Take a Voyage with Drama Therapist Tara Buckler!

Co-Creaotion Voyages
In 2014, lines were cast and the Ohio River waterways were clear for  Co-Creaotion Expressive & Healing Arts Voyages!  My wishes for the voyages started ten years ago, then came true when the first trip began on June 27. This was a day professed by the Llewelyn’s witches’ calendar to be auspicious for healing water blessings. Voyages in following months honored & played with the other elements. Land, Air, Fire, &  …!…

The voyages combined benefits of Dramatherapy, Expressive Arts, recreation, boating, River flow, & Reiki/healing touch. Most also included sailing.

On the first voyage, s/v ‘Believe’ motored to the docks in downtown Louisville. Once there, we co-created magical-wonderful-perfect worlds. We shared Reiki on the ride back, and reached our beach/home-slip after sunset.

Other voyages were then scheduled around weekends of the New Moon. This is a good time to set intentions and encourage healing and helping growth. Each boat-ride had two-four Voyagers. They also included the acting Skipper, and me. Numbers on our small vessel were kept low to ensure Coast Guard capacity safety standards.

Our second voyage focused on the element of air. We set sail & let wind power our trip around in the River. We blew wishes into the wind, disembarked during daylight, then played and watched sunset from the beach.

The next month’s elemental focus was land. In the month of Lunasagh, we celebrated harvests of accomplishments. So often it seems we focus on setting intentions & goals. This turns to a ‘get-to-do’ list that adds up towards more intentions. In celebrating our harvest, we took time to stop and enjoy work accomplished. Along with Reiki/Healing Touch, one Voyager also shared Oneness Blessings.

All voyages were advertised through Facebook, word-of-mouth, and posts on the Louisville Timebank website. Suggested payment was Timebank credits. Some people also shared cash, for gas & supplies. Everyone also brought snacks to share.

Many people signed-up for the voyages. There was always a waiting list, which didn’t ever actually work. It got so confusing to decide who could come, one month’s attendees were picked out of a hat. To accommodate more passengers,  the Sept. voyage was planned to be on the Belle of Louisville.  A historic steamboat also seemed fitting for a focus on the element of fire. Because it was on a commercial vessel, there was a monetary cost. Only one person registered. I concluded that I wasn’t supposed to play with fire yet, and cancelled the event.

October in Louisville is a tricky time of year. The weather is often cold & wet, and there are many hectic community events. The New Moon weekend had too many conflicts. Since typical boating Seasons run from the Kentucky Derby to Thanksgiving weekends (May-Nov).  I announced there would be no more monthly voyages. Our shared Season was ended.

The 5th Sacred Thing, …!…,  is not expressed in words. It just is. Different interpretations say different things. The name of my practice, Co-Creaotion, honors the cooperation of all different things coming together to Co-Create in Motion. In 2014’s voyages, some pieces came together while others didn’t. I am glad to report the Success of all Sacred pieces that worked to make my voyaging wish come true.

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Co-Creation’s  2015 practice will include onboard retreats. They will focus on a variety of themes such as Stress Management, Self Care, Serendipity, and Serenity.
We also get to play on a kayak!
Contact me to join the fun!

Tara Buckler, M.A.
Louisville, KY
tarabuckler42@gmail.com
(502)794-4889

IMPORTANT RESEARCH FOR DRAMA THERAPISTS!!!

Dear Central Region Drama Therapists,
 
In an effort to better understand and gain statistical evidence of professional trajectory in our field you may have seen an email circulating pertaining to a survey created by drama therapists Jason Frydman and Jeremy Segall.
 
As your central region representative, I support this empirical research within our profession and encourage all RDTs to take this survey if you have not already. On Monday, February 2nd, the email was sent out. If you are an RDT and have not received an individually generated confidential link and are interested in taking the survey please reach out to dramatherapyresearch@gmail.com. You can also direct any and all inquires about the project to the aforementioned email address.
 
The researchers’ original endeavor was to understand whether the glass escalator effect was occurring in the field of drama therapy: whether men were advancing at a faster rate than women in a female-dominated profession. 
 
Upon receiving approval from the NADTA board and receiving IRB approval through Fordham University, the survey was first disseminated in October 2014 to ascertain demographic factors, employment trajectory, and qualitative impressions of employment opportunities. This is the second and final round of dissemination.
 
The researchers are looking for a 50% response rate from all past or present RDTs in hopes of finding deeper statistical significance as well as overarching census data on the profession. 
  
The researchers both hope to publish their findings and present their results at future conferences. We hope that you will take the 10-15 minutes to complete the survey and help the researchers accomplish their goal of creating transparency in the drama therapy workforce. 

