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Introduction to Drama Therapy and Addiction 

Identity Transformation with Addictive Populations 

Dates: May 31 2020 10:30am to 6pm 

Location: 3205 Ocean Park Blvd. #240, Santa Monica, CA 90405  (online due to the pandemic) 

This course focuses on providing psychologists and other mental health professionals a theoretical understanding of  how drama therapy and other creative arts therapies can be integrated into addiction treatment. Professionals will  actively participate in a practical forum for trying out different creative experiential exercises 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. Important treatment considerations  which involve cognitive restructuring, identifying triggering behaviors, and identifying future life choices in  comparison to current life choices will be explored.  

The experiential exercises are linked directly to the active development of professional knowledge and skill in the  following three ways: 

  1. The experiential exercises such as the “Role Card Exercise” will help psychologists and other mental health  professionals assist clients identify the roles that they play in their lives that will either help promote or combat the  addiction. 
  2. The experiential exercises such as “Befriending the Addiction” will teach psychologists and other mental health  professionals about the process of “disidentification” where the client can learn to separate from the addiction and  create a healthy dialogue with it, as opposed to being enmeshed in a toxic way. 
  3. The experiential exercises such as the “I Come From” poetry exercise will help psychologists and other mental  health professionals learn about the themes and patterns that arise in clients’ lives that might enable an addiction. Participants will explore ways that addicts can rebuild and reshape their identity from just “being an addict,” through  techniques of character creation, role play, poetry and life mapping.  

Participants will be able to articulate the use of a variety of creative techniques and to demonstrate how these can be  incorporated into practice with clients dealing with the effects of addiction.  

Participants will learn how to assist clients using drama therapy in building coping mechanisms through exercises  geared to broaden role repertoire, address feelings of shame and guilt, provide healthy living alternatives, and build  positive self-image, self-esteem, and self-discipline. 

Course Objectives (not the same as learning objectives, see below): 

  • Present 2 theories and applications of using drama therapy with clients dealing with addictions. 
  • Demonstrate 2 creative methods using drama therapy, psychodramatic techniques and other creative  therapies in working with clients who are dealing with the effects of addiction. 
  • Present two case studies discussing the use of drama therapy in at least 2 different addiction  treatment settings with opportunities for participant questions and participation.  
  • Show methods of identifying and working with triggers through drama therapy.  
  • Explore methods of helping addictive clients identify new life choices and their core identity through  drama therapy.  

Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will name 2 different approaches of using drama therapy with clients dealing with addiction. Participants will name two creative techniques to use with clients dealing with the effects of addiction. Participants will name one relevant method and theory based on either of the two case studies presented  in class.  
  • Participants will list two methods of identifying and working with triggers through drama therapy Participant will identify and name one drama method of helping addicts focus on future life choices and  one method which combines drama therapy and the creative arts to identify core identity 

Instructor: 

Alexis Maron (MA, RDT-BCT, RADT) is a Registered Drama Therapist and Board Certified Trainer specializing in  relationships, family dynamics, and sexual and chemical addictions. In New York, she worked as a drama therapist  with high school students, homeless mentally disordered adults, and the aged and infirm at a nursing home/rehab  facility. 

Alexis has the privilege of leading Drama Therapy groups at renowned treatment centers, such as the Waismann Institute, Simple Recovery, Lido Wellness, and Nexus Recovery with clients who suffer from substance abuse and  sexual addictions. In addition, she is working with First Responders in a treatment center setting suffering from both  addiction, and PTSD and also works with clients who suffer from substance abuse and sexual addictions. In addition,  Alexis works with a non-profit organization, the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County, facilitating a  “social skills” group for adults with Down Syndrome. 

Come prepared and dressed to move! 

Format will be 1/2 Discussion and 1/2 experiential! 

These workshops are targeted to licensed mental health professionals (Psychologists, LCSWs, LMFTs).   Participants do not need to have a theater background to attend. Participants will not become certified in   drama therapy by attending this workshop as that is a much longer process, but will instead learn how to  use  techniques of drama therapy  and apply what they have learned to training already mastered as a   psychologist and licensed mental health professional. 

  • Cost: $169.00 for 7 hours of CE 
  • Attendance Policy: CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation Topic Area: Counseling Theory/Practice 
  • Register or Contact CTC/DTILA: Pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com (310) 226-2865 Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you  have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Pamela Dunne at (310)  428-0349. Please allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample  opportunity to meet your needs. 
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable one week before  the class; no refunds day of training. 
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Renda Dionne Madrigal- 909-262-8325 or email  at DionneR@msn.com 
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him  at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com
  • Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not accept  any financial or in-kind support provided by another party and does not accept any commercial  sponsors. 
  • APA Continuing Education: Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing  education for psychologists. (Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • CAMFT Approval: (CTC/DTILA) is approved by CAMFT (the California Association of Marriage  and Family Therapists) (Provider # 139229) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW,  LPCC, LEP. CTC/DTILA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course  meets the qualifications for seven [7] hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs,  LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

Certificates: Will be issued upon students completing evaluation forms emailed to:  dtilaevals@gmail.com

Allies in Healing: Narradrama and Narrative Therapy 

Part I focus on narrative theories and foundational practices 

June 14, 2020 10:30 am to 6:00 pm  

Via zoom  

Course Description 

In this workshop, participants will (1) explore current research on theories of narradrama and narrative therapy that form an alliance to deepen growth and healing; (2) learn and practice specific narradrama and  narrative therapy interventions that open more expressive, and creative ways to explore and honor identities  and differences. This alliance with narrative therapy centers on discovering strengths and encouraging  spontaneity and creativity, which is a strong focus of narradrama. Well-established narrative concepts –such  as externalization, scaffolding and landscapes of action and identity will be expanded through narradrama.  Providing advanced training and understanding of these concepts will increase the possible methods of  therapeutic intervention and communication. Limitations and risks related to creative expression (such as  flooding of emotions, feeling safe, and de-rolling practices) will be discussed and addressed. 

The experiential exercises are linked directly to the active development of professional knowledge and skill in  the following three ways: 

  1. The experiential exercises of, “challenged assumptions” and “Meaning making” illustrate the concept of  narrative questioning and provide practice in utilizing art, puppetry and sculpting to assist the process.  2. The experiential exercise, “Re-authoring,” explores action interventions museum of values or value mural to  help expand the clients’ voice. 
  2. The experiential exercises, “Inoculation” and “Unique Outcome,” show ways to help the client identify and  enact a unique outcome or self-identity change story which has been a pivotal in their life. 

Course Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to list two key tenets of narrative therapy and Narradrama. 2. Participants will be able to list two key principles of intersectionality connected to narradrama. 3. Participants will be able to identify two narradrama interventions. 
  2. Participants will be able to name one important principle in determining whether to use tools such as  masks, puppets, drawings, objects or photos. 
  3. Participants will be able to list a limitation of the approach and a risk associated with its use. 

Tentative Schedule: 

10:30-11:00 Introductions, Review of syllabus and warmup exercises 

11:00-11:30 Themes for the day and scene work 

11:30-12:15 Lecture and PowerPoint on Narradrama (Stories, methods, and intersectionality) 12:15-12:45 Experiential: Scene work … Asking Narrative questions 

12:45-1:00 Video: animated documentaries and Excerpt from Daniel Whitlow 

1:00-1:15 Review of morning session, Q&A 

1:15-1:45 Lunch Break 

1:45 to 2:15 Video: Watch Interview with Julie Tilsen on your own (Link at very end of syllabus

2:15-5:15 Narrative Questioning Experientials on “Challenged Assumptions,” “Meaning Making,” “Re authoring values,” “Inoculation,” “Unique Outcomes,” and “Time Travelling” 

The afternoon session will include working in small groups in breakout sessions, returning to present to  the whole class, with a 10 minute break around 4:00 pm 

5:45-6:00 Closure and Goodbyes 

Risk Factors: 

Risk factors will be discussed at the beginning of the class 

Class Expectations & Assignments: 

Learning in this class will come in two forms: theoretical (through handouts and class lectures) and  experiential (by participating in demonstration exercises in class). It is expected that students will, participate  fully in drama and creative arts therapy demonstrations.  

Attendance Policy:  

CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation. Participants will sign in to the class in the  morning and after the lunch break and at the conclusion. A final quiz of questions and specific exercises to be  completed by the participant must be turned in to the instructor to receive CE credit. 

Policies: 

  • Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Kamran Afary at 661-478-9016. Please allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your  needs. 
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable thereafter; no refunds day of training. 
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Kamran Afary at 661-478-9016 or email:

dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 

  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Rachel Brousseau at (626) 460-0570 or email: rachelbrousseau@gmail.com

Instructors Statements

Special Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request for persons with  disabilities. Please check in with the instructor to ensure that your special accommodations in order for you to  participate are met.  

Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute Of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not accept any financial or in-kind  support provided by another party and does not accept any commercial sponsors. 

This course will include a discussion of the following:

  • Limitations of the content being taught, including contradictory evidence and its source. 
  • Discussions of clinical assessment, treatments or interventions will be presented with credibly  supported most current scientific evidence (such as research from peer reviewed journals, established  psychological practice, clinical expertise, and patient acceptability). 
  • Discussion of any risks associated with these contents, and their extent, severity, or frequency  
  • A disclosure of any potential conflict of interest, commercial support, or commercial interest that  applies to the presenter or the content of the presentation. 

Instructor bio 

Kamran Afary RDT/NT; PhD in Performance Studies 

Kamran Afary is an Assistant Professor of Intersectional Identities and Relationships and a recipient of the  2016 Outstanding Lecturer Award at Cal State LA. He teaches interpersonal and health communication to  student-prisoners in Lancaster California, and has worked extensively with Middle Eastern and South Asian  refugee-immigrant populations He is a Narradrama Trainer and has recently presented Narradrama training in  China. His publications include: Iranian Diaspora Identities: Stories and Songs (Hamilton 2020); Communication  Research on Expressive Arts as Forms of Healing (Lexington 2020); and Performance and Activism: Grassroots  Discourse after the Los Angeles Rebellion of 1992 (Lexington 2009). He is a co-author with Pam Dunne and  Pam Paulson of “Narradrama: A Narrative Approach to Drama Therapy.” In Current Approaches in Drama  therapy (3rd edition). 

Selected References and Resources 

Dunne, Pam, Afary, Kamran, and Paulson, Pam (2020) “Narradrama: A Narrative Approach to Drama Therapy.”  In Current Approaches in Drama therapy (3rd edition). Eds. David Reed Johnson and Renee Emunah.  Charles C Thomas Publishing. 

Afary, Kamran (2020) “A Narradrama Approach to Teaching Communication.” In Communication Research on Expressive Arts and Narrative: More than Words, eds, Kamran Afary and Alice Marianne Fritz.  Lexington Books. 2020. 

Tilsen, Julie. (2018). “I’m not telling, I’m asking,” in Narrative Approaches to Youth Work: Conversational Skills  for a Critical Practice. Routledge.  

Carey, Maggie and Russell, Shona. “Re-Authoring Commonly Asked Question” 

TCTV. A collection of narrative therapy videos and live interviews. https://tctv.live/ 

Tilsen, Julie. Interview “On the Art and Craft of Curiosity.” June 9, 2020) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWAYSnnFkwc&list=PLE39pWxhWwzr5pPou_ZZJHXCn8ejLxd1U&i ndex=6&t=0s 

Come prepared and dressed to move! 

Format will be 1/2 Discussion and 1/2 experiential! 

These workshops are targeted to licensed mental health professionals (Psychologists, LCSWs, LMFTs).   Participants do not need to have a theater background to attend. Participants will not become certified in   drama therapy by attending this workshop as that is a much longer process, but will instead learn how to  use  techniques of drama therapy  and apply what they have learned to training already mastered as a   psychologist and licensed mental health professional. 

  • Cost: $169.00 for 7 hours of CE
  • Attendance Policy: CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation Topic Area: Counseling Theory/Practice 
  • Register or Contact CTC/DTILA: Pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com (310) 226-2865 Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you  have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Pamela Dunne at (310)  428-0349. Please allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample  opportunity to meet your needs. 
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable one week before  the class; no refunds day of training. 
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Renda Dionne Madrigal- 909-262-8325 or email  at DionneR@msn.com 
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him  at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 
  • Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not accept  any financial or in-kind support provided by another party and does not accept any commercial  sponsors. 
  • APA Continuing Education: Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing  education for psychologists. (Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • CAMFT Approval: (CTC/DTILA) is approved by CAMFT (the California Association of Marriage  and Family Therapists) (Provider # 139229) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW,  LPCC, LEP. CTC/DTILA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course  meets the qualifications for seven [7] hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs,  LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

Certificates: Will be issued upon students completing evaluation forms emailed to:  dtilaevals@gmail.com

Drama Therapy for Mental Health Professionals 

Date: June 20, 2020 10:30-6:00 class via Zoom 

Drama Therapy for Mental Health Professionals  

Course Description:  

This course focuses on providing mental health professionals and others interested in Drama Therapy processes a theoretical understanding of how Drama Therapy and other creative arts therapies can be integrated into  treatment. In this class, participants will be introduced to the basic techniques and foundations of Drama  Therapy. They will learn how to describe this modality and understand tools and techniques to use with a  variety of populations. In addition, participants will walk away with a handful of Drama Therapy games and  warm-ups that may be applied in both an educational and professional setting. The experiential exercises will  give first-hand experience with how it works, and where to best implement these kinetic techniques.  

