North American Drama Therapy Association

North American Drama Therapy Association


Good morning everyone! I wanted to share information about open job opportunities with Counseling in Schools in NYC. See info below and feel free to message me if you have any questions!

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Counseling in Schools, Inc. (CIS) is seeking applicants to directly work in NYC public schools in Bronx and Queens providing individual, group, family art therapy/counseling and overall support services which might include classroom push-ins, collaboration with teachers, etc. Applicants must have a Master's degree in one of the following fields: Creative Arts Therapy, Social Work and/or Mental Health Counseling. CIS provides regular clinical supervision, licensing hours, and professional development to all staff.

Please submit a cover letter along with your updated resume. In the cover letter, applicants should reference: interest in full time and/or part time positions, preference for elementary, middle, or a high school settings, and borough locations of school sites you are able to commute to.

Qualifications -

Licensed Master’s level degree in Art Therapy such as: Art Therapy, Drama Therapy, Music Therapy and Dance Movement Therapy
Bilingual in Spanish
Time management and organizational skills
Professional communication skills
Self-starter, takes initiative, motivated, and committed

Preferred Skills-

Experience in school-based programs
Experience in crisis intervention and de-escalation
Experience with school aged children
Salary is 50K-57K, commensurate with experience and level of responsibility.
Early bird discount ends March 22nd for the online Psychodrama Conference! Brochure information and registration now available at:
⚠️CALL FOR PAPERS ⚠️: Breathing Beyond Borders: Racial Justice and Decolonial Healing Practices ( Drama Therapy Review - Issue 9.1)

This Special Issue of Drama Therapy Review is a special call to drama therapists and drama therapy students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Color to share current and ancestral healing practices and perspectives.

Please read the full call for papers here:

This special issue is guest edited by Britton Williams (USA) and Refiloe Lepere (South Africa) and the deadline is August 1st 2022.

Britton and Refiloe will hold a gathering for anyone interested in contributing to this special issue to ask questions and share ideas on Friday May 6, 2022 at 11am EST/ 6pm SAST and you can register by signing up on here:

For any questions, please email [email protected]

This issue of DTR is presented as a collaboration between the North American Drama Therapy Association and Dramatherapy: Journal of the British Association of Dramatherapists who led a special issue on similar themes.

📸 Credits: Etinosa Osayimwen
Join the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute faculty who will facilitate six of the exciting 65 online workshops! Brochure information and registration now available at:
Schedule an appointment with one of our drama therapists by emailing us at [email protected], calling us at (917) 382-0333, or filling out a form at
North American Drama Therapy Association #dramatherapy, #creativeartstherapy #psychotherapy
Insight Improv for Couples
February 18, Online—2.5 hrs
Facilitated by Joel Gluck, with Orapin Siriwilairak

Join us for this special program for couples!

There are no prerequisites for this program—all are welcome to attend.

Timing: 1 session, 2.5 hours long, beginning at 9:30 AM ET (Boston time) on Zoom; the session is followed by an optional 30 minute discussion period.

For this online program, please note that couples should be in the same room, using the same camera.

Pay what you feel is right: Participation in all online programs is on a “pay what you feel is right basis”—and is free of charge for those facing financial hardship. There is a $30 per session deposit for those able to pay.

Continuing Education: CE credits are available for different professions from licensing boards in different states. Although we do not pre-certify CE credits for our trainings, we are happy to provide a certificate of attendance listing dates and hours, as well as a brief description of the training, for your use when contacting your licensing board or state professional organization.


Further information:

About the instructors:

Joel Gluck, MEd, RDT/BCT, CIIP/CT is a drama therapist in private practice, offering individual therapy as well as international programs in drama therapy and psychodrama, in particular training and certification in Insight Improvisation. An executive coach in organizations worldwide for over 25 years, he lives in Belmont, Massachusetts with his wife, Orapin, and their two children.

Orapin Siriwilairak, OTR/L is a US-licensed occupational therapist with more than 25 years experience working with a range of populations, including children, elders, and those experiencing traumatic injury. A long-time practitioner of vipassana meditation, Orapin has translated for Insight Improvisation programs in Thailand since 2006, co-taught the first-ever Insight Improv for Couples program, in Bangkok, in 2019, and co-taught the first online couples program in 2020. Originally from Thailand, where she was head of the Occupational Therapy Department in the country's largest children's hospital, Orapin now lives in Belmont, MA with Joel and their two children, Jasmine (13) and Micah (9).


