From Theory to Practice:
The Drama Therapist’s Toolbox

Conference: Saturday, October 28, 2017

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

SM 1: Developmental Transformations (DvT) and Yoga - A Yoga workshop inspired by DvT!
Mira Rozenberg, MA, RDT/BCT

Yoga engages the mind and body through a series of postures, breathing and meditation. Developmental Transformations (DvT) is an active, playful, embodied practice. This workshop will get right into the body through a yoga practice spiced with a playful DvT flavour. Your opportunity to energize, relax, stretch, move, breathe and play! 

SM 2: Alternative Track Meeting 
Adam Reynolds, PhD (abd), MSW, MFA, LCSW, CASAC, RDT/BCT
Open to anyone who is curious or who has questions about Alternative Training in drama therapy.

SM 3: Ethics Meeting
Patrick Hughes, MA, RDT, LMHC

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

All Conference Event - Keynote Speech
9:00am - 10:30am

KN: Keynote Speech - Drama Therapy and the Invisible Realm
Susana Pendzik, PhD, RDT

Dramatic reality—a resourceful composite of imaginary & tangible worlds that are reinvented when clients agree to partake of them—intersects with shamanism, arts, spirituality & psychotherapy; a profound awareness of the invisible & a focused engagement with it is shared, intertwined through exploration as it illuminates & is illuminated by drama therapy thinking.
Click Here for more information on the Keynote Presentation
(1.5 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

Susana Pendzik, PhD, RDT is head of the Dramatherapy Graduate Program at Tel Hai Academic College, lecturer (Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Dramatherapy Institute, Switzerland), supervisor and therapist in private practice.

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

B 1: Holding the Holocaust: The Witness Theater Model of Therapeutic Theater 
Sally Shatzkes, MA, LCAT, RDT
Jessica Asch, MA, LCAT-LP, RDT
Barbara Kaynan, MA, LCAT-P
Andrea Stefens, MA, LCAT, RDT
Jenny Velarde, MA, LCAT, RDT

Witness Theater is a trauma-informed therapeutic theater model.  Through this workshop, participants will be 
equipped with practical tools from the Witness Theater model to structure and hold therapeutic theater processes,
including the following stages: group cohesion, story sharing, theater training, script development, play building, 
public performance and reflection & processing. 
(1.5 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

B 2: Digging Deep For Ancient Tools: Drama Therapy and Dementia Care
Maria Scaros-Mercado, LCAT, RDT/BCT

Can it be drama therapy if the group's communication is confabulated and familiar objects are unrecognizable?  
This session will explore how reexamining our theory and practice and those of other interventions can inform 
the search for character and story in a group of lost identities and fractured thoughts. 
(1.5 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

B 3: Once upon a hospital stay: Therapeutic Storymaking with Children in the Medical Setting
Rebecca Versaci, MA, LCAT-P, CCLS, RDT

In this workshop participants will explore how therapeutic storymaking might be used meet the psychosocial 
needs of children within the medical setting. Participants will experience several storymaking interventions with 
the goals of helping pediatric patients improve coping, facilitate emotional expression, and promote insight.
(1.5 CE hours - NBCC)

B 4: The UK Dramatherapist's Toolbox: BADth’s Journal Writing & Work Survey Project 2017
Emma Ramsden, PhD, BADth member UK
Alyson Coleman, PhD, BADth member UK

Having delivered the keynote address at the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) annual conference in 
September, Dr. Emma Ramsden is joined by the current Chair, Dr. Alyson Coleman, to illuminate ’The UK 
Dramatherapist's Toolbox’.  This paper presents findings from the journal writing and work survey project
conducted in Spring 2017.
(1.5 CE hours - NBCC)

B 5: Research: Focus Group & ABR on Roles/Tools of Drama Therapists in Schools
Christine Mayor, MA, RDT

You are invited to a semi-structured focus group discussion and arts-based research data collection on the 
question: What are the roles and tools drama therapists draw upon when working in K-12 schools? Workshop 
participants must sign informed consent to participate, including being audio-recorded and photographed. REB approval #5439
(1.5 CE hours - NBCC)

B 6: Designing Social Equity Position Statements, Creation of Theory and Better Practice
Jessica Bleuer, MA, MEd, CCC, RDT
Patrick Hughes, MA, LMHC, RDT

As encouraged in the Guidelines on Cultural Response/Ability, Drama Therapists engage in advocacy and acts 
of solidarity on issues that negatively impact our clients, and support organizational discourse and policy 
development. Let’s explore, delve into the theories behind, and improve the practice of generating NADTA’s 
position statements.
(1.5 CE hours - NBCC)

B 7: Trauma Drama: An Evidence-Informed, Improvisational Theater-based Intervention for Youth
Sarah Kostecki, MA, LMHC, RDT   

An introduction to the Trauma Drama model and interactive demonstration of how Trauma Drama uniquely synthesizes elements of improvisational theater and cooperative play into a therapeutic framework grounded in the core components of complex trauma intervention for treatment of youth with complex trauma. 
(1.5 CE hours - NBCC)

