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NADTA 44th Annual Conference
Thursday, October 12, 2023 8:00 AM EDT to Sunday, October 15, 2023
Category: Events


October 12 - 15, 2023
Niagara Falls, NY


Choose Your Own Path: Traversing the Multitudes of Drama Therapy

Drama therapists have vastly different professional experiences from country to region to province to state to city to town to neighborhood. The theme this year centers on the breadth of our field and the many paths available in defining our roles as drama therapists and humans. We aim to traverse the multitudes of drama therapy by:

  • Exploring the numerous career paths a drama therapist can choose and the systems in which we work
  • Inspecting ways in which drama therapy can continue to reinvent itself to better serve the community and create a more equitable field
  • Investigating how the avenue of drama therapy promotes wellness and resiliency within the community
  • Practicing cultural competency in order to guide our work, and recognize the diverse experiences of those we serve

In this year’s conference, we seek to showcase the various roles in which a drama therapist may engage. Roles that are more obvious, such as clinician, researcher, educator, and advocate, as well as roles that are lesser known, such as performer, healer, witness, and the many unlisted others.

We want to explore how the current field of drama therapy is represented:

  • Why is it important for drama therapists to explore the roles in which they actively engage? And alternately, the roles in which they cannot or avoid engaging?
  • What does practicing drama therapy entail and signify to our members?
  • How are we advancing the use of drama therapy while challenging ourselves as a community to continue to grow and thrive?
  • In what ways can the use of drama therapy assist the community in creating new paths forward?
  • In a world that is forever changing, how does the role of a drama therapist continue to shift to meet the needs of clients and those executing the work? 

Call For Proposals

The NADTA strongly suggests that you draft your proposal information in advance using the Call for Proposal Guide. As our current platform does not allow users to save their content, we recommend users fill out the PDF with all information, then start the electronic form.

For accessibility or assistance with completing a proposal, please contact the conference chair at [email protected] or the Program Chair at [email protected].

The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, March 27th, 2023 at 11:59pm EST.

2023 Conference Committee

NADTA Committee Members

Vice President: Craig Flickinger
Conference Co-Chairs: Monica Blanchette & Chelsea Weck
Program Co-Chairs: Marleigh Chapman & Abbie Truax
Marketing Chair: Amanda Sasser

NADTA Office

Office Administrator: Isma Pervaiz

Continuing Education (CE)

NADTA Conference sessions may be accepted for the following types of Continuing Education: 

  • LCAT CE Hours
    North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) has been approved to provide continuing education to LCATs in New York State. Provider Number: #CAT-0027.
  • NBCC CE Hours
    North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6819. Programs that do not qualify for National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) credit are clearly identified.  NADTA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
Please contact your licensing or credentialing organization to ask if they will accept these CE Hours
       Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit or NYS LCAT credit will be identified in the schedule. Instructions will be given at the conference for the procedures to follow in order to obtain CE Hours. Please note that you must request your NBCC or LCAT Certificate within 30 days after the conference.