Coming up in March:

• March 11—Insight Improv with Children (2.5 hrs)
• March 25-28—Exploring Authentic Impulse (3.5 hrs x 4 sessions)

Insight Improv with Children
Facilitated by Joel Gluck, with Orapin Siriwilairak

“As always, great structure for the session. I find that the mix of theory and activities and the pacing are just right... The same way improv and mindfulness and therapy are unique in how they cut through the noise of what society expects, they can be really important tools in cutting through what parents expect of their children and connecting with the real child.”

— participant, Insight Improv with Children online

With the plethora of digital distractions, it can be hard for today's parents to find activities for the family which bring them together in fun yet meaningful ways, that encourage family members to be present with one another, play together, and share real feelings with one another. Insight Improvisation offers a wonderful set of ideas and tools for doing just that.

Designed especially for parents with primary and middle-school aged children (ages 5-13)—but also filled with new inspirations for clinicians, teachers, and others working with children—this program introduces a wide range of ideas and techniques, including ways of meditating with children, moving together, improvising in fun new ways, and techniques for engaging in mindful dialogue as a family. We will share stories and examples from our own experiences as a family, and reserve time for experiential practice, discussion, and Q&A.

Join us!—You do not need to be a parent, therapist, or educator to attend—this workshop is open to anyone age 21 or older interested in the topic.

Exploring Authentic Impulse
Facilitated by Joel Gluck

“I loved all of the activities! This workshop awakened me to receive love unconditionally.... All of the meditations [and exercises] really helped deepen one's sensitivity.”

— participant, Exploring Authentic Impulse

How can one listen to oneself more deeply, quiet the mind, and understand and follow one's intuition? This program takes a deeper dive into the concepts and exercises in Part I of the Insight Improvisation Book, helping to develop one's capacity for inner listening and the ability to follow authentic impulse. We will explore the mover and witness roles in authentic movement in greater depth, as well as introduce new mindfulness-based, creative and expressive exercises and alternative approaches to meditation. This program is appropriate for meditators, mental health professionals, educators, performing artists, and others seeking an opportunity for greater self-awareness, understanding, and ability to apply mindfulness both in their work and in daily life. (Prerequisite: Life Drama Part Two or a basic familiarity with authentic movement and meditation.)

All online programs begin at 9:30 AM ET (Boston time) on Zoom; each session is followed by an optional 30 minute discussion period.


Greetings everyone. I'm excited to share a brief video based on drama therapy sessions I lead with Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center at Memorial Hermann, The Woodlands Medical Center. I know many people do not understand the power of drama therapy and the healing it can provide when done professionally. The video below shows a brief exploration of the drama therapy process from one of my sessions. *Please note: the client featured in this video has signed a media release form to promote the importance of drama therapy and share her experience with other cancer Thrivers. The Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center has also provided permission to share this video.* To learn more about drama therapy sessions, you may contact Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center at (713) 897-5939. You may also check out my website via Please share this video with anyone who may be interested in learning about drama therapy and/or attend an upcoming session at Memorial Hermann, The Woodlands Medical Center. Many blessings and may everyone remember...Your story matters. Share your story!

The official page for the North American Drama Therapy Association 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.

Operating as usual


~Sherry Diamond, President
On this International Women’s Day, I find myself reflecting on the women in my life and career, their support, mentorship and love, my foolish disappointment when I discovered their humanity, their flawed selves; the paradox of my mother’s resilience and fragility; my own role as Jung’s good mother/terrible mother personified, and my daughter's relentless push to make me into who she needed and her forgiveness when I couldn't. I am overwhelmed by the sheer volume of roles we live, the demands we meet and the plates we juggle – and indeed, occasionally drop. To name the formidable and extraordinary women in drama therapy is a fool’s errand. There is not a single one who has not already changed the world. So, instead I will thank you – women of NADTA -- for the innumerable ways you’ve inspired, trained and mentored me and so many others. I am a better drama therapist because of you. But I honor you most for picking me up when I stumbled, and holding me close when I was broken, and lifting me up in my own eyes when I could not see my own goodness. For that, I am a better human.

