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Jody Wager


Jody is a Past President of the American Dance Therapy Association. She has been a practicing dance/movement therapist since 1980. For the past 30 years, she has served as the Senior Dance Therapist and Director of the Expressive Arts Therapy Department at Dominion Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia. 


Karen Knappenberger


Karen is a Registered Drama Therapist and Board Certified Trainer in private practice. She has previously served as the Treasurer for the North American Drama Therapy Association and as a member for the Drama Therapy Fund. 

Amy Furman

Chair-Elect, Secretary

Amy is a Past President of  the American Music Therapy Association. She has worked in a variety of settings collaborating with other creative arts therapists and related service providers. 


Girija Kaimal, AATA

Angela Grayson, ADTA

Lori Gooding, AMTA

Laura Santner, NAPT

Sherry Diamond, NADTA

Jenni Rook, Communications Coordinator



Membership: Member Associations

American Art Therapy Association

​Art therapy emerged in the 1940s as a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem.  A master’s degree is required for entry level practice in art therapy.  Art Therapy Master’s programs, accredited against the educational standards established by the American Art Therapy Association include theories of art therapy, counseling, and psychotherapy; ethics and standards of practice; assessment and evaluation; individual, group, and family art therapy techniques; human and creative development; multicultural issues; research methods; and internship experiences in clinical, community and other settings.

AMTA is dedicated to the advancement of the public’s awareness of the benefits of music therapy and to increasing access to quality music therapy services for those in need.  Music therapy is a well-established healthcare profession dedicated to the improvement of health and well-being through use of carefully structured and evidence-based interventions informed by the best available research in published literature.  Having been founded as a profession through service to veterans of World Wars I and II, music therapy has over 60 years of clinical history in the United States.  AMTA's purpose is to support the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings.  Representing some 4,000 members, AMTA is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials, and research in support of the music therapy profession.​

American Dance Therapy Association


Based on the empirically supported premise that the body, mind, and spirit are interconnected, the American Dance Therapy Association defines dance/movement therapy as the psychotherapeutic use of movement to further the emotional, cognitive, physical, and social integration of the individual. Dance/movement therapy is practiced in mental health, rehabilitation, medical, educational, and forensic settings, and in nursing homes, day care centers, disease prevention, private practice, and health promotion programs. The dance/movement therapist focuses on movement behavior as it emerges in the therapeutic relationship. Expressive, communicative, and adaptive behaviors are all considered for both group and individual treatment. Body movement as the core component of dance simultaneously provides the means of assessment and the mode of intervention for dance/movement therapy. Dance/movement therapy training and education occurs on the graduate level to achieve credentials as a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist (R-DMT) and the advanced level, Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT).

North American Drama Therapy Association


The North American Drama Therapy Association was founded in 1979. 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.

National Association for Poetry Therapy


The National Association for Poetry Therapy, Inc. (NAPT) is an international and interdisciplinary nonprofit organization promoting growth and healing through written language, symbol and story. NAPT members have forged an energetic community of healers, educators, and other helping professionals who value the applications of words and language. NAPT includes members from a wide range of disciplines, and writers of all styles, including poets, journal keepers, storytellers and songwriters. Our community includes but is not limited to, psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, educators, librarians/information specialists, nurses, physicians, occupational and recreational therapists, and clergy. NAPT represents the language-oriented branch of expressive arts therapies. 

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