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Keynote Speeches

Friday 27 November 2020
14:00 to 16:00

Chaos and Love: Presents, Pasts and Futures in Dramatherapy.

In this keynote, Dr. Winn will draw on her research with veterans. She will consider liminal space in the time of Covid-19. What does it mean to us as dramatherapists; healers; the wider communities and for those we seek to assist. She will look back to Homer’s Odyssey to how it may inform life’s current challenges and practice. She will include the voices and views of veterans that contributed to her research.

This session is being recorded.

The Great Wave

In this keynote, Dr. Sajnani will draw on Hokusai's famous painting, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, to present a perspective on the need for intercultural dialogue and global collaboration in our field within this period of rapid socio-political and technological change. She will offer examples of past collaboration in dramatherapy during the height of the first wave of the pandemic and current efforts to address a tsunami of mental health needs alongside concurrent and intersecting efforts to advance racial justice. Finally, she will offer a vision of future collaboration in drama therapy with examples drawn from efforts undertaken by the World Alliance of Dramatherapy.

Linda Winn PhD, Dramatherapist, Registered Nurse and Psychotherapy Supervisor. She currently works in the NHS as a Specialist Psychological Practitioner in a Perinatal Service whilst continuing to write and research. She has worked with combat veterans and their families and carers for over 40 years. Publications include: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dramatherapy; Evaluation of the impact and changes to attitudes to military mental health following The Shell Shock Performance; The Warrior’s Journey in Chesner & likou (Eds.)Trauma in the Creative and Embodied Therapies and Experiential Training for Staff in Dokter (Ed.) Arts Therapies and Clients with Eating Disorders.

Nisha Sajnani, PhD, RDT-BCT is the Director of the Program in Drama Therapy and Theatre & Health lab at New York University, Editor of Drama Therapy Review, founding member of the World Alliance of Dramatherapy and the Critical Pedagogies in the Arts Therapies Organizing Group, and president of the Foundation for the Arts and Trauma. She is the co-editor of Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy (Charles C. Thomas - with David Johnson) and is currently co-authoring Intercultural Drama Therapy (Routledge - with Ditty Dokter) and An Introduction to Research Methods for Drama Therapists (Intellect - with Christine Mayor and Calli Armstrong). Dr. Sajnani is a past president of the North American Drama Therapy Association.



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