Photos from North American Drama Therapy Association's post 02/28/2022

An E-Blast went out today, but be sure to RSVP for the NYU Drama Therapy/NADTA CHEDC Committee:
Disability Justice Affinity Group
Topic: Drama Therapy as Care Work 💜

#NADTA #Dramatherapy #CHEDC #CulturalHumility #Equity #Diversity #accessability #DisabilityJustice


NADTA president Sherry Diamond shares her experience of #myblackhistory in the most recent e-blast and on our page.
As drama therapists, activists and allies alike, we share in the enduring grief of our nation’s citizens of color, our BIPOC colleagues, our beleaguered clients with rich and poignant ethnic and religious traditions, and our allies, ever hopeful in this still necessary pursuit of liberty and justice for all. We encourage all of our followers to share your experience of #myblackhistory in the comments below. Let’s be brave and passionate in this work together💜

Photos from North American Drama Therapy Association's post 02/01/2022

It is with great admiration that the NADTA supports the efforts of the NYU drama therapy program on the annual Research Symposium! 💜

Every February, the NYU Program in Drama Therapy opens the doors to our Theatre & Health Lab to present their latest research, examine current and emerging innovations, and inspire a culture of inquiry in drama therapy. LCAT and RDT CEs available including CHEDC CEs. Free for students. Read the full program and register:

Share your impressions: @nyusteinhardtdramatherapy #theatreandhealthlab22.


The NADTA has been made aware of a series of profound losses within our community in recent weeks and months, and in honor of giving each member their own space through which we can reflect and respond, we are offering individual announcements with pertinent details to our community.

JULY 6, 1964 – SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

Alan Edward Pottinger, RDT, BCT died tragically and suddenly on September 13, 2021 at the age of 57.

A gifted, writer, poet, actor, and drama therapist, he discovered his passion for the performing arts as a student at the renowned High School of the Performing Arts in NYC. In 1986, Alan earned his BFA in Theatre Arts and Film at SUNY Purchase, graduating from the Professional Actor Training Program. A freelance actor and proud member of SAG-AFTRA and the Actors Equity Association, Alan delivered memorable performances on the big screen and the small stage. While Alan enjoyed considerable success as an actor in both film and stage, he knew that his true calling was to serve others. He attended and graduated from NYU’s Master of Arts in Drama Therapy Program in 2001. That was followed by a one-year fellowship with the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute.

Weaving his love of the theater, his clinical skills, and passion for people, Alan began his formidable career at Bellevue Hospital Center in NYC, working on the adolescent inpatient unit. His spirited approach and unbridled energy were infectious. Early on, he came to appreciate and embrace the power of play. He had natural gift for embodied empathy, was simultaneously strong and vulnerable, and always accessible for “his kids” as he called them. It was not unusual to hear the sound of laughter walking down the hallway on the 21st floor, where Alan and a few of “his kids “would be shooting hoops. Alan often reminded me that some of the most important moments and breakthroughs took place on the basketball court where barriers seemed to fade and relationships were built.

I first met Alan in 1998. Over the years our worlds intersected in both expected and surprising ways, collaborating for drama therapy workshops, performances, and special projects. Some of my fondest memories were sitting with Alan, developing scripts, and rehearsing with his keen director’s eye, his tremendous wit, and impeccable sense of timing. Often, during our time together, Alan would reference and then casually rattle off stanzas of Shakespeare, Homer, Plato, Chekov, the Bible.

Alan championed those who had been overlooked, silenced, abandoned, marginalized, disenfranchised, forgotten. Never a bystander, Alan spoke the truth as he saw it. As Assistant Director of Creative Arts Therapies, he spearheaded multiple initiatives and special projects. Alan supervised programming on the Adult Male Prison/Forensic Units, Child /Adolescent Units, both in-patient and out-patient, along with the Adult Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program. Alan also served as Chairman of the Mental Health Consumer Advisory Board , and taught master's level occupational therapy and pastoral counseling students. He served as Co-Director of the Spirituality Group initiatives and was the driving force behind the first afterschool poetry /spoken word program on the Lower East Side for the adolescents in psychiatric outpatient care. He generously made time each year to introduce our NYU students to the world of acute care, and I know several people whose trajectories were altered because of their experience.

