The Western Region of the NADTA in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest presents...

Drama as Therapy and Theatre for Change during Challenging Times: A Symposium for Multiple Practices

Date: Saturday, May 11,2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: 3333 NW Industrial St, Portland, Oregon
Cost: $95, or $65 for students with valid ID 
Scholarships available



  • 9: 00 - 10:10 am Keynote: All Together Now
  • 10:15 am - 12:40 pm Breakout I:
         - Expand the World
         - Reducing Racism: Cross-Cultural Performances to Bridge Diverse People
  • 12:45 - 1:40 pm: Lunch
  • 1:45 - 4:10 pm Breakout II:
    Through the Looking Glass of Play: DvT in Times of Messiness&Turbulence
         - Healing the War Within: Mindful Self-Compassion through Therapeutic Doubling...
  • 4:15 - 5:30 pm Interactive Closing: Playback Theater Portland

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Free breakfast & parking/TriMet bus#15

Lunch Options: brown bag lunch-sandwich wraps/ food truck-bratwursts & veggie/ or local lunch on your own

Afternoon Performance by Playback PDX 

Symposium Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to identify the impact and importance of multimodal creative arts therapies as approaches in the mental health counseling and education fields.

2. Participants will be able to reference recent research on the psychological benefits of Mindful Self-Compassion and other self-care approaches in expressive therapies and arts.

3. Participants will be able to learn and use basic components of the drama therapy method, Developmental Transformations (DvT) in their clinical or educational practice with individuals and groups in the community.

4. Participants will be able to implement two or more drama therapy, psychodrama, and applied theatre techniques to their clinical and educational work with diverse, cross-cultural populations.

5. Participants will be able to participate in story-making and storytelling, core therapeutic tools of playback theatre that integrate with drama therapeutic aims toward awareness of the individual’s role and group’s support in compassionate community building.

Questions/Inquiries: Contact Chairperson, Mimi Savage Ph.D. RDT/BCT at