This book is a concise introduction to the background, theory, and practice of a method of therapy which uses the dramatic process to help people during times of stress, emotional upheaval, illness or disability. Illustrated throughout with vivid examples from dramatherapy sessions, An Introduction to Dramatherapy shows how drama can be used in an intentional and directional way to achieve constructive change with individuals or groups. In particular, the book highlights the power of drama as a therapeutic medium because of its foundations in metaphor, power which can be harnessed through the use of techniques such as role play, enactment, story-telling and the use of puppets and masks.
Chapter 1: What is Dramatherapy?
What is Dramatherapy?
Dramatherapy is a method of therapy which uses the dramatic process to help people during times of stress, emotional upheaval or disability. The techniques of dramatherapy are described in detail in Chapter 2 but, broadly speaking and according to their applicability, they are the techniques of drama and theatre in all their many forms. These include role play, enaction (either using scripts or by improvisation), the use of puppets and masks, storytelling, the use of rituals and games and much, much more.
In dramatherapy, the employment of drama and theatre as a medium for change during the course of illness, crisis or uncertainty, or to facilitate personal growth is intentional and is the essence of the approach. This intention differentiates it ...