The experiential exercises are linked directly to the active development of professional knowledge and skill in  the following three ways: 

  1. The experiential exercises such as the “Role Card Exercise” will help mental health professionals and others  identify the roles that they play in their lives that will either help promote or combat positive choices in their  lives. 
  2. The experiential exercises such as “Befriending the Diagnosis/Issue” will teach participants about the process  of “disidentification” where the subject can learn to separate from their “issues” and create a healthy dialogue  with it, as opposed to being enmeshed in a toxic way. 
  3. The experiential exercises such as the “I Come From” poetry exercise will help mental health professionals  and others learn about the themes and patterns that arise in their lives and decipher if those patterns are  beneficial for overall success and well-being.  

Participants will be able to articulate the use of a variety of creative techniques and to demonstrate how these  can be incorporated into practice with clients and/or themselves.  

Participants will learn how to assist clients using drama therapy in building coping mechanisms through  exercises geared to broaden role repertoire, address feelings of shame and guilt, provide healthy living  alternatives, and build positive self-image, self-esteem, and self-discipline. 

Course Objectives (not the same as learning objectives): 

  • Present 2 theories and applications of using drama therapy 
  • Demonstrate 2 creative methods using drama therapy, psychodramatic techniques and other creative  therapies  
  • Show methods of identifying and working with triggers through drama therapy. 
  • Explore methods of helping clients identify new life choices and their core identity through drama  therapy.  

Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will name 2 different approaches of using drama therapy with clients  
  • Participants will name two creative techniques to use with clients  
  • Participants will list two methods of identifying and working with triggers through drama therapy Participant will identify and name one drama method of helping clients focus on future life choices and one  method which combines drama therapy and the creative arts  

Risk Factors:  

Risk Factors will be discussed at the beginning of the class. 

Class Expectations and Assignments: 

Learning in this class will come in two forms: Theoretical (through handouts and class lectures) and  Experiential (by participating in demonstration exercises via zoom). It is expected that students will participate  fully in drama and creative arts therapy demonstrations.  

Attendance Policy: 

CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation. Participants will sign in to the class in the  morning and after the lunch break and at the conclusion. A final quiz of questions and specific exercises must  be turned in to the instructor to receive CE credit. 

Policies:  

  • Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special  need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Pamela Dunne at (310) 428-0349. Please allow as  much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs.  
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 1 week prior; 50% refundable thereafter; no refunds day of  training.  
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Alexis Maron at 310-422-9386 or email her at alexis@alexismaron.com  
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him at  dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 

Instructor’s Statements:  

Special Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations will be provided for persons with disabilities. Please  check in with the instructor to ensure that your special accommodations (in order for you to participate) are met.  Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute Of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not accept any financial  or in-kind support provided by another party and does not accept any commercial sponsors.  

This course will include a discussion of the following: 

  • Limitations of the content being taught, including contradictory evidence and its source. Discussions of clinical assessment, treatments or interventions will be presented with credibly supported  most current scientific evidence (such as research from peer reviewed journals, established  psychological practice, clinical expertise, and patient acceptability). 
  • Discussion of any risks associated with these contents, their extent, severity, or frequency
  • A disclosure of any potential conflict or interest, commercial support, or commercial interest that applies  to the presenter or the content of the presentation.  

Instructor bio: 

Alexis Maron (MA, RDT-BCT, RADT) is a Registered Drama Therapist and Board Certified Trainer specializing in  relationships, family dynamics, and sexual and chemical addictions. In New York, she worked as a drama therapist  with high school students, homeless mentally disordered adults, and the aged and infirm at a nursing home/rehab  facility. 

Alexis has the privilege of leading Drama Therapy groups at renowned treatment centers, such as the Waismann  Institute, Simple Recovery, Lido Wellness, and Nexus Recovery with clients who suffer from substance abuse and  sexual addictions. In addition, she is working with First Responders in a treatment center setting suffering from both  addiction, and PTSD and also works with clients who suffer from substance abuse and sexual addictions. Alexis  works with a non-profit organization, the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County, facilitating a weekly  “social skills” group for adults with Down Syndrome. 

References: 

Alschuler, M. (2009). The darkest abyss: Poetry therapy in the treatment of addictions. In The use of the  creative therapies with chemical dependency issues (pp. 256-268). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas. 

Bailey, S. (2009). Recovering identity and stimulating growth through drama therapy. In The use of the creative  therapies with chemical dependency issues (pp. 204-217). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas. 

Brooke, S. L. (Ed.). (2009). The use of the creative therapies with chemical dependency issues. Springfield, IL:  Charles C. Thomas. 

Emunah, R. (2019). Acting For Real. Drama Therapy Process, Technique and Performance (2nd edition). New  York: Routledge.  

Johnson, D., Emunah R. (2020) Current Approaches in Drama Therapy.(3rd edition) Springfield IL: Charles C  Thomas. 

Krentzman, A. R. (2013). Review of the application of positive psychology to substance use, addiction, and  recovery research. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27(1), 151. 

Landy, R. J. (1993) Persona and Performance: The Meaning of Role in Drama, Therapy and Everyday Life. The  Guilford Press.  

Landy, R. J. (1996) Essays in Drama Therapy: The Double Life. London and Philadelphia. Jessica Kingsley  Publishers.  

Landy, R. J. (2008) The couch and the stage: Integrating words and action in psychotherapy. Jason Aronson.  Lewis, P. and Johnson, D. (2000) Current Approaches in Drama Therapy. Springfield, IL. Charles c. Thomas 

Linden, Saphira (ed.) (2013) The Heart and Soul of Psychotherapy: A transformational approach to theatre arts:  Drama Therapy, Psychodrama, Transformational Theatre. Trafford Publishing. 

Yalom, I. (1989). Love’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy. New York. Harper Collins.  

Come prepared and dressed to move! 

Format will be 1/2 Discussion and 1/2 experiential! 

These workshops are targeted to licensed mental health professionals (Psychologists, LCSWs, LMFTs). Participants  do not need to have a theater background to attend. Participants will not become certified in drama therapy by  attending this workshop as that is a much longer process, but will instead learn how to use techniques of drama 

therapy and apply what they have learned to training already mastered as a psychologist and licensed mental  health professional. 

  • Cost: $169.00 for 7 hours of CE 
  • Attendance Policy: CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation Topic Area: Counseling Theory/Practice 
  • Register or Contact CTC/DTILA: Pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com (310) 226-2865 Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you  have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Pamela Dunne at (310)  428-0349. Please allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample  opportunity to meet your needs. 
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable one week before  the class; no refunds day of training. 
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Renda Dionne Madrigal- 909-262-8325 or email  at DionneR@msn.com 
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him  at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 
  • Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not accept any  financial or in-kind support provided by another party and does not accept any commercial sponsors. APA Continuing Education: Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education  for psychologists. (Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA))  maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • CAMFT Approval: (CTC/DTILA) is approved by CAMFT (the California Association of Marriage  and Family Therapists) (Provider # 139229) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW,  LPCC, LEP. CTC/DTILA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course  meets the qualifications for seven [7] hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs,  LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

Certificates: Will be issued upon students completing evaluation forms emailed to:  dtilaevals@gmail.com

Narradrama Witnessing Practices: Reflecting Teams and Creative Arts 

Date:  June 26 2020 10:30-6:00  Class via Zoom 

In the workshop, participants will (1) explore narrative and drama therapy theories and practices based  on current research and (2) learn and practice specific drama and creative arts interventions (based on  narradrama) that open more expressive, and creative ways to work and to respect cultural differences.  Opening up expressive modalities in conjunction with verbal expression expands communication. This  enhanced expression helps both the therapist and client to more clearly understand the client’s issues  and explore alternative solutions. This method also centers on discovering client strengths and  encouraging spontaneity and creativity, which is a strong focus of narradrama. These methods are  compatible with the leading psychological theories. Well-established narrative concepts –such  as  externalization, scaffolding and landscapes of action and identity— which  may be familiar to psychology  graduates, will be expanded through narradrama. Providing advanced training and understanding of  these concepts will increase the possible methods of therapeutic intervention and communication.  Limitations and risks related to creative expression (such as flooding of emotions, feeling safe, and de rolling practices) will be thoroughly discussed and addressed. 

Focus on Witnessing Practices 

  • Participants will explore witnessing and reflective practices which honor and enhance the therapeutic session through expansive ways to reflect through conversation, art, movement, phototherapy and reflecting teams. These practices bring hope in a time of isolation and  challenge with COVID 19. 
  • Narradrama therapy combines a strength-based value system with theatrical techniques and concepts to bring about meaningful change. It gives clients a way to express their feelings, interact with others, and rehearse healthy behaviors. It is intended to help participants explore their inner  experience and break them out of any rigid roles or frameworks. (Johnson & Ackerman)  The purpose of this strength-based approach in to expand discoveries about personal strengths,  choices and/or values.   
  • During this workshop we will explore and experience Witnessing practices. Witnessing Practices  invite an expansive, unobtrusive, deeply honoring way of being seen and 

appreciated. Participants will explore witnessing practices which help to enhance the therapeutic  session including the use of a reflecting team, authentic movement, individual reflections and  expansive ways to reflect through conversation, art, movement and phototherapy. 

  • The experiential exercises are linked directly to the active development of professional knowledge  and skill in the following three ways: 
  • The experiential exercise, “externalizing the problem,” illustrates the concept of externalization and  provides practice in utilizing art, puppetry and sculpting to assist the process.  
  • The experiential exercise, “finding your strengths,” explores action interventions through drama,  music, art and poetry to help expand the clients’ voice. 
  • The experiential exercise, transformational stories,” shows ways to help the client identify and enact  a unique outcome or self-identity change story which has been a pivotal in their life. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to name five Witnessing Practices 
  2. Participants will be able to name three Narradrama therapy tools that can be integrated into  Witnessing Practices. 
  3. Participants will be able to name the four stage Reflective Team Practice. 
  4. Participants will name the 2 core Witnessing Practices in Authentic Movement. Instructor:  

Pam Paulson, MA, LMFT, RDT, NT,  serves as adjunct faculty and Narradrama trainer at the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles. She leads Narradrama training workshops in both China and the United States. For 28 years, Pam worked for Orange County Children & Family Services as a senior social worker/supervisor specializing in: childhood trauma, intimate partner violence, substance abuse and adoptions. Pam worked with community partnerships to create a Parent Mentor Program and a Strengthening Marriage Workshop for active duty and veteran families.  As a co-writer and director, she created “The Job Interview,” a training about white privilege, and co-founded PAX (Personal Art eXchange) a community-based art group.  She teaches Authentic Movement and holds a certificate from the Authentic Movement Institute in Berkeley, California.  She is an Advisory Board member for the non profit Project Satori which provides therapeutic services to trafficking survivors. 

Come prepared and dressed to move! 

Format will be 1/2 Discussion and 1/2 experiential! 

These workshops are targeted to licensed mental health professionals (Psychologists, LCSWs, LMFTs).   Participants do not need to have a theater background to attend. Participants will not become certified in   drama therapy by attending this workshop as that is a much longer process, but will instead learn how to  use  techniques of drama therapy  and apply what they have learned to training already mastered as a   psychologist and licensed mental health professional. 

  • Cost: $169.00 for 7 hours of CE 
  • Attendance Policy: CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation Topic Area: Counseling Theory/Practice 
  • Register or Contact CTC/DTILA: Pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com (310) 226-2865 Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you  have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Pamela Dunne at (310)  428-0349. Please allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample  opportunity to meet your needs.
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable one week before  the class; no refunds day of training. 
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Renda Dionne Madrigal- 909-262-8325 or email  at DionneR@msn.com 
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him  at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 
  • Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not accept  any financial or in-kind support provided by another party and does not accept any commercial  sponsors. 
  • APA Continuing Education: Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing  education for psychologists. (Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • CAMFT Approval: (CTC/DTILA) is approved by CAMFT (the California Association of Marriage  and Family Therapists) (Provider # 139229) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW,  LPCC, LEP. CTC/DTILA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course  meets the qualifications for seven [7] hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs,  LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

Certificates: Will be issued upon students completing evaluation forms emailed to:  dtilaevals@gmail.com

Navigating the Journey through Trauma and Loss with Narradrama 

Date: July 12th, 10:30 to 6:00 class via Zoom 

Instructor: Pam Paulson, MA, LMFT, RDT, NT 

Course Description : 

Change is a constant in our lives and takes on various rhythms throughout our lifespan. The change of the seasons,  growing through developmental stages, the transition from night to day and birth and death. There are losses  experienced along the way as well as positive growth and the emerging of strengths. Trauma is experienced when we  are strained beyond our capacity to adapt and to regulate our states of arousal. Trauma inhibits our ability to play,  imagine, and have hope. During this course we will explore the natural rhythms of loss and the impact of trauma  including biological, relational, social and emotional. Using drama and creative arts, participants will explore  interventions centered in action techniques, which have been helpful in working with groups and individuals who have  experienced loss and trauma. 

There will be a variety of experiential exercises during this course which will assist participants in exploring aspects of  body awareness, exploring strengths and coping strategies. Here is a sample of a few creative exercises that will be  explored during this workshop. 

  1. Participants will explore soothing body exercises to experience a sense of relaxation and calm. 2. Island of Safety – Participants will draw an Island of Safety thus creating an environment which creates a sense  of safety.  
  2. Metaphors of the healing journey – Participants will select a healing story, symbol or metaphor representing  their healing journey 

The experiential exercises are linked directly to the active development of professional knowledge and skill in the  following three ways: 

  1. The experiential exercise, “soothing body exercises,” illustrates the skill to regulate the nervous system and  build safety, resources, and sensation awareness. 
  2. The experiential exercise “Island of Safety” focuses on physical activities and games that foster healthy  defense responses, boundary setting, and promote connectedness. 
  3. The experiential exercise “Healing Journey” involves activities to balance and restore lost protective reflexes,  confidence, and resilience.  

Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will be able to name 4 types of traumas. 
  • Participants will name two Narradrama techniques used in dealing with trauma 
  • Participants will list two negative consequences of the impact of trauma  
  • Participants will list 2 positive consequences as a result of working with trauma.  
  • Participant will identify and name the 3 stages of Healing Trauma. 

Risk Factors:  

Risk Factors will be discussed at the beginning of the class. 

Class Expectations and Assignments:

Learning in this class will come in two forms: Theoretical and Experiential.  

Attendance Policy: 

CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation. Participants will sign in to the class in the morning  and after the lunch break and at the conclusion. A final quiz of questions and specific exercises must be turned in to the  instructor to receive CE credit.  

Policies:  

  • Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need  and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Pamela Dunne at (310) 428-0349. Please allow as much  advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs.  
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable thereafter; no refunds day of  training.  
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Pam Paulson at 4pampaulson@gmail.com or contact her by phone at 213- 300-7023 
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him at  

dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 

Instructor’s Statements:  

Special Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations will be provided for persons with disabilities. Please check in  with the instructor to ensure that your special accommodations (in order for you to participate) are met. Creative  Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute Of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not accept any financial or in-kind  support provided by another party and does not accept any commercial sponsors.  

This course will include a discussion of the following: 

  • Limitations of the content being taught, including contradictory evidence and its source. Discussions of clinical assessment, treatments or interventions will be presented with credibly supported most  current scientific evidence (such as research from peer reviewed journals, established psychological practice,  clinical expertise, and patient acceptability). 
  • Discussion of any risks associated with these contents, their extent, severity, or frequency A disclosure of any potential conflict or interest, commercial support, or commercial interest that applies to the  presenter or the content of the presentation.  

References: 

Bonanno, G. (2004) Loss, Trauma, and Human Resilience: Have We Underestimated the Human Capacity to Thrive After  Extremely Aversive Events? American Psychologist 

Cloitre, M., Cohen, L., Ortigo, K., Jackson, C. and Koenen, K. (2020)Treating Survivors of Childhood Abuse and  Interpersonal Trauma, Second Edition: STAIR Narrative Therapy Second Edition The Guilford Press Courtois, C. (2013) Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: Scientific Foundations and Therapeutic Models. The  Guilford Press 

Emunah, R. (1994). Acting For Real. Drama Therapy Process, Technique and Performance. New York and London.  Brunner- Routledge.  

Landy, R. J. (1996) Essays in Drama Therapy: The Double Life. London and Philadelphia. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.  Levine, P. (1997) Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma North Atlantic Books; 1 edition  

Lewis, P. and Johnson, D. (2000) Current Approaches in Drama Therapy. Springfield, IL. Charles c. Thomas Sajnani, N., Johnson, D. (2014) Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy: Transforming Clinics, Classrooms, and Communities  1st Edition. Charles C Thomas Publishers  

Van der Kolk, B. M.D. (2015) The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, Penguin Books;  Reprint edition  

White, M. Children, Trauma & Subordinate Storyline Development, International Journal of Narrative Therapy and  Community Work: Responding to Trauma Part 2 -2005 Nos. 3. 

Come prepared and dressed to move!

Format will be 1/2 Discussion and 1/2 experiential! 

These workshops are targeted to licensed mental health professionals (Psychologists, LCSWs, LMFTs). Participants  do not need to have a theater background to attend. Participants will not become certified in drama therapy by  attending this workshop as that is a much longer process, but will instead learn how to use techniques of drama  therapy and apply what they have learned to training already mastered as a psychologist and licensed mental  health professional. 

  • Cost: $169.00 for 7 hours of CE 
  • Attendance Policy: CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation Topic Area: Counseling Theory/Practice 
  • Register or Contact CTC/DTILA: Pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com (310) 226-2865 Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you  have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Pamela Dunne at (310)  428-0349. Please allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample  opportunity to meet your needs. 
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable one week before  the class; no refunds day of training. 
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Renda Dionne Madrigal- 909-262-8325 or email  at DionneR@msn.com 
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him  at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 
  • Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not accept any  financial or in-kind support provided by another party and does not accept any commercial sponsors. APA Continuing Education: Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education  for psychologists. (Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA))  maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • CAMFT Approval: (CTC/DTILA) is approved by CAMFT (the California Association of Marriage  and Family Therapists) (Provider # 139229) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW,  LPCC, LEP. CTC/DTILA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course  meets the qualifications for seven [7] hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs,  LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

Certificates: Will be issued upon students completing evaluation forms emailed to:  dtilaevals@gmail.com

Intersectional Identities in the Therapeutic Encounter 

2017 APA Multicultural Guidelines:  

An Ecological Approach to Context, Identity, and Intersectionality 

July 19, 2020 10:30am to 6pm 

Class via zoom 

Course Description:  

This workshop 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? (NADTA 2015 and Talwar 2017) 
  • What is intersectionality as a theoretical paradigm and as a practice in drama therapy? (Sajnani,  2013, and Watts-Jones 2010) 
  • How are gendered, racialized, neurodiverse, and queer bodies and perspectives quieted in our  field? (APA 2015) 
  • What can we do to help amplify — not quiet—intersectional identities? (APA 2017) 

This course will include a discussion of the new 2017 APA Multicultural Guidelines: An Ecological  Approach to Context, Identity, and Intersectionality. Participants will engage in discussion and enactments  of the 10 Overall Multicultural Guidelines to reconsider diversity and multicultural practice within  professional psychology. Participants will consider how the term “multicultural” has evolved from its  2002 definition in APA literature as interactions between racial/ethnic groups in the U.S. and the  implications for education, training, research, practice, and organizational change” to a much broader  conceptualization that considers contextual factors and intersectionality among and between reference  group identities.  

Participants will also explore the five layers of the Layered Ecological Model of the Multicultural Guidelines  in APA’s new guidelines. These layers include: the microsystem, mesosystem, exosystem, macrosystem,  and chronosystem of multicultural identity formations.  

Given these new 2017 APA guidelines, how can we better address the sociopolitical traumas that  influence our clients’ psychological health? How can we help create space for the reshaping of identities  in the therapeutic encounter? What are some of the risks that psychologists may have to take in order to  engage in discussions of identity? How can we ensure that in following the APA’s aspirational guidelines,  practitioners are also strictly adhering to ethical standards. (APA 2017) 

Instructor will also follow DTILA’s guidelines and procedures (enclosed) to disclose any potential conflict  of interest, commercial support, or commercial interest that applies to the presenter or the content of the  presentation. 

The experiential exercises are linked directly to the active development of professional knowledge and skill in the 

following three ways: 

  1. The experiential exercises illustrate the need for awareness about the assumptions we make about  normative identities and help build response-ability, safety, and resources.  
  2. The experiential exercises focus on physical activities and games that foster healthy reflexivity about  construction of identities, boundary setting, and promoting compassion. 
  3. The experiential exercises involve activities to layers of ecological identities and awareness of intersectional  identities that are silenced or erased, in order to help clients gain confidence, and resilience.  

Course Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to list two important concepts and tenants of theories of intersectionality and  social construction of identities.  
  2. Participants will be able to identify two elements of a specific intervention for adults in a cultural  diversity workshop. 
  3. Participants will be able to identify one specific interventions to help express identities in gender, race,  age, class, sexuality, and ability 

4- Participants will be able to list a limitation of the approach and a risk associated with its use 

Instructor 

Kamran Afary is an Assistant Professor of Intersectional Identities and Relationships and a recipient  of the 2016 Outstanding Lecturer Award at Cal State LA. He teaches interpersonal and health  communication to student-prisoners in Lancaster California, and has worked extensively with Middle  Eastern and South Asian refugee-immigrant populations He is a Narradrama Trainer and has recently  presented Narradrama training in China. His publications include: Iranian Diaspora Identities: Stories  and Songs (Rowman & Littlefield 2020) and Communication Research on Expressive Arts and Narrative  as Forms of Healing (Lexington 2020); and Performance and Activism: Grassroots Discourse after the  Los Angeles Rebellion of 1992 (Lexington 2009). 

Come prepared and dressed to move! 

Format will be 1/2 Discussion and 1/2 experiential! 

These workshops are targeted to licensed mental health professionals (Psychologists, LCSWs, LMFTs).   Participants do not need to have a theater background to attend. Participants will not become certified in   drama therapy by attending this workshop as that is a much longer process, but will instead learn how to  use  techniques of drama therapy  and apply what they have learned to training already mastered as a   psychologist and licensed mental health professional. 

  • Cost: $169.00 for 7 hours of CE 
  • Attendance Policy: CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation Topic Area: Counseling Theory/Practice 
  • Register or Contact CTC/DTILA: Pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com (310) 226-2865 Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you  have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Pamela Dunne at (310)  428-0349. Please allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample  opportunity to meet your needs. 
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable one week before  the class; no refunds day of training. 
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Renda Dionne Madrigal- 909-262-8325 or email  at DionneR@msn.com
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him  at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 
  • Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not accept  any financial or in-kind support provided by another party and does not accept any commercial  sponsors. 
  • APA Continuing Education: Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing  education for psychologists. (Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • CAMFT Approval: (CTC/DTILA) is approved by CAMFT (the California Association of Marriage  and Family Therapists) (Provider # 139229) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW,  LPCC, LEP. CTC/DTILA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course  meets the qualifications for seven [7] hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs,  LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

Certificates: Will be issued upon students completing evaluation forms emailed to:  dtilaevals@gmail.com

Body Awareness and Movement In Personal Growth, Psychotherapy and Education 

Dates: August 1, 2020  10:30-6:00  

Location: Class via zoom 

This course will provide theory and an active experiential approach to learn about the mind and body  connection, body awareness, and observation and assessment of movement through Laban Movement  Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals.  Piaget began to notice through his research how movement plays  a part in development and perception. The introduction to Laban Movement Analysis provides a common  language for therapists to observe, assess, and provide interventions. The experiential exercises are  linked directly to the active development of professional knowledge and skill in the following three ways: 

  1. The experiential exercises will help psychologists and mental health professionals in noticing the  emotions in the body and tension that can be held from past traumas and learning. 2. The experiential exercises will specifically look at the 6 developmental patterns of connectivity in  the body as a way of finding inner connections that support the following four psychological skills: 1- outer expressivity, 2-self-esteem, 3-being in the world, 4-re-storying unhelpful narratives.  3. The experiential exercises are crafted to develop stronger observational skills that will help  psychologists and other mental health professionals bring awareness to clients’ movement preferences  as well as others’. This in turn can help in making more informed decisions on appropriate clinical  direction for treatment.  

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to name Laban’s four categories to assessing movement and how each category  builds body awareness. 
  2. Participants will be able to name 6 patterns of developmental connectivity in the body and how they  relate to psychosocial development. 
  3. Participants will be able to identify 3 clinically appropriate movement interventions to build self-esteem  including opening and exploring the head-tail connection. 
  4. Participants will list clinically important information learned in the workshop and how they can be  applied to individual, group, and family therapy sessions.

Instructor:  

Deva Connett is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Deva has worked in artistic, clinical, and educational settings with a variety of clients. Her body of work is an integration of her experience with clients who have experienced trauma, eating disorders, general mental health  disorders, and intellectual disabilities. She guides clients toward obtaining a greater quality of life through exposure to movement and creative expression. Deva is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, experienced therapeutic group facilitator, individual therapist and public speaker. 

Come prepared and dressed to move! 

Format will be 1/2 Discussion and 1/2 experiential! 

These workshops are targeted to licensed mental health professionals (Psychologists, LCSWs, LMFTs).   Participants do not need to have a theater background to attend. Participants will not become certified in   drama therapy by attending this workshop as that is a much longer process, but will instead learn how to  use  techniques of drama therapy  and apply what they have learned to training already mastered as a   psychologist and licensed mental health professional. 

  • Cost: $169.00 for 7 hours of CE 
  • Attendance Policy: CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation Topic Area: Counseling Theory/Practice 
  • Register or Contact CTC/DTILA: Pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com (310) 226-2865 Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you  have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Pamela Dunne at (310)  428-0349. Please allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample  opportunity to meet your needs. 
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable one week before  the class; no refunds day of training. 
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Renda Dionne Madrigal- 909-262-8325 or email  at DionneR@msn.com 
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him  at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 
  • Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not accept  any financial or in-kind support provided by another party and does not accept any commercial  sponsors. 
  • APA Continuing Education: Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing  education for psychologists. (Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • CAMFT Approval: (CTC/DTILA) is approved by CAMFT (the California Association of Marriage  and Family Therapists) (Provider # 139229) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW,  LPCC, LEP. CTC/DTILA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course  meets the qualifications for seven [7] hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs,  LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

Certificates: Will be issued upon students completing evaluation forms emailed to:  dtilaevals@gmail.com

Clinical Uses of Narradrama with Individuals and Groups 

Narradrama and Neuroscience 

Dates: August 15, 2020 10:30-6:00pm 

Location: Class via zoom 

General Narradrama Course Description: 

In the workshop, participants will (1) explore narrative and drama therapy theories and practices based  on current research and (2) learn and practice specific drama and creative arts interventions (based on  narradrama) that open more expressive, and creative ways to work and to respect cultural differences.  Opening up expressive modalities in conjunction with verbal expression expands communication. This  enhanced expression helps both the therapist and client to more clearly understand the client’s issues  and explore alternative solutions. This method also centers on discovering client strengths and  encouraging spontaneity and creativity, which is a strong focus of narradrama. These methods are  compatible with the leading psychological theories. Well-established narrative concepts –such  as  externalization, scaffolding and landscapes of action and identity— which  may be familiar to psychology  graduates, will be expanded through narradrama. Providing advanced training and understanding of  these concepts will increase the possible methods of therapeutic intervention and communication.  Limitations and risks related to creative expression (such as flooding of emotions, feeling safe, and de rolling practices) will be thoroughly discussed and addressed. 

