2015 Drama Therapy Summer Institute
at Antioch University Seattle

For the last four years, we’ve held a special Drama Therapy Summer Institute. Descriptions of our 2015 Summer Institute Modules are listed below.

For questions about registration, contact Theresa Halsell:  206-268-4856

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The Courses


Tools for Working with Children and Adolescents

Instructor: Bobbi Kidder
Session presenters: Colin Ward, Beth Donohue, Kelslan Scarbrough, Maggie Yowell, and Adam Davis
AUS Credits: 2
CE Credits: 20
Course Number: COUC590-3DT
Sunday, July 19, 10 am – 4 pm
Monday, July 20, 10 am – 4 pm
Tuesday, July 21, 10 am – 4 pm
Wednesday, July 22, 10 am – 4 pm

Antioch University Drama Therapy program coordinator Bobbi Kidder, MA, RDT/BCT, is the instructor for this four-day course. This course will consist of five separate sections with guest presenters. Participants will learn to adapt a variety of educational and therapeutic approaches to work with children and adolescents, as described below.

Tools Session 1: Understanding the Full Narrative: Enhancing Resilience through Drama Therapy

Bobbi Kidder and Colin Ward
Sunday, July19, 10 am – 4 pm

Instructors Colin Ward and Bobbi Kidder share their vision of how Narrative Therapy and Drama Therapy combine, showing in particular, how stories are reshaped to incorporate resilience, strengths, self-agency, and personal integrity

Colin Ward, PhD, LMHC, is chair of the Mental Health Counseling MA program at Antioch University Seattle. His expertise in brief, strength-based therapies complements the narrative strategies approach.

Tools Session 2: TF-CBT, DT, CAT in Residential Treatment OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Kelslan Scarbrough
Monday, July 20, 10 am – 12:30 pm

In this session Kelslan Scarbrough will show how three evolving fields of trauma informed care, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Drama Therapy, Creative Arts Therapies can work together with children in residential care. She will present an overview of trauma’s effects on children’s brains, emotions, and behaviors as well as sharing the techniques and course of treatment in the evidenced-based practice of TF-CBT. Finally, she will share several examples of interventions adapted for children and inspired by Drama Therapy and other Creative Arts Therapies.

Kelslan Scarbrough, MA, DT, MFTA, a 2014 Antioch University Seattle graduate, is a Residential Therapist for Navos’ Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center.

Tools Session 3: Mandala and the Embodied Lights: Conveying DBT Skills to Young Clients

Beth Donohue and Bobbi Kidder
Monday, July 20, 1:00pm – 4:00 pm

Among other skills present in its methodology, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), offers individuals insights on reducing stress by integrating validating strategies into their lives and environments. Instructor Beth Donohue unites DBT’s core of mindfulness with creating a mandala design. Co-Instructor Bobbi Kidder reinforces those strengthened perspectives through Playback Theatre forms.

Beth Donohue, MA, ATR, LMHC is an Antioch University Seattle graduate in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy. She joined the faculty first as an adjunct and became a full time Art Therapy Teaching faculty at AUS in 2013. She has a robust private practice in which she frequently works with children.

Tools Session 4: Using Myths and Fairy Tales in Drama Therapy with Children and Adolescents

Maggie Yowell, MA, RDT, LMHC
Tuesday, July 21, 10 am – 4 pm

Myths and fairy tales offer symbolic meaning, while also providing a sense of safety and distance. In this session, Maggie Yowell brings her insights about working with children and youth who often have special needs including autism spectrum disorder, to her exploration of ways to incorporate myths and fairy tales into drama therapy sessions. Through experiential and collaborative exercises, including the use of storytelling, puppets and Playback Theater, participants will explore the power of myths and fairy tales to heal and transform.

Maggie Yowell, MA, RDT, JD, LMHC, GMHC, MHP, RDT, is a 2013 graduate of Antioch University. She is a Registered Drama Therapist and a licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate who currently works as a Creative Arts Therapist for Multicare Auburn Medical Center and as a Clinician for Compass Health.

Tools Session 5 – Igniting Discovery: Drama Therapy and Applied Improvisation

Adam Davis
Wednesday, July 22, 10 am – 4 pm

Sit down drama therapy? Therapeutic role playing games? You may think of games like Dungeons and Dragons as inherently anti-social, but within this apparent paradox is not only a captivating tool to increase client buy-in, but also a powerful method to develop perspective-taking and theory of mind skills, work on flexibility and conflict resolution, and cultivate creative problem solving skills… All while rolling dice from the safety of a table! Come to this workshop to learn about the Wheelhouse Workshop tools for projective assessment and targeted intervention and gain insight into using the method with teens and adolescents resistant to or otherwise unable to participate in traditional embodied methods of drama therapy.
No dice required!
Adam Davis, MAEd, is Facilitator/Game Master at Wheelhouse Workshop.

Summer-Institute4Establishing a Playful Connection in the Client-Therapist Relationship

Instructors: Fred Landers and Heidi Stauber
AUS Credits: 1
CE Credits: 10
Course Number: COUC590-4DT
Friday, July 24, 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday, July 25, noon – 4 pm

The therapeutic alliance between therapist and client is fostered by trust. This very personal journey of discovery is enhanced when the status inherently held by the therapist permits a sense of play, especially around issues of the power dynamic. This course will utilize Drama Therapy tools such as improvisation and forms in Developmental Transformation to explore how internalized oppression, trauma, and stigma can be addressed through active strategies.

Fred Landers, PhD, RCT/BCT, LMHC, LCAT is a Drama Therapy Teaching Faculty member. He is a practitioner of Developmental Transformations (DvT) and was the keynote speaker at the DvT conference in April. Fred also serves on the editorial board of the Drama Therapy Review.

Heidi Stauber, MA, DT, LMFTA is 2014 Antioch University Seattle graduate with a degree in Couples and Family Therapy with a Drama Therapy Specialization. She is a Child and Family Therapist at Southwest Youth and Family Services. She leads an Expressive Arts Therapy with high school-aged students as well as New Futures Improv with children Kindergarten through 6th grade.