What is Drama Therapy?
According to the North American Drama Therapy Association, Drama Therapy is the intentional use of drama and/or theatre processes to achieve therapeutic goals.
Drama Therapy is an active, experiential approach to facilitating change. Through storytelling, purposeful improvisation, and performance, participants are invited to rehearse desired behaviors, practice being in relationship, expand and find flexibility between life roles, and perform the change they wish to be and see in the world.
This is about catharsis, not performance, so no prior theatre or acting experience is required!
Shakespeare Behind Bars: an example of drama therapy.
What is Psychodrama?
An example of psychodrama.
Psychodrama is an action method which employs guided dramatic action to examine problems and issues for the purpose of increasing physical mental well-being.
Psychodrama is a form of group psychotherapy. It focuses on personal issues. While drama therapy uses theatre to bring about these goals, psychodrama focuses more on cognitive understanding of one's personal dilemmas.
Psychodrama emphasizes psychotherapy, while drama therapy emphasizes theatricality. Psychodrama facilitates change by examining the self. Drama Therapy typically facilitates change vicariously through playing other characters.
Adult Psychodrama Group in Oviedo
2020 COURSE MEETING DATES:
January 4, 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 4, 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Dates: Jan 4, 2020 - May 30, 2020
Takes place every week, total of 22 sessions
Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
To register, visit Penguin Point Productions
Drama Therapy & Psychodrama in Individual Counseling
Drama Therapy and Psychodrama techniques can be used in combination with traditional talk therapy to help clients reach that "a-ha moment".
Valencia College New Student Experience (West Campus)
SLS 1122 - New Student Experience -- If you are a student at Valencia College West Campus and are required to enroll in SLS 1122, you will have the opportunity to experience a taste of Drama Therapy in my class. Valencia College has required all SLS students to complete a Final Story Project which just so happens to be a psychodramatic activity known as "future projection." For the Final Story Project, students play a brief scene in which they project themselves ten years into the future and share with the class everything they've accomplished after graduating from Valencia. In an effort to prepare you for this project, drama therapy exercises are used to help you discover similarities between you and your classmates, feel more comfortable speaking in front of the class, and reinforce course concepts in a kinesthetic and fun way.
Drama Therapy for Your School or Organization
If you are interested in bringing a drama therapy workshop to your organization, please contact me to discuss how these techniques might be tailored to your needs.