The Power of Dramatic Play and Creativity:
Sunshine Under the Umbrella

Sunday, October 30, 2016

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

SU 1: Morning Guided Meditation to Connect with the Beloved
Janna Mitchell, LMFT, RDT/BCT 

From the stillness of the inner world springs your archetypal drama therapy guide that resonates with you powerfully and represents your heart.  Begin your conference day with a gentle journey to your inner spirit guide, muse and play partner to guide you through the play.

SU 2: RDT Application Process
This one-hour session will take you step by step through the application requirements. Download and print out a blank application, make a list of your questions and we will guide you through this important and sometimes confusing process. Don’t let mistakes and a lack of foreknowledge delay your achievement of this important goal.

SU 3: BCT Meeting
Adam Reynolds, PhD (abd), MSW, MFA, LCSW, CASAC, RDT/BCT, Education Chair

This is a required meeting for all Board Certified Trainers, moderated by Education Chair Adam Reynolds. Bring your questions and concerns. 

Early Morning Short Workshop
8:30am - 10:00am

C 1: Once Upon a Time: Storytelling and Dramatic Play with Intergenerational Groups
Beth VanBuecken, MA, LMFT, RDT
Shelley Gillespie, CSWA

How can storytelling and dramatic play build community and strengthen empathy across generational and cultural divides, especially when group members have drastically different needs? Through lecture and experiential activities, we will explore the use of action methods in groups with elders and foster kids in a unique intergenerational housing community. (1.5 CE hours)

Late Morning Short Workshop
10:30am - 12:00pm

C 2: Cooperative Play: Using Parten's Stages of Play to Promote Communication in Children with ASD
Ellen Burke, MA

Symbolic play can be a valuable tool in helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorders learn to communicate. This presentation explores the use of Mildred Parten's social stages of play in enhancing symbolic play ability and facilitating interpersonal communication among children with ASD in a drama therapy group. (1.5 CE hours)

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

C 3: Playing with Diversity through Forum Theatre
Diversity Forum
Jessica Bleuer, MA, MEd, CCC, Psychotherapy Permit, Ordre des Psychologues du Québec
Carmen White, PhD, RDT/BCT
Shyam Anandampillai, MA
Idalid Diaz, MA 
Diana Elizabeth Jordan, MFA/OTA

Let us creatively increase our cultural abilities. Can we play with power, privilege and oppression in a way that increases our cultural humility? Let us use forum theatre to work through clinical vignettes inspired by the NADTA members’ experiences in research, clinical practice, supervision & advocacy.  Cultural Response/Ability Guidelines come to life! (3.0 CE hours)

C 4: Good Play/Bad Play - Creative Drama in Urban School Settings
Diana Feldman, MA, LCAT, RDT/BCT 
Darci Burch, MA, LCAT-P

Creative Drama in urban city schools can be challenging especially where poverty, neglect and violence are rampant. Diana Feldman founder and creator of the ENACT method in schools will introduce the challenges and successes of creating a "safe play space" in an unsafe environment using video, case histories and interaction. (3.0 CE hours)

C 5: Ambiguous Praxis: Global Neurobiological Evidence for Story Telling, and Role Play
John Bergman, MA, MT, RDT/BCT
Jessica Litwak, MFA, PhD, RDT

A neurobiological and experiential analysis of storytelling and role-play in multiple cultures as a subset of dramatic play.  Some stories and role-plays from global experts will be told/experienced electronically, and new neurobiologically driven techniques for role-play will be taught to practitioners. (3.0 CE hours)

C 6: Using Guided Visualization and Dramatic Play to Install Empowering Resources for Clients
Daniel Doyle, MA, LMFT, LPCC, Certified EMDR Therapist, RDT

This workshop will focus on client resourcing. Participants will be led through guided visualization and drama therapy exercises that can be used with clients to improve emotional regulation, affect tolerance, and beliefs about self-worth. Concepts and techniques from mindfulness practice and EMDR therapy will be included in the exercises. (3.0 CE hours)

C 7: Dueling Masks: Playing with Discomfort at the Intersections of Privilege & Oppression
Gary Raucher, MA, LMFT, RDT/BCT
F. Antonio Ramirez Hernandez, PsyD   
Denise Boston, PhD, RDT

Dramatic play and masks are used to explore concepts propounded by Dr. Kenneth Hardy on how to engage in constructive, progressive conversations on diversity, privilege, and oppression. We will explore distinguishing comfort from safety, the intersections of privileged and subjugated roles, and relational skills to work through dialogical impasses. (3.0 CE hours)

C 8: Growing Social Skills through Drama Therapy, Creativity and Play
Jahna Pahl, MA, LMFT
Nadine Browning, MA, MFTi

Drama therapy principles and techniques can make teaching social skills and social understanding a creative, playful, dynamic learning experience.  Together let's explore how drama therapy’s array of approaches and tools for encouraging personal and interpersonal growth can turn social skills instruction into a lively drama- and creative-arts-based shared group experience. (3.0 CE hours)

C 9: Life Story Theater with Individuals Who Were Formerly Incarcerated
Suraya Keating, MFT, RYT, RDT

This experiential workshop introduces participants to Marin Shakespeare’s approach to using Shakespeare to inspire original theater, build community and address relevant social issues among individuals who were formerly incarcerated.  We incorporate life story theater exercises, discussion of social justice issues, and a documentary capturing highlights from an original show. (3.0 CE hours)

C 10: Self Revelatory Performance to Transform Trauma and Shame
Sheila Rubin, LMFT, RDT/BCT
Dorothy Lemoult, MA, LMFTA, LMHCA

The experience of seeing oneself through another’s eyes can be deeply shaming or profoundly healing. Creating a container that is safe. Providing a bridge of attachment between aesthetic distance and aesthetics so that a person can open for their story to be witnessed in a way that can be profound. (3.0 CE hours)

All Conference Event - Closing Ceremony
12:00pm - 1:00pm