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.

Other Client Groups and Dramatherapy

Other client groups and dramatherapy

In the last two chapters, dramatherapy is shown as a valuable medium for working with people who are chronically ill or acutely disturbed. Most of them have been diagnosed as ‘ill’ and their problems are described as part of their ‘illness’. Dramatherapy is also used effectively with a variety of client groups who are not defined by ‘illness’. They are healthy people who are grouped together by circumstances, such as age (children and older people) or may be their situation (offenders) or by ways in which they are limited, for example, people with learning difficulties or physical impairment.

In all dramatherapy groups, as with most psychotherapy, it is important to establish and maintain secure boundaries such as ...

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