Fall Classes

The Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles

Fall Semester 2021 registration link:

Register Here

CORE CLASSES

Creative Arts Therapies (3 units)

Date: September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6 & 13. Film day of films and discussion TBA

Time: 9:30-2:30pm (PST)

Cost: $899

Participants will explore the therapeutic uses of movement, art, music, poetry and drama in individual and group psychotherapy through experiential exercises and special assignments.  Digital media, phototherapy, cinema therapy and video therapy will also be a part of the discovery. Participants will be invited to find different methods of integrating drama and creative arts therapies in their personal lives and with the clients they serve. Applications to various populations and treatment settings will be shown through personal case histories and videos.

ONE- OR TWO-DAY ELECTIVES

Introduction to Drama Therapy and Addiction (7 hours, .5 unit)

Date: September 26

Time: 10:30am-6pm (PST)

Cost: $169

Instructor: Alexis Maron

This course focuses on providing a theoretical understanding of how drama therapy and other creative arts therapies can be integrated into addiction treatment. Participants will actively participate in a practical forum for trying out different creative experiential exercises to use with clients dealing with substance abuse and/or process addictions. In particular, participants will learn how to help clients differentiate between the “addict self” and the descriptors used to identify one’s core self. Cognitive restructuring, identifying triggering behaviors, and identifying future life choices in comparison to current life choices will be explored. (for an expanded description of this course go to APA CE courses)

Therapeutic Improvisation: Knowing What to Play to Enhance the Therapeutic Process (7/ CE’s hours)

Date: September 19

Time: 10:30am-6pm (PST)

Cost: $169

Instructor: Rachel Brousseau

Participants will experientially learn to adapt the intentional use of improve games and scenes to support clients across multiple settings such as acute inpatient hospitalization, residential treatment, and community mental health.  Games will also be applied to educational settings.

Introduction to a Healing-Centered Approach to Trauma Integrating Narradrama (7 CE/hours)

Date: October 3

Time: 10:30 am to 6 pm (PST)

Cost: $169

Instructor: Dr. Renda Dionne Madrigal

There is a wealth of strength and resources to be uncovered through using our imagination to explore ancient symbolic knowledge, connecting with our ancient roots. This workshop aims to shed light on trauma from an indigenous perspective to provide a framework for participants to bring forward strengths from their own wisdom traditions and heritage to manage present day trauma and/or difficulties.  It aims to move from a deficit base model of trauma informed care to an asset driven strengths model. A healing centered approach views trauma not simply as an individual isolated experience, but rather highlights the ways in which trauma and healing are experienced collectively

Drama Therapy Techniques with the Down Syndrome Population

Date: October 17

Time: 10:30am-6pm (PST)

Cost: $169

Instructor: Alexis Maron

Participants will explore ways that educators and therapists can utilize drama therapy techniques like character creation, role identification, improvisation, and creative scene work with Down Syndrome as a way to promote appropriate social skills, emotional expression and boundary goal setting. 

Narradrama and other Drama Therapy Approaches with Women’s Issues (7 /CE hours)

Date: October 24

Time: 10:30am-6pm (PST)

Cost: $169

Instructor: Rachel Brousseau

Women are faced with many challenges in their lifetime that can lead to feelings of isolation, shame, and lowered self-worth. This workshop will explore the use of narradrama, transpersonal, ritual and role approaches to help women create a safe space to explore issues such as infertility, perinatal mood disorders in new and expectant mothers, miscarriage, body image, and empty nesting.

Intersectional Identities in the Therapeutic Encounter (7 hours, .5 units)

Date: November 7th

Time: 10:30-6pm (PST)

Cost: $169

Instructor: Kamran Afary

In this course participants will address the following questions: How is our ethical practice in therapeutic, clinical, and educational settings informed by the way identities intersect and influence human experience? What is intersectionality as a theoretical paradigm and as a practice in drama therapy? How are gendered, racialized, neurodiverse, and queer bodies and perspectives quieted in our field? What can we do to help amplify — not quiet—intersectional identities? Participants will engage in exploring enactments of the 10 Multicultural Guidelines (APA 2017) to reconsider diversity and multicultural practice.

Clinical Uses of Narradrama: Introduction to Narradrama Steps (7 hours, 1 unit)

Date: November 20

Time: 10:30 to 6:00 pm

Cost: $169

Instructor: Pam Dunne

Participants in an embodied way will experience the 9 narradrama steps and explore action methods of, using creative arts, to assist clients to externalize problems, explore personal agency, and make discoveries about their strengths and abilities.

Drama Therapy and Narradrama: Justice Impacted Persons ( 7 CE’s)

Date: November 14th

Time: 10:30 am to 6:00 pm (PST)

Cost:  $169

Instructors: Kamran Afary, Ph.D, RDT, NT & Elizabeth Malone Alteet, MFA, RDT

Required for Narradrama Training

This workshop will cover more advanced case studies and techniques from both the U.S. and abroad in working with justice impacted persons, including people in prison, transitional periods after prison, and support for families of impacted persons. The workshop covers both educational and therapeutic settings. 

Drama therapy for Indigenous populations (7 CE/hours)

Date: December 5

Time: 10:30 am to 6 pm (PST)

Cost: $169

Instructor: Dr. Renda Dionne Madrigal

Participants will learn and practice specific drama and creative arts interventions (based on narradrama) to deepen understanding of the intergenerational impact of history, colonization, and oppression on Indigenous communities, health, and well-being, apply embodied mindfulness-based compassion practices that can be used by providers to work with obstacles to care such as internalized oppression and compassion fatigue, and develop an understanding of the relationship of cultural practices such as storytelling and arts to activism and healing. By practicing these approaches, participants will increase the possible methods of therapeutic intervention and communication.

The Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles

Fall Semester 2021 registration link: 

Register Here

LIVE EXPERIENCE BACK: Most courses will be scheduled in person in combination with Zoom, depending on how many registered participants are local.  For courses where the local participants are over 50 percent, then there will be a set number of meeting days set aside for live. All meetings will have Zoom and for the live ones it will be a combination between live and Zoom.  All local participants are required to be vaccinated and wear masks to attend the live classes and will need to upload their vaccination information to Karen Eden.

Karen. dtila@gmail.com