B 8: Going Mental:  Stopping Mental Health Stigma Through Performance
Randy Mulder, MA, RDT/BCT

How can performance stop stigma?  This workshop examines the process and outcomes when adults with chronic psychiatric disabilities train and perform with a professional company, Village Playback Theatre, to provide interactive performances for audiences and performers to speak up about their relationship to mental illness. 
(1.5 CE hours - NBCC)

B 9: Drama Therapy and Refugees: Finding Home
Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT/BCT
Heidi Landis, LCAT, TEP, RDT/BCT

Drama therapy has been used to support displaced persons. Participants will become familiar with relevant terms 
and statistics and will be guided through the use of trauma-informed drama therapy with refugees resettling in the 
USA. Three experiential examples will be provided and followed with discussion.
(1.5 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

Afternoon Long Workshops
1:15pm - 4:15pm

B 10: Adding Omega Transpersonal Drama Therapy Techniques to Your Toolbox 
Saphira Linden, MA, TEP, LCAT, RDT/BCT
Petrina McGowen, MA, RDT, LMFT
Daniel Wiener, PhD, Lic. Psychologist, LMFT, RDT/BCT
Nathaniel Warren-White, MA, RDT
Jackie Newman, MA, LSW, CNS, LDN, RDT
Chris Carbone, MA, CHHC, E-RYT, RDT

This workshop features mini-presentations of distinctive techniques from five drama therapists affiliated with 
Omega Theater. In small groups, participants share the experience of using these presented techniques, which 
embody Omega’s 12 Transpersonal Drama Therapy principles. Participants may then discover how some of 
these principles inform their own drama therapy work.
(3.0 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

B 11: The Embodiment of Attachment in the Mirror Game
Rinat Feniger-Schaal, PhD
This workshop is based on a multidisciplinary study that used the mirror game as a paradigm to study interpersonal interaction. Resulting from this study, we developed a rating scale for the mirror-game which we find to be connected to attachment classification. In this experiential workshop we will share the knowledge we gained. 
(3.0 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

B 12:  Whose Sex Life Is it, Anyway?  An Ethnodramatic Exploration with Adults with DD/ID
Stephen Snow, PhD, RDT/BCT
Miranda D’Amico, PhD
Eric Mongerson, MFA
Mira Rozenberg, MA, RDT
Shyam Anandampillai, MA 
Christina Opolko, MA
Michael de Jong, BA
Shelley Snow, Ph.D., MTA

This panel examines the results of a study which investigated how the ethnodramatherapy approach helped adults with developmental disabilities explore their experiences of intimacy, romance and sexuality. Results demonstrated the empowering effects on the participants, expressing their authentic voice on this topic, as well as audiences’ responses to their performance.
(3.0 CE hours - NBCC)

B 13: Addressing Sociopolitical Traumas From Theory-To-Practice Through Theatre of the Oppressed 
Jessica Bleuer, MA, MEd, CCC, RDT
Carmen White, PhD, RDT/BCT
Diana Elizabeth Jordan, MFA/OTA
Idalid Diaz Posada, MA, CCC
Kamran Afray, PhD 

As Drama Therapists we are encouraged to learn about the sociopolitical issues that impact the psychological 
welfare of our clients (Guidelines 3: Commitment to Cultural Response/Ability). Let’s use Theatre of the 
Oppressed techniques to process, theorize and practice addressing 2017 sociopolitical traumas for ourselves, 
our clients, and our communities.
(3.0 CE hours - NBCC)

B 14: Using Masks and Other Created Objects in Drama Therapy - Finding Hope and Meaning
Yehudit Silverman, R-DMT, RDT

Yehudit will present photographs and video clips to demonstrate the use of created objects and masks in her work 
with suicide, interfaith dialogue, and trauma. There will be an experiential component where participants will 
create a sculptural object and learn ways of integrating the created object into drama therapy work.
(3.0 CE hours - NBCC)

B 15: Perspectives on the Self in Performance
Pam Dunne, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, RDT/BCT
David Johnson, PhD, RDT/BCT
Renee Emunah, PhD, RDT/BCT
Susana Pendzik, PhD, RDT
Stephen Snow, PhD, RDT/BCT
Armand Volkas, MFA, MA, LMFT, RDT/BCT
Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT/BCT
Anna Seymour, PhD, HCPC, BADth registered supervisor, PFHEA, RDT
Drew Bird, MEd, BSc (Hons) PGDip Dramatherapy, Dip SW
Maria Hodermarska, MA, LCAT, CASAC, RDT/BCT

Editors and chapter contributors of the new book, The Self in Performance will discuss Self-Revelatory and Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance. Topics include the function of the director/therapist, the role of the audience, terminology, individual vs. social impact, areas for future research, methods, and the value of theatrical self-reflection in drama therapy training.
(3.0 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

B 16: Tabletop Journey
Andrew Gaines, PhD, LCAT, RDT/BCT

Combining the Hero’s Journey with Role Method and World Technique, this original framework makes the healing
process accessible for a wide variety of populations. Seated with small objects, Tabletop Journey affords greater
control and containment, yet the stories it reveals can release profound spontaneity and connection among 
(3.0 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

