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Definition of Dramatherapy

The UK Health Professions Council Standards of Proficiency for Arts Therapists  document (2003) describes Dramatherapy as:

"a unique form of psychotherapy in which creativity, play, movement, voice, storytelling,
dramatisation, and the performance arts have a central position within the
therapeutic relationship."

Dramatherapy is the heir to the shamanic and theatre traditions of healing through dramatic action. Dramatherapy can be defined as:

“the specific application of theatre structures and drama processes with a declared intention that it is therapy.” (Jennings, 1992b, 229)

The British Association of Dramatherapists' definition:

“Dramatherapy has as its main forms the intentional use of the healing aspects of drama and theatre within the therapeutic process. It is a method of working and playing which uses action to facilitate creativity, imagination, learning, inspight, and growth.”
Note: In the UK dramatherapy is one word; in the USA it is two words: drama therapy.


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