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Using Voice and Theatre in Therapy is a guide to how dramatic improvisation can be used in a therapeutic context to promote self-expression. Paul Newham demonstrates how voice, text and speech bring out aspects of character, personality, emotion and diversity of self-image which facilitate self understanding. He shows how vocal identity derives initially from the theatre of family interaction, and how self-transformation through dramatisation can clarify and deepen a person's sense of connectedness to others. He details the ways in which dramatic voicework can be used in therapeutic settings to help people with emotional difficulties, mental distress and behavioural problems. The book is illustrated with case examples taken from the author's direct experience of using the therapeutic techniques he describes. It will also inform the practice of non-clinical professionals working with groups to improve social interaction and communication
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Newham, a voice and movement therapist and voice therapy trainer, shows how dramatic improvisation can be used in a therapeutic context to promote self-expression. He demonstrates how voice, text, and speech bring out aspects of character, emotion, and diversity of self- image which facilitate self understanding. He details ways in which dramatic voicework can be used in therapeutic settings to help those with emotional difficulties and behavioral problems. The author is founding director of the International Association for Voice Movement. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853025914
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6
Introduction: Voice Movement Therapy - Towards an Integrated Model of Expressive Arts Therapy 9
1 The Roots of Human Diversity: Voice and Psyche in Archetypal Psychology 21
2 The Psyche on Stage: Voice and Therapy in European Theatre 40
3 The Ingredients of Voice: The Voice Movement Therapy System and the Dramatic Voice 57
4 Sounding the Many Selves: Facilitating Personal Transformation through Voice, Mask and Costume 88
5 The Theatre of Family Life: Tracing the Personal Origins of Vocal Identity 119
6 The Therapy of Musical Theatre: Using Vocal Performance to Transform the Self 143
Appendix 1 The Voice Movement Therapy System of Vocal Analysis 160
Appendix 2 Further Information 169
References 170
Index 171
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