a collaboration between Omega Theater & Parkside Arts and Health Associates
What is Drama Therapy?
Drama therapy is the intentional use of drama and/or theater processes to achieve therapeutic goals.
‘Drama Therapy is an active, experiential approach to facilitating change. Through storytelling, projective play, purposeful improvisation, and performance, participants are invited to rehearse desired behaviors, practice being in relationship, expand and find flexibility between life roles, and perform the change they wish to be and see in the world.’
North American Drama Therapy Association
Welcome to the ‘Omega Transpersonal Drama Therapy Training Program’ (OTDT), a program certified and approved by the North American Drama Therapy Association as a distance learning, alternate track training, leading towards certification as a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT).
Originally founded and developed by Penny Lewis & Saphira Linden in 1998, the program trains individuals to work with action method counseling and drama therapy in a wide variety of professional settings, including mental/behavioral health, education, community and arts & health/healing. Omega Transpersonal Drama Therapy is a unique integration of Drama Therapy, Psychodrama and Transpersonal Psychology. Recognizing the important role that action methods have towards our overall health, prevention and well being, OTDT also includes a mindful & spirit-filled component for individual, group and community health. At the core of this professional body of work is a rich and deep understanding of how creativity and creative process builds an integrative foundation for healing, change, human development and spiritual practice.
Drama Therapy Certificate Program Objectives
To educate drama therapists in the integration of the use of embodiment in the psychotherapy process.
To develop socially and culturally sensitive, ethically knowledgeable, self-reflective professionals.
To prepare students for employment in drama therapy in various settings with a variety of diverse populations.
To develop the students’ capacity to carry out research and write and present professionally.
To encourage and promote the students’ continuing transpersonal growth and integrate this into the counseling, mental health profession.
Individually Designed Studies
This institute-based certificate program meets alternate route requirements toward credentialing in Drama Therapy as an (RDT). This distance learner 24-36 credit program fully trains perspective drama therapists in a variety of drama therapy approaches. We have Board Certified Trainers as well as faculty who are Registered Drama Therapists with experience in a wide range of drama therapy- related modalities.
This one to two year 36 credit, 800 hour internship program and 1,000 hour paid or volunteer work in the field is individually tailored to meet each student’s needs. The BCT mentors continue to support appropriate development and attainment toward RDT credentialing. Class scheduling is suited to the working professional. The program is also appropriate for students who are currently enrolled in graduate programs or who have completed a psychology/counseling, drama or arts therapy based graduate program.
Saphira Linden, MA, LCAT, RDT/BCT, TEP, Director of Omega Theater and Co-founder and Co-director of the Omega Transpersonal Drama Therapy Training Program. She is regarded as a pioneer in the drama therapy field and was awarded 1st Teaching Excellence award from NADTA. She is a ‘fellow’ of ASGPP and studied with the Moreno’s in the late 1960’s. She has created numerous award winning plays and her artistic work was featured in PBS series- ‘Artists In America’. She is editor of The Heart and Soul of Psychotherapy: a transpersonal approach through theater arts, drama therapy and psychodrama.
Phillip Speiser, Ph.D, LMHC, RDT/BCT, Psychodramatist, Co-director of the Omega Transpersonal Drama Therapy Training Program; Director of Parkside Arts & Health Associates; Supervisor of Arts Therapy, Whittier Street Health Center, Boston, MA. Dr. Speiser studied with Jacob L. & Zerka Moreno throughout the 1970’s. He then went on to live in Sweden where he founded the Scandinavian Institute for Expressive Arts and trained the first generation of integrative Expressive Arts Therapists in Scandinavia throughout the 1980-90’s. This program integrated Psychodrama, Drama Therapy and all of the arts into the mental health and educational sectors.
Dan Wiener, Ph.D, Professor at Central Connecticut State University, where he teaches in the Graduate Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Licensed both as a Psychologist and a Marriage and Family Therapist, Dr. Wiener is a Registered Drama Therapist and a Board Certified Trainer of Drama Therapy. He has 35 years experience in academic teaching, psychotherapy practice, postgraduate clinical training, and organizational consulting.
For a complete list of faculty who teach in the program please see our ‘Faculty’ page.
Throughout the year, other leaders in the field will also be invited to teach as guest faculty. ritual access and Consciousness.