North American Drama Therapy Association

North American Drama Therapy Association


This posting is for professionals working with/for the disAbility population. It's a virtual conference with a variety of online workshops. Please see below for more information. 2020 Cultural Accessibility Conference. September 15th, 2020 - September 17th, 2020 Join us online for a three-day conference built for cultural professionals to learn the latest accessibility trends and best practices from leaders in the space across the country. Attendees will leave with ideas and practical tools to better welcome the disability community into their cultural institutions. The conference will kick off with a keynote from Betty Seigel, followed by seven live sessions and four on-demand learning opportunities. All sessions will be CART captioned, ASL interpreted and presented on Zoom. Attendees can choose the full three-day package or each day individually.
We are two graduate drama therapy students offering free workshops for creative arts therapists working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In each workshop, we will guide a small group of participants through the drama therapy protocol of a “Hero’s Journey,” using Role Theory to explore, discard, and reclaim roles played at work. We will specifically deconstruct and process the role of "Hero," and what it means to be cast in such a role by others. This role and other archetypes will be sorted into role categories to co-create personalized narratives that center self-care and community through collective storytelling. Fill out this Google Form to sign up: Please reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions. - Amanda Rothman & Elena Offerman
Join me online via Zoom on July 19th for this new workshop!
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.
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.

Operating as usual

The NADTA is a member of the World Alliance of Dramatherapy which has developed a brief survey to gain preliminary information about the state of the field. It was sent to members via email.The deadline to complete the survey is September 20, 2020.

#NADTA #dramatherapy #dramatherapists #WADTh

This year we bring you 3 Keynote Addresses for our #NADTA2020 Conference! This could only happen with a virtual conference. We are excited to learn from these experts to explore how we can take their knowledge and apply it to our drama therapy work. The Keynote Series is included in the cost of the conference so sign up today! #NADTA2020 #Conference #DramaTherapy

A virtual conference is a far cry from what we are used to as drama therapists. We rely so much on movement, physical connection, and play, but don’t worry, we’ll still have plenty of opportunities for engagement!  Are you wondering what this conference will look like? What are you excited for and what will you miss? #NADTA2020 #Conference #dramatherapy

Are you passionate about our NADTA community? Join us as a volunteer for #NADTA2020!  You’ll get to enjoy the conference for a discounted price, so sign up at today!  #dramatherapy

In collaboration with the HBCU Initiative, Membership Chair, and the Student Committee, the North American Drama Therapy Association will officially be launching a Black Student Union (BSU). The BSU will be a formal group for all Black identifying drama therapy students to connect, hold space, talk about their experiences, empower each other, engage in mentorship, share resources, host events and BE unapologetically! This is a space to be seen and heard in our drama therapy community. 

If interested in joining or learning more about the Black Student Union (BSU), please fill out this google form: ! Once we have your contact information, we will organize a meeting time to connect, discuss the BSU, and hear from you all in what you would like from the BSU.

#NADTA #dramatherapy #NADTAMembership #NADTAStudents #HBCUinitiative #hbcu #NADTABlackStudentUnion

We are so proud of our community for Riding the Wave. This conference is a first of its kind for many of us. Thank you to all those who registered on the very first day.

What are you waiting for? Submit your registration today!

#NADTA2020 #conference #dramatherapy

We made it through JanFebMarrrrprilMaJunlyAug -- and registration is OPEN! Visit the #NADTA website for info and drop an emoji below to let us know how you are feeling about the upcoming conference offerings. #NADTA2020 #conference #dramatherapy

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There are only FIVE more days to apply for a Scholarship from the Drama Therapy Fund to the NADTA Conference! Hard deadline of midnight CST Saturday, September 5th.

We’re almost there! Conference registration is coming this week!!! #NADTA2020 #conference

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This conference is so unique, it gets its very own website! This brand new website will be your portal for all things conference. Bookmark and stay tuned for more info! Very soon, you will be able to register, peruse the schedule, and start narrowing down your choices.

#NADTA2020 #conference #dramatherapy

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Summer is melting away and fall is right around the corner... so it is officially time to start thinking about the annual drama therapy conference! The conference planning committee is bringing you an entirely virtual experience. Guess what? You don’t have to budget for airline tickets or worry about the weather. Find your comfiest chair or couch and call it your conference spot!

#NADTA2020 #conference #dramatherapy

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The Government Affairs Committee is hard at work creating documents to increase our ability to advocate for ourselves as drama therapists! We look forward to connecting with you at the conference. For any licensure or advocacy questions or needs, please contact Mallory at [email protected].

#NADTA #Dramatherapy #governmentaffairs #advocacy

A volunteer committee has created a spreadsheet of drama therapy and related courses for Alternative Training students, Board Certified Trainers, and those seeking CEUs! There is also a form for submitting possible courses!

