by Jean-Michel Laberge
Concordia has become the only
institution in Canada to offer an accredited Masters program in
Drama Therapy. Department Director Stephen Snow made a trip to San Francisco
for the announcement, which makes Concordia the third site in North America
to be recognized by the National Association for Drama Therapy (NADT),
along with New York University (NYU) and the California Institute of Integral
Studies (C.I.I.S) in San Francisco.
Its a great victory for the department to receive official
approval from the NADT, said Professor Snow. With our new
status, we can advance the development of this therapeutic approach here
in Quebec and in the rest of Canada, and make progress in both clinical
applications and research activities.
NADT president Alice M. Forrester expressed delight at Concordias
accreditation. She noted that the partnership will deepen and enrich the
quantity and quality of information exchanged between the Concordia department
and the two institutes in the U.S.
Since ours is the newest field in creative arts therapies, our development
inevitably involves the type of co-operative work that is now being initiated
with Concordia, she said.
The National Association for Drama Therapy (NADT) was incorporated in
Washington in 1979 to establish and uphold high standards of professional
competence and ethics among drama therapists and develop criteria for
training and registration, as well as standards for clinical services
of high quality provided by graduates.
Concordias MA Creative Arts (Drama Therapies Option), set up in
1997, has already attracted students from every province in Canada, as
well as from the United States and several other countries.