2021 ADTA  56th National Conference

Chicago, Illinois

October 14-17, 2021 

The ADTA welcomes proposals for the 2021 Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois. 
Proposals are due online by: March 5th, 2021, at midnight (EST) 

Dance/Movement Therapy: Ancient Healing, Modern Practice

In ancient times of celebration, social engagement and war, the people would dance. Our ancestors understood the power of dance to evoke change, provide healing and unite the community. As a result of COVID-19, many of our celebrations and rituals were grossly impacted due to social distancing and sheltering in place. More than ever we are called to rely on ancient healing practices that encompass dance, culture and spirituality to lift our spirits and provide a sense of community. This year during the 56th Annual ADTA Conference we invite you to share your cultural and spiritual healing dances as we navigate these peculiar times together!

Your proposals are welcome following the criteria below:  

Submitting a proposal 

1. Either a 75 minute or 3-hour seminar on the topic/population of your choice.  

2. Either a 75 minute or 3-hour seminar on a topic/population related to the conference theme of ancient cultural, spiritual, and dance practices that are the roots of our modern profession.

3. Either a 75 minute or 3-hour seminar on a topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion as applied to your DMT clinical, education, and consultation/supervision practice.  

Important Reminders  

Credentials of Presenter(s)

The ADTA provides three different types of continuing education for the annual conference.  

1. ADTA continuing education (CE) is provided for all conference seminars and requires at least one main presenter of each seminar to be an ADTA member or Professional Member  of the DMTAC. (exceptions are made only by a vote of the ADTA Board of Director’s Executive Committee).  

2. Seminars may also qualify for the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) CE  hours.The NBCC has specific requirements for the credentials of presenters as well as the content area. ADTA is NBCC provider #5739.

3. Seminars may also qualify for New York LCATs. ADTA Creative Arts Therapy continuing  education Provider Number #CAT-0035} is authorized by the New York State Board for Mental Health Practitioners to provide continuing education to LCATs in New York State.  

New/Innovative and/or Advanced Content: To address past conference feedback requesting greater diversity in seminar topics, we are evaluating proposals for new/innovative  and/or advanced content. Specifically, if a presenter of a proposal has presented on the topic at the ADTA conference in the last 3 years, we request further information on how the current proposal includes new, innovative or more advanced content than presented before. 

To address past conference feedback we are asking presenters to indicate in their seminar description whether physical touch will be included in the experiential part of your presentation. The ADTA Code of Ethics has a section on ethical touch. If you are including touch in your seminar experiential, please review section 1.5 of the Code.  

Selection Process and Criteria  
All proposals received by the deadline and meet the minimum proposal requirements will be re viewed by the National Review Panel (NRP).  

All identifying information is removed from proposals before sending them to the NRP, thus ensuring a blind process. If a reviewer can identify a specific proposal presented by the information provided, the reviewer is asked to decline from reviewing and scoring the proposal.  

Proposals are reviewed and scored in 5 categories: 

Suitability

  • How well does the proposal relate to the conference theme? 
  • Is the seminar relevant to the theory, research or practice of DMT? 
  • Is the seminar related to diversity, equity and inclusion as applied to DMT practice, education, consultation/supervision?  
Professionalism
  • Is the proposal well written? (grammar, clarity of thought and language, etc.) 
  • Is the proposal written by someone for whom English is their second language?
  • Does it adhere to APA style conventions? 
Content
  • Is there internal consistency between the title, learning objectives and description of  the seminar?  
  • Are the learning objectives clear and realistic given a 75 minute or 3-hour seminar time frame and the seminar description?  
  • Does the description reflect content that is appropriate for attendees working at the master’s level or above?  
Innovation
  • To what extent is the seminar contributing new knowledge or perspectives to the  field?  
  • Have the presenter(s) presented this topic at an ADTA conference in the past 3 years?
  • If “yes”, how well did they articulate how this proposal will offer new knowledge or unique/deeper perspectives?  
Diversity
  • Does the proposal suggest the inclusion of attention to diversity issues, as they  would relate to the stated topic of the particular seminar?  

Overall scores are calculated, and the proposals are ranked and accepted according to rank  order and the number of seminar slots available for the conference. Additionally, we will be confirming that a minimum of 25% of the chosen seminars have at least one presenter new to presenting at an ADTA conference.  

If you would like support for your writing skills before submitting your proposal you can contact  one of the people below. They are able to help a limited number of people with editing (not content) on a first come first serve basis:  

The proposal application is through the ADTA Website. Members can sign into their account to access the form. New Users must provide an email address and a password. 

Online Proposal Form Instructions 

The following are the fields you will need to complete in the online proposal submission process.  Please be prepared to include all of the information before you begin your online application. 

At this time we cannot guarantee an applicant's submission will be saved to complete at a later time. If you require this option, please make sure you use the instructions provided below to help with your submission.

We recommend prepping this information in a Word doc and using the copy/paste features to complete each field in your application. Please note: your proposal content will only be accepted within the proposal form itself.

Any applicants having difficulty can contact the ADTA office at [email protected] for further assistance.

