early Afternoon Short Workshops
2:30pm - 4:00pm

C 4: Theatre for Change: Tackling the Complexities of Diversity through Performance Production
Renee Emunah, PhD, RDT/BCT
Aileen Cho, MA, RDT, MFT Intern
Marissa Snoddy, MA

A new video of excerpts of past Theatre for Change productions, followed by discussion revolving around what has been learned – of relevance to drama therapists - from 12 years of producing and collaborating on original theatre pieces aimed at raising consciousness about diversity and fostering social justice.

C 5: Yes Means Yes – Changing Rape Culture through Education and Drama Therapy
Jessica Munoz, MA
Samantha Hindle

Issues of sexual violence and consent need to be addressed on college campuses: one in four college-aged women are raped while they are students. Learn about a new training program involving drama therapy techniques called “Yes Means Yes,” which was premiered at Kansas State University last spring and resultant data.

C 6: Music Therapy and Social Change: Building Bridges across the Creative Arts
Kathryn Fathers, MA, MT-BC, LCAT
Through music therapy clinical case studies and musical participation, this session will address questions of ‘authentic encounter’ and ‘co-creating space for encounter, reflection and performance of change’. This workshop is presented from the perspective of contemporary practice and discourse in Community Music Therapy – an emerging social movement from Europe.

C 7: A Reflection on the Uses of Performance Art as Social Commentary
Angelica Pinna-Perez, PhD, RDT, REAT, LICSW, LCAT
Rachel Frank, MFA

We will reflect on the Sleep of Reason, an ensemble theater production as a form of hybrid art/theater making for social action which examines the theatrical/performance implications of abuse as depicted in the Abu Ghraib photographs.

C 8: Full Circle: Restorative Justice in Schools
David Perrin, MA, RDT

Come ‘circle up’ with fellow practitioners interested in restorative justice. Hosted by community members of the School for Democracy and Leadership this circle will explore the worldview and interventions of restorative justice. Share your experience, passions, frustrations, and dreams for a more just, equitable, and fruitful educational experience for all.

Saturday Late Afternoon Short Workshops
4:15pm - 5:45pm

C 9: Drama Therapy and Transdisciplinarity: The Experience of Mexico
Susana Pendzik, PhD, RDT
Rosalinda Ulloa Montejo, MA
Ma. Cristina Núñez Madrazo, PhD

This presentation familiarizes participants with the principles of Transdisciplinarity (a non-reductionist, relational, transcultural approach), linking this methodology to drama therapy concepts and practices. Through lecture, videos, and experiential techniques, participants will be introduced to the work being done in Veracruz, Mexico, focusing on Theatre as a Healing Agent using Transdisciplinarity.

C 10: "Says who?": Using Drama Therapy In-Home to Foster "Good Enough" Parenting
Jodi Rabinowitz, MA, RDT, LPC
Rebecca Versaci, MA, CCLS
Isabel Shanahan, MA, LCAT-P

What happens when parent and therapist differ in their cultural conception of parent/child roles? This workshop presents the use of drama therapy during in-home psychotherapy sessions, includes a discussion of the embodiment of power and privilege, and explores how culture influences the therapist's responses to their client's parenting styles.

C 11: 50 Shades of Understanding
Jennifer Hays, MA, MFTI
Truc Nguyen, MA, MFTI

Presenters explore differing perspectives from a drama therapy cohort that went through an experiential process attempting to address an act of racism that unraveled, impacting cohort members awareness around issues oppression. Presenters explore how racism impacted interpersonal relationships and people personally and professionally over 5 years.

C 12: Exploring Oppression and Personal Choice Through Metaphor and Creation of Original Plays
LaVonne Canfield, MA

How do we deal with systemic oppression and issues of privilege and assumption? Hear about the journey of a group of incarcerated women navigating their own narratives through adaptation of traditional fairy tales. View excerpts of their performance and develop your own brief creative drama.

C 13: Licensing & Creative Alliances:The Challenges/ Realities of Finding Work as a Drama Therapist
Karimah Dillard, MA, RDT/BCT, Government Affairs Chair
Nadya Trytan, MA, RDT/BCT
Sara McMullian, RDT/BCT, LCAT
Barbara McKechnie RDT/BCT, LPC, LCAT

In this ever expanding field, drama therapists are often competing for the same jobs as our creative arts therapy counterparts as well as other licensed clinicians. This workshop explores how leveraging the distinct experience of drama therapy creates opportunities to advocate for the field and find work in unlikely places.

BOK: Diversity Committee Presents Body of Knowledge:
NADTA Intercultural Practice Guidelines Come to Life
5:45pm - 7:15pm

Jessica Bleuer, MA, MEd, RDT, CCC, OPQ Psychotherapy Permit
Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT/BCT
Daniela Bustamante, MA, RDT, LCAT
Jami Osborne, MA, RDT/BCT, LMHC, CAGS
Patrick Tomczyk, MA, CCC
Mandy Carr, MA
Ditty Dokter, PhD
We invite participants to a community conversation about the newly adopted NADTA Intercultural Best Practice Guidelines and discussion about what these guidelines mean for practicing drama therapists and students.

S 1: Student Meet & Greet with the Board
7:45pm - 8:30pm

NADTA Student Committee
Nadya Trytan, MA, RDT/BCT

All student members of the NADTA are invited to a meet and greet with the NADTA Board of Directors.

R 1: President’s Reception
8:30pm onwards

Join President Nadya Trytan in a celebration of our community. We will honor our newest Registered Drama Therapists (RDTs) & Board Certified Trainers (BCTs) and express gratitude to the many volunteers who gave of their time and energy to bring this conference to fruition. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served with entertainment that is sure to delight.