You will find both links on our NADTA website on the Alternative Training page and on the BCT page, under Education and Credentialing!

Thank you to our volunteer committee and to all who contribute to shared knowledge!

Mimi Savage, NADTA Education Chair & AT/BCT Resources Volunteer Committee (Christine Mayor, Elizabeth Anne Hylton, Tanya Lynn Lee, Alexis Poledouris)

#NADTA #NADTAStudents #Dramatherapy #dramatherapystudents #alternativetraining #BCTs #NADTABCTs

NADTA Members, please take a moment to complete the Drama Therapy Review survey emailed to you! As DTR celebrates 5 years, your feedback will help guide the journal into the future!

For more information about the journal and how to access it please visit:

#NADTA #dramatherapy #DramaTherapists #DramaTherapyReview #DTR #journal

July/August Behind The Scenes, hot off the presses and in your inbox! Check out updates from President Josiah Stickels, Secretary, Communications, Government Affairs, and the Canadian Region!

#NADTA #dramatherapy #DramaTherapists #NADTABoardBusiness #BehindTheScenes

NJ Drama & Dance/Movement Therapy Taskforce on Licensure

NJ Drama Therapy and Dance/Movement Therapy Licensure Update and Information

July 2020

Now that our bill (Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists Licensing Act) has been signed into law, the next step is to form a new state regulatory board, which will be the NJ State Board for the Creative Arts and Activities Therapies. The new state board will have a total of 13 members – 2 each from art, drama, dance/movement, music and recreational therapies, with 3 public members.

We will then begin to write the regulations for the license once this Board is formed and populated. While the timeline of this process is unknown we estimate this journey may take an additional two years. We ask for your patience as this moves forward and promise to update you as the process unfolds.

Important Points regarding the License:

· In NJ, there will not be one Creative Arts Therapy License. The above-mentioned Regulatory Board will regulate and license separately the professions of Dance/Movement Therapy, Drama Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, and Recreation Therapy. Our two-tier license titles will be: Licensed Associate Dance/Movement Therapist, Licensed Clinical Dance/Movement Therapist, Licensed Associate Drama Therapist, and Licensed Clinical Drama Therapist.

· For current Drama or Dance/Movement Therapy students who are looking forward to being licensed in NJ, we recommend a 60 credit masters. The NJ DT and DMT licenses require a 60 credit masters degree (either in DT or DMT; or for Alternate Route, in a mental health discipline).

· For working DT or DMT professionals in NJ who will seek this license, there will be a 360 day period once the license goes into effect, during which time, a DT or DMT who has worked in the field for at least 1 year will be able to apply for the license without taking an exam.

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Join #NADTA #CHEDC tonight at 8pm EST/ 5pm PST for Pride: Queer 365, facilitated by Opher Shamir, Dana Sayre, Abbie Traux, Dana George Trottier, Roxy Schoenfeld, and Truc Nguyen!

More information can be found here:

#PRIDE #Queer365 #LoveIsLove #Queer #LGBTQ #DramaTherapy
#DramaTherapistsAgainstWhiteSupremacy #DTAWS #NADTACHEDC

Wednesday, August 5th at 8pm(EST)/5pm(PST) the NADTA Cultural Humility, Equity and Diversity Committee Presents...

Pride: Queer 365

Picture it... Pride: Queer 365. The real work of Pride is not just a celebration, but also a communal remembering of our past and a continued fight for liberation for all queer people. As a collective of queers, we are not interested in formal equality that privileges some and
excludes others, but rather a community that uplifts and centers the needs of our most marginalized. We also recognize the complexity of feelings that accompany celebrations at the time of a global pandemic and continued fight for racial justice. How do we situate ourselves as a larger community at the intersections of campiness and social justice advocacy that are commonly
associated with Pride? We invite members of the NADTA to join us in intentional community as we explore what Pride looks like for us now and envision a future that embodies Pride on a daily basis. After all, Pride: Queer 365 is a movement, not moment.


Meeting ID: 860 3114 6595
Passcode: 533121

#PRIDE #Queer365 #LoveIsLove #Queer #LGBTQ #DramaTherapy
#DramaTherapistsAgainstWhiteSupremacy #DTAWS #NADTA #NADTACHEDC

In recent weeks, the US Administration has taken advantage of the environment of stress, panic, and overwhelm present throughout the country in response to the ongoing mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to make targeted attacks on immigrants, international students, and non-immigrant visa holders.

To our community members with precarious immigration statuses, to students, colleagues, and clients impacted by the recent series of xenophobic laws targeting international students and non-immigrant visa holders: WE SEE YOU. We stand by you. We are here to support you.

Please see your email to read the rest of this important position statement by our Cultural Humility, Equity, & Diversity Committee and ratified by the NADTA Board of Directors.