  • The experiential exercises are linked directly to the active development of professional knowledge and skill in  the following three ways: 
  • The experiential exercise, “externalizing the problem,” illustrates the concept of externalization and provides  practice in utilizing art, puppetry and sculpting to assist the process.  
  • The experiential exercise, “finding your strengths,” explores action interventions through drama, music, art  and poetry to help expand the clients’ voice. 
  • The experiential exercise, transformational stories,” shows ways to help the client identify and enact a unique  outcome or self-identity change story which has been a pivotal in their life. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to list two key tenets of narrative therapy and Narradrama. 2. Participants will be able to list two key principles of neuroscience connected to narradrama.
  2. Participants will be able to identify two narradrama interventions. 
  3. Participants will be able to name one important principle in determining whether to use tools such as  masks, puppets, drawings, objects or photos. 
  4. Participants will be able to list a limitation of the approach and a risk associated with its use. 

Focus on Neuroscience 

The workshop, centered in Narradrama and rooted in narrative therapy and drama therapy will focus on  Narradrama action techniques which increase emotional arousal, novelty, repetition and focus of  attention which are factors in optimizing conditions for new synaptic growth (Siegel, 2011).  Participants will discover through selected Narradrama interventions how Narradrama can be utilized  to strengthen synaptic connections in each of the four areas. The workshop will also cover research  concerning positive and negative emotions and research confirming benefits of positive emotions and  research about memory consolidation. In addition, the importance of social engagement from a  neurological point of view and the use of mirroring will be demonstrated. Additional research by  Beaudoin and Zimmerman (2011, 2015) shows how narrative practices increase the repertoire of  problem counter-states and research by Dunne (2017) shows the connection between Narradrama and  Siegel’s 4 areas.    Providing advanced training and understanding of Narradrama and Neuroscience  concepts will increase the possible methods of therapeutic intervention and communication. Limitations  and risks related to creative expression (such as flooding of emotions, feeling safe, and de-rolling  practices) will be thoroughly discussed and addressed. 

Focus on Neuroscience Learning Objectives 

  1. Participants will be able to list Siegel’s 4 areas related to growth in synapses.  
  2. Participants will be able to list two benefits of positive emotions as verified in research studies. 3. Participants will be able to identify one Narradrama exercise related to Siegel’s area of emotional arousal.  
  3. Participants will be able to identify one Narradrama exercise related to Siegel’s identification of the area of  novelty. 
  4. Participants will be able to identify one Narradrama exercise related to Siegel’s area of repetition. 

Instructor:  

Pam Dunne, PhD, RDT/BCT/NT, is a clinical psychologist, registered drama therapist, board-certified  trainer, professor emerita at California State University Los Angeles, and Executive Director of the Drama  Therapy Institute of Los Angeles and of the Creative Therapies Center. With well over a dozen books,  films, articles, and book chapters, Dr. Dunne is credited with developing narradrama, which is a specific  method in drama therapy and narrative therapy that integrates drama, narrative, and the creative arts.  She has pioneered narradrama training in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China and Russia. Dr. Dunne  has completed postgraduate study including over 125 continuing education hours in the study of  interpersonal neurobiology. Dr. Dunne is a past president of the North American Drama Therapy  Association and founding member of its board of examiners. In 2014, she was honored to receive the  Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of her outstanding dedication to education in the field of  drama therapy through teaching and mentorship. In 2016, she was honored to receive the Gertrud 

Schattner Award. The Gertrud Schattner Award has been given since 1993 in recognition of distinguished  contribution to the field of drama therapy in education, publication, practice, and service. This is the  highest award that the NADTA gives in recognition of outstanding service to drama therapy. 

Come prepared and dressed to move! 

Format will be 1/2 Discussion and 1/2 experiential! 

These workshops are targeted to licensed mental health professionals (Psychologists, LCSWs, LMFTs).   Participants do not need to have a theater background to attend. Participants will not become certified in   drama therapy by attending this workshop as that is a much longer process, but will instead learn how to  use  techniques of drama therapy  and apply what they have learned to training already mastered as a   psychologist and licensed mental health professional. 

  • Cost: $169.00 for 7 hours of CE 
  • Attendance Policy: CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation Topic Area: Counseling Theory/Practice 
  • Register or Contact CTC/DTILA: Pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com (310) 226-2865 Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you  have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Pamela Dunne at (310)  428-0349. Please allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample  opportunity to meet your needs. 
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable one week before  the class; no refunds day of training. 
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Renda Dionne Madrigal- 909-262-8325 or email  at DionneR@msn.com 
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him  at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 
  • Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not accept  any financial or in-kind support provided by another party and does not accept any commercial  sponsors. 
  • APA Continuing Education: Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing  education for psychologists. (Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • CAMFT Approval: (CTC/DTILA) is approved by CAMFT (the California Association of Marriage  and Family Therapists) (Provider # 139229) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW,  LPCC, LEP. CTC/DTILA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course  meets the qualifications for seven [7] hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs,  LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

Certificates: Will be issued upon students completing evaluation forms emailed to:  dtilaevals@gmail.com

Allies in Healing: Narradrama and Narrative Therapy 

Part II Narradrama interventions with special populations and conditions 

August 26, 2020 10:30 am to 6:00 pm  

Via zoom 

Course Description 

In this workshop, participants will (1) explore current research on theories of narradrama and narrative therapy that form an alliance to deepen growth and healing; (2) learn and practice specific narradrama and  narrative therapy interventions that open more expressive, and creative ways to explore and honor identities  and differences. This alliance with narrative therapy centers on discovering strengths and encouraging  spontaneity and creativity, which is a strong focus of narradrama. Well-established narrative concepts –such  as externalization, scaffolding and landscapes of action and identity will be expanded through narradrama.  Providing advanced training and understanding of these concepts will increase the possible methods of  therapeutic intervention and communication. Limitations and risks related to creative expression (such as  flooding of emotions, feeling safe, and de-rolling practices) will be discussed and addressed. 

The experiential exercises are linked directly to the active development of professional knowledge and skill in  the following three ways: 

  1. The experiential exercises of, “challenged assumptions” and “Meaning making” illustrate the concept of  narrative questioning and provide practice in utilizing art, puppetry and sculpting to assist the process.  2. The experiential exercise, “Re-authoring,” explores action interventions museum of values or value mural to  help expand the clients’ voice. 
  2. The experiential exercises, “Inoculation” and “Unique Outcome,” show ways to help the client identify and  enact a unique outcome or self-identity change story which has been a pivotal in their life. 

Course Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to list two key tenets of narrative therapy and Narradrama. 2. Participants will be able to list two key principles of intersectionality connected to narradrama. 3. Participants will be able to identify two narradrama interventions. 
  2. Participants will be able to name one important principle in determining whether to use tools such as  masks, puppets, drawings, objects or photos. 
  3. Participants will be able to list a limitation of the approach and a risk associated with its use. 

Tentative Schedule: 

10:30-11:00 Introductions, Review of syllabus and warmup exercises 

11:00-11:30 Themes for the day and scene work 

11:30-12:15 Lecture and PowerPoint on Narradrama (Stories, methods, and intersectionality) 12:15-12:45 Experiential: Scene work … Asking Narrative questions 

12:45-1:00 Video: animated documentaries and Excerpt from Daniel Whitlow 

1:00-1:15 Review of morning session, Q&A 

1:15-1:45 Lunch Break 

1:45 to 2:15 Video: Watch Interview with Julie Tilsen on your own (Link at very end of syllabus

2:15-5:15 Narrative Questioning Experientials on “Challenged Assumptions,” “Meaning Making,” “Re authoring values,” “Inoculation,” “Unique Outcomes,” and “Time Travelling” 

The afternoon session will include working in small groups in breakout sessions, returning to present to  the whole class, with a 10 minute break around 4:00 pm 

5:45-6:00 Closure and Goodbyes 

Risk Factors: 

Risk factors will be discussed at the beginning of the class 

Class Expectations & Assignments: 

Learning in this class will come in two forms: theoretical (through handouts and class lectures) and  experiential (by participating in demonstration exercises in class). It is expected that students will, participate  fully in drama and creative arts therapy demonstrations.  

Attendance Policy:  

CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation. Participants will sign in to the class in the  morning and after the lunch break and at the conclusion. A final quiz of questions and specific exercises to be  completed by the participant must be turned in to the instructor to receive CE credit. 

Policies: 

  • Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Kamran Afary at 661-478-9016. Please allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your  needs. 
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable thereafter; no refunds day of training. 
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Kamran Afary at 661-478-9016 or email:

dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 

  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Rachel Brousseau at (626) 460-0570 or email: rachelbrousseau@gmail.com

Instructors Statements

Special Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request for persons with  disabilities. Please check in with the instructor to ensure that your special accommodations in order for you to  participate are met.  

Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute Of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not accept any financial or in-kind  support provided by another party and does not accept any commercial sponsors. 

This course will include a discussion of the following:

  • Limitations of the content being taught, including contradictory evidence and its source. 
  • Discussions of clinical assessment, treatments or interventions will be presented with credibly  supported most current scientific evidence (such as research from peer reviewed journals, established  psychological practice, clinical expertise, and patient acceptability). 
  • Discussion of any risks associated with these contents, and their extent, severity, or frequency  
  • A disclosure of any potential conflict of interest, commercial support, or commercial interest that  applies to the presenter or the content of the presentation. 

Instructor bio 

Kamran Afary RDT/NT; PhD in Performance Studies 

Kamran Afary is an Assistant Professor of Intersectional Identities and Relationships and a recipient of the  2016 Outstanding Lecturer Award at Cal State LA. He teaches interpersonal and health communication to  student-prisoners in Lancaster California, and has worked extensively with Middle Eastern and South Asian  refugee-immigrant populations He is a Narradrama Trainer and has recently presented Narradrama training in  China. His publications include: Iranian Diaspora Identities: Stories and Songs (Hamilton 2020); Communication  Research on Expressive Arts as Forms of Healing (Lexington 2020); and Performance and Activism: Grassroots  Discourse after the Los Angeles Rebellion of 1992 (Lexington 2009). He is a co-author with Pam Dunne and  Pam Paulson of “Narradrama: A Narrative Approach to Drama Therapy.” In Current Approaches in Drama  therapy (3rd edition). 

Selected References and Resources 

Dunne, Pam, Afary, Kamran, and Paulson, Pam (2020) “Narradrama: A Narrative Approach to Drama Therapy.”  In Current Approaches in Drama therapy (3rd edition). Eds. David Reed Johnson and Renee Emunah.  Charles C Thomas Publishing. 

Afary, Kamran (2020) “A Narradrama Approach to Teaching Communication.” In Communication Research on Expressive Arts and Narrative: More than Words, eds, Kamran Afary and Alice Marianne Fritz.  Lexington Books. 2020. 

Tilsen, Julie. (2018). “I’m not telling, I’m asking,” in Narrative Approaches to Youth Work: Conversational Skills  for a Critical Practice. Routledge.  

Carey, Maggie and Russell, Shona. “Re-Authoring Commonly Asked Question” 

TCTV. A collection of narrative therapy videos and live interviews. https://tctv.live/ 

Tilsen, Julie. Interview “On the Art and Craft of Curiosity.” June 9, 2020) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWAYSnnFkwc&list=PLE39pWxhWwzr5pPou_ZZJHXCn8ejLxd1U&i ndex=6&t=0s 

Come prepared and dressed to move! 

Format will be 1/2 Discussion and 1/2 experiential! 

These workshops are targeted to licensed mental health professionals (Psychologists, LCSWs, LMFTs).   Participants do not need to have a theater background to attend. Participants will not become certified in   drama therapy by attending this workshop as that is a much longer process, but will instead learn how to  use  techniques of drama therapy  and apply what they have learned to training already mastered as a   psychologist and licensed mental health professional.

  • Cost: $169.00 for 7 hours of CE 
  • Attendance Policy: CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation Topic Area: Counseling Theory/Practice 
  • Register or Contact CTC/DTILA: Pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com (310) 226-2865 Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you  have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Pamela Dunne at (310)  428-0349. Please allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample  opportunity to meet your needs. 
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable one week before  the class; no refunds day of training. 
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Renda Dionne Madrigal- 909-262-8325 or email  at DionneR@msn.com 
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him  at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 
  • Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not accept  any financial or in-kind support provided by another party and does not accept any commercial  sponsors. 
  • APA Continuing Education: Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing  education for psychologists. (Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • CAMFT Approval: (CTC/DTILA) is approved by CAMFT (the California Association of Marriage  and Family Therapists) (Provider # 139229) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW,  LPCC, LEP. CTC/DTILA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course  meets the qualifications for seven [7] hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs,  LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

Certificates: Will be issued upon students completing evaluation forms emailed to:  dtilaevals@gmail.com

Clinical Uses of Embodied Narradrama for Trauma in Childhood and  Adolescence (PART I) 

Date: September 20, 2020  10:30-6:00 

Class via Zoom 

Course Description 

In the workshop, participants will learn and practice trauma specific drama and  creative arts interventions (based on narradrama, somatic experiencing, and  mindfulness). This perspective brings in a trauma informed care approach based on  current research and best practices models.  Participants will learn interventions to  help guide children and adolescent through 1) the shock experienced in the  aftermath of a wide range of overwhelming life events, and 2) focusing on the story  of trauma in the body, which is where the trauma resides, and restorying the  trauma. Narrative and somatic processes such as externalization, pendulation,  resourcing, and preferred identities/futures will be expanded through narradrama.  These techniques will increase the possible methods of therapeutic intervention.  Limitations and risks related to embodied creative expression (such as flooding of  emotions, safety issues, and dissociation) will be thoroughly discussed and  addressed. 

