From Theory to Practice:
The Drama Therapist’s Toolbox

Pre-Conference: Thursday October 26, 2017
*Registration Opens at 8am*

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

PC 1: Principles of Drama Therapy
Jason D. Butler, PhD, LCAT, RDT/BCT, President
Laura Wood, PhD, LMHC, RDT/BCT, President-Elect

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.
(6.0 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

PC 2: Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Ethnodramatherapy
Stephen Snow, PhD, RDT/BCT

Ethnodramatherapy is an integrative method devised by Dr. Stephen Snow for research projects at The Centre for the Arts in Human Development at Concordia University. It combines the research practices of Ethnodrama with the clinical process of Drama Therapy, and, in this way, provides a therapeutic experience for research participants.
(6.0 CE hours - NBCC)

PC 3: Sociodrama Intensive: The Facilitator's Toolbox

This experiential workshop introduces classic sociodrama, a powerful, effective group action method that allows its members to creatively enact and examine issues that are common to the group. Participants will learn to choose from an aray of techniques to facilitate a sociodrama while safely honoring the strengths and wisdom of the group. 
(6.0 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

PC 4: Mindfulness, Meditation, and Drama Therapy: Adding Insight Improv to Your Therapy Toolbox
Joel Gluck, MEd, RDT

Mindfulness and meditation are now an important part of any therapist's toolbox, and work beautifully in conjunction with creative arts therapy approaches. Come explore how to integrate mindfulness into one's drama therapy practice, using sitting meditation, authentic movement, psolodrama, and other techniques from Insight Improvisation.
(6.0 CE hours - NBCC)

Early Morning Short Workshop
9:00 am - 10:30 am

PC 5: Response-Based Drama Therapy: A Viable Option for Youth Experiencing Anxiety
Kim Sholinder, MA, RCC    
Laura Brown, MA, RCC
Response-Based practice and Drama Therapy techniques lend themselves well to working with youth experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Kim and Laura provide a clear overview of Response-Based language to provide non-pathologizing support in a drama therapy group designed for youth experiencing anxiety in a community mental health setting. 
(1.5 CE hours - NBCC)

Late Morning Short Workshop
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

PC 6: Changing Locus of Control through Drama Therapy
Sally Bailey, MFA, MSW, RDT/BCT

Through drama therapy techniques learn what Locus of Control (LOC) is and why it is a valuable therapeutic concept. 
You will leave the session with your current LOC score and an understanding of how drama therapy can transform
external LOC to an internal one.
(1.5 CE hours - NBCC)

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

PC 7: Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Theory and Application for Drama Therapists
Cecilia Dintino, PsyD, RDT
Mary Roohan, MA 

We will explore the theoretical underpinnings of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), emphasizing both emotion 
regulation and dialectical orientation. We will demonstrate how to teach a number of key DBT skills through 
drama therapy techniques. Our goal is to make these skills accessible for drama therapists to incorporate into 
their own practice. 
(3.0 CE hours – NBCC & NYS)

Late Afternoon Short Workshops
5:00pm - 6:30pm

PC 8: Creating Peer-Led Drama Therapy Support Groups in Colombia
Jessica Northam, MA

This session will examine the year long experience of drama therapy groups for internally displaced women in 
Barranquilla, Colombia's barrio Las Gardenias and the development of peer-led drama therapy support groups to
improve community well being in government constructed relocation housing. 
(1.5 CE hours - NBCC)

PC 9: Family Centered Treatment and Drama Therapy: Utilizing Embodied interventions in Family Therapy
Lisa Hilt, MA, LCAS-A, RDT,

Family Centered Treatment (FCT) is an evidence based family preservation model of home based treatment. 
Participants will gain knowledge of the four phases of the FCT model and practice integrating embodied 
interventions in each phase to prevent the dissolution of the family due to external and internal stressors and 
(1.5 CE hours - NBCC)

PC 10: The Drama Therapist's Marketing ToolBelt
Jodi Rabinowitz, MA, LPC, RDT

Congratulations- you got your Master's in Drama Therapy! Now what? Learn creative and effective tools to 
promote yourself in the job market as a Drama Therapist. This practical and experiential workshop is aimed 
at students, new graduates, and clinicians looking to improve their careers.
(1.5 CE hours - NBCC)

PC 11: Clown Personae: an Embodied Approach to Existential Psychotherapy
Daphne Morin, BA

This presentation aims to investigate the clown persona's potential to bypass defenses formed around existential 
anxiety. Using humor, the clown bumbles through the absurdity of existence. I will argue that the clown has the 
potential to develop a more flexible relationship between the self and potentially ego-threatening existential 

Newcomer Dinner 
6:30pm - 8:00pm

ND 1: Newcomer Dinner 
This offsite 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 - 9:00pm

P 1: "Only a Girl", the life of Irene Gut Opdyke
Jen Faith Brown, MFA

“Only a Girl” is a two-character play with music and film images that chronicles the true story of Irene Gut Opdyke. Irene was a 17-year-old Polish girl who helped save hundreds of lives during World War II and the Holocaust. The play is based on personal interviews with Mrs. Opdyke. 
(2.0 CE hours)

Student Forum
8:30pm - 10:00pm

SF 1: Student Forum
Paula Heller, MA

The student forum is fantastic opportunity for students in various programs and also from the alternative track to connect in person and begin developing professional networks.   Experimental dramatic play and group activity round out this social experience.