Primary Presenter Information

  • Primary Contact Presenter First Name 
  • Primary Contact Presenter Last Name   
  • Email 
  • Street Address  
  • Country  
  • Preferred Telephone Number  
  • Are you an ADTA member or Professional member? Please note: all seminars  must include a current ADTA member, with exceptions to this made only by a vote of the Board of Directors’ Executive Committee.
  • Primary Contact Presenter Bio: * (150-word limit)
  • Primary Contact Presenter CV: * (8000-word limit)
  • Primary Contact Headshot
Disclaimers 
  • If my proposal is accepted, I will agree to communicate my presentation as stated in my proposal.
  • If my proposal is accepted, I confirm the AT LEAST ONE (1) PRESENTER in my proposal has the education, experience and/or training to present on the content area(s) of my proposed presentation.
  • If my proposal is accepted, I will reiterate my three (3) learning objectives in my presentation.
  • Recording Requirement - In order to prepare for the possibility of a virtual and/or hybrid even this year, we are requiring ALL presenters to  submit a finalized video recording of their presentation. If my proposal is accepted, I agree to submit a finalized recording of my presentation to the ADTA by June 30th, 2021.
  • If my proposal is accepted, I will adhere to the June 30th, 2021 deadline of submitting my finalized 1500 or more word description (including PowerPoint slides and/or handouts) which will be used in my presentation for the Conference Proceedings.
  • If my proposal is accepted, I will refrain from commercialism in my presentation.
  • To address past conference feedback we are asking presenters to indicate whether physical touch will be included in the experiential part of your presentation. The ADTA Code of Ethics has a section on ethical touch. If you are including touch in your seminar experiential, please review section 1.5 of the Code of Ethics.  Are you including touch?
  • If my proposal is accepted, I will submit a $50 presentation reservation deposit no later than April 15, 2021 and this deposit will be credited towards conference fee upon registration. Co-presenter(s) will submit the $50 deposit also. No refunds (no exceptions) are given if the presenter(s) cancels the presentation. All presenter(s) are required to register for the conference at least the day(s) of their presentation(s). Individual presenters who are neither dance/movement therapists nor members of the ADTA, whose work has been accepted through the peer review process, shall be required to register for the conference at least for the day on which their presentation is scheduled.
Co-Presenter Information:
  • (Limit of 4 co-presenters)
    • You will need to know all the information requested above for the Primary presenter for each Co-Presenter.
Conference Presentation Requirements 
  • In order to ensure our conference programming meets requirements set out for continuing education standards, we must determine that presenters have the experience and  credentials to present on the topics they are proposing. The following questions below  and on the next page will ask you specifically about you and your co-presenter(s)’ qualifications and topics.
  • Do ALL PRESENTERS have the education, experience and/or training to prepare you to  present on the content area(s) of your proposed presentation?   
  • Please indicate which most accurately describes your background and qualifications relevant to your proposed presentation. (choose only ONE) (Each presenter will be required to  demonstrate their qualification by submitting a CV/resume if their proposal is accepted into  the conference).   
    •  AT LEAST ONE of the presenters has BOTH of the following: A. holds PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL LICENSE in a mental health field in the United States (e.g. LCAT,  LMHC, LPC, LICSW, licensed psychologist, board certified psychiatrist) AND B. holds an EARNED GRADUATE DEGREE from a regionally accredited institution in  the United States in a MENTAL HEALTH FIELD (e.g. Dance/Movement Therapy,  Counseling, Psychology)?  
    • AT LEAST ONE of the presenters holds an EARNED GRADUATE DEGREE from a regionally accredited institution in the United States in a MENTAL HEALTH FIELD  (e.g. Dance/Movement Therapy, Counseling, Psychology)?  
    •  AT LEAST ONE of the presenters holds an EARNED GRADUATE DEGREE from a regionally accredited institution in the United States in a FIELD DIRECTLY RELATED  TO THE TOPIC of your proposed presentation?  
    • None of the presenters have the above qualifications, but do have relevant education, experience, and training to prepare you to present on the content area(s) of your proposed presentation?
  • Have you or your co-presenter(s) presented on this topic or a similar topic at an ADTA Conference in the past 3 years? 
  • If yes, please explain what new information, advanced learning, or fresh perspective you will  be bringing to the topic?
  • This proposal is for a seminar of the following length:
    • 75 minutes  
    • 3 hours (3-hour seminars are reserved for presenters with advanced experience/  training in the topic and with past experience presenting the topic. Therefore, all primary presenters for 3-hour seminars must meet the following criteria: ~5 years combination of experience/training in the topic. Experience can include formal employment, volunteer or experience teaching/training others. ~Past experience presenting  on the topic.) If checking 3 hours; you are confirming you meet the criteria
  • Please indicate the percentage of movement you estimate including in your seminar.
    • Minimal or no movement  
    • Up to 25%  
    • 26-50%  
    • 51-75%  
    • 76% or more  
  • Title of Presentation (15-word limit)
  • Description of Presentation (300-word limit)
  • Abstract (100-word limit)
  • Three (3) Learning Objectives  
  • Maximum Group Size (When determining your maximum group size, please take into consideration the amount of space you will need for movement in your workshop and the fact that some conference rooms may be small.)
    • 75 
    • 50 
    • 35
  • Space Requirements  
    • Theater style seating with head table  
    • Empty room  
    • Chair in a circle  
    • Movement space with perimeter seating
  • Target Audience
    • Entry level/student 
    • Mid-level 
    • Advanced level
  • Type of Presentation (check all that apply)
    • Experiential 
    • Lecture 
    • Discussion 
    • Panel
  • Audio/Visual (AV) Equipment (check all that apply)
    • Flipchart 
    • LCD Projector and Screen (bring your own laptop and your own speakers, if needed. ADTA will not provide laptop, speakers or pay for an in house sound system.)  
    • No AV requirements
  • I understand that if I am using a Mac laptop that I must supply the appropriate converter  pieces in order to attach my computer to the LCD projector.
  • I understand that if I would like to play a DVD, I must order a projector and screen and will  need to supply my own computer and speakers.