2017 Central Region Conference

Hi Everyone!

I am posting the 2017 Central Region Conference schedule for April 29 and 30.  There will be a few small changes to a few of the workshop information portions; however, times are set.  Hope to see you there!

Alissa Duncan

Schedule of Presenters 2017 – DRAFT


2017 Central Region Conference Quickly Approaching!

Dear Central Region Members,

I am writing to remind everyone that the deadline for presentation proposals for the 2017 Central Region Conference on April 29 and 30, 2017 is fast approaching. If you would like to submit a proposal, please email Alissa Duncan at centralrep@nadta.org by February 28, 2017. You are able to find the proposal information under the NADTA Upcoming Events section http://www.nadta.org/events/central-region-conference-2017.html.

Thanks to those of you who have already submitted proposals. I have only received a few; therefore, please consider presenting at this year’s conference. Every voice is appreciated and needed!

Alissa Duncan M.A., R.D.T.
Central Region Representative

2017 Central Region Conference…Call for Proposals!

Dear Central Region Members,

I hope this message finds you all well and that you had a good holiday season and a good beginning to 2017!

Our Central Region Conference is scheduled for April 29 & 30, 2017 and will take place this year at Nichols Hall in MANHATTAN, KS at Kansas State University.

The theme this year is:


Finding Our Niche: Where in the Central Region Are the Drama Therapists.

At times, we in the Central Region can feel a little lost and lonely when it comes to finding work or opportunities for our work. While some may find a job as a drama therapist, others will incorporate drama therapy in their work or meld drama therapy into other helping fields.

This year at the Central Region Conference, we will invite our regional members to come together to share their techniques, examples, experiences, connections, and ideas of how they have found a place for themselves as a drama therapist within their work. We would like a variety of presentation-based and experiential-based workshops which include not only drama therapy but other professions that relate to drama therapy.

Rates for the conference will the same as last year. The conference fee is $50.00 for students and $60.00 for professionals for the entire weekend. Those presenting will receive a $10.00 discount.

In addition, we will be offering four scholarships that will be utilized toward the conference fee. The scholarships will be provided to one student attendee, one non-student attendee, one student presenter, and one professional presenter. More information on these scholarships will be provided when the conference registration information opens.

No meals are included again this year; however, Kansas State University is near Aggieville, a small business section which includes many great restaurants such as Rock-A-Belly Deli, Keltic Star, and Bluestem Bistro, among many others. Additionally, we hope to help students connect with other students for housing shares.

Updates regarding the conference will be posted on the NADTA central region blog: https://centralregiondramatherapy.wordpress.com/

*****Registration for the conference will be available at http://www.nadta.org starting early March 2017.*****

Proposals for the conference are due February 28, 2017.

Please copy and paste the template below and email your submission directly to me (Alissa Duncan) at centralrep@nadta.org:

Presenter(s) Name and Credentials:
Presenter(s) Email:
Presenter(s) Phone:
Professional Affiliations:
Current Student: Yes or No
Presenter Bio(s):
Name of Presentation:
Abstract (50 words MAX):
Three objectives of your talk (ex: participants will be able to identify three different types of eating disorders)
Presentations can be either 1 or 1.5 hours, which do you prefer, if selected?
Please note the percent that is experiential, didactic or other:
Please note what presentation materials are needed (if applicable):

Thank you and I hope to see a good turn out again this year in the Little Apple! We had a fantastic showing last year and would like to see us all connect again.
Alissa Duncan, M.A., R.D.T.

Upcoming DvT Training in Chicago!

HEY MIDWEST (and others!) – A Developmental Transformations (DvT)
intensive just for you! Please spread to those who you think might be
interested in trying DvT for the first time – there is a beginning and
advanced track.

DvT Intensive Workshop and Training, February 25 and 26, 2017 in Chicago!

Taught by Christine Mayor
$100* (*Columbia students and faculty discounted rate of $75)

9-1PM Saturday Feb 25, 2017
A morning introduction to Developmental Transformations (DvT). Theory,
group and individual experientials will be provided.

ADVANCED CLASS (at least 1 year of DvT experience required)
Co-taught by Christine Mayor and Renée Pitre
$250* (*for current students of Institute Polaris DvT cohort,
discounted rate of $200)
Saturday February 25, 2017 + Sunday February 26, 2017
Advanced theoretical topics, skills building for groups and
individuals and opportunities for individual therapeutic sessions.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

RSVP ASAP and by the latest JANUARY 21st 2017 to renee.pitre@gmail.com.
We require a minimum number of participants for the workshops to proceed.

