This book explores the exciting areas of overlap between psychodrama and other therapeutic schools and presents opportunities for their creative interaction and integration.
Psychodramatists, to varying degrees, integrate the ideas and philosophies of other forms of psychotherapy into their clinical practice. Similarly, other therapists make use of the action methods of psychodrama. This edited volume contains contributions from a variety of dual-trained therapists qualified in psychodrama and trained in another therapeutic modality, including dramatherapy, occupational therapy, art therapy, family therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and more. Each chapter considers a different model of interaction and integration between therapeutic schools and explains how they can enhance and enrich a therapist's professional practice. In doing so, this book reveals an understanding of the core commonalities of the therapeutic process.
With clinical case studies illustrating enhanced practice through creative interaction of the therapeutic schools, this book will be of interest to psychodramatists and all other therapists who integrate action techniques into their clinical practice.
This book explores the fertile territory where psychodrama can empower and enrich, as well as learn from, other therapeutic modalities.
– from the Foreword by Marcia Karp, MA, TEP, a Founding member of the British Psychodrama Association and the Federation of European Psychodrama
As novice practitioners, we learn our therapies in their pure forms, cautioned and anxious at deviating from accepted methodology. As veteran and multi-qualified clinicians, we develop our own ways of integrating therapeutic methods with little external guidance. This book is a rare and brave exploration of this contentious theme. It is a treasure trove of insights for psychodramatists, and provides much food for thought for any therapist who uses action methods to inform and enrich their practice.
– Rose Leggett, MSc, RMN, CAMHS Clinical Nurse Specialist, psychodramatist, child psychotherapist and EMDR practitioner, Cheshire, UK
Paul Holmes is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has also trained as an adult psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a psychodrama psychotherapist. He was the first Chair of the British Psychodrama Association and was awarded their Life Time Achievement Award. He is also a Fellow of the American Association of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama and has received their David Kipper Scholar's Award.
Mark Farrall, PhD, is a chartered forensic psychologist and qualified psychodramatist. He is Director of Ignition, an independent agency providing specialist training and consultancy in the areas of motivational interviewing and domestic abuse work, and has developed several intervention programmes which feature the safe and effective use of psychodramatic techniques by non-therapists. Dr Farrall has also worked with Geese Theatre Company UK, where drama and theatre is central to the rehabilitation of offenders. He is currently Course Leader at the University of Worcester for the dissertation module of the UK's first MSc level qualification in psychodrama psychotherapy.
Kate Kirk, PhD, is an experienced UKCP accredited psychodrama psychotherapist, researcher and trainer, with experience in the public, private and third sectors. She works in child and adolescent mental health as a psychodramatist psychotherapist and has a special interest in Paediatric Liaison and young people with Asperger's Syndrome. She also has extensive experience working with adult and child patients with life threatening and terminal illness, their families and carers. She is currently Chairperson of the British Psychodrama Association.
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