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Drama Therapy


Drama therapy uses aspects of the theatre to encourage personal discovery and growth. The process of Drama Therapy is said to have a cathartic effect on individuals, enabling them to explore their emotions and feelings in a safe environment. Sessions often take place in groups.

History

In France and Germany in the 19th Century, the use of drama psychotherapy as a healing technique was used in psychiatric institutions. The practice was later advanced by Sue Jennings and Gordon Wiseman who set up the Remedial Dance group. The founding of the British Association of Drama Therapists in 1976 would also do much to establish Drama Therapy as as legitimate approach.

Approach

Drama Therapy is a form of expressive therapy that is based on the theory that creative expression can have a healing effect on psychological problems. It has been used in a large range of settings like hospitals, prisons and schools. Practitioners use a variety of methods such as role-play, puppetry, improvisation and mime.

How can it help?

Drama therapy is intended to assist personal growth and encourage positive change. The approach has been used to treat people with learning disabilities and personality disorders. It has also proved effective at treating drug/solvent abuse and offending behaviour.



Drama-therapy resources

British Association of Drama therapists

National Association For Drama Therapy

 
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