Practical Approaches to Dramatherapy
224 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:04 Aug 2000
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Practical Approaches to Dramatherapy

The Shield of Perseus

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Practical Approaches to Dramatherapy is derived from the authors' experiences of working with dramatherapy in a range of different situations. It focuses on the flexibility of the applications of dramatherapeutic principles. The book provides a comprehensive account of the history, theory and practice of drama and its therapeutic use. The authors explain the shape of a session, how dramatherapy works, and how it can be interpreted via myth, symbol and psychological theory. Work with individuals and groups is described, as are sessions with masks, improvisation, and use of scripts. The reader is encouraged to incorporate dramatherapy approaches into a variety of existing ways of working: for example, in socials skills groups, assertiveness training and anger management. Highlighting the potential scope of dramatherapy and providing practical examples and advice, Practical Approaches to Dramatherapy extends the boundaries of dramatherapy practice.
'There is a great simplicity and flexibility offered in the approach offered in this book. There are many creative and practical ideas woven into the case studies and these include the therapist's reflections. The studies give real insight into the role of the drama therapist. This has whetted my appetite and stimulated lots of questions! This is a well written book which certainly lives up to its title of being practical. It is certainly a book that I will go back to when I am, perhaps, planning a workshop or wish to reconnect with the creative processes, it has added considerably to my "therapeutic toolbox".'- Dramascope
Madeline Andersen-Warren is a state registered arts therapist (drama) currently working for the NHS. She is a partner of Northern Trust for Dramatherapy, a training organisation, and a visiting lecturer at several universities. She is the author of several publications about dramatherapy and is undertaking Doctoral research in dramatherapy. Roger Grainger is a state registered arts therapist (drama) and chartered counselling psychologist. He holds a PhD in Sociology as well as doctorates in Theology and Implicit Religion, and he has worked as psychiatric chaplain for the Stanley Royd Hospital in Wakefield. He is one of the founders of the National Funeral College and is the author of several books.
Introduction. 1. The shape of the session. 2. A task-applied case history. 3. The creative-expressive mode of dramatherapy. 4. Moving into chaos. 5. Masks. 6. Dramatherapy and meaning. 7. Dramatherapy and story. 8. Dramatherapy and text. 9. Finale and summary. Appendix: Equipment. References. Index.
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