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Available via HYBRID (In Person & Zoom)!


The course aims to equip students with the necessary skills to initiate and manage truly inclusive arts projects with diverse and marginalised groups, for example those with learning difficulties or experiencing social exclusion due to economic or health reasons.


This important course on inclusive training and development practices for disabled performers is timely and vital. For the first time the practical experiences of trainers and performers are collected together to provide a foundation for all who are interested in the social and artistic importance of inclusive theatre. This lively celebration of how to provide access, support, encouragement and inspiration for the full range of talented performers will encourage more individual disabled performers and institutions to find each other and work productively together. This course moves us towards a theatre that represents and speaks for us all.


Learning Objectives:


  • Understand the social and medical model of disability.
  • Recognize basic guidelines of acceptable language to use in regards to how disabled people self-define their disability.
  • Determine which support can and will usually be arranged through a designated administrator, disability support officer, or access officer within an organisation or institution and that best meets the needs of the client.
  • Recognize which marketing, outreach, applications, auditions, and social media content is applicable and accessible to special needs populations.
  • Determine which casting, rehearsal processes, performance aesthetics, accomodations and resources are needed to accomplish a performance.
  • Create an Access Audit of theatre organizations in order to better suport clients with special needs.


Limitations and Risks:


  • Participants understand the nature, objectives, limitations, and results from the training are distinctly different from the formal study of the creative arts therapies
  • There are potential risks when introducing creative arts into your practice without adequate training
  • The creative arts therapies are an evidenced-based treatment


The Center for Creative Arts Therapy is approved as a continuing education provider for Social Workers and Counselors by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, (#159.001383).


This workshop provides 15 CEUs for Social Workers and Counselors and 1 credit hour for Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy students.


Inclusive Therapeutic Theatre: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • (15 CEUs/1 credit) Saturday & Sunday, April 23rd-24th, 2022, 9:00AM-5:30PM, 4336 Saratoga Avenue, 2nd Floor, Downers Grove, IL 60515 at the Center for Creative Arts Therapy, 4336 Saratoga Ave., 2nd Floor, Downers Grove, IL 60515

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