Drama Sessions

Eleanor C. Irwin, Ph.D., RDT, TEP, is a co-founder of the National Association for Drama Therapy (NADT). As a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT); a Trainer, Educator, and Practitioner in psychodrama (TEP); and a Licensed Psychologist, Eleanor has produced films and written articles and chapters in books on drama therapy, psychotherapy, and other mental health topics. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches and supervises. She is a Certified Child and Adult Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, where she served as Past President and now serves as the Co-Chair of the Curriculum Committee. During the course of her career, she has taught a variety of courses, including Drama Therapy; Play Therapy and Child Development; and Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamically-Oriented Psychotherapy. She continues to treat, teach, and train others. With Judy Rubin, she is a co-founder of EMI.

Plenary Session

How Does Drama Therapy Heal? Deconstructing the Process


Poetry and Drama: An Enlivening and Enriching Integration (with Heller)

The workshop leaders will introduce participants to a unique integration of these healing modalities through a process in which words move off the page into enactment, creating dramatic and meaningful experiences. The images, ideas, and feelings evoked will provide the substance for discussion and poetic expression with feedback potential. Participants’ creative responses to spontaneous play within the safety of a holding environment open possibilities for their enhanced self-awareness and interaction. The leaders offer an adventure into a developmental continuum, applicable to personal and professional practice.

Exploring and Understanding the Power of Play, Fantasy, and Enactment

In this workshop, participants will experience some of the components of creativity, play, and drama that contribute to its healing potential in therapy. Following a developmental continuum moving from imaging, body awareness, and movement to dramatization, participants will learn more about how to use fantasy and dreams to explore, express, and to understand feelings within the safety of a holding environment.