B 17: The ACTsmart Toolbox: Engaging and Empowering Teens Using Dramatic Action Methods 
Becca Greene-Van Horn, MA, LCAT, RDT/BCT

The ACTSMART Program teaches middle and high school students to work creatively, with their own and their peers’ issues, and to give back to the community, through interactive performance. Dramatic action methods are drawn from Improv, Playback, Psycho/Sociodrama, Role Play and Drama Therapy Games. Participants will leave with practical skills.
(3.0 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

Late Afternoon Short Workshops
4:30pm - 6:00pm

B 18: Defining "Creativity" in Drama Therapy: Building a Contemporary Psychological Framework
Jason Frydman, MA, LCAT, RDT

As a profession, drama therapy situates itself among the creative arts therapies. This workshop will break down 
the contemporary core construct of creativity as it is understood by recent psychological research. Currently, 
creativity is defined as the interplay of top-down and bottom-up processes. Relevance to drama therapy theory 
and practical applications for practice will be discussed. 
(1.5 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

B 19: Unpacking play: What is really happening in our sessions?
Renee Pitre, MA, RDT/BCT

In the drama therapy field, we have established through theories and methods that play is beneficial to our clients.
What we are lacking, though, is clarity on what we mean by play. Case material and ideas around play in practice
will be presented in hopes of gaining some further insight. 
(1.5 CE hours - NBCC)

B 20: The ACTing Cure - Strengths-based Group Techniques for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Andrea Szucs, LMSW, RDT

This workshop presents Strengths-based experiential Group Techniques for People with Intellectual and Psychiatric Disabilities.
TheACTing Cure – is a hybrid group model designed for the ID/DD population blending tools of Positive 
Psychology, Role Theory, Group Dynamics and Character Strengths with techniques and elements of Interactive 
Behavioral Therapy, Action Methods, Positive Interventions and Improvisation.
(1.5 CE hours - NBCC)

B 21: Trauma? Do We Dare? Having the Hard Conversations
Erinn Webb, MA, RDT
Sarah Pizer-Bush, MA

Are kids experiencing trauma? How do we know if we don’t ask? What stops us from asking? Join us for an 
exploration of how to apply the trauma-centered model to working with kids & institutions. The presenters will 
draw from their work in the ALIVE program.
(1.5 CE hours - NBCC)

B 22: The Little House At Pooh Corner: And Other Fairy Tales
Stephanie Omens, MA, LCAT, CCLS, RDT

Clinical case examples will be used to describe how adults attempt to control events and protect from painful 
realities by projecting these onto children. The presenter’s experience helping families face life threatening 
medical conditions in their children has helped her leverage DvT to support telling the truth.
(1.5 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

B 23: Role Theory in Drama Therapy: Past, Present and Future
Robert Landy, PhD, LCAT, RDT/BCT

Robert Landy will discuss his version of role theory in drama therapy praxis since its inception in his 1986 
seminal text, Drama Therapy, Concepts and Practices. He will speak to the history of role theory and speculate 
as to its future directions within university and private training models.
(1.5 CE hours - NBCC)

B 24: Research, is that your tool?
Natardia Lee Soy, MA
Brooke Campbell, MA, LCAT, RDT/BCT
Jason Conover, LCAT, CASAC, RDT/BCT

When research is in your toolbox clients are better served.  Understanding a lived experience through the lens 
of the collective experience highlights the power of research.  Research gives the therapist the opportunity for 
understanding the clients’ cultural persona. When performed on stage research becomes a living story.
(1.5 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

B 25: Presence and Absence in Long Distance Grief Work
Doug Ronning, MA, LMFT, RDT/BCT
Grace Schuchner

Crossing language, culture, and thousands of miles between Buenos Aires and San Francisco, two drama 
therapists - participant and facilitator - embarked on a self-revelatory grief process through seven sessions 
conducted over the internet. Come explore with us lessons learned about separation, connection, cross-cultural 
communication, scene setting, and virtual witnessing.
(1.5 CE hours - NBCC)

Evening Offerings

7:00pm - 8:00pm
S 1: Student Meet & Greet with the Board
Jason D. Butler, PhD, LCAT, RDT/BCT, President 
Laura Wood, PhD, LPC, RDT/BCT, President Elect
NADTA Board of Directors
NADTA Student Committee 

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

7:00pm - 8:30pm
P 3: Marilyn, Norma Jean, & Me: An Embodied Case Narrative
Dana Trottier, MA, LCAT, RDT

Through performance, the therapeutic relationship between a drama therapist and a patient in acute care is presented. Stories that have lived in the body are performed in an aesthetic way incorporating theory and practice. Embodied Case Narrative (ECN) is introduced as a tool to communicate the work of a drama therapist. 
(1.5 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

All Conference Event - President's Reception
8:30pm - 11:00pm

R 2: President’s Reception
Jason D. Butler, PhD, LCAT, RDT/BCT, President 

Join President Jason Butler 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, hors d'oeuvres, a no-host bar, and entertainment that is sure to delight.