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Drama therapy

Drama therapy (written dramatherapy in the UK, Europe, Australia, and Africa) is the use of theatre techniques to facilitate personal growth and promote mental health. Drama therapy is used in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, mental health centers, prisons, and businesses. Drama therapy, as a form of 'expressive therapy' (also known as creative arts therapies'), exists in many forms and can be applicable to individuals, couples, families, and various groups.

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From the dvd Three approaches to drama therapy. This is an excerpt dramatization of Derek's Story performed by: Katherine Dillingham, Chantal Georges, Pen-lu Yang. “Three Approaches to Drama Therapy” is a film highlighting the theory and practice of three forms of drama therapy--role method, developmental transformations, and psychodrama.

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This ABC news sill frame was taken inside of a NYC public school. The young man is a student and the woman is a professional actress. She works for a program called "Enact", which takes acting into the classroom as to help students address personal challenges. For more info on Enact: Source:

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Sometimes it can be difficult to talk directly about our problems, feelings and life experiences, but the process of creating stories, enactments, role-play, and movement can help to do so. Source:

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This is a brief overview of the NYU Steinhardt School's Department of Music and Performing Professions' Drama Therapy program. Robert Landy, the program director, is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT), a Registered Drama Therapist (RDT) and Board Certified Trainer (BCT). This is one of three accredited programs in the country.

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This is a video presentation from Psych in Seattle. The hosts traveled to Antioch University in Seattle to work with a professor and two students in the Drama Therapy specialty. The content provides the viewer with several different examples of drama therapy practices. Drama therapy is defined as the intentional use of theatrical practices to produce therapeutic catharsis or healing. Some approaches used in this video include: role playing, mutual story-telling, and behavioral rehearsal. Additionally, projection, conflict resolution, and exploring deep core conflicts are some issues that are addressed and discussed.

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