North American Drama Therapy Association

North American Drama Therapy Association


Tapping into the hive mind.. anyone have resources or suggested art based activities that PARENTS can utilize to engage their children in to address issues of Racism for mixed race children, ages 3-7yrs. Thanks in advance for any leads, creative thoughts, and suggestions!
🥳 Special 20% discount code 💝 find20 Code valid June 1st to 15th 2020. I'm excited to announce that my new book from Pavilion Publishing and Media is at the printers! With a Foreword from Professor Sue Jennings - the mother of Dramatherapy in the UK - and positive reviews from leading professionals in the field of mental health and education - this new resource will be a great addition for therapists and teachers, or anyone interested in working creatively, to promote mental well-being.
Free intro April 13th, 9:00 am PDT (45 min) click Train the Trainer Course: Tools and strategies for engaging online students. This is interactive, not a PowerPoint lecture, and designed for trainers and educators working online. The approach may be used in face to face situations as well, so tools will keep giving long after our time online is mandatory. This approach will utilize research and evidence-based activities that support: • Building a classroom climate online. • Engagement strategies. • Group and self-assessment tools supporting interest, questions, and inspiration.
Hello everyone. I hope you're all keeping safe and well. You were kind enough to allow me to post some information about this a few weeks ago. Given the self-isolating conditions we're all under; I thought you might like to watch something which is based on Drama Therapy. Stay safe and thank you:
Check out this article in Thrive Global with several drama therapists as contributors! #dramatherapy
The Positively Shameless Ensemble from Bangalore, India are our artists in residence this April. Their devised performance is based on aspects of child sexual abuse that endure into adulthood. Positively Shameless interweaves personal narrative with social commentary to create a playful, dramatic act of resistance and revelation that challenges the shame and silence that often surrounds survivors. April 9-12, Provincetown Playhouse.
Hola a todos! Interested in volunteering as a creative arts therapist in a beautiful, tropical Latin American country with a challenging target group? 13 months ago I started to work as a voluntary drama therapist at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) Honduras. I can tell you that it's a very intense, but incredibly enriching and valuable experience! Interested in becoming my colleague/follow-up? 👉…/volunteers/op…/creative-therapist.php… Feliz día! 🎭 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ¡Hola a todos! ¿Está interesado en ser voluntario como terapista creativa en el hermoso país Honduras con un grupo objetivo desafiante? Hace 13 meses que empecé a trabajar como dramaterapista voluntaria en la organización de Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) Honduras. Puedo decirles que es una experiencia muy intensa, pero increíblemente enriquecedora y valiosa. ¿Interesado en ser mi colega / sucesor? 👉…/volunteers/op…/creative-therapist.php… ¡Feliz día! 🎭
Training opportunities this summer for AT students in the Central Region. Come play with us in Omaha!
I am looking to connect with people that have a certification or are perusing a certification in both Dance/Movement Therapy and Drama therapy and with people that have a certification in both drama therapy and psychodrama. If you are one of those people please reach out to me. Angela Wiley [email protected]
Interested in how theatre-based processes can be used in psychotherapy, supervision, and to support growth and change? #DramaTherapy As Performance is a bold new stage and film series that begins this Feb 4-9! See live demonstrations of #rolemethod and #developmentaltransformations presented by our wonderful community of drama therapists. For more information and to get tickets:
OK, drama therapists! Last call to action. If anyone wants to buy a pack of Intersectional Feminist DT stickers to support the NATIVE WOMEN'S ASSOCIATION OF CANADA, send me a message via comments below and we can arrange payment/postage. $10 per pack of 4 stickers.
I met or heard from some of you at this weekend's NADTA conference that you're in private practice and aren't in the group I created for creative arts therapists in private practice. I'd love to have you join this friendly, helpful, and wise community!

The North American Drama Therapy Association promotes the responsible practice of drama therapy in the United States and Canada. NADTA Public Relations Packet:

The North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) was incorporated in 1979 to establish and uphold rigorous standards of professional competence for drama therapists. The organization maintains requirements that must be met to qualify as a registered drama therapist (RDT). NADTA promotes drama therapy through information and advocacy.

Mission: The North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) is a non-profit 501c6 organization incorporated in 1979 to establish and uphold high standards of professional competence and ethics among drama therapists; to develop criteria for training and registration; to sponsor publications and conferences; and to promote the profession of drama therapy through information and advocacy. The Association serves professionals and students in the United States and Canada, and the organization includes members throughout the world.

