1st Edition

Clinical Applications of Drama Therapy in Child and Adolescent Treatment

Edited By Anna Marie Weber, Craig Haen Copyright 2005
    320 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    As an emerging psychotherapeutic discipline, drama therapy has been gaining global attention over the last decade for its demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of child and adolescent populations. However, despite this attention and despite the current turbulent state of the world and the increasing population of disturbed and at-risk children, the field of drama therapy has so far lacked a standard text. Weber and Haen’s book fills this need, providing a core text for graduate students and established professionals alike.

    Clinical Applications of Drama Therapy in Child and Adolescent Treatment is guided by theory, but firmly rooted in practice, providing a survey of the many different possibilities and techniques for incorporating drama therapy within child and adolescent therapy. More than merely a survey of the existing literature on drama therapy, this text represents a true expansion of the field: one which articulates the breadth of possibilities and applications for drama therapy in the larger context of psychotherapy.

    Bloom, Foreword. Landy, Introduction. Part I: Individual Drama Therapy. Irwin, Facilitating Play with Non-players: A Developmental Perspective. Weber, ‘Don’t Hurt My Mommy’: Drama Therapy for Children Who Have Witnessed Severe Domestic Violence. Hoey, Children Who Whisper: A Study of Psychodramatic Methods for Reaching Inarticulate Young People. James, Forrester, Kim, Developmental Transformations in the Treatment of Sexually Abused Children. Kindler, Creative Co-constructions: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Spontaneity and Improvisation in the Therapy of a Twice Forsaken Child. Part II: Group Drama Therapy and Integrated Models. Emunah, Drama Therapy and Adolescent Resistance. Nash, Haen, Healing through Strength: A Group Approach to Therapeutic Enactment. Lopez, Drama Therapy in the Treatment of Children with Sexual Behavior Problems. Chasen, Spectacle and Ensemble in Group Drama Therapy Treatment for Children with ADHD and Related Neurological Syndromes. Rubenstein, Taming the Beast: The Use of Drama Therapy in the Treatment of Children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Haen, Group Drama Therapy in a Children’s Inpatient, Psychiatric Setting. Part III: Families and the Larger System. Doyle, Aikido and Drama Therapy with Families and Children. Cattanach, Co-working with Adoptive Parents to Support Family Attachment. Harvey, Stories from the Islands: Drama Therapy with Bullies and their Victims. Long, Weber, Through the Eyes of the Therapists and Children: Drama Therapy During and After September 11th.


    Anna Marie Weber, MA, RDT, CDVC, is Director of Children's Services and Drama Therapist at the Victims Information Bureau Services, where she has developed drama and play therapy approaches to treat sexually abused children and victims of domestic violence. She also serves as part-time Clinical Assistant Professor in the Graduate Program at New York University, where she recently designed and taught the first course at NYU in Play and Drama Therapy. She is an active member of the National Association for Drama Therapy (NADT), where she served as Membership Chair on the Board of Directors from 1992-1994. She is also actively involved in the National Association of Creative Arts Therapy, and served the organization as Conference Program Chair for the NADT in 1991. In 1995, Ms. Weber was awarded the prestigious Professional of the Year Award by the Special Leadership in Domestic Violence Prevention association.

    Craig Haen, MA, RDT, CGP, is a Drama Therapist at the Cornell Medical Center of New York Presbyterian Hospital. Mr. Haen also serves as Advisor to Youth Groups and Workshop Coordinator for Creative Alternatives of New York. An active member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), Mr. Haen has served on the organization's Membership Committee. He is also a Registered Drama Therapist, and member of the National Association for Drama Therapy, having served that organization as Co-Chair of Collegiality Committee, and member of the Program Committee for 1999 & 2000 National Conferences.

    "This book draws on theories of dis-ease in this client group and offers insights into how play, drama and narrative facilitate movement and inspire hope in a move towards emotional growth and healing. An articulate discussion of the theoretical issues of work with this client group." -- Sarah Mann Shaw, Dramatherapy