The restorying experiential exercises are linked directly to the active development of  professional knowledge and skill in the following three ways: 

  1. The experiential exercise, “externalizing the problem,” illustrates the concept of  externalization and provides practice in utilizing art, sculpts, and music to build safety,  resources, and sensation awareness. 
  2. The experiential exercises focusing on physical activities and games foster healthy defense responses, boundary setting, and promote connectedness. 
  3. The experiential exercises involved in balancing activities restore lost protective 

reflexes, confidence, and resilience.  

Course Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to list two key signs of trauma in children.  2. Participants will be able to list two key symptoms of trauma in adolescents. 
  2. Participants will be able to list three key components of trauma informed  care.  
  3. Participants will be able to identify two skills in Trauma First Aid. 5. Participants will be able to identify two narradrama interventions. 

Risk Factors: 

Risk factors will be discussed at the beginning of the class 

Class Expectations & Assignments: 

Learning in this class will come in two forms: theoretical (through handouts and  class lectures) and experiential (by participating in demonstration exercises in  class). Learning will emphasize experiential approaches.  It is expected that students  will participate fully in drama and creative arts therapy demonstrations.  

Attendance Policy:  

CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation. Participants  will sign in to the class in the morning and after the lunch break and at the  conclusion. A final quiz of questions and specific exercises to be completed by the  participant must be turned in to the instructor to receive CE credit. 

Policies: 

  • Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Pamela Dunne at (310) 428-0349. Please allow as much advance notice  as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs. 
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable thereafter; no refunds day of training.
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Pamela Dunne 310-428-0349 or email at pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com

Instructors Statements

Special Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon  request for persons with disabilities. Please check in with the instructor to ensure  that your special accommodations in order for you to participate are met.  

Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute Of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not  accept any financial or in-kind support provided by another party and does not  accept any commercial sponsors. 

This course will include a discussion of the following: 

  • Limitations of the content being taught, including contradictory evidence and  its source. 
  • Discussions of clinical assessment, treatments or interventions will be  presented with credibly supported scientific evidence (such as research from  peer reviewed journals, established psychological practice, clinical expertise,  and patient acceptability). 
  • Discussion of any risks associated with these contents, and their extent,  severity, or frequency  
  • A disclosure of any potential conflict of interest, commercial support, or  commercial interest that applies to the presenter or the content of the  presentation. 

Instructor 

Renda Dionne Madrigal, PhD, RDT-P, NP is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, UCLA  Certified Mindfulness Facilitator, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and member of  the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.  She was featured on the cover of  the February 2018 edition of Mindful Magazine. She has been a Licensed Clinical  Psychologist for over twenty-five years.  She is also a TA/Advisor for the UCLA  Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, partner of the Cousins Center for  Psychoneuroimmunology within the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human  Behavior, Teacher Training Program.  She has served as Co-Investigator on 3 NIDA funded prevention projects within the Native American community, as a consultant  for UC Davis Resource Center for Family Focused Practice, and for Riverside DPSS  and Riverside University Health Systems on engaging tribes in wellness. She was  one of the steering team members for a project funded by the Children’s Bureau for  Bringing and Building Evidence in the Child Welfare System. She has also served as  an Associate Research Scientist with the Oregon Research Institute. She has  presented at numerous conferences and trainings at the tribal, county, state, and  federal level. She has been involved in a Therapeutic Theatre Project, Menil and Her 

Heart about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Native  Storytelling using Narradrama as a Three Act Play for uncovering wisdom in  traditional stories and their applicability to difficulties we face in our lives today. In  her clinical practice she utilizes mindfulness, somatic experiencing (body based),  and creative arts (narradrama, dramatherapy, and storytelling) as healing  modalities.  Her book Mindful Family Circle is in press and will be out in the Spring of  2021. 

References 

Current Peer reviewed  

Phil Jones (2015) Trauma and dramatherapy: dreams, play and the social  construction of culture, South African Theatre Journal, 28:1, 4-16, DOI:  10.1080/10137548.2015.1011897  

Leitch, M. L. (2007). Somatic Experiencing Treatment With Tsunami Survivors in  Thailand: Broadening the Scope of Early Intervention. Traumatology, 13(3),  11–20. 

Ortiz, R., & Sibinga, E. M. (2017). The Role of Mindfulness in Reducing the Adverse  Effects of Childhood Stress and Trauma. Children (Basel, Switzerland), 4(3),  16. https://doi.org/10.3390/children4030016 National Institute of Health. 

Additional suggested references 

Dunne, P. (2009). Narradrama: A Narrative Approach to Drama Therapy. In D. R.  Johnson & R. Emunah (Eds.), Current Approaches in Drama Therapy.  Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas. 

Nylund, D., & Smith, C. (Eds.). (1997). Narrative Therapies with Children and  Adolescents. New York: The Guilford Press. 

Come prepared and dressed to move! 

Format will be 1/2 Discussion and 1/2 experiential! 

These workshops are targeted to licensed mental health professionals (Psychologists,  LCSWs, LMFTs).  Participants do not need to have a theater background to attend.  Participants will not become certified in  drama therapy by attending this workshop as  that is a much longer process, but will instead learn how to  use techniques of drama  therapy  and apply what they have learned to training already mastered as a   psychologist and licensed mental health professional. 

  • Cost: $169.00 for 7 hours of CE 
  • Attendance Policy: CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full  participation 
  • Topic Area: Counseling Theory/Practice 
  • Register or Contact CTC/DTILA: Pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com (310)  226-2865
  • Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with  disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop,  please contact Pamela Dunne at (310) 428-0349. Please allow as much  

advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet  your needs. 

  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50%  refundable one week before the class; no refunds day of training. Questions or concerns: Please contact Renda Dionne Madrigal- 909-262- 8325 or email at DionneR@msn.com 
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or  email him at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 
  • Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA) does not accept any financial or in-kind support provided by  another party and does not accept any commercial sponsors. 
  • APA Continuing Education: Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy  Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA)) is approved by the American  Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for  psychologists. (Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los  Angeles (CTC/DTILA)) maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • CAMFT Approval: (CTC/DTILA) is approved by CAMFT (the California  Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) (Provider # 139229) to  sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, LEP. CTC/DTILA  maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course  meets the qualifications for seven [7] hours of continuing education credit  for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of  Behavioral Sciences. 

Certificates: Will be issued upon students completing evaluation forms  emailed to: dtilaevals@gmail.com

Course Syllabus  

Clinical Uses of Embodied Narradrama for Trauma in Childhood and  Adolescence: Expanding Treatment and Techniques 

(PART II) 

Course Description 

In the workshop, participants will learn and practice trauma specific drama and  creative arts interventions (based on narradrama, somatic experiencing, and  mindfulness). This perspective brings in a trauma informed care approach based on  current research and best practices models.  Participants will learn interventions to  help understand 1) the poly vagal theory of trauma, 2) breaking down the story of  trauma, and 3) narradrama skills related to self-regulation.  Narradrama and drama  therapy processes such as resourcing, and preferred identities/futures will be  expanded through narradrama. These techniques will increase the possible methods  of therapeutic intervention.  

The experiential exercises are linked directly to the active development of professional  knowledge and skill in the following three ways: 

  1. The experiential exercise, “creating scenes,” allows for increasing conceptual  knowledge of the poly vagal theory related to trauma. 
  2. The experiential exercises focusing on self-regulation provide important resourcing  for trauma survivors, according to trauma informed care.  
  3. The experiential exercises involved in breaking down the story provide techniques  for making working with trauma more manageable.  
  4. The experiential exercises, “ broken story,” and double listening, focus on important  narradrama ideas in dealing with trauma. 
  5. The experiential exercises, draw, describe, enact, reflect  grounded in narradrama  target specific ways of working with children and adolescents who have experienced  trauma.

Course Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will list two concepts of poly vagal theory 
  • Participants will list two methods of telling the trauma story Participants will list two ways of restoring balance, self-regulation. Participants will list two narradrama interventions for working with trauma 
  • Participants will list two targeted exercises for children and adolesents in  relating to trauma, inspired by narradrama. 

Risk Factors: 

Risk factors will be discussed at the beginning of the class. Limitations and risks  related to embodied creative expression  (such as flooding of emotions, safety  issues, and dissociation) will be thoroughly discussed and addressed. 

Class Expectations & Assignments: 

Learning in this class will come in two forms: theoretical (through handouts and  class lectures) and experiential (by participating in demonstration exercises in  class). Learning will emphasize experiential approaches.  It is expected that students  will participate fully in drama and creative arts therapy demonstrations. 

A final short quiz will be administered for completion of the course. 

Attendance Policy:  

CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation. Participants  will sign in to the class in the morning and after the lunch break and at the  conclusion. 

Policies: 

  • Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Renda Dionne at (909) 262-8325. Please allow as much advance notice  as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs. 
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable thereafter; no refunds day of training.
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Renda Dionne (909) 262-8325 or email at Mindfulpractice@protonmail.com.
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com

Instructors Statements

Special Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon  request for persons with disabilities. Please check in with the instructor to ensure  that your special accommodations in order for you to participate are met.  

Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute Of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not  accept any financial or in-kind support provided by another party and does not  accept any commercial sponsors. 

This course will include a discussion of the following: 

  • Limitations of the content being taught, including contradictory evidence and  its source. 
  • Discussions of clinical assessment, treatments or interventions will be  presented with credibly supported scientific evidence (such as research from  peer reviewed journals, established psychological practice, clinical expertise,  and patient acceptability). 
  • Discussion of any risks associated with these contents, and their extent,  severity, or frequency  
  • A disclosure of any potential conflict of interest, commercial support, or  commercial interest that applies to the presenter or the content of the  presentation. 

Instructor 

Renda Dionne Madrigal, PhD, RDT-P, NP is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist,  Registered Drama Therapist, UCLA Certified Mindfulness Facilitator, Somatic  Experiencing Practitioner, and member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa  Indians.  She was featured on the cover of the February 2018 edition of Mindful  Magazine. She has been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist for over twenty-five  years.  She is also a TA/Advisor for the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research  Center, partner of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology within the Semel  Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Teacher Training Program.  She has  served as Co-Investigator on 3 NIDA-funded prevention projects within the Native  American community, as a consultant for UC Davis Resource Center for Family  Focused Practice, and for Riverside DPSS and Riverside University Health Systems  on engaging tribes in wellness. She was one of the steering team members for a  project funded by the Children’s Bureau for Bringing and Building Evidence in the  Child Welfare System. She has also served as an Associate Research Scientist with  the Oregon Research Institute. She has presented at numerous conferences and  trainings at the tribal, county, state, and federal level. She has been involved in a  Therapeutic Theatre Project, Menil and Her Heart about Missing and Murdered  Indigenous Women and Girls and Native Storytelling using Narradrama as a Three  Act Play for uncovering wisdom in traditional stories and their applicability to 

difficulties we face in our lives today. In her clinical practice she utilizes  mindfulness, somatic experiencing (body based), and creative arts (narradrama,  dramatherapy, and storytelling) as healing modalities.  Her book Mindful Family  Circle is in press and will be out in the Spring of 2021. 

References 

Current Peer reviewed  

Jones, Phil (2015) Trauma and dramatherapy: dreams, play and the social  construction of culture.  South African Theatre Journal, 28:1, 4-16, DOI:  10.1080/10137548.2015.1011897  

Malchiodi, Cathy A. (2020) Trauma and expressive arts therapy: Brain, body, and  imagination in the healing process.  New York: Guilford Press 

Ortiz, R., & Sibinga, E. M. (2017). The Role of Mindfulness in Reducing the Adverse  Effects of Childhood Stress and Trauma. Children (Basel, Switzerland), 4(3),  16. https://doi.org/10.3390/children4030016 

Porges, S., (2007). The Poly Vagal Perspective. Biol Psychol.   

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1868418/ 

Come prepared and dressed to move! 

Format will be 1/2 Discussion and 1/2 experiential! 

These workshops are targeted to licensed mental health professionals (Psychologists,  LCSWs, LMFTs).  Participants do not need to have a theater background to attend.  Participants will not become certified in  drama therapy by attending this workshop as  that is a much longer process, but will instead learn how to  use techniques of drama  therapy  and apply what they have learned to training already mastered as a   psychologist and licensed mental health professional. 

  • Cost: $169.00 for 7 hours of CE 
  • Attendance Policy: CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full  participation 
  • Topic Area: Counseling Theory/Practice 
  • Register or Contact CTC/DTILA: Pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com (310)  226-2865 
  • Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with  disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop,  please contact Pamela Dunne at (310) 428-0349. Please allow as much  

advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet  your needs. 

  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50%  refundable one week before the class; no refunds day of training. Questions or concerns: Please contact Renda Dionne Madrigal- 909-262- 8325 or email at DionneR@msn.com 
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or  email him at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com
  • Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA) does not accept any financial or in-kind support provided by  another party and does not accept any commercial sponsors. 
  • APA Continuing Education: Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy  Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA)) is approved by the American  Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for  psychologists. (Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los  Angeles (CTC/DTILA)) maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • CAMFT Approval: (CTC/DTILA) is approved by CAMFT (the California  Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) (Provider # 139229) to  sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, LEP. CTC/DTILA  maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course  meets the qualifications for seven [7] hours of continuing education credit  for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of  Behavioral Sciences. 