Alan took great pride in his work, quietly sharing his thoughts with his mother and sister. He once wrote of his work with child and adolescent patients:

“They are lifted up one at a time. When we win here. When we send a child back on course. Back to a path of self-evolving; we too are blessed to share in that vision. Statistically, we may sometimes lose more than we win. We are few and the pitfalls of the world are legion. Whenever I get blue and feel just what is the point? When one tough day follows another. When I bear witness to narratives that make me ashamed to be human; I remind myself it is not my task this day to save them all. To heal all the wounded children around me.
Just one.
And If I but try, I will have become, in my own eyes; less ashamed of my culpability in the shortcomings of humanity. And I can celebrate that one victory and humbly pray for one more.”

Alan E Pottinger was a force of nature, an alchemist, a magician, a wounded healer, a warrior, a gentle soul. Most of all, Alan was my friend, and I will miss him.

- Sara McMullian, RDT, BCT


Do you want to advocate for social justice within drama therapy and the world at large? Are you ready to address issues of power, privilege and oppression? Do you want to be a part of the change happening within the NADTA? If your answer is, “Yes, I do!” CHEDC is looking for you!

CHEDC is currently recruiting new members for 2022!

To apply: fill out our application by December 15, 2021.

For accommodations, support, or assistance in completing this application, or any additional questions, email [email protected]

We can’t wait to connect with you!


Big thanks to our NADTA Government Affairs committee for all their hard work and advocacy! Pictured here is the Canadian branch!

If you're interested in volunteering with the GAC to support their work in the US and Canada, email [email protected]!

#NADTA #Dramatherapy #creativeartstherapy #creativeartstherapies #NADTABoardBusiness #Advocacy



As we close the curtain on #NADTA2021 we thank everyone who was part of making this a success, from our planning team, to our presenters, and of course our attendees. Please respond to the post-conference survey which will be emailed in a couple of days, and don't forget to fill out your CE forms. Stay in conversation with us here on social media, and we can't wait to see you at the next event!

#NADTA #dramatherapy

Photos from North American Drama Therapy Association's post 11/10/2021

The @who teamed up with the @metmuseum in a 'cultural call to action' to act on the evidence base for the health benefits of the arts across the lifespan. A Healing Arts Symposium, co-produced by drama therapist Nisha Sajnani, will be livestreamed from the Met on 11/14/21 from 10:30am-5pm ET. Other drama therapists involved include: David R. Johnson, Adam Stevens, Idalmis Garcia Rodriguez, and Ana Bess Moyer Bell and the event will feature other creative arts therapists as well. Several drama therapy students have also been working on the event behind the scenes: Max Durrant, Monica Gamboa, Akhila Khanna, and Jahmar Ortiz. Click the link below for the full program and to view the livestream

@nyusteinhardt @nyusteinhardtdramatherapy @culturunners #artsandhealth #dramatherapy #creativeartstherapies #thefutureisunwritten


Don't miss the #NADTA Educational Competencies Roll Out Info Session tonight, 5pm-6pm PST, 8pm-9pm EST!

This is an All Conference Event for #NADTA2021, so visit and your member portal for more information!

#Dramatherapy #AnnualConference #dramatherapyeducation #DramaTherapyStudents #NADTAStudents


The NADTA been made aware of a series of recent and profound losses within our community in recent weeks and months, and in honor of giving each member their own space through which we can reflect and respond, we will be offering a series of announcements with pertinent details over the coming days

and as Adam would have it - Everyone is invited!

Saturday, November 20, 2021
11:00 to 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) New York
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM Central European Time (CET) Paris, Rome

Bring your stories, sense of humor, songs, favorite memories, gifts he shared and gave us all.
Let’s be like Adam and show up spontaneously with presence, love, and, above all, a sense of humor

Hosted by ASGPP, Lorelei Goldman, Tzivia Stein-Barrett, Patty Phelps, Daniela Simmons, Nancy Kirsner


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