2014 Drama Therapy Summer Institute
at Antioch University Seattle

For the last three years, we’ve held a special Drama Therapy Summer Institute. Descriptions of our 2014 Summer Institute Modules are listed below.

Register for the Drama Therapy Summer Institute


photoCOUD590-1 : Autism Spectrum Disorders and Playback Theater

Featuring guest instructor: Jackie Paris
July 25 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and July 26 (Noon to 4 p.m.)

In this course, Jackie Paris will demonstrate her approach to utilizing the Playback Theater form as a tool for skill acquisition for people who have been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Through experiential exercises and didactic explanations, she will guide participants through an exploration of playback techniques and conventions and demonstrate how this form is ideally suited to those who suffer from social deficits and a lack of contextual understanding.

Students: 1 credit – Intro to Drama Therapy

Continuing Education: 10 CE or Clock Hours ($200 alumni, $225 general public)

COUD590-2: Casting the Spell: Exploring Ego Defenses Through the Harry Potter Canon

Featuring core faculty instructors: Bobbi Kidder & Michael Buchert
July 29 – 31 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

J. K. Rowling, the creator of the cultural phenomenon and book series, Harry Potter, has spoken publicly about the clinical depression that brought her to bring our beloved characters to life. While her vivid fictional world helped rid her of Dementors, it has undoubtedly connected with a whole generation of readers longing to reconnect to their own sense of wonder, magic, and hope. Drawing on the vast imagery and symbolism found in Hogwarts and beyond, this workshop will utilize art and drama therapy experientials to explore ego defenses, while providing students with innovative tools to engage treatment-resistant clients.   It will also create a means for relevant inclusion of popular culture metaphors in treatment.

Students: 2 credits – Special Populations

Continuing education: 20 CE or Clock Hours ($400 alumni, $450 general public)

Summer-Institute4COUD590-3: Intro to Developmental Transformations

Featuring guest instructor: Randy McCommons
August 1 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and August 2 (Noon to 4 p.m.)

The Developmental Transformations course is back by popular demand! This intensive class will introduce the theory and practice of Developmental Transformations to drama therapists and those interested in utilizing play to promote health and well being to diverse groups and individuals. Participants will familiarize themselves with the evolution of developmental transformations, its governing principles and its applications. This course is taught through experientials, discussions and presentations by multiple DvT practitioners.

Students: 1 credit – Drama Therapy Improv

Continuing Education: 10 CE or Clock Hours ($200 alumni, $225 general public)

To register for the Drama Therapy Summer Institute, Click Here.
For questions about continuing education or clock hours, please email Bobbi Kidder at bkidder@antioch.edu

Instructor Bios:

Jackie Paris, LMFT, RDT, BCT, lives in Portland, Oregon where she is in private practice and directs the Portland Playback Theater Company.  Born in South Africa, and having traveled and worked extensively with healing practices from around the world, she is utilizes a holistic approach in her work, and finds that drama therapy is ideal in that it honors the inextricable mind/body/emotional/spiritual connection.

Bobbi Kidder, MA, RDT, BCT is the drama therapy program coordinator at Antioch University Seattle. She is author of ImaginACTION, a guide to using drama in classrooms and other settings. Kidder has incorporated the principles of conflict resolution in her 27 years as a drama therapist, doing international work in cultural competence and ELL as well as leading communication projects in schools, prisons, and treatment centers.

Michael Buchert is a member of the AUS Art Therapy faculty.  His work as a creative arts therapist is fueled by his belief that we all want to play, make things, and be seen by the world around us.  His hope is to spark a fire in his students “as they aim to bring nothing short of personal transformation, creative and intellectual freedom, and a sense of wholeness to every person they encounter along the way.”

Randy McCommons is the Director of the Institute of Developmental Transformations (DvT) in San Francisco Ca. and an Adjunct Professor at The California Institute of Integral Studies. He has been in practice as a Drama Therapist for 25 years at Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley CA and maintains a private practice using DvT. The father of twin 19 year olds he spends his free time noodling around on his guitar and searching for college tuition.