Certificates: Will be issued upon students completing evaluation forms  emailed to: dtilaevals@gmail.com

Clinical Uses of Narradrama with Individuals and Groups 

Focus on Narradrama Steps  

Dates: October 2-23 2020  

Total of 14.0 CE Hours 

Location: Classes Via Zoom  

General Course Description 

In the workshop, participants will (1) explore narrative and drama therapy theories and practices based  on current research and (2) learn and practice specific drama and creative arts interventions (based on  narradrama) that open more expressive, and creative ways to work and to respect cultural differences.  Opening up expressive modalities in conjunction with verbal expression expands communication. This  enhanced expression helps both the therapist and client to more clearly understand the client’s issues  and explore alternative solutions. This method also centers on discovering client strengths and  encouraging spontaneity and creativity, which is a strong focus of narradrama. These methods are  compatible with the leading psychological theories. Well-established narrative concepts –such  as  externalization, scaffolding and landscapes of action and identity— which  may be familiar to psychology  graduates, will be expanded through narradrama. Providing advanced training and understanding of  these concepts will increase the possible methods of therapeutic intervention and communication.  Limitations and risks related to creative expression (such as flooding of emotions, feeling safe, and de rolling practices) will be thoroughly discussed and addressed. 

  • The experiential exercises are linked directly to the active development of professional knowledge and skill in  the following three ways: 
  • The experiential exercise, “externalizing the problem,” illustrates the concept of externalization and provides  practice in utilizing art, puppetry and sculpting to assist the process.  
  • The experiential exercise, “finding your strengths,” explores action interventions through drama, music, art  and poetry to help expand the clients’ voice. 
  • The experiential exercise, transformational stories,” shows ways to help the client identify and enact a unique  outcome or self-identity change story which has been a pivotal in their life. 

General Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to list two key tenets of narrative therapy and Narradrama.
  2. Participants will be able to list two key principles of neuroscience connected to narradrama. 3. Participants will be able to identify two narradrama interventions. 
  3. Participants will be able to name one important principle in determining whether to use tools such as  masks, puppets, drawings, objects or photos. 
  4. Participants will be able to list a limitation of the approach and a risk associated with its use. 

Focus on Steps: Course Description 

The workshop, centered in Narradrama and rooted in narrative therapy and drama therapy. This particular  workshop is part II of the Clinical uses of Narradrama with Individuals and Groups which focuses on the  Narradrama Steps 

Well-established narrative concepts –such  as externalization,  and landscapes of action and identity— which  may  be familiar to graduates, will be expanded through Narradrama. Providing advanced training and understanding of  these steps will increase the possible methods of therapeutic intervention and communication. Limitations and  risks related to creative expression (such as flooding of emotions, feeling safe, and de-rolling practices) will be  thoroughly discussed and addressed. The following Narradrama steps will be expanded through various exercises ,  interventions and questions. Order of steps vary. 

Narradrama Steps 

  1. Discover New Descriptions of Self Identity and Preferred Environment 
  2. Externalize and Map the Influence of the Problem 
  3. Discover Alternative Stories and Pivotal Moments 
  4. Expand Personal Agency 
  5. Externalize Choices 
  6. Illuminate Values 
  7. Expand Possibility Extensions through Stories and Roles 
  8. Re-story Life Story 
  9. Reflect and Celebrate 

Textbook: Narradrama: Integrating Drama Therapy, Narrative and the Creative Arts 

Experiential Exercises: 

  • The experiential exercises are linked directly to the active development of professional knowledge and skill in  the following three ways: 
  • The experiential exercise, “externalizing the problem,” illustrates the concept of externalization and provides  practice in utilizing art, puppetry and sculpting to assist the process.  
  • The experiential exercise, “finding your strengths,” explores action interventions through drama, music, art  and poetry to help expand the clients’ voice. 
  • The experiential exercise, “embodied pathways,”  concretizes choices that are before the client . Focus on Steps — Learning Objectives: 
  1. 1.Participants will be able to list 5 of the 9 Narradrama steps 
  2. Participants will be able to identify two methods of externalization. 
  3. Participants will be able to name two interventions relating to concretizing choices  4. 4.Participants will be able to name one theory related to the Narradrama steps. 
  4. Participants will be able to list a limitation of the approach and a risk associated with its use.

Instructor:  

Pam Dunne, PhD, RDT/BCT/NT, is a clinical psychologist, registered drama therapist, board-certified  trainer, professor emerita at California State University Los Angeles, and Executive Director of the Drama  Therapy Institute of Los Angeles and of the Creative Therapies Center. With well over a dozen books,  films, articles, and book chapters, Dr. Dunne is credited with developing narradrama, which is a specific  method in drama therapy and narrative therapy that integrates drama, narrative, and the creative arts.  She has pioneered narradrama training in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China and Russia. Dr. Dunne  has completed postgraduate study including over 125 continuing education hours in the study of  interpersonal neurobiology. Dr. Dunne is a past president of the North American Drama Therapy  Association and founding member of its board of examiners. In 2014, she was honored to receive the  Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of her outstanding dedication to education in the field of  drama therapy through teaching and mentorship. In 2016, she was honored to receive the Gertrud  Schattner Award. The Gertrud Schattner Award has been given since 1993 in recognition of distinguished  contribution to the field of drama therapy in education, publication, practice, and service. This is the  highest award that the NADTA gives in recognition of outstanding service to drama therapy. 

Come prepared and dressed to move! 

Format will be 1/2 Discussion and 1/2 experiential! 

These workshops are targeted to licensed mental health professionals (Psychologists, LCSWs, LMFTs).   Participants do not need to have a theater background to attend. Participants will not become certified in   drama therapy by attending this workshop as that is a much longer process, but will instead learn how to  use  techniques of drama therapy  and apply what they have learned to training already mastered as a   psychologist and licensed mental health professional. 

  • Cost: $338.00 for 14 hours of CE 
  • Attendance Policy: CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation Topic Area: Counseling Theory/Practice 
  • Register or Contact CTC/DTILA: Pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com (310) 226-2865 Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you  have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Pamela Dunne at (310)  428-0349. Please allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample  opportunity to meet your needs. 
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable one week before  the class; no refunds day of training. 
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Renda Dionne Madrigal- 909-262-8325 or email  at DionneR@msn.com 
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him  at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 
  • Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not accept  any financial or in-kind support provided by another party and does not accept any commercial  sponsors. 
  • APA Continuing Education: Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing  education for psychologists. (Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • CAMFT Approval: (CTC/DTILA) is approved by CAMFT (the California Association of Marriage  and Family Therapists) (Provider # 139229) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW,  LPCC, LEP. CTC/DTILA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course 

meets the qualifications for seven [7] hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs,  LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Certificates: Will be issued upon students completing evaluation forms emailed to:  dtilaevals@gmail.com

Narradrama with Indigenous populations 

Date: October 11, 2020.   10:30-6:00 

Location: Course via Zoom 

Course Description 

In the workshop, participants will use narrative and drama therapy interventions  (based on narradrama) to 1) deepen understanding of the intergenerational impact  of history, colonization, and oppression on Indigenous people’s health and  wellbeing, 2) apply embodied mindfulness based compassion practices that can be  used by providers to work towards cultural humility and work with obstacles to  care such as internalized oppression and compassion fatigue, and 3) develop  understanding of the relationship of cultural practices such as storytelling and  arts  to activism and healing. Narradrama practices such as externalizing the problem,  deconstruction and unique outcomes  will be utilized. These techniques will  increase the possible methods of therapeutic intervention. Limitations and risks  related to embodied creative expression (such as flooding of emotions and safety)  will be thoroughly discussed and addressed. 

This training will be experiential in nature and require active participation.   

The experiential exercises are linked directly to the active development of professional  knowledge and skill in the following three ways: 

  1. The experiential exercise, “externalizing the problem,” illustrates the concept of  externalization and provides practice in utilizing art, sculpts, and enactments to deepen  understanding of the intergenerational impact of history, colonization, and oppression on American Indian communities mental health and wellbeing 
  2. The experiential exercises focusing on deconstruction makes the issues more specific and reduces overgeneralizing; it also clarifies what the core issue or issues actually are.
  3. The experiential exercises involved in unique outcomes works with the storyline from  an indigenous perspective offering meaning making linked to a positive and functional  identity.

Course Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to identify two effects of historical trauma on  Indigenous well-being.  
  2. Participants will be able to identify two ways the arts are used in activism for  Indigenous populations.  
  3. Participants will be able to identify two symptoms of compassion fatigue.  4. Participants will be able to identify a mindfulness practice to combat  compassion fatigue. 
  4. Participants will be able to identify two narradrama interventions for use  with Indigenous populations. 

Risk Factors: 

Risk factors will be discussed at the beginning of the class 

Class Expectations & Assignments: 

Learning in this class will come in two forms: theoretical (through handouts and  class lectures) and experiential (by participating in demonstration exercises in  class). Learning will emphasize experiential approaches.  It is expected that students  will participate fully in drama and creative arts therapy demonstrations. A final quiz  of questions and specific exercises to be completed by the participant must be  turned in to the instructor to receive CE credit. 

Attendance Policy:  

CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation. Participants  will sign in to the class in the morning and after the lunch break and at the  conclusion.  

Policies: 

  • Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Renda Dionne Madrigal at (909) 262-8325. Please allow as much  advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your  needs. 
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable thereafter; no refunds day of training.
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Pamela Dunne 310-428-0349 or email at mindfulpractice@protonmail.com
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com

Instructors Statements

Special Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon  request for persons with disabilities. Please check in with the instructor to ensure  that your special accommodations in order for you to participate are met. 

Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute Of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not  accept any financial or in-kind support provided by another party and does not  accept any commercial sponsors. 

This course will include a discussion of the following: 

  • Limitations of the content being taught, including contradictory evidence and  its source. 
  • Discussions of clinical assessment, treatments or interventions will be  presented with credibly supported scientific evidence (such as research from  peer reviewed journals, established psychological practice, clinical expertise,  and patient acceptability). 
  • Discussion of any risks associated with these contents, and their extent,  severity, or frequency  
  • A disclosure of any potential conflict of interest, commercial support, or  commercial interest that applies to the presenter or the content of the  presentation. 

Instructor 

Renda Dionne Madrigal, PhD, RDT-P, NP is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, UCLA  Certified Mindfulness Facilitator, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and member of  the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.  She was featured on the cover of  the February 2018 edition of Mindful Magazine. She has been a Licensed Clinical  Psychologist working within Indigenous communities for over twenty-five  years.  She is also a TA/Advisor for the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research  Center, partner of the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology within the Semel  Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Teacher Training Program.  She has  served as Co-Investigator on 3 NIDA-funded prevention projects within the Native  American community, as a consultant for UC Davis Resource Center for Family  Focused Practice, and for Riverside DPSS and Riverside University Health Systems  on engaging tribes in wellness. She was one of the steering team members for a  project funded by the Children’s Bureau for Bringing and Building Evidence in the  Child Welfare System. She has also served as an Associate Research Scientist with  the Oregon Research Institute. She has presented at numerous conferences and  trainings at the tribal, county, state, and federal level. She has been involved in a  Therapeutic Theatre Project, Menil and Her Heart about Missing and Murdered  Indigenous Women and Girls and Native Storytelling using Narradrama as a Three  Act Play for uncovering wisdom in traditional stories and their applicability to  difficulties we face in our lives today. In her clinical practice she utilizes  mindfulness, somatic experiencing (body based), and creative arts (narradrama,  dramatherapy, and storytelling) as healing modalities.  Her book Mindful Family  Circle is in press and will be out in the Spring of 2021.

References 

Current Peer reviewed  

Dionne Madrigal, R. & Dunne, P. (2021) “Narradrama as a Three Act Play” in Miller  C, Editor. Creative Arts Therapy and Neurobiology (working title) Routledge (in press). 

Elinor Vettraino, Warren Linds & Professor Divya Jindal-Snape (2017) Embodied  voices: using applied theatre for co-creation with marginalised youth, Emotional  and Behavioural Difficulties, 22:1, 79-95, DOI: 10.1080/13632752.2017.1287348 

Hartmann, W. E., Wendt, D. C., Burrage, R. L., Pomerville, A., & Gone, J. P. (2019).  American Indian historical trauma: Anticolonial prescriptions for healing, resilience,  and survivance. The American psychologist, 74(1), 6–19.  

https://doi.org/10.1037/amp0000326 

Additional suggested references 

Dionne Madrigal, R. (2021). Circle Up. A Mindful Families Guidebook. Parallax Press,  Berkeley, CA (In press). 

Dunne, P. (2009). Narradrama: A Narrative Approach to Drama Therapy. In D. R.  Johnson & R. Emunah (Eds.), Current Approaches in Drama Therapy.  Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas. 

Duran, E. and Duran, B. (1995) Native American Postcolonial Psychology. State  University of New York Press, Albany. 

Duran, Eduardo, et al. “Liberation psychology as the path toward healing cultural soul wounds.” Journal of Counseling and Development, vol. 86, no. 3, 2008, p. 288. 

Come prepared and dressed to move! 

Format will be 1/2 Discussion and 1/2 experiential! 

These workshops are targeted to licensed mental health professionals (Psychologists,  LCSWs, LMFTs).  Participants do not need to have a theater background to attend.  Participants will not become certified in  drama therapy by attending this workshop as  that is a much longer process, but will instead learn how to  use techniques of drama  therapy  and apply what they have learned to training already mastered as a   psychologist and licensed mental health professional. 

  • Cost: $169.00 for 7 hours of CE 
  • Attendance Policy: CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full  participation 
  • Topic Area: Counseling Theory/Practice 
  • Register or Contact CTC/DTILA: Pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com (310)  226-2865
  • Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with  disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop,  please contact Pamela Dunne at (310) 428-0349. Please allow as much  

advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet  your needs. 

  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50%  refundable one week before the class; no refunds day of training. Questions or concerns: Please contact Renda Dionne Madrigal- 909-262- 8325 or email at DionneR@msn.com 
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or  email him at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 
  • Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA) does not accept any financial or in-kind support provided by  another party and does not accept any commercial sponsors. 
  • APA Continuing Education: Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy  Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA)) is approved by the American  Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for  psychologists. (Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los  Angeles (CTC/DTILA)) maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • CAMFT Approval: (CTC/DTILA) is approved by CAMFT (the California  Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) (Provider # 139229) to  sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, LEP. CTC/DTILA  maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course  meets the qualifications for seven [7] hours of continuing education credit  for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of  Behavioral Sciences. 