Happy Juneteenth! The NADTA wishes you a day of reflection, remembrance, and revolution! #BlackLivesMatter #NADTA #dramatherapy

Next Thursday, June 25th at 8p, EST/5pm PST, the NADTA Cultural Humility, Equity, & Diversity Committee presents…
Black Lives Matter Virtual Protest
Join us and support Black drama therapists and allied professionals as we gather in a call to action to demand and be active in social change. We are proud to share that this call will be facilitated by a collective of mostly Black clinicians, as we work to center and raise their voices in our community. All community members, family, friends, and colleagues are encouraged to join this movement! Demands and action steps will be addressed, and together we will become a community that consistently stands on the front line for social justice. The call has been offered. Will you answer?
#BlackLivesMatter #NADTA #DramaTherapistsAgainstWhiteSupremacy #DTAWS #SayTheirNames #NoJusticeNoPeace #DramaTherapy #CreativeArtsTherapy

The NADTA Student Committee continues its online initiative to connect with student members with a call for LGBTQ+ identified students. Join members of the committee and share thoughts about the queer experience in drama therapy educational programs.

*Please note this is a closed call for queer identified students only*

Jun 28, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Zoom information was emailed to student members! You can also reach out to [email protected]

#NADTA #dramatherapy #NADTAStudents #dramatherapystudents

The NADTA is your professional home and exists to protect and promote the profession of drama therapy.

Perhaps you have already made use of the extended 90-day grace period due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We encourage you to take a moment to renew your membership before the late fees are implemented on August 1, 2020.

The process is simple: visit today and click on “Renew Online” under the membership button.

You may also renew by mail or call us to renew by phone. Any questions regarding renewal, please contact our toll-free number (888) 416-7167.

This is your professional community. We value your membership and look forward to serving you during this unprecedented period of upheaval and change.

COVID-19 had caused immeasurable upheaval and stress for all of us, but in a particular way for our students in MA and AT programs, as well as our BCTs and educators!

The NADTA Education Chair worked with educators to develop new and interim policies to address many of the concerns of our students working towards their graduation and RDT requirements as well as their education guides!

An email with this information was sent to educators and students earlier this month, and to all members on Monday.

The policy changes can also be found here:

We're here for you and proud of you!
#NADTA #DramaTherapy #NADTABoardBusiness #NADTAStudents #DramaTherapyStudents

Tired and deeply grateful. We laid it all on the table for you this weekend!

Stay tuned for actionable items coming out of our time together- and thank you to those of you who joined us for our public forum this morning! Watch it on our page and soon on our YouTube channel!

NADTA Spring 2020 Board Meeting is a wrap!

#NADTA #NADTABoardBusiness
#dramatherapy #dramatherapists

Happening now: NADTA Spring Board Meeting Public Forum!
Join us on Zoom using the login information emailed to you! We are also live on Facebook and will post the replay to our YouTube Channel!

#NADTA #NADTABoardBusiness #dramatherapy #DramaTherapists

Drama Therapy Review

This week’s article highlight by Amir Atsmon and Susana Pendzik examines the clinical use of digital resources in contemporary drama therapy by interviewing seven leading practitioners from around the world. Interviewees commented on the therapeutic, dramatic, relational and ethical significance and impact of these practices, as well as on the ongoing digitization of society at large and its effects on their practice. Follow the link to read, “The clinical use of digital resources in drama therapy: An exploratory study of well-established practitioners”. Drama Therapy Review is free for members of the North American Drama Therapy Association or may be available through your library.

Your #NADTA Board is bringing all of their energy, dedication, passion, and playfulness to the unique circumstances of the Spring 2020 Board Meetings via Zoom! We hope you'll join us for the Public Forum on Sunday at 1pm EST/10am PST!

Check your email for Zoom information, and it will also be live streamed on our page, and posted to our YouTube Channel!

#NADTABoardBusiness #dramatherapy #DramaTherapists

Please see your email for the important statement:
NADTA CHEDC Position Statement: The Disregard for Black Life in America

created by your Cultural Humility, Equity, & Diversity Committee and ratified by your Board of Directors.

It will be linked on our website and included with the many other CHEDC Position statements created over the last several years.

