Practical Approaches to Dramatherapy

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Overview

Practical Approaches to Dramatherapy is derived from the authors' experiences of working with dramatherapy in a range of different situations. It focuses on the flexibility of the applications of dramatherapeutic principles. The book provides a comprehensive account of the history, theory and practice of drama and its therapeutic use. The authors explain the shape of a session, how dramatherapy works, and how it can be interpreted via myth, symbol and psychological theory. Work with individuals and groups is described, as are sessions with masks, improvisation, and use of scripts. The reader is encouraged to incorporate dramatherapy skills into a variety of existing ways of working: for example, in socials skills groups, assertiveness training and anger management. Highlighting the potential scope of dramatherapy and providing practical examples and advice, Practical Approaches to Dramatherapy extends the boundaries of dramatherapy practice.

The book contains no figures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853026607
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/4/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Preface 11
Introduction 13
1 From safety to safety: The shape of the dramatherapy session 19
2 Changing social behaviour: Task-applied dramatherapy 26
3 The creative-expressive mode: Dramatherapy and role 52
4 Self-disclosure and disguise: Dramatherapy and mask 85
5 Into and out of chaos: Dramatherapy and the symbolisation of life-changes 124
6 What does it all mean? Dramatherapy and the interpretation of life 140
7 Making sense of the past: Dramatherapy and story 168
8 Bringing words to life: Dramatherapy and text 189
9 Assessment and evaluation: How can we tell if dramatherapy is or has been effective? 209
10 Conclusion 218
References 231
Index 235
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