Certificates: Will be issued upon students completing evaluation forms  emailed to: dtilaevals@gmail.com

Clinical Uses of Narradrama with Individuals and Groups 

Focus on Pivotal Moments 

Dates:  November 13 2020 10:30-6:00  Class via Zoom 

In the workshop, participants will (1) explore narrative and drama therapy theories and practices based  on current research and (2) learn and practice specific drama and creative arts interventions (based on  narradrama) that open more expressive, and creative ways to work and to respect cultural differences.  Opening up expressive modalities in conjunction with verbal expression expands communication. This  enhanced expression helps both the therapist and client to more clearly understand the client’s issues  and explore alternative solutions. This method also centers on discovering client strengths and  encouraging spontaneity and creativity, which is a strong focus of narradrama. These methods are  compatible with the leading psychological theories. Well-established narrative concepts –such  as  externalization, scaffolding and landscapes of action and identity— which  may be familiar to psychology  graduates, will be expanded through narradrama. Providing advanced training and understanding of  these concepts will increase the possible methods of therapeutic intervention and communication.  Limitations and risks related to creative expression (such as flooding of emotions, feeling safe, and de rolling practices) will be thoroughly discussed and addressed. 

FOCUS ON PIVOTAL MOMENTS 

In this particular course, participants will explore the use of drama therapy and creative arts in  uncovering aha experiences or pivotal moments which bring forth positive entry ways into personal  stories for the client which show agency and hope. Through experiential exercises involving embodied  art and transformational moments, participants will discover how to help clients reclaim and  reconnect with preferred memories and experiences, values and relationships. 

  • The experiential exercises are linked directly to the active development of professional knowledge and skill in  the following three ways: 
  • The experiential exercise, “externalizing the problem,” illustrates the concept of externalization and provides  practice in utilizing art, puppetry and sculpting to assist the process.  
  • The experiential exercise, “finding your strengths,” explores action interventions through drama, music, art  and poetry to help expand the clients’ voice.
  • The experiential exercise, transformational stories,” shows ways to help the client identify and enact a unique  outcome or self-identity change story which has been a pivotal in their life. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to list two key tenets of narrative therapy and Narradrama. 2. Participants will be able to list two key principles of neuroscience connected to narradrama. 3. Participants will be able to identify two narradrama interventions. 
  2. Participants will be able to name one important principle in determining whether to use tools such as  masks, puppets, drawings, objects or photos. 
  3. Participants will be able to list a limitation of the approach and a risk associated with its use. 

Instructor:  

Pam Dunne, PhD, RDT/BCT/NT, is a clinical psychologist, registered drama therapist, board-certified  trainer, professor emerita at California State University Los Angeles, and Executive Director of the Drama  Therapy Institute of Los Angeles and of the Creative Therapies Center. With well over a dozen books,  films, articles, and book chapters, Dr. Dunne is credited with developing narradrama, which is a specific  method in drama therapy and narrative therapy that integrates drama, narrative, and the creative arts.  She has pioneered narradrama training in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China and Russia. Dr. Dunne  has completed postgraduate study including over 125 continuing education hours in the study of  interpersonal neurobiology. Dr. Dunne is a past president of the North American Drama Therapy  Association and founding member of its board of examiners. In 2014, she was honored to receive the  Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of her outstanding dedication to education in the field of  drama therapy through teaching and mentorship. In 2016, she was honored to receive the Gertrud  Schattner Award. The Gertrud Schattner Award has been given since 1993 in recognition of distinguished  contribution to the field of drama therapy in education, publication, practice, and service. This is the  highest award that the NADTA gives in recognition of outstanding service to drama therapy. 

Come prepared and dressed to move! 

Format will be 1/2 Discussion and 1/2 experiential! 

These workshops are targeted to licensed mental health professionals (Psychologists, LCSWs, LMFTs).   Participants do not need to have a theater background to attend. Participants will not become certified in   drama therapy by attending this workshop as that is a much longer process, but will instead learn how to  use  techniques of drama therapy  and apply what they have learned to training already mastered as a   psychologist and licensed mental health professional. 

  • Cost: $169.00 for 7 hours of CE 
  • Attendance Policy: CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation Topic Area: Counseling Theory/Practice 
  • Register or Contact CTC/DTILA: Pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com (310) 226-2865 Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you  have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Pamela Dunne at (310)  428-0349. Please allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample  opportunity to meet your needs. 
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable one week before  the class; no refunds day of training.
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Renda Dionne Madrigal- 909-262-8325 or email  at DionneR@msn.com 
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him  at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 
  • Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not accept  any financial or in-kind support provided by another party and does not accept any commercial  sponsors. 
  • APA Continuing Education: Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing  education for psychologists. (Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • CAMFT Approval: (CTC/DTILA) is approved by CAMFT (the California Association of Marriage  and Family Therapists) (Provider # 139229) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW,  LPCC, LEP. CTC/DTILA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course  meets the qualifications for seven [7] hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs,  LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

Certificates: Will be issued upon students completing evaluation forms emailed to:  dtilaevals@gmail.com

Course Syllabus  

Using Drama Therapy with Addicts and Their Families (Advanced Class) Date: DEC. 6th, 2020, 10:30 to 6:00 class via Zoom  

Course Description:  

This course focuses on working with clients dealing with addiction disorders and their family/friends  dynamics. Clients often have friends/family members who have been a part of both their active  use/behaviors and their recovery, and this may lead to feelings of shame, guilt and regret for everyone  involved. This experiential workshop helps therapists understand the use of drama therapy tools with  individuals and groups in learning how to address the impact of addiction on clients and their core and  chosen families. Using Robert Landy’s drama therapeutic Role Theory, participants will explore how  family “roles” can work towards recovery and reparation of relationships, as well as helping to take  ownership of their part in the addiction process. Participants will have the opportunity to use projective  techniques and embodiment to enhance their clinical skills and will also explore the unique challenges of  working in systems with potentially resistant clients and their families. In addition, participants will explore  these exercises from both the therapist and the client’s perspectives.  

The experiential exercises are linked directly to the active development of professional knowledge and skill in  the following three ways: 

  1. The experiential exercises such as the “Role Card Exercise” will help mental health professionals and others  identify the roles that they play in their lives that will either help promote or combat positive choices in their  lives. 
  2. The experiential exercises such as “Befriending the Diagnosis/Issue” will teach participants about the process  of “disidentification” where the subject can learn to separate from their “issues” and create a healthy dialogue  with it, as opposed to being enmeshed in a toxic way. 
  3. The experiential exercises such as the “Family Sculpture Exercise” will teach participants to identify how  client see/experience their family dynamics in regards to their addiction. 

Participants will be able to articulate the use of a variety of creative techniques and to demonstrate how these  can be incorporated into practice with clients and/or themselves.  

Participants will learn how to assist clients using drama therapy in building coping mechanisms through  exercises geared to broaden role repertoire, address feelings of shame and guilt, provide healthy living  alternatives, and build positive self-image, self-esteem, and self-discipline. 

Course Objectives (not the same as learning objectives):

  • Present 2 theories and applications of using drama therapy 
  • Demonstrate 2 creative methods using drama therapy, psychodramatic techniques and other creative  therapies  
  • Show methods of identifying and working with triggers through drama therapy.  
  • Explore methods of helping clients identify new life choices and their core identity through drama  therapy.  
  • Demonstrate how to work with resistant clients and their families.  

Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will name 2 different approaches of using drama therapy with clients  
  • Participants will name two creative techniques to use with clients  
  • Participants will list two methods of identifying and working with triggers through drama therapy Participant will identify and name one drama therapy method of helping clients focus on future life choices and  one method which combines drama therapy and the creative arts. 
  • Participants will identify and name one drama therapy method of helping clients repair relationships with friends  and family. 

Risk Factors:  

Risk Factors will be discussed at the beginning of the class. 

Class Expectations and Assignments: 

Learning in this class will come in two forms: Theoretical (through screen sharing, power points and class  lectures) and Experiential (by participating in demonstration exercises via zoom). It is expected that students  will participate fully in drama and creative arts therapy demonstrations.  

Attendance Policy: 

CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation. Participants will sign in to the class in the  morning and after the lunch break and at the conclusion. A final quiz of questions and specific exercises must  be turned in to the instructor to receive CE credit.  

Policies:  

  • Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special  need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Pamela Dunne at (310) 428-0349. Please allow as  much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs.  
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 1 week prior; 50% refundable thereafter; no refunds day of  training.  
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Alexis Maron at 310-422-9386 or email her at alexis@alexismaron.com  
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him at  dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 

Instructor’s Statements:  

Special Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations will be provided for persons with disabilities. Please  check in with the instructor to ensure that your special accommodations (in order for you to participate) are met.  Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute Of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not accept any financial  or in-kind support provided by another party and does not accept any commercial sponsors. 

This course will include a discussion of the following: 

  • Limitations of the content being taught, including contradictory evidence and its source. Discussions of clinical assessment, treatments or interventions will be presented with credibly supported  most current scientific evidence (such as research from peer reviewed journals, established  psychological practice, clinical expertise, and patient acceptability). 
  • Discussion of any risks associated with these contents, their extent, severity, or frequency A disclosure of any potential conflict or interest, commercial support, or commercial interest that applies  to the presenter or the content of the presentation.  

Instructor: 

Alexis Maron (MA, RDT-BCT, RADT) is a Registered Drama Therapist and Board Certified Trainer specializing in  relationships, family dynamics, and sexual and chemical addictions. In New York, she worked as a drama therapist  with high school students, homeless mentally disordered adults, and the aged and infirm at a nursing home/rehab  facility. 

Alexis has the privilege of leading Drama Therapy groups at renowned treatment centers, such as the Waismann  Institute, Simple Recovery, Lido Wellness, and Nexus Recovery with clients who suffer from substance abuse and  sexual addictions. In addition, she is working with First Responders in a treatment center setting suffering from both  addiction, and PTSD and also works with clients who suffer from substance abuse and sexual addictions. Alexis  works with a non-profit organization, the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County, facilitating a weekly  “social skills” group for adults with Down Syndrome. 

References: 

Alschuler, M. (2009). The darkest abyss: Poetry therapy in the treatment of addictions. In The use of the  creative therapies with chemical dependency issues (pp. 256-268). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas. 

Bailey, S. (2009). Recovering identity and stimulating growth through drama therapy. In The use of the creative  therapies with chemical dependency issues (pp. 204-217). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas. 

Brooke, S. L. (Ed.). (2009). The use of the creative therapies with chemical dependency issues. Springfield, IL:  Charles C. Thomas. 

Emunah, R. (1994). Acting For Real. Drama Therapy Process, Technique and Performance. New York and  London. Brunner- Routledge.  

Lewis, P. and Johnson, D. (2000) Current Approaches in Drama Therapy. Springfield, IL. Charles c. Thomas 

Krentzman, A. R. (2013). Review of the application of positive psychology to substance use, addiction, and  recovery research. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27(1), 151. 

Landy, R. J. (1996) Essays in Drama Therapy: The Double Life. London and Philadelphia. Jessica Kingsley  Publishers.  

Landy, R. J. (2008) The couch and the stage: Integrating words and action in psychotherapy. Jason Aronson.  

Landy, R. J. (1993) Persona and Performance: The Meaning of Role in Drama, Therapy and Everyday Life. The  Guilford Press.  

Yalom, I. (1989). Love’s Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy. New York. Harper Collins.  

Come prepared and dressed to move! 

Format will be 1/2 Discussion and 1/2 experiential! 

These workshops are targeted to licensed mental health professionals (Psychologists, LCSWs, LMFTs). Participants  do not need to have a theater background to attend. Participants will not become certified in drama therapy by 

attending this workshop as that is a much longer process, but will instead learn how to use techniques of drama  therapy and apply what they have learned to training already mastered as a psychologist and licensed mental  health professional. 

  • Cost: $169.00 for 7 hours of CE 
  • Attendance Policy: CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation Topic Area: Counseling Theory/Practice 
  • Register or Contact CTC/DTILA: Pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com (310) 226-2865 Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you  have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Pamela Dunne at (310)  428-0349. Please allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample  opportunity to meet your needs. 
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable one week before  the class; no refunds day of training. 
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Renda Dionne Madrigal- 909-262-8325 or email  at DionneR@msn.com 
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him  at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 
  • Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not accept any  financial or in-kind support provided by another party and does not accept any commercial sponsors. APA Continuing Education: Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA)) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education  for psychologists. (Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA))  maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • CAMFT Approval: (CTC/DTILA) is approved by CAMFT (the California Association of Marriage  and Family Therapists) (Provider # 139229) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW,  LPCC, LEP. CTC/DTILA maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course  meets the qualifications for seven [7] hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs,  LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

Certificates: Will be issued upon students completing evaluation forms emailed to:  dtilaevals@gmail.com

Healing & Rebuilding: Creative Griefwork with Children and Adolescents Date: February 21, 2020 10:30-6:00  Class via Zoom 

Course Description 

In the workshop, participants will learn and practice grief-specific drama and  creative arts interventions (based on Piaget’s developmental model, drama therapy  and psychodrama techniques, and grief theory and practice). This perspective  presents a supportive treatment approach in griefwork with children and  adolescents based on current research and best practices models.  Participants will  learn interventions to help understand the variables affecting grief reaction,  including 1) developmental considerations, 2) cultural influences, 3) personal loss  history, 4) nature of the relationship to the deceased, and 5) cause of death. Drama  therapy processes such as sculpting, mask work, storytelling, role play and  improvisation, combined with therapeutic art and writing activities will increase the  possible methods of therapeutic intervention during griefwork with children and  adolescents.  