#NADTA #dramatherapy #dramatherapists #dramatherapistsagainstwhitesupremacy #DTAWS #CHEDC #Blacklivesmatter

North American Drama Therapy Association Cultural Humility, Equity, & Diversity
Position Statement and Call to Action:

The North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) and the Cultural Humility, Equity, & Diversity Committee (CHEDC) recognize and take a strong stance against the historic and systemic injustices, as well as the senseless murders of Black people at the hands of police. As a community we are deeply hurting and grieving right now. It is imperative that we bring attention to the ways in which the Black community continues to experience collective trauma.

To our Black community members: we see you. The NADTA and CHEDC stand outraged and heartbroken with you. This is a modern-day lynching and we are in dire need of radical, systematic, and foundational change, and we pledge to stand on the frontlines of this movement. The NADTA wishes to stand alongside its Black committee members and all Black members. (Continued in statement)

NADTA Spring Board Meeting Public Forum

Sunday, June 7, 2020
7am-7:45am Hawaiian
10am-10:45am Pacific
11am-11:45am Mountain
12pm-12:45pm Central
1pm-1:45pm Eastern

We would like to welcome our members to join us for a portion of the weekend of our meetings!
This is an opportunity to meet your board of directors, to speak with us directly, and drop in and say hello.

Join the Zoom Meeting using the information emailed out to members (Limited to the first 100 participants)

We will be recording the meeting to post on our YouTube channel:

We will also be streaming the meeting live on our page:

We look forward to meeting with you!
Your NADTA Board of Directors

The NADTA HBCU Initiative, CHEDC Chair, and Membership Chair have aligned their energies, concerns, and have put together some immediate resources to share with our NADTA community during this unprecedented time in history.

Please see your email for a list of resources for self care especially for people of color, as well as resources for support and solidarity in anti-racism work.

We send our support and compassion to everyone during this time and hope that these few resources will be useful in some way.

CHEDC will be providing a formal statement with extensive resources shortly.

Thank you.
In Solidarity,
The HBCU Initiative/NADTA Education Chair, CHEDC Chair and Committee, and NADTA Membership Chair

Resources for Self-Care

Tips for Black People Who Are Struggling with this Very Painful Week:

Self-Care for People of Color after Psychological Trauma:

Resources for Offering Support and Solidarity

Resources for Engaging in Anti-Racism Work:

Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay – Chances are They’re Not:

Affirming Black Lives Without Inducing Trauma:

Calling all members to revive and return to the DRAMA THERAPISTS AGAINST WHITE SUPREMACY CAMPAIGN.

The Drama Therapists Against White Supremacy Campaign addresses police brutality and white supremacy that is killing Black people, men, women, and gender diverse individuals. Racism exists in all social aspects of life, internalized within our communities, families, and within ourselves.  Join the three-years old Drama Therapists Against White Supremacy Campaign and revive it, add to it, make it relevant for today! It is our collective response/ability to stand with our Black communities, members, and clients. It is nothing less than a matter of life and death. 

Find spaces and resources for Black, Indigenous and people of color to connect and support each other;

Address the white supremacy in your institutions; 

Make your practice more culturally response/able.


#NADTA #dramatherapy #DramaTherapists #creativeartstherapy #creativeartstherapies #dramatherapistsagainstwhitesupremacy #DTAWS #BlackLivesMatter

Public Forum Test

Testing the public forum live stream! Hello NADTA Members!

The NADTA stands with our Black Members, Black Clients, and all Black Folx... Now and always!

#BlackOutTuesday #DramaTherapistsAgainstWhiteSupremacy

These are the faces of the NADTA Cultural Humility, Equity, & Diversity Committee. We are here to create spaces for inclusion. We are here to create spaces for change. We are here to support growth within the drama therapy community. We are here in service of you. We are your advocates. We are ready to get messy and dive into the challenges that we face as clinicians, artists, and human beings. 

Please reach out to [email protected] with ANY questions, comments or concerns.

#DramaTherapistsAgainstWhiteSupremacy #DramaTherapy #NADTACHEDC #NADTA #SocialJustice

What do you do when your job requires personal contact? These Oaklanders got creative — Berkeleyside

A therapist, photographer and hairstylist have innovated to continue their practice in quarantine. A therapist, photographer and hairstylist have innovated to continue their practice in quarantine.

The Canadian Region includes all the provinces of Canada.

Canadian Region: Marleigh Chapman, MA, CCC, RDT, [email protected]


#Followfriday #NADTA #Dramatherapy #dramatherapists #easternregion #centralregion #westernregion #canadianregion #membership #RDT #BCT

The Western Region includes the following U.S. States: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

Western Region: Danielle Levanas, MA, LCAT, RDT, [email protected]


#Followfriday #NADTA #Dramatherapy #dramatherapists #easternregion #centralregion #westernregion #canadianregion #membership #RDT #BCT

The Central Region includes the following U.S. States: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin.

