Requirements & Admission Process

The candidate must hold an undergraduate degree plus an M.A./M.S. or M.A./M.S. in progress in order to pursue the alternative training route to registration as a drama therapist. The master’s degree can be in any academic area related to drama therapy (e.g. theatre, psychology, social work, special education, recreational therapy, nursing, etc.) Candidates lacking the above mentioned academic training but who present extensive or alternate related training and/or work experience in the mental health field will be considered. However, they will be required to meet the above mentioned prerequisites.

Individuals interested in alternative training should review the Alternative Training Handbook posted on the NADTA website to understand the program and what is required in detail. Each candidate is required to:

  • Participate in a training course that is led by one of the core faculty
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit an official Transcript from each college attended
  • Each candidate will participate in an interview process with one of the core faculty
  • After having participated in a training course and interview, the student will work with one of the directors of the program (BCT) and contract with him/her to design an Alternative Training Contract
  • The student submits a one-time $75.00 fee along with a copy of his/her first contract and a signed Code of Ethical Principles to the NADTA office, in order to formally register as an Alternative Training Student. The fee includes one free year of student membership.
  • The student also submits a registration form and $75 fee to Omega Theater to officially register for the training

A ‘Certificate Program’ Certificate of Completion will be awarded to each trainee after having completed 100 hours of study and 10 hours of supervision.

An ‘Omega Transpersonal Drama Therapy’ Certificate of Graduation will be awarded to each trainee upon satisfactory completion of all requirements.

Additional Requirements
The alternative training program was created as a process for providing a means for individuals to satisfy the educational requirements for the RDT (Registered Drama Therapist) other than going to an NADTA University Program. The alternative training curriculum addresses the educational components for registry. There are other requirements for RDT application. Thus the curriculum is in addition to the following registry requirements:

  • completion of a Masters Degree
  • 800 hour drama therapy internship
  • the fulfillment of 500 hours in theater experience (past experience is applied)
  • 500 hours of further professional training (i.e. one graduate course= 135 hours*)
  • a minimum of 1000 hours of paid or volunteer drama therapy work within a minimum of one year of work post graduate curricular training**


* 100 hours of therapy in the last 5 years can be included

** The North American Drama Therapy Association updates their requirements periodically. Students will be informed of the changes as part of their student membership in the Association.

Prior Life Experience Credit
Credit for prior experience in academic education, workshops, internships and work is given if it meets the Alternate Route Training guidelines. Prior experience, education and training may be credited toward the alternative tract requirements but not the 300-800 hour internship requirement via:

  • Prior graduate and 300 to 400 level psychology academic coursework
  • Prior institute training and workshops
  • Prior teaching experience
  • Prior life experience