The experiential exercises are linked directly to the active development of professional  knowledge and skill in the following three ways: 

  1. The experiential exercise, “sculpting” allows for increasing conceptual knowledge of  Kubler-Ross’ 5 stages of grief model. 
  2. The experiential exercises focusing on roleplay and improvisation demonstrate ways  to effectively explore coping skills to manage grief symptoms. 
  3. The experiential exercises involved in artwork and writing/journaling demonstrate  creative avenues for emotional expression.  
  4. The experiential exercise, “Storytelling” focuses on methods to increase therapeutic  rapport and build trust. 

Course Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will be able to identify 3 variables affecting the grief reaction in  children and teens.
  • Participants will be able to identify developmentally appropriate ways to  support the grieving child/teens.    
  • Participants will be able to demonstrate two drama therapy interventions in  working with children and teens in griefwork. 
  • Participants will be able to identify 3 cultural or religious influences that  affect children and teens in griefwork. 

Risk Factors: 

Risk factors will be discussed at the beginning of the class. Limitations and risks  related to embodied creative expression (such as flooding of emotions, safety issues,  and dissociation) will be thoroughly discussed and addressed. 

Class Expectations & Assignments: 

Learning in this class will come in two forms: theoretical (through handouts and  class lectures) and experiential (by participating in demonstration exercises in  class). Learning will emphasize experiential approaches.  It is expected that students  will participate fully in drama and creative arts therapy demonstrations. 

Attendance Policy:  

CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation. Participants  will sign into the class in the morning and after the lunch break and at the  conclusion. 

Policies: 

  • Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Renda Dionne at (909) 262-8325. Please allow as much advance notice  as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs. 
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable thereafter; no refunds day of training.
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Patricia Jauchler (818) 667-1641 or email at onbrightwings@yahoo.com.
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com

Instructors Statements

Special Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon  request for persons with disabilities. Please check in with the instructor to ensure  that your special accommodations in order for you to participate are met.  

Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not  accept any financial or in-kind support provided by another party and does not  accept any commercial sponsors.

This course will include a discussion of the following: 

  • Limitations of the content being taught, including contradictory evidence and  its source. 
  • Discussions of clinical assessment, treatments or interventions will be  presented with credibly supported scientific evidence (such as research from  peer reviewed journals, established psychological practice, clinical expertise,  and patient acceptability). 
  • Discussion of any risks associated with these contents, and their extent,  severity, or frequency  
  • A disclosure of any potential conflict of interest, commercial support, or  commercial interest that applies to the presenter or the content of the  presentation. 

Instructor 

Patricia Jauchler, MA, MS, RDT/BCT, CT, CDP is a Registered Drama Therapist and  Board-Certified Trainer, Certified Thanatologist, and Certified Dementia  Practitioner.  She holds certificates as a Death Midwife/End-of-Life Doula,  Bereavement Facilitator, and Grief Support Specialist.   

She is founder and director of On Bright Wings Alternative End-of-Life Services,  assisting the aging, dying, and bereaved in home, hospice, and facility settings  throughout the Los Angeles area.  She uses a unique blend of Drama Therapy and  other creative arts methods with reminiscence, legacy work, and therapeutic  support to attain peace, acceptance, and resolution.  Her theatre company, Theatre  on the Threshold, explores end-of-life issues through short plays followed by  discussions and workshops in community settings through the Los Angeles area. 

She has taught about the use of Drama Therapy and other creative approaches with  end-of-life issues throughout the US, UK, and China.   

References 

Karst, P. and Wyss, D. (2019).  The Invisible String Workbook: Creative Activities to  Comfort, Calm, and Connect.  New York: Little, Brown, and Company. 

Jiménez-Alonso, B., & de Luna, I. B. (2021). Narratives of Loss: Exploring Grief  through Photography. Qualitative Studies, 6(1), 91-115. 

Kubler-Ross, E. & Kessler, D. (2005).  On Grief & Grieving: Finding the Meaning of  Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss.  New York: Scribner Publishing. 

Neimeyer, R.A. (Ed.) 2012.  Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices ofr  Counseling the Bereaved.  New York: Routledge. 

Rogers, J. E. (2011) The Art of Grief: The Use of Expressive rts in a Grief Support  Group. New York, NY: Routledge 

Thompson, B.E. and Neimeyer, R. A. (2014).  Grief and the Expressive Arts.  New  York: Routledge.

Wolfelt, A. (2004).  A Child’s View of Grief: A Guide for Parents, Teachers, and  Counselors.  Fort Collins, CO: Companion Press. 

Worden, J.W. (2002).  Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the  Mental Health Practitioner (3rd ed.).  New York: Springer Publishing. 

Come prepared and dressed to move! 

Format will be 1/2 Discussion and 1/2 experiential! 

These workshops are targeted to licensed mental health professionals (Psychologists,  LCSWs, LMFTs).  Participants do not need to have a theater background to attend.  Participants will not become certified in  drama therapy by attending this workshop as  that is a much longer process, but will instead learn how to  use techniques of drama  therapy  and apply what they have learned to training already mastered as a   psychologist and licensed mental health professional. 

  • Cost: $169.00 for 7 hours of CE 
  • Attendance Policy: CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full  participation 
  • Topic Area: Counseling Theory/Practice 
  • Register or Contact CTC/DTILA: Pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com (310)  226-2865 
  • Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with  disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop,  please contact Pamela Dunne at (310) 428-0349. Please allow as much  

advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet  your needs. 

  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50%  refundable one week before the class; no refunds day of training. Questions or concerns: Please contact Renda Dionne Madrigal- 909-262- 8325 or email at DionneR@msn.com 
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or  email him at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 
  • Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA) does not accept any financial or in-kind support provided by  another party and does not accept any commercial sponsors. 
  • APA Continuing Education: Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy  Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA)) is approved by the American  Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for  psychologists. (Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los  Angeles (CTC/DTILA)) maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • CAMFT Approval: (CTC/DTILA) is approved by CAMFT (the California  Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) (Provider # 139229) to  sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, LEP. CTC/DTILA  maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course  meets the qualifications for seven [7] hours of continuing education credit 

for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of  Behavioral Sciences. 

Certificates: Will be issued upon students completing evaluation forms  emailed to: dtilaevals@gmail.com

Mindfulness and Narradrama 

Date: February 28, 2021 Class via Zoom 

Course Description 

In the workshop, participants will learn and practice mindfulness based practices  and narradrama. Participants will learn interventions to help 1) understand the  three pillars of mindfulness, 2) Work with restorying problem saturated stories  informed by mindfulness and 3)  Work with preferred roles to expand presence in  their lives. These techniques will increase the possible methods of therapeutic  intervention. Limitations and risks related to embodied creative expression (such  as safety issues, and dissociation) will be thoroughly discussed and addressed. 

The restorying, mindfulness, and. preferred role experiential exercises are linked  directly to the active development of professional knowledge and skill in the following  three ways: 

  1. The experiential exercises involved in restorying , illustrates the concept of utilizing art, movement and scene work to expand a sense of connectedness with self and other. 
  2. The experiential exercises focusing on mindful movement and breathwork to  promote self regulation and connectedness. 
  3. The experiential exercises involved in preferred roles involve expanding role  repertoire in life setting producing more agency. 

Course Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to list three pillars of mindfulness.  
  2. Participants will be able to identify two key ways of  bringing out a mindset  of curiosity through the creative arts.  
  3. Participants will be able to list a technique for engaging in relational  mindfulness. 
  4. Participants will be able to identify two techniques to utilize in working with  a preferred role.  

Risk Factors: 

Risk factors will be discussed at the beginning of the class 

Class Expectations & Assignments: 

Learning in this class will come in two forms: theoretical (through class lectures)  and experiential (by participating in demonstration exercises in class). Learning will  emphasize experiential approaches.  It is expected that students will participate  fully in drama and creative arts therapy demonstrations.  

Attendance Policy:  

CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full participation. Participants  will sign in to the class in the morning and after the lunch break and at the  conclusion. A final quiz of questions and specific exercises to be completed by the  participant must be turned in to the instructor to receive CE credit. 

Policies: 

  • Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, please contact Pamela Dunne at (310) 428-0349. Please allow as much advance notice  as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs. 
  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50% refundable thereafter; no refunds day of training.
  • Questions or concerns: Please contact Pamela Dunne 310-428-0349 or email at pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or email him at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com

Instructors Statements

Special Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon  request for persons with disabilities. Please check in with the instructor to ensure  that your special accommodations in order for you to participate are met.  

Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute Of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA) does not  accept any financial or in-kind support provided by another party and does not  accept any commercial sponsors. 

This course will include a discussion of the following:

  • Limitations of the content being taught, including contradictory evidence and  its source. 
  • Discussions of clinical assessment, treatments or interventions will be  presented with credibly supported scientific evidence (such as research from  peer reviewed journals, established psychological practice, clinical expertise,  and patient acceptability). 
  • Discussion of any risks associated with these contents, and their extent,  severity, or frequency  
  • A disclosure of any potential conflict of interest, commercial support, or  commercial interest that applies to the presenter or the content of the  presentation. 

Instructor 

Renda Dionne Madrigal, PhD, RDT, NP is a licensed clinical psychologist, Registered  Drama Therapist, President of Mindful Practice Inc., and member of the Turtle  Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. She is also a mentor for the UCLA Mindfulness  Awareness Teacher Training Program, partner of the Cousins Center for  Psychoneuroimmunology within the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human  Behavior, and is on the faculty at the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  and the California Indian Nations College. Featured on the cover  of Mindful magazine in 2018, her workshops on mindful families, story medicine,  and therapeutic theatre are popular nationally in the United States. In her clinical  practice, Madrigal offers mindfulness-based therapy, somatic experiencing, and  storytelling for both adults and children. She has more than twenty years of  experience creating and directing culturally tailored, evidence-based family and  child programs for better health. She has served as Co-Investigator on 3 NIDA funded prevention projects within the Native American community, as a consultant  for UC Davis Resource Center for Family Focused Practice, and for Riverside DPSS  and Riverside University Health Systems on engaging tribes in wellness. She was  one of the steering team members for a project funded by the Children’s Bureau for  Bringing and Building Evidence in the Child Welfare System. She has also served as  an Associate Research Scientist with the Oregon Research Institute. She has  presented at numerous conferences and trainings at the tribal, county, state, and  federal level. She loves writing stories with Indigenous female protagonists working  to save the world, and acting in indigenous plays (healing ceremonies) with her  family and community. She has performed in plays written by her two Cahuilla Chippewa daughters: Menil and Her Heart and Wildflower: The Soul of an Indian. She  lives in Temecula, California. Her book The Mindful Family Guidebook will be out in  May of 2021.  

References 

Current Peer reviewed 

Ameli R, Sinaii N, West CP, et al. Effect of a Brief Mindfulness-Based Program on  Stress in Health Care Professionals at a US Biomedical Research Hospital: A  Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open.2020;3(8):e2013424.  doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.13424 

Behan C. (2020). The benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices during times  of crisis such as COVID-19. Irish journal of psychological medicine, 37(4), 256– 258. https://doi.org/10.1017/ipm.2020.38 

Keng, S. L., Smoski, M. J., & Robins, C. J. (2011). Effects of mindfulness on  psychological health: a review of empirical studies. Clinical psychology  review, 31(6), 1041–1056. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2011.04.006 

Additional suggested references 

Dunne, P. (2009). Narradrama: A Narrative Approach to Drama Therapy. In D. R.  Johnson & R. Emunah (Eds.), Current Approaches in Drama Therapy.  Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas. 

Smalley, S. L., & Winston, D. (2010). Fully present: The science, art, and practice of  mindfulness. Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Lifelong. 

Come prepared and dressed to move! 

Format will be 1/2 Discussion and 1/2 experiential! 

These workshops are targeted to licensed mental health professionals (Psychologists,  LCSWs, LMFTs).  Participants do not need to have a theater background to attend.  Participants will not become certified in  drama therapy by attending this workshop as  that is a much longer process, but will instead learn how to  use techniques of drama  therapy  and apply what they have learned to training already mastered as a   psychologist and licensed mental health professional. 

  • Cost: $169.00 for 7 hours of CE 
  • Attendance Policy: CE credits awarded to those with 100% active and full  participation 
  • Topic Area: Counseling Theory/Practice 
  • Register or Contact CTC/DTILA: Pamela@dramatherapyinstitutela.com (310)  226-2865 
  • Access to facilities: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with  disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop,  please contact Pamela Dunne at (310) 428-0349. Please allow as much  

advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet  your needs.

  • Refunds: Workshop fee fully refundable until 3 weeks prior; 50%  refundable one week before the class; no refunds day of training. Questions or concerns: Please contact Renda Dionne Madrigal- 909-262- 8325 or email at DionneR@msn.com 
  • Grievance or complaints: Please contact Kamran Afary (661) 478-9016 or  email him at dramatherapyabroad@gmail.com 
  • Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles  (CTC/DTILA) does not accept any financial or in-kind support provided by  another party and does not accept any commercial sponsors. 
  • APA Continuing Education: Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy  Institute of Los Angeles (CTC/DTILA)) is approved by the American  Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for  psychologists. (Creative Therapies Center, DBA Drama Therapy Institute of Los  Angeles (CTC/DTILA)) maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
  • CAMFT Approval: (CTC/DTILA) is approved by CAMFT (the California  Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) (Provider # 139229) to  sponsor continuing education for LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, LEP. CTC/DTILA  maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course  meets the qualifications for seven [7] hours of continuing education credit  for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of  Behavioral Sciences. 

Certificates: Will be issued upon students completing evaluation forms  emailed to: dtilaevals@gmail.com