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Exploring the Concepts of Power and Oppression through Drama Therapy

When: Saturday, March 2, 2019
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Westside Los Angeles
6161 Centinela Ave
Culver City, California  90230
United States
Contact: LACPA Office

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This program is presented via the LACPA Diversity Committee under the auspices of a Special Funding Program and therefore specially priced as a member benefit to further the education programs of Diversity. 


Exploring the Concepts of Power and Oppression through Drama Therapy


Date/Time:           Saturday, March 2, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Presenters:          Danielle Levanas, M.A., LCAT, RDT and  

                             Myriam (Mimi) Savage, Ph.D., RDT-BCT

Location:              DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Culver City

CE Credits:          6.0


Program fee includes Buffet lunch

2018-2019 LACPA Members $75    Student Members $25

Non-Members $100    Student Non-Members $35


Pre-registration ended 9:00 PM, Monday, February 25, 2019. 
You may sign up at the event at the prices listed above, no additional fee will be charged.



A 6-hour CE experiential workshop that will promote exploration and insight regarding cultural factors, through drama-therapy techniques. The event will also include a panel of diverse psychologist that will promote discussion on how these concepts apply to their cultural background and the application of the new APA-Multicultural Guidelines. The workshop main facilitators, Danielle Levanas, M.A., RDT, LCAT, and Myriam Savage, Ph.D., RDT-BCT, will integrate techniques from Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre. These techniques will invite dialogue about multicultural factors, build community, promote reflection, connection, and healing.


The following are the program goals:

(1)    Participants will name at least two techniques that can be used to introduce the concept of power and privilege with clients.

(2)    Participants will be introduced to Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed and Fox and Salas' Playback Theatre techniques and have the opportunity to work experientially in at least three group exercises and apply skills of self-reflection, deep listening, engagement, and cross-cultural awareness/competency.

(3)    Participants will analyze their own areas of power, agency, privilege in the context of their professional role as psychologists.

(4)    Participants will discuss with other group members, sharing personal stories about their experience of diversity in a "safe-enough" setting.

(5)    The participants will be able to apply at least three of the new APA Multicultural Guidelines in regards to the topic of power and privilege in different cultures.




Ø  9:30 – 9:40 am: Introduction to the event and presenters

Ø  9:40 – 11:00 am: First experiential exercise and discussion

Ø  11:00 - 11:15 am: Break

Ø  11:15  - 12:30 pm: Second experiential exercise and discussion

Ø  12:30 - 1:30 pm: Lunch break

Ø  1:30 – 3:00 pm: Third Experiential exercise and discussion

Ø  3:00 – 3:15 pm: Break

Ø  3:15 – 4:15 pm: Panel

Ø  4:15 – 4:30 pm: QA, last thoughts and reflections




Danielle Levanas, M.A., LCAT, RDT, is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in New York State and a Registered Drama Therapist. She received her master's degree from NYU and has worked in a number of clinical settings, including forensic psychiatry, addiction treatment, and within educational systems. She holds an advanced certification from the International Trauma Studies Program and has studied with the DvT Institute East. Danielle was a member of the Big Apple Playback Theatre Company for nine years, and she has presented and led workshops with the North American Drama Therapy Association, the Expressive Therapies Summit Los Angeles, and the International Playback Theatre Network. She currently runs a private practice in Los Angeles and teaches at the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles and the SoCal Drama Therapy Centre. For more information, visit www.daniellelevanas.com.




Myriam (Mimi) Savage, Ph.D., RDT-BCT, a registered drama therapist is a board- certified trainer in her field. Dr. Savage is a professor at UCLA in the Visual Arts and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE) program  and a founding faculty member of UCLArts and Healing (SEA) program. She has worked in acute psychiatric in-patient units for years and instructed developmentally delayed young adults for the UCLA Pathways program; with foster and adopted youth; and with homeless women. She received her B.A. from Princeton University, M.A. from California State University Los Angeles and Ph.D. from Lesley University. Her private practice for drama therapy training and supervision in Los Angeles is called SoCal Drama Therapy Center: www.SoCalDramaTherapyCenter.com


Program, presenters. date, and location are all subject to change.

Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, a written request must be received the Monday before the scheduled date of the program. Refunds will be processed within 30 days. A $35 processing fee is deducted from all refunds. Should it become necessary to cancel a course, those who have registered will be notified in writing, and the full course fee will be refunded.

The Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


This course may be taken to satisfy California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) continuing education requirements. 



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