Drawing on new paradigms and evidence-based discoveries in neuroscience, narrative psychology, and creativity theory, this text explores the beneficial role of expressive arts within a recovery perspective. A framework of practice principles for the visual arts, creative writing, music, drama, dance, and digital storytelling is addressed across a number of settings and populations, providing readers with an accessible overview of techniques taught in counseling programs in the U.S. and abroad.

Applied Theater for Mental Health Literature Review and Evidence-Based Research

Applied Theater for Mental Health: Literature Review and Evidence-Based Research
Andrea Baldwin

The word drama comes from the Greek word dran, meaning “to act or do.” Like act, the term drama expresses the dual nature of dramatic performance. On the one hand, drama is a projection of the imagination—a form of make-believe, a way of playing or pretending (Cattanach, 1994). On the other hand, the act of drama is entirely real—the performers use their real bodies, brains, faces, and voices in real space, interacting with other real people. Acting is a way to embody and make visible things that do not have bodies and cannot be seen—ideas, emotions, moods, conflicts, aspects of one’s own and other ...

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