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.

Preparing for Dramatherapy

Preparing for dramatherapy

As the previous chapters indicate, dramatherapy is underpinned by theories as complex and comprehesive as those of any approach to psychotherapy. This theoretical base is a prime consideration when moving towards practice as a dramatherapist. Dramatherapy may be used in a variety of settings (for example, day care facilities, hospitals, schools, private practice) and with a whole range of clients. It may form part of a treatment programme for people who are emotionally or mentally disturbed, people with social or learning difficulties may find it a useful aid to their development, or it may be an agent of personal growth and change. In view of the diverse uses of dramatherapy, there are a number of issues to be considered before ...

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