Diversity Dialogue brought to you by your NADTA Cultural Humility, Equity and Diversity Committee...

Meaningful Allyship 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
8 PM Eastern Time / 5 PM Western Time
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*Please note this is a closed call for white-identified participants.*

The Cultural Humility, Diversity and Equity Committee is pleased to invite NADTA members to continue reflecting on race inside and outside the clinical space. Reflection calls are offered on different dates, creating people of color identified participants, white identified participants, and mixed spaces for members who are interested in cross-racial dialogue about race inside and outside clinical spaces. These calls also create space to reflect on the participation in the #Drama Therapists Against White Supremacy Campaign.


Robin and Kristen are excited to join forces for round two of NADTA’s Diversity Dialogue, focusing on Meaningful Allyship. New participants are welcome to join this call. During our conversation, we will explore the meaning of allyship and identify 5 tips for being a white ally. We will also take a look at the underlying barriers and pitfalls, and share strategies for being an upstander. Robin and Kristen will invite us to investigate ways to deepen our self-awareness, build a knowledge base, and sharpen antiracist skills. Finally, we will propose drama therapy applications to engage in meaningful allyship through our work. 


Kristen Brookes, RDT, LCAT is a Registered Drama Therapist and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist with 20 years of experience in the field. She graduated with her master’s degree in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Kristen has worked as a site director, drama therapist, and clinical counselor with ENACT, Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY), and Counseling in Schools (CIS). She has presented trainings and workshops at the North American Drama Therapy Association Conference (NADTA), Expressive Therapies Summit, Face to Face: Arts In Education Round Table, Water & Stone, Columbia University, and has provided professional development for a number of public schools and organizations throughout New York City. Kristen has a private practice in Brooklyn and offers professional supervision, training, and consulting. Through all her roles, she uses an anti-oppressive, compassion-based lens to awaken possibilities and build community.

Robin Schlenger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Supervisor and Antiracist Consultant and Organizer with over 10 years of supervisory experience.  She received her master’s degree in Social Work and SIFI certification from New York University and has been studying and using psychodrama and drama therapy for over 5 years. She was the clinical director for a local community based organization for several years before starting her own business.

Her experience includes providing clinical supervision with an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens for social workers, creative arts therapists and licensed mental health counselors as well as having worked in psychiatric hospitals, therapeutic schools, children’s residential facilities, outpatient treatment centers, NYC public schools, and private practice (individual and group therapy).

Robin continues to provide individual and group supervision with an antiracist/antioppressive focus and is currently a consultant with MPG Consulting, where she specializes in facilitating presentations, trainings, and workshops that are rooted in restorative and anti-racist principles. She also serves on the leadership team of European Dissent (ED) which is an Affinity Group of The People's Institute of Survival and Beyond.  ED is a group of people of European descent who "dissent" from the ideology of white supremacy and organize together with other whites and people of color to undo racism.

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