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ADTA 56 Call for Proposals Due
Friday, March 05, 2021
Category: Conference

The ADTA is now welcoming proposals for the 2021 56th Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois

October 14th -17th 

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! 

You can find out more information about this year's conference on our website

Submission Instructions

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  

1. Credentials of Presenter(s): 

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

A. 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. (exceptions are made only by a vote of the ADTA Board of Directors Executive Committee).  

B. 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

C. 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. 

2. 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 reviewed by the National Review Panel (NRP).  

All identifying information is removed from proposals before sending them to the NRP, thus ensuring a de-identified 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: 

o How well does the proposal relate to the conference theme? 
o Is the seminar relevant to the theory, research or practice of DMT? 
o Is the seminar related to diversity, equity and inclusion as applied to DMT practice, education, consultation/supervision?  

• Professionalism: 

o Is the proposal well written? (grammar, clarity of thought and language, etc.) o Is the proposal written by someone for whom English is their second language? o Does it adhere to APA style conventions? 

• Content: 

o Is there internal consistency between the title, learning objectives and description of  the seminar?  
o Are the learning objectives clear and realistic given a 75 minute or 3-hour seminar  time frame and the seminar description?  
o Does the description reflect content that is appropriate for attendees working at the  master’s level or above?  

• Innovation

o To what extent is the seminar contributing new knowledge or perspectives to the  field?  
o Have the presenter(s) presented this topic at an ADTA conference in the past 3  years?
o If “yes”, how well did they articulate how this proposal will offer new knowledge or  unique/deeper perspectives?  

• Diversity: 

o 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. Applicants can find more submission information on the Call for Proposals page. Members can sign into their account to access the form. New Users must provide an email address and a password.