Dale Savidge, PhD., RDT

From the North American Drama Therapy Association website:

Drama Therapy is an active, experiential approach to facilitating change. Through storytelling, projective play, purposeful improvisation, and performance, participants are invited to rehearse desired behaviors, practice being in relationship, expand and find flexibility between life roles, and perform the change they wish to be and see in the world.

I consider myself a “Trauma-focused” creative arts therapist. I practice a non-directive approach and work almost exclusively in groups. To date, all of my group work has been housed in existing organizations (shelters, drug rehab programs, jails, foster care homes, hospice organizations, psychiatric residential treatment facilities, etc) where licensed counselors are working. I’ve made every effort to offer my practice as a part of their clinical teams. 

Working in groups comes naturally to me with my experience directing ensemble theatre. In fact, I would say my experience as a director/actor has been very important to my growth as an RDT. I understand the nature of group dynamics and have learned (through experience and aging) to be an empathic listener. I am usually successful in forging a positive therapeutic relationship with people, even the adolescents with whom I work. I’ve also been able to integrate art, writing and music into my drama therapy work. 

My particular focus in drama therapy is among marginalized and at-risk groups: youth in foster care and detention, the homeless, adults and adolescents in drug treatment programs. I am oriented to drama therapy through a trauma lens. As I trained in drama therapy I also attended numerous trauma therapy trainings. My wife and I are foster parents and much of our training (which continues to this day) has been trauma-informed. I work under the code of ethics of the NADTA. 

In addition to my membership in the NADTA, I am a member of the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, the Greenville County Foster Parents’ Association and the Southeastern Theatre Conference. My Drama Therapy work is funded through individual payers, organizational payers, grants and pro bono work.  Below is my fee schedule. 

Fee Schedule:

Groups: 1 hour $125.00

1.5 hour $150.00

Individual: 1 hour $  75.00

Mileage: quoted per group @ IRS mileage rate

Places where I have provided Drama Therapy: Greenville County Juvenile Detention Facility, Triune Mercy Center Playback Cafe, Greenville Rescue Mission, Pendleton Place for Children, White Horse Academy, Serenity Place, Jasmine Road, Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, Spectrum Theatre Group, Greenville County Sheriff’s Training Facility, Venice and Hampton Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities, Excalibur and Avalonia Group Homes, Thrive Upstate 3 locations, Phoenix Center IOP, Gravity Gang Awareness Camp (Greenville Police Department), ABLE SC leadership camp, Limestone College CELP program retreats, Evan’s Learning Center education program for children of migrant farmworkers, Momentum Bike Clubs, Senior Action Reminiscence Theatre, Salvation Army (Greenville, Atlanta, Houston, California), St. Francis Hospital McCall Hospice House, Greenville County Library System, Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County, workshops and retreats at numerous universities in the US, Puerto Rico and Singapore.

View my website here: http://appliedtheatrecenter.org/our-team/