Upcoming Workshops and Events | February and March 2019

Upcoming Workshops and Events in Los Angeles this Spring!

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Saturday February 9
PLAYBACK THEATRE CONFERENCE
with Keynote Speaker Armand Volkas!

9am-5:30pm
“Exploring the Use of Playback Theatre in Clinical Settings”
Eagle Rock, Los Angeles
7 CEs available
Saturday February 24
ADDICTIONS AND DRAMA THERAPY COURSE
10:30am-6pm
“Drama Therapy for Addiction Populations:
Addressing Burnout and Systems in Crisis”
Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles
7 CEs available 
Saturday March 2
DRAMA THERAPY WORKSHOP
9am-4:30pm

“Exploring the Concepts of Power and Oppression through Drama Therapy”
Los Angeles County Psychological Association
6 CEs available
March 28 – March 31
EXPRESSIVE THERAPIES SUMMIT LOS ANGELES
Thursday 3/28 at 10am:
“Playback Theatre: Improv for Clinical Settings
and Community Cohesion”
Sunday 3/31 at 1:30pm:
“Transformation of Failure & Self-Blame:
Techniques from Theater of the Oppressed”
Hilton Los Angeles Airport

Workshop | Sun. 10/28/18 | NADTA Conference Kansas City

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Playing with Workplace Trauma through Role
Sun, October 28, 11-12:30p
NADTA Conference 2018 – Kansas City, Missouri

This workshop will explore the complex internal and external performances we engage in as clinicians in our workplace systems. Using Landy’s Role Theory and Wegscheider-Cruse’s Family Roles, participants will create therapeutic theatre to explore how vicarious trauma and parallel process found at the systems level perform in our bodies. (1.5 CE hours – RDT, NBCC, LCAT)

Session Description:
Professionals working in mental health care and addiction treatment systems may unknowingly perform (ie. adopt, reflect and mimic) the symptoms of their clients. This parallel process, combined with the vicarious trauma encountered within the system, can lead to staff compassion fatigue, burnout and unethical practices, all contributing to a breakdown in client care.

Part discussion-based and part experiential, this workshop aims to explore the complex internal and external performances we engage in as clinicians in our workplace systems. Using the lens of Landy’s Role Theory, along with addiction theorist Wegscheider-Cruse’s Family Roles, participants will create short pieces of therapeutic theatre as a way to explore how vicarious trauma and parallel process found at the systems level perform in our own bodies.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to look at their own patterns and positions of power in their current or past work environment in an effort to better understand the implicit and disembodied roles we often play. By performing their individual needs, wants and contributions in relationship to the system in which they work, participants can engage in a conversation about vicarious trauma in the workplace from a more intuitive, creative, and collaborative place. We will explore the power dynamics at play in the therapist/client role, as well as the shifting positions of power and privilege that drama therapists occupy in traumatized systems.