Advisory Board Faculty

The Advisory Board ensures that the practices of CTC/DTILA fall in line with the most current psychological research and practices.  They meet regularly to ensure that our program meets the highest standards of mental health practice and that our facilitators offer meaningful and psychologically sound workshops and groups.  The members of the Advisory Board are:


Pam Dunne, PhD, RDT/BCT.  

Executive Director, Creative Therapies Center, Executive Director, Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles, Professor Emeritus, Department of Music, Theatre, Dance, California State University Los Angeles.  Oversees the operation of both the Creative Therapies Center and the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles. Chairs both the Advisory and Education Committees to plan the course offerings.

Robert Landy, PhD, LCAT, RDT/BCT

Professor of Educational Theatre and Applied,  Psychology, Director of the Drama Therapy Program, which he founded in 1984. New York University (NYU).  Provides guidelines for training the faculty and developing a curriculum that incorporates skills in clinical practice, treating children and adults with a wide range of psychiatric, cognitive and adjustment challenges, as well as educational theatre and applied psychology.

Mona Afary, PhD

Director, Center for the Empowerment of Refugees and Immigrants, Oakland CA.
 Provides guidelines for training and evaluation of the content and the quality of courses being offered. Focus in training psychologists who can best provide multicultural mental health and social services to clients with complex needs due to exposure to violence and trauma such as refugees and immigrants.


Curriculum Advisory Committe

The Education Committee whose members reside locally, meets regularly on an ongoing basis, no less than once a quarter, to carry out the recommendations of the Advisory Committee, to review the curriculum, to design and offer new and revised courses, to determine and revise the schedule of course offerings,, and to evaluate and upgrade standards, and to monitor compliance with NADTA requirements and the standards of all affiliated organizations.  Current members include:

Pam Dunne PhD/RDT/BCT

Trisha Jauchler MA, MS, RDT-BCT

Kamran Afary PhD, RDT

Clare Wren-Russ, LMFT, RDT

Jen Faith Brown, RDT.  


Grievance Committee

Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles and Creative Therapies Center (CTC/DTILA) are fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists. (CTC/DTILA) will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Executive Director, in consultation with members of the Advisory Board, and the Continuing Education Administrator.  Access our Grievance Procedure HERE.  Members of the Grievance Committee include:

Kamran Afary PhD, RDT

Rachel Brousseau, LMFT, RDT/BCT