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Drama Therapy

Drama Therapy is a health and human service profession that dynamically and effectively addresses the needs of people from youth to the elderly. It can be used in the assessment and treatment of individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Drama Therapy uses a drama/theatre process to achieve the therapeutic goals of symptom relief, emotional and physical integration, and personal growth. Using role-play, theatre games, mime, puppetry, and other improvisational techniques, drama therapists work in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, mental centers, prisons, and businesses.

The National Association for Drama Therapy defines drama therapy as "the systematic and intentional use of drama/theatre processes, products, for physical integration and personal growth." Drama therapy is an active approach that helps the client tell his or her story to solve a problem, achieve a catharsis, extend the depth and breadth of inner experience, understand the meaning of images, and strengthen the ability to observe personal roles while increasing flexibility between roles.

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    Drama Therapy: Concepts, Theories, and Practices by Robert J. Landy Introduction to Dramatherapy: Theatre and Healing by Sue Jennings Current Approaches in Drama Therapy edited by Penny Lewis and David Read Drama As Therapy: Theatre As Living by Phil Jones Practical Approaches to Dramatherapy: The Shield of Perseus by Madeline Andersen-Warren and Roger Grainger



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