Interview with Presenter Sherry Diamond, JD, RDT, Esq.

By Cynthia Holloway, Psy.D.

As this years Social Media Chair for the NADTA 2014 Conference in Yosemite, I wanted to interview both presenters and conference committee members in the hopes that conference attendees will be excited for what is sure to be a very unique experience.

Conferences can be a source of inspiration as well as an avenue for stretching beyond our usual social circle and connecting with other drama therapists across North America. Supporting our fellow drama therapists in this eclectic healing profession helps to empower not only our own work, but the profession as a whole.

I remember my first conference and the experience I had after attending a workshop on using myth in working with clients experiencing grief. I came back with a renewed sense of purpose, desiring to explore the range of possibilities that I could employ in my own work. I hope that you too leave the conference this year feeling re-energized by what you have experienced. Inspired not only by this years majestic location and amazing workshops, but by the different colleagues you meet and the tools gained from this years theme of: Harmony with the Elements: Drama Therapy and Wellness.

Read on to get a taste of what you have to look forward to as well as words of wisdom on how to prepare, and if we run into each other please say hello!

I hope to meet you there,

Cynthia Holloway, Psy.D.
NADTA Conference Social Media Chair, 2014.

I conducted an interview with workshop presenter and past NADTA president Sherry Diamond, JD, RDT, Esq. Sherry will be conducting an afternoon workshop on Thursday Oct, 30, 2014. The workshop is titled: Circle One: Multiple Role Identity; an Interdisciplinary Practice for an Interdisciplinary Life.

I have had the pleasure of hearing Sherry lecture. She is a an engaging speaker and I left feeling inspired as well as having learned something important about my own role identity. Read on to learn more about Sherry, the workshop she will be presenting, and a few thoughts on the conference and the NADTA in general.

  1. Can you tell me a bit about yourself, you are also an attorney in addition to being a drama therapist correct? Can you tell me how you came to both professions and how they work together?

I became a registered drama therapist in 1986. As I grew in my profession and practice, I found myself most invigorated in my role as advocate — a voice for the strengths and resiliencies of marginalized and disenfranchised populations; women & kids experiencing battering relationships, adults with intellectual disabilities and mental illness, etc. I began exploring doctoral programs and, because I “suffer” from eclectic interests, I found many courses of study that appealed to me but none that really put a fire in my belly. I kept coming back to the idea of a JD — and speculated that my advocacy efforts on behalf of a client would be received in an entirely different manner as an attorney than as, say, a psychologist. I was right :) A good example is my intellectually disabled clients who have been sexually assaulted. Not only can I work with them therapeutically, I also have access to District Attorneys and the court system that is unavailable to a lay person which, in turn, allows me to provide a broader range of services.

  1. Can you tell us more about your workshop that you will giving on Thursday afternoon the 30th, Multiple Role Identity; and Interdisciplinary Practice for an interdisciplinary life?

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