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Drama Therapy Certification


Want to become a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT)?

Many of our courses fulfill core educational requirements in the Alternative Training Program with the North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA) when combined with additional required coursework.


About the NADTA Alternative Training Program

The Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) is a Master’s level credential requiring coursework in psychology and drama therapy, experience in theatre and supervised internship, and work experience. This Alternative Training program is offered through accredited academic institutions, institutes, and conferences and workshops run by RDT Board Certified Trainers (BCT).


About the Academic Requirements

  • The candidate must hold an undergraduate degree plus an M.A./M.S. or M.A./M.S. in progress in order to pursue the alternative training route to registration as a drama therapist. The master’s degree can be in any academic area related to drama therapy (e.g. theatre, psychology, social work, special education, recreational therapy, nursing, etc.)
  • The Alternative Training student completes the Drama Therapy required coursework at various institutions and organizations with approval from your BCT.


Finding Your Board Certified Trainer (BCT)

  • The NADTA provides a full list of BCTs to help you find the right one for you.
  • Your BCT advises, monitors, and assesses your  individual drama therapy coursework and progress.
  • Each BCT sets their own individual fees and training approach.

If you are interested in pursuing the Alternative Training program, we recommend that you thoroughly read through the requirements both one the NADTA’s website as well as in the RDT Alternative Training Manual. The manual provides a comprehensive overview and is an invaluable resource throughout your program.