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Be a part of the 50 years/50 Ways to Advocate movement!

Commit to advocating for DMT during our 50th celebration year! Here’s how you can get involved:

  • 1. Offer an in-service workshop where you work for colleagues unfamiliar with DMT
  • 2. Offer a free experiential group at a nursing home or group home
  • 3. Present a workshop at a nonprofit or for-profit organization
  • 4. Present at a national conference for an allied profession
  • 5. Apply to give a TEDx talk in your town
  • 6. Offer a “What is DMT?” lecture/experiential at your local university or college
  • 7. Offer a “What is DMT?” lecture/experiential at your local high school
  • 8. Offer to do a movement opening or closing at an allied profession’s conference
  • 9. Create YouTube videos and blogs speaking on dance therapy
  • 10. Perform at dance concerts and promote your work as a dance therapist in the program
  • 11. Create “guerilla” events with a flash mob dance number and then leave flyers behind about DMT
  • 12. Connect with your local yoga studio, zen studio, or health and wellness studio and offer to give a workshop
  • 13. Visit your state or federal policymakers to talk about DMT
  • 14. Have breakfast with a local government official
  • 15. Join a local business networking group and bring your DMT identity
  • 16. Write an op/ed letter to the editor for your local paper
  • 17. Reach out to your local Parks and Recreation Department and offer to do a workshop
  • 18. Offer to do a workshop for your local School Board
  • 19. Offer CEU workshops, if you are licensed in your area, to allied professionals
  • 20. Offer a grand rounds at a local hospital
  • 21. Teach an aqua DMT class at a local gym or pool
  • 22. Offer to give a guest lecture at a community college or arts school
  • 23. Teach a community college class on DMT
  • 24. Join local mental health advocacy efforts and identify yourself as a DMT
  • 25. Offer a DMT workshop in your place of worship
  • 26. Share interesting DMT articles with your colleagues in other disciplines
  • 27. Present at a local conference for an allied profession
  • 28. Give a workshop at a local dance studio or dance company
  • 29. Teach a continuing education class on DMT in your community
  • 30. Contact your local chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and offer a workshop
  • 31. Contact your local Alzheimer’s Association chapter and offer a workshop
  • 32. Contact your local chapter of American Counseling Association and offer a workshop
  • 33. Contact your local Mental Health Association and offer a workshop
  • 34. Contact your local Child Mental Health Association and offer a workshop
  • 35. Have your local ADTA Chapter give a workshop or 1-day conference and invite the public
  • 36. Invite your state or US senator or congressperson to attend a DMT event in your community
  • 37. Conduct an in-service workshop at a hospice facility about how DMT can facilitate ritual and closure for staff, patients and families.
  • 38. Present to current DMT students on the importance of joining ADTA and advocating on behalf of the profession
  • 39. Join local or national ADTA GAC efforts and take action by calling your local or state representative about an ADTA GAC agenda issue
  • 40. Get involved with a national media effort like Michelle Obama’s Move or Gimme Five campaigns
  • 41. Offer to present on DMT at your undergraduate/graduate alma mater or high school career/guidance office
  • 42. Contact the organizers of a local walk event, i.e. Avon Walk for Breast Cancer or Suicide Prevention Walks, and offer to conduct a movement warm-up. Introduce yourself as a DMT and bring plenty of cards and flyers to pass out
  • 43. Offer a workshop or stress management class on the oncology or cardiac units of a local medical hospital
  • 44. Work with the PR person at your place of employment and present a workshop or represent the facility at a conference or networking event and wear your DMT hat
  • 45. Offer to sponsor a colleague to take a DMT workshop or class
  • 46. Volunteer your DMT services at a community center
  • 47. Attend a Day on the Hill for ADTA, American for the Arts, etc.
  • 48. Offer to give an in-service workshop for student nurses and interns at hospitals
  • 49. Offer to give an in-service workshop on non-verbal empathy for doctors in residency
  • 50. Meet with you state representative to talk about the importance of including DMT in licensing legislation
    And one for good luck….
  • 51. Educate local companies about ADTA / DMT by soliciting companies for donations for our Silent Auction in 2016.