Please PLEASE PLEASE! Join our fellow drama therapists in their emperical work!!

Warmly,
Laura Wood, MA, RDT-BCT, LPC, CCLS

Central Region Conference Updated version

Dear Central Region Members,

I hope this message finds you all well! Our Central Region Conference is confirmed for May 2nd and 3rd, 2015. Our conference will be departing from Saint Louis after three years and will take place this year in CHICAGO at Columbia College.

The theme this year (as created by central region drama therapists at the Yosemite conference) is: Building Stories: Narratives of Central Region Drama Therapists.
Telling and witnessing stories is how we make sense of our lives. This year at the Central Region Conference we create space for our regional members to come together to share in myriad narratives that represent the work we do, the roles we play, and educate one another on effective tools that promote the power of story in the healing process. Further, we ask in our call for conference proposals that central region drama therapists consider the ways stories facilitate trust, create cohesiveness, break shame, and foster vulnerability? How do the core concepts of drama therapy act as a conduit to helping our clients discover and unfold their unique narratives? And, as we await the beginning of a new drama therapy program in conjunction with the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Columbia College Chicago, let us consider how might drama therapy and dance/movement therapy work together to create new opportunities that allow clients to tell their stories? Drama therapists and dance/movement therapists are BOTH encouraged to submit.

When I revived the Central Region Conference three years ago, a main principle was to create an affordable event for students and professionals. We plan to follow through with that goal again this 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. No meals are included this year, however Columbia College Chicago is near a number of excellent options, including a Trader Joes, Potbelly’s, a wonderful Thai restaurant, and Lou Malnati’s deep-dish pizza. Additionally, we hope to help students connect with other students for housing shares.

Updates henceforth regarding the conference will be posted on the NADTA central region blog: https://centralregiondramatherapy.wordpress.com/
Registration will be available at http://www.nadta.org staring in March.
Proposals for the conference are due February 22nd.
Please copy and paste the template below and email your submission directly to me 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)
1.
2.
3.
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:
____Power Point
____Flip Chart/Markers
____IPod hook up for music

Second, the Midwest Developmental Transformations Institute (Polaris), under the direction of Jennifer Johnson and Talia Smigielski, has their next training weekend March 14th and 15th. If you are interested in joining the cohort, please contact me for additional information.

Can’t wait to see you all in the windy city!

Laura Wood, MA, RDT-BCT, CCLS, LPC

centralrep@nadta.org

Central Region Conference 2015!

Dear Central Region Members,

I hope this message finds you all well! Our Central Region Conference is confirmed for MAY 2nd and 3rd 2015. Our conference will be departing from Saint Louis after three years and will take place this year in CHICAGO at Columbia College.

The theme this year (as created by central region drama therapists at the Yosemite conference) is: Building Stories: Narratives of Central Region Drama Therapists.

Telling and witnessing stories is how we make sense of our lives. This year at the Central Region Conference we create space for our regional members to come together to share the myriad narratives that represent the work we do, the roles we play and educate one another on effective tools that promote the power of story in the healing process. Further, we ask in our call for conference proposals that central region drama therapists consider what ways does story foster trust, create cohesiveness, break shame and foster vulnerability? How do the core concepts of drama therapy act as a conduit to helping our clients discover and unfold their unique narratives? And, as we await the beginning of a new drama therapy program in conjunction with the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Columbia College in Chicago, let us consider how might drama therapy and dance movement therapy work together to create new opportunities that allow clients to tell their stories? Drama Therapists and Dance Movement therapists are BOTH encouraged to submit.

When I revived the central region conference three years ago, a main principal was to create an affordable event for students and professionals. We plan to follow through with that goal again this 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. No meals are included this year, however Columbia College Chicago is near a number of excellent options, including a Trader Joes, Potbelly’s, a wonderful Thai restaurant and Lou Malnati’s deep-dish pizza. Additionally, we hope to help students connect with other students for housing shares.

Updates here forth regarding the conference will be posted at our blog: www.cenralregiondramatherapy.workpress.com

Registration will be available at www.nadta.org staring in March.

Proposals for the conference are due February 22nd. Please copy and paste the template below and email your submission directly to me 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)

1.

2.

3.

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:

____Power Point

____Flip Chart/Markers

____IPod hook up for music

Second, the Midwest Developmental Transformations Institute (Polaris), under the direction of Jennifer Johnson and Talia Smigielski, has their next training weekend March 14th and 15th. If you are interested in joining the cohort, please contact me at for additional information.

Can’t wait to see you all in the windy city!

Laura Wood, MA, RDT-BCT, LPC, CCLS