Central Region: Nina Garcia, LPC Intern, RDT, CCTP, [email protected]

@NADTA.Central Region

#Followfriday #NADTA #Dramatherapy #dramatherapists #easternregion #centralregion #westernregion #canadianregion #membership #RDT #BCT

The Eastern Region includes the following U.S. States: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia.
Eastern Region: Craig Flickinger, MA, LCAT, RDT, [email protected]


#Followfriday #NADTA #Dramatherapy #dramatherapists #easternregion #centralregion #westernregion #canadianregion #membership #RDT #BCT

On Wednesday, we shared about the Drama Therapy Mapping Tool for finding BCTs across North America and internationally. But do you know how to connect with other drama therapists and drama-therapists-to-be in your area? 

The NADTA is divided into 4 regions: Eastern, Central, Western, and Canadian. Each region has a page, a Facebook Group, and an Instagram (Tri-State folks may notice that the old Tri-State Instagram has a new identity!). Each region also has an amazing Regional Representative, who is your first and best contact and support in your area! 

Check out the profiles to follow this #FollowFriday, and use them to connect with others in your area who are passionate about the field of drama therapy!

#NADTA #Dramatherapy #dramatherapists #easternregion #centralregion #westernregion #canadianregion #membership #RDT #BCT

We've gotten a lot of questions about the awesome new Drama Therapy Mapping Tool:, created by Membership Chair Lucy McLellan, and her team, so we wanted to provide a bit more information!

1. At this time, the map only covers BCTs. It was a huge undertaking to create, so it was necessary to begin with a subset of our membership! We hope that by listing our BCTs it would also support students and those interested in pursuing the Alternative Training track to find trainers to support them on their journey!

2. We hope in the future to expand this tool! If you are interested in supporting this effort, you can email Lucy at [email protected], to be added to a committee!

3. If you are an RDT that is interested in having your private practice listed on Find a Drama Therapist, you can complete the form here: and email it to [email protected] 

Stay tuned for more information about ways to connect with other drama therapists near you!

#NADTA #Dramatherapy #dramatherapists #boardcertifiedtrainers #BCTs #membership


[05/05/20]   This Thursday, May 7 at 8pm EST/5pm PST the Cultural Humility, Equity, & Diversity Committee presents:

The Covid-19 Pandemic Series Part 2 of 2: Showing Up Incomplete During the Covid-19 Pandemic, An Essential Hero's Journey

Covid-19 has much of the world sheltering in place, though many of us in our roles as drama therapists are finding ourselves in the journey of the essential worker.

Join drama therapists Mallory Minerson (MA, RDT, CCC, LPN), Carlos Rodriguez-Perez (MA, RDT/BCT, LCAT), and Craig Flickinger (MA, RDT, LCAT) on behalf of The NATDA Cultural Humility, Equity, & Diversity Committee (CHEDC), as they offer space to model and share our current experience of the hero's or essential worker's journey, acknowledging that they are incomplete.

We invite you to bring your own roles, guides, and obstacles to share in a collective destination.

Zoom Meeting ID: 871 5511 4427
Password: 372512

#NADTA #dramatherapy #herosjourney #essentialworkers #covidcoping

Drama Therapy Review

Special Call for Reflective Essays on COVID-19 & Drama Therapy for Drama Therapy Review

COVID-19 has changed many of our lives and the ways in which we work as drama therapists. We are interested in highlighting your responses to these times as part of our community's knowledge base. How has the pandemic altered the way you are living, practicing, supervising, teaching, and researching? What challenges have arisen and what new creative learnings have come from these times? What are you noticing when translating drama therapy concepts, processes, approaches and techniques into teleheath? What about drama therapy seems possible to transfer and what seems challenging? How are you thinking about creating safety or a creative container with clients online? What have you noticed about systemic inequities and the impact on mental health and the provision of care including drama therapy? How has your self care practice transformed during this time?

You are invited to submit a brief self-reflexive essay or commentary between 1500-2000 words on the impact of COVID-19 on your work as a drama therapist. Essays will go through an accelerated review process and a selection will be considered for publication. Submissions are due June 1, 2020.

Please submit your essay or any questions to Drama Therapy Review at: [email protected]
General Guidelines for submissions can be found:

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