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

Pre-Conference: Thursday, October 15, 2015
Registration Opens at 8am


All Day Workshops
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

PC 1: Principles of Drama Therapy
Jason D. Butler, PhD, RDT/BCT, LCAT, President-Elect
Laura Wood, PhD (ABD), RDT/BCT, LPC, Central Region Representative

Drama therapy is comprised of drama and theatre approaches that support individual and social change in clinical, educational and community settings. This experiential workshop will introduce principles that guide the practice of drama therapy. Attendees will gain experience with three approaches and learn how they might be used for healing and social action.

PC 2: Restoried Script Performance
Pam Dunne, PhD, RDT/BCT, LP

Participants explore how to integrate narradrama with performance to restory their lives. This approach honors cultural diversity and builds on Michael White’s ideas of identifying strengths through unique outcomes and healing stories, attributions of meaning, and exploration of new futures as well as addressing power discourses that subjugate people.

PC 3: Sociodrama to Foster Cultural Humility and Build Community
Nancy Sondag, MA, RDT/BCT, LCAT, CDP

In a safe, non-judgmental space, sociodrama explores the shared, common issue of the group. In this one-day intensive, participants will participate in the group process and learn sociodrama techniques which can be used for healing, problem-solving, fostering cultural humility, training, and building community.

PC 4: Performing the Other: Addressing Power, Privilege, and Oppression in Clinical Practice
Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT/BCT
Maria Hodermarska, MA, RDT, CASAC, LCAT
Christine Mayor, MA, RDT
Jessica Bleuer, MA, MEd, RDT, CCC, OPQ Psychotherapy Permit

Presenters will draw from their experience using improvisation and performance to support culturally responsive practice in the training of drama therapists on campus and online. Participants will witness a performative supervision process, gain direct experience with experiential exercises,and learn about how these objectives are meaningfully woven throughout the curriculum.

PC 5: And Still We Rise, Prison On Stage, Inside and Out*
Nathaniel Warren-White, MA, RDT
Dev Luthra

And Still We Rise hosts a 2-stage offering: an all-day workshop and evening performance. Drawing from several modalities (Boal’s Image Theatre, Psychodrama, Narradrama, Playback Theatre), facilitators will lead participants from sourcing to an embodied performance of personal and/or observed stories of oppression and transformation. The all-day workshop culminates in an evening performance that participants must be available for.
* Note: Those who sign up for PC 5 must also sign up for TE 1

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

PC 6: Forum Theatre for Conflict Transformation in East Africa
Mecca Burns, MA, RDT/BCT

This workshop utilizes experiential segments and video documentation to show how Forum Theatre is used in Uganda and Kenya to address oppression of women and children, corruption, land issues, and post-election violence. We will practice Boal games and techniques that can be adapted to other intercultural settings.

PC 7: Examining the Impact of Personal Identifiers on Career Advancement in Drama Therapy
Jeremy Segall, MA, RDT, LCAT
Jason Frydman, MA, RDT, LCAT

Deepening the examination of the researchers’ previous investigation of looking at gender disparity in drama therapy career advancement, this investigation has expanded its scope of inquiry to explore the multivariate impact of personal identifiers (i.e. race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, geographic location, etc.) on career advancement within the profession.

Early Afternoon Short Workshop
1:30pm - 3:00pm

PC 8: Giving Voice to the Voiceless: Musical Theater with Non-Verbal Autistic Teens
Rachael Bralow, MA
Grey Delmar, MT-BC

At the Special Needs Activity Center for Kids (SNACK), a drama therapist and a music therapist are bringing a unique performance opportunity to nonverbal teens on the autism spectrum. This workshop deconstructs the program they have created and the growth that has been seen from the group members.

Late Afternoon Short Workshop
3:15pm - 4:45pm

PC 9: The Impact of Drama Therapy on Empathy and Social Skills: Pilot Study
Paige Dickinson, PhD, RDT/BCT
Sally Bailey, MFA, MSW, RDT/BCT

This workshop will present a pilot study examining the impact of drama therapy on empathy, social skills and proprioception with children who are on the autism spectrum, have intellectual and developmental disabilities, or ADD/ADHD. The panel will discuss the development and implementation of the study as well as the results.

Afternoon Long Workshops
1:30pm - 4:30pm

PC 10: Conversations in Cultural Awareness: A Pre-Education Dialogue Towards Diversity and Social Justice
Britton Williams, MA, RDT, LCAT
Alexis Powell, MA, LCAT-P
Danielle Levanas, MA, LCAT-P
Rachel Lee Soon, MA, LCAT-P

This workshop will serve as a follow-up from the Pre-Education book club and further preparation for the 2015 NADTA conference. Participants will: reflect on and discuss readings; explore feelings that emerge around conference theme; review and refresh the body of knowledge's theme terms; define group’s image of social justice.

N 1: Newcomer Dinner
5:00pm - 7:00pm

This event is for people who are attending their first NADTA conference or are new to the drama therapy community and is an opportunity to get to know other new conference attendees. Participants will be asked to pay for their own meals, and NADTA members will be available to answer questions and welcome you to the community.

Evening Performance
7:00pm - 8:30pm

TE 1: Performance of And Still We Rise, Prison On Stage, Inside and Out
Nathaniel Warren-White, MA, RDT
Dev Luthra
Participants from Pre-Conference Workshop

Witness the performance devised from the day-long workshop using the And Still We Rise multi-modality approach. Join the performance of personal and/or observed stories of oppression and transformation.