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.

Beginning a Dramatherapy Session

Beginning a dramatherapy session

Normally, a dramatherapy group will take a particular form. It will begin with a warm-up, simple or elaborate depending on the needs of the group and the intended focus of the session. Then comes an action phase that constitutes the substance of the session, which may take various forms and use one or more of a number of techniques. Finally, when the drama is completed, there will be an end phase offering a chance to de-role and for closure. The duration of these phases will vary. Perhaps a new group will spend longer warming up than a mature group. Maybe a particularly intense action will require longer for de-roling, emotional processing and closure. As a general rule, the ...

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