#NADTA #dramatherapy #culturalhumility #equity #diversity #CHEDC #DramaTherapistsAgainstWhiteSupremacy #DTAWS

Membership Renewal Final Reminder- Grace Period Ends August 1!

The NADTA is your professional home and exists to protect and promote the profession of drama therapy. This is a reminder to renew your membership before late fees are implemented on Saturday, August 1, 2020.

This date offered our members an extended 90-day grace period due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

#NADTA #dramatherapy #membership #NADTAMembership #renew

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.

Sunday, July 26th, 4pm PDT/ 7pm EST

Student members- see your email for details!

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

#NADTA #dramatherapy #NADTAStudents

NJ Drama & Dance/Movement Therapy Taskforce on Licensure

Folks living outside of NJ can also modify the letter!


Dear New Jersey drama therapists, dance/movement therapists, and supporters who live or work in NJ,

We are once again turning to our community to help support our efforts in the licensing and regulating of drama therapy and dance/movement therapy in New Jersey. Last year, the Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists Licensing Act, was signed into law, and a new State Board of Creative Arts Therapies was created. The NJ Art Therapy Association has been working closely with the licensing task forces for the Music Therapists, Drama Therapists, and Dance/Movement Therapists, in organizing a call to action to urge Governor Murphy to make timely appointments and fill the new State Board of Creative Arts and Activities Therapies. The need for licensed mental health providers in our state has never been greater given the impact COVID-19 has had on our nation. We need the new state board to begin their work in continuing licensing and regulating Art Therapists, and also to begin the necessary work of writing the regulations in order to move forward the licensing process for drama, dance/movement, and music therapists.

Below is a template for a letter to be sent to the Governor. We encourage personalizing the letter as much as possible in order to emphasize the important work that is being done by creative arts therapists in NJ, especially during this time of the COVID-19 health emergency.

Please email: [email protected]

Subject: ATTN: Governor Phil Murphy- Requesting Prompt Action to Appoint Members of the State Board of Creative Arts and Activities Therapies

Attention: Governor Phil Murphy

As a _____________ (drama therapist or dance/movement therapist), I urge you to begin the process of vetting nominees and populating the new State Board of Creative Arts and Activities Therapies.
Understandably, your governing focus and office functioning over the past few months has been on New Jersey’s COVID-19 response; but now that New Jersey is beginning to return to regular business pursuits albeit in altered fashion, I am asking that you , Governor Murphy, encourage Mr. Tim Hillman, as your representative and Director of Appointments, to begin this process immediately.
It is important to all the Creative Arts Therapies that the new state board be populated in a timely manner. It is especially critical for art therapists to be able to issue licenses before their grandfathering period expires. The art therapy community has been preparing for the ability to issue licenses since January 2016 and was only able to start doing so on June 16, 2020. Now they must wait for the new state board to be filled, before continuing.
For drama therapists, dance/movement therapists, and music therapists, it is necessary to populate that same state board in order to begin to write regulations. This can be a lengthy process in and of itself. During the time we must wait to complete this pre-licensing process, New Jersey citizens remain vulnerable to services provided by individuals who identify themselves as drama, dance/movement or music therapists, but who do not have the qualifications specified in licensing law.
Governor Murphy, I again urge you to instruct Mr. Hillman to begin the vetting process for the nominees to the new State Board of Creative Arts and Activities Therapies immediately.
Thank you.
New Jersey town
Phone number

The NJ DT&DMT Licensure Task Force thanks you in advance your support in our efforts.

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) face structural and cultural barriers to accessing mental health services. The lack of culturally responsive systems and professionals within these systems lead to BIPOC’s experiences being pathologized and criminalized. In fact, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), BIPOC are “more likely to be incarcerated than have their mental health condition identified. Once incarcerated, they are less likely to receive mental health care.”

In the context of the current pandemic, COVID-19 disproportionately affects “racial and ethnic minority populations” due to longstanding systemic health and social inequities. This not only
pertains to physical illness and higher death rates, but also mental health (SAMHSA).

Today, we invite you to:
👉🏿 Visit @mentalhealthamerica and for their BIPOC Mental Health
Month toolkit, which includes infographics and handouts on the impact of racism and racial
trauma on mental health.

👉🏾 Share more organizations and/or resources that offer services and support for BIPOC folx
in the comments section or on your Instagram and Facebook stories! Tag
@nadta.dramatherapy and #BIPOCMentalHealthMonth.

👉🏽 Engage in the #DramaTherapistsAgainstWhiteSupremacy campaign via

#BIPOCMentalHealthMonth #BIPOCMentalHealthAwarenessMonth #MinorityMentalHealth
#MMHAM #NationalMinorityMentalHealthAwarenessMonth #DramaTherapistsAgainstWhiteSupremacy #DTAWS #DramaTherapy #NADTA #NADTACHEDC

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