Drama and Healing
160 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Sep 1995

Drama and Healing

The Roots of Drama Therapy

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
The author shows how drama therapy draws on both drama and ritual. He argues that personal construct theory provides a hermeneutically useful approach to the study of drama therapy. He shows that drama therapy itself is an effective treatment for depression and schizophrenia, having a measurable effect on thought disorder; he thus tries to be as definite as possible about a subject which resists the 'scientific' apporach, and he is concerned not only to think rationally about drama therapy, but to examine the specific relationship between rational thought and artistic experience which allows the second to act as the mediator of the first.In Part One, the author investigates the therapeutic origins of theatre before moving on to the part played by drama in psychological maturation, leading to a discussion of depression, thought disorder and schizophrenia and the role of drama therapy in their treatment.Part Two examines the drama therapy experience and the ways in which the therapeutic possiblities of drama can be harnessed, both in improvised dramatic episodes and in theatre games, to achieve a wide range of therapeutic goals.
Roger Grainger is a registered Dramatherapist, Chartered Counselling Psychologist and occasional TV actor. He holds a PhD in Sociology from Leeds University as well as Doctorates in Theology and Implicit Religion, and has worked as a psychiatric chaplain for the Stanley Royd Hospital in Wakefield. He is also one of the founders of the National Funeral College and is the author of several books.
Introduction. Part 1 Roots. 1. Drama as Involvement. 2. The Healing Symbol. 3. Drama and Depression. 4. Drama and Schizophrenia. Part 2 Process. 5. Approaches to Drama Therapy. 6. Some of the Cast. 7. Capturing the Image. 8. Drama Therapy and Ritual. Appendix 1. The Use of Drama Therapy in the Treatment of Thought Disorder. Appendix 2. Instructions for Administering the Grid Test of Thought Disorder. Appendix 3. Programme of BAD National Conference, 1989. Bibliography. Glossary. Index.
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