Theory and Practice of Action and Drama Techniques
250 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Dec 1999

Theory and Practice of Action and Drama Techniques

Developmental Psychotherapy from an Existential-Dialectical Viewpoint

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Taking an existential - dialectical approach to developmental psychology, Leni Verhofstadt-DenSve develops a personality model and shows how it can be applied in practice through psychodrama, videofeedback and creative playtherapy. In the first section of the book she defines her approach in philosophical and clinical terms: in the second, more practically oriented, section she explains how psychodramatic principles can be applied when working therapeutically with groups and individuals. She focuses particularly on the treatment of children and adolescents suffering from developmental disorders, drug addiction and self-esteem problems. Illustrated with clinical examples from the author's experience, the book presents methods for psychiatrists and therapists to use in their practice, and challenges them to re-examine their approaches to psychotherapy.
'Dramatherapists with a taste for philosophy, seeking a useable map of the complex territory of personal development, may also find the effort of reading well rewarded.'- Dramatherapy`At last a book combining philosophy, psychodrama and developmental psychology. Verhofstadt-DenSve is one of our finest scholars. The book is a must read.' - Marcia Karp, PsychodramatistThis book, written by professor Verhofstadt-Deneve, who is Professor of Theoretical and Clinical Developmental psychology at the University of Ghent in Belgium and Head of the International Research and Training Institute on Developmental Psychotherapy, is based on many years of research, practice and training in the field of psychodrama. It is well-written, comprehensive and somewhat challenging for professionals who are not well-versed in psychotherapy. The book also contains an exhaustive bibliography. I would say that for any professional who has not had the opportunity to learn directly from Professor Verhofstadt-Deneve and her team in Ghent, this book is certainly the next best thing.- International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Leni Verhofstadt-DenSve is Professor of Theoretical and Clinical Developmental Psychology at the University of Ghent and a member of the Belgian Royal Academy of Science. She is Head of the International Research and Training Institute on Developmental Psychotherapy, and a Member of the Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organisations.
Preface, Professor Hubert Hermans. Introduction. PART ONE:THEORETICAL FOUNDATION: AN EXISTENTIAL - DIALECTICAL APPROACH TO DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. 1. Dialectic. 2. Basic topics for an existential psychology. 3. An existential - dialectical developmental psychology: Basic principles and underlying personality model. 4. The dynamics of personality developmental. 5. Summary. PART TWO: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOTHERAPY: METHODS AND PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS. 6. Psychodrama. 7. Psychodrama and developmental psychotherapy. 8. A psychodramatic approach to dreams in a developmental therapy for adolescents. 9. Action and drama techniques at school. 10. Action techniques for boosting self-esteem in obese children, Caroline Braet, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University of Ghent. 11. Self-reflective techniques in individual therapy with adolescents in a residential setting, Karen Adriaenssens, Clinical Psychologist working with children and adolescents, and Jan Schrans, Clinical Psychologist at working in a youth clinic. 12. The application of self-reflective action techniques for drug-addicted youngsters in an individual therapy, Greet Robijn, Clinical Psychologist working with illegal drug users. 13. Using video in a therapeutic setting self-reflection and videofeedback, Veerle Vander Zwalmen, Consultant at a guidance centre for children and adolescents. Epilogue. References. Index.
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