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Committee Description

The Government Affairs Committee (GAC) represents the American Dance Therapy Association through engagement with federal, state, and local legislative entities. Advocacy efforts focus on the promotion and advancement of Dance/Movement Therapy through education and collaboration with public policy makers, community/private organizations, and the public, in general. The core goal of the GAC is to raise awareness, acceptance and access to the essential therapeutic values of Dance/Movement Therapy within our healthcare systems, our educational systems, our mental health systems, our Veteran Affairs Administration, and our growing communities across the country.

Committee Chair

Alison Salter

Contact Alison to get involved at a.salter@cox.net

Government Affairs Committee (GAC) representatives cover Federal legislation for Education, Healthcare, and Veteran’s Affairs.

GAC Committee Members

Chapter Government Affairs Committees

Our partnerships

  • National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapy Association
  • Americans for the Arts
  • Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care – ACCAHC
  • National Alliance of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel – NASISP
  • Mental Health Liaison Group – MHLG
  • Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities – CCD

Recent Initiatives

ADTA Past President Sherry Goodill spoke about dance/movement therapy as part of a congressional hearing Tuesday, April 17, 2012 as part of Arts Advocacy Days in Washington DC. The ADTA delegation included Dr. Goodill, pat GAC Chair Corinna Brown, GAC members Robyne Davis and Ellen Yacoe, and the ADTA Public Policy Consultant Myrna Mandlawitz. National creative arts therapy organizations joined with the Society for Arts in Healthcare for this congressional hearing. Actor Hill Harper and musician Ben Folds attended and spoke of the benefits of the arts to an audience of advocates and congressional staff members. Click photo for more about the AAD events.

The ADTA was a proud participant in Arts Advocacy Day, a public awareness project of the American for the Arts, on Monday and Tuesday, April 16th – 17, 2012. ADTA collaborated with the other creative arts therapy organizations, the Society for Arts in Healthcare, and many other national entities.

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