Essays in Drama Therapy: The Double Life
274 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Mar 1996
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Essays in Drama Therapy: The Double Life

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Robert Landy has assembled a collection of essays which encompasses his experience as a dramatherapist. The concept of 'double life' can be seen to be a central theme running through the work - encapsulating the dramatherapist's need to balance the issues of theory, practice and personal growth.The range of essays includes both theory and practice. Landy tackles issues of training and research, examines concepts - such as that of role - in dramatherapy and presents case studies, such as the ambitious 'The Double Life - A Case of Bipolar Disorder'. Uniting entirely new material with some of Landy's most respected work, this collection will be of enduring importance to dramatherapists, teachers and students of dramatherapy, and all those with an interest in creative arts expression.
'It is perhaps the candour with which Landy offers us the autobiographical thread that awakens the reader's empathy in sharing a richly creative career and the personal pains of travel. The essays constitute a moving account of how he kept on course and confirm his established stature in the role of helmsman for his clients, his students and himself.'- Research in Drama Education'Robert Landy is an acknowledged leader in the field of drama therapy. This book confirms him as a key figure in defining that field through sharp theoretical exposition and honest reporting of illuminative practice'- from the Foreword'...a joy to read... very accessible to students and seasoned drama therapists alike. He writes with a "fighting edge" which makes this book one of the most exciting and stimulating that I have read. Any drama therapist or Creative arts therapist who seriously considers that training, methodology, personal experience and development of the profession goes hand in hand, would do well to immerse themselves in Landy's illuminating collection of essays.'- Janice Clarke, Senior Creative Arts Therapist'Uniting entirely new material with some of Landy's most respected work, this collection will be of enduring importance to dramatherapists and all those with an interest in creative arts expression.'- Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health'His [the author's] style is direct and engaging as he discourses on his concerns.'- British Journal of Psychotherapy'...a fascinating and often intimate account. Landy is honest and direct, continually posing questions, and not afraid to expose his own mistakes. He is thus a very good teacher.'- New Theatre Quarterly
Robert Landy is Professor of Drama Therapy and Educational Theatre at New York University
Foreword. Acknowledgements 1 Training the Drama Therapist - A Four-Part Model. 2 The Use of Distancing in Drama Therapy. 3 Conceptual and Methodological Issues of Research in Drama Therapy. 4 Puppets, Dolls, Objects, Masks and Make-Up. 5 The Image of the Mask: Implications for Theatre and Therapy. 6 Reflections Upon Training: The Making of a Drama Therapist. 7 One-on-One: The Role of the Drama Therapist Working with Individuals. 8 The Concept of Role in Drama Therapy. 9 A Taxonomy of Roles - A Blueprint for the Possibilities of Being. 10 A Research Agenda for the Creative Arts Therapies. 11 The Child, the Dreamer, the Artist and the Fool: In Search of Understanding the Meaning of Expressive Therapy. 12 Three Scenarios for the Future of Drama Therapy. 13 The Dramatic World View - Reflections on the Roles Taken and Played by Young Children. 14 A Short-Term Model of Drama Therapy Through the Role Method. 15 Isolation and Collaboration in the Creative Arts Therapies - The Implications of Crossing Borders. 16 In Search of the Muse. 17 The Double Life - A Case of Bipolar Disorder. References. Index.
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