Christine Mayor, MA, RDT: Christine is a Developmental Transformations
Institute graduate, completing her PhD student Wilfrid Laurier
University in Canada. She has published several articles and book
chapters on issues of power in DvT practice, critical race theory, and
arts in social action. She serves as the Associate Editor of Drama
Therapy Review, the official peer-reviewed journal of the North
American Drama Therapy Association and teaches for Lesley University
and New York University. Christine also served as the Director of
Public Health and Social Policy at the Post Traumatic Stress Center in
New Haven, Connecticut, where she led a multi-city trauma-centered
drama therapy program in the schools called ALIVE.

Renée Pitre, MA, RDT/BCT: Renée is a Developmental Transformations
Institute graduate and a PhD student at Lesley University. She has
published numerous articles on DvT and trauma. She is the Director of
Training, Research & DramaTherapy at the Post Traumatic Stress Center
in New Haven, CT where she is also a full time clinician and trainer
for ALIVE. She is active in the training and supervision of many drama
therapists both nationally and internationally.

Do You Facebook?

Hello All!

I have added a group to Facebook for the Central Region for individuals to connect, ask questions, and provide information about workshops and courses.  If you would like to connect with people in this way, please go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/819432794826434/ and ask to be added to the group.

If this link does not work, you may email me at centralrep@nadta.org with your email (the one connected with Facebook.

Thank you!

Alissa Duncan

2017 NADTA National Conference

Hi Central Region! I am wanting to send out a quick reminder about the upcoming NADTA Conference in Seattle. If you have not yet registered for the conference or need a quick reminder about accommodations, please visit http://www.nadta.org/events/2016-annual-conference.html.

Also, I hope to see you at the Central Region meeting on Friday! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about the region, as well as discuss a few items I am working on (2017 Central Region Conference, Central Region Facebook page, and Central Region Committee).

If you have any questions or need any help, please email me at centralrep@nadta.org. See you in a few weeks!

Alissa Duncan, MA, RDT
Central Region Rep

Central Region Conference Deadline Coming Up!

Hello everyone! I wanted to send out one more reminder about the registration deadline for the Central Region Conference (April 16 & 17).

The deadline is next Friday, April 8, 2016.

Please visit http://www.nadta.org/events/Central_Region_Conference_2016.html for more information and link to register.

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Alissa Duncan
Central Region Representative

2016 Central Region Conference is fast approaching!

Active Exploration and Healing: Performance Variety in Drama Therapy

April 16 & 17, 2016

It is almost time for us to gather in Manhattan, KS for which is shaping up to be a diverse and exciting conference (due to the great workshops!). Registration closes on Friday, April 8. There is no registration at the door.
CONFERENCE LOCATION: Kansas State University, Purple Masque Theatre (West Stadium)

Purple Masque

REGISTRATION TIME IS: 8:30 – 9am. Please do not wait till 9:00 to arrive. We are have a full day planned and want to begin on time!
Information about registration, lodging, and scholarships can be found at: http://www.nadta.org/events/Central_Region_Conference_2016.html

SATURDAY April 16, 2016

8-9 am: Registration

9-9:15 am: Welcome with Alissa Duncan, Central Region Representative

9:15-10:45 am: Workshop 1:

Create a Socially Relevant Performance Using ALL the Arts: Therapeutic Performance Initiative Model

10:45-11:00 am: Break

11:00-12:00: Workshop 2: YOUR CHOICE

Theatre and Dual Diagnosis – A Pilot Project


Relating Shakespeare to Incarcerated Women

12-1:15pm : Lunch Break on your own

1:15-2:45pm: Workshop 3:

Let’s Get Unreal! Practical Tools to Incorporate Creativity for Life Enrichment in Older Adult Care Communities

2:45-3pm : Break

3-4 pm: Workshop 4: YOUR CHOICE

Theatre and Therapy: Building Collaborative Relationships in Communities who are unfamiliar with Drama Therapy


Puppet Talks

4-4:10 pm: Break

4:10-5:40 pm: Workshop 5

Snapshot of my Journey as a Drama Therapist

7:30-9pm Barrier Free Theatre presents Reunion: A Tale of Two Planets


SUNDAY April 17, 2016

8:30-9 am: Arrival

9-10:25 am: Workshop 1

E.C.H.O.E.S.: Every Creation Holds Our Extraordinary Stories

10:25-10:30 am: Break

10:30-11:55 am: Workshop 2

Gender Policing and Its Societal Impact

11:55-12: Break

12-1 pm: Workshop 3 Your Choice

How to Develop and Implement an Inclusive Playback Troupe


Cooperative Play: Using Performance to Promote Communication in Children with ASD

1-1:15 pm: Closing With Alissa Duncan, Central Region Representative

Hope to see everyone there!

Alissa Duncan, Central Region Representative

Registration for 2016 Central Region Conference now open!

Hi again Central Region!

I just wanted to let you all know that the registration for this year’s region conference is now open. To receive more information about the conference, pricing, and scholarship information, please visit:


Hope to see you all there!
Alissa Duncan M.A., R.D.T.
Central Region Representative