Drama plays a crucial role in healthy human development and dramatherapy can be particularly effective in helping troubled children or adolescents. In this book, twelve contributors, writing from a range of international and theoretical perspectives, show how the dramatic element in people's lives plays its part in patterns of healthy and unhealthy development. They describe practical ways of using dramatherapy with both groups and individuals and demonstrate that dramatherapy is a strategy that works, helping to bring about change and creativity.
Dramatherapy with Children and Adolescents will be invaluable to all professionals who work with children, including social workers, probation officers, nurses and teachers, as well as dramatherapists and play therapists.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Acknowlegements. Illustrations. Part I: The Dramatic World View: Reflections on the Roles Taken and Played by Young Children. Fear and Tension in Children's Games. Drama Therapy with Children who are Trapped in their Spontaneous Play. The Role a Role-play may Play: Dramatherapy and the Externalization of the Problem. How Individual is Individual Therapy?: The Use of Contextual Therapy Principles in the Treatment of Children and Adolescents in Dramatherapy. Dramatherapy for Survival: Some Thoughts on Transitions and Choices for Children and Adolescents. Pinnochio - A Handicapped Brother: Working with Healthy Siblings Through Dramatherapy. From Adolescent Trauma to Adolescent Drama: Group Drama Therapy with Emotionally Disturbed Youth. Images and Action: Dramatherapy and Psychodrama with Sexually Abused Adolescents. Shall I be Mother?: The Development of the Role of the Dramatherapist and Reflections on r s1 Transference/counter-transference. Families and the Story of Change. Darkness and Light: Archetypes in Work with Adolescents, Creativity and Pathology.
`Sue Jennings...has collected contributions from academics and practitioners around the world into this very readable book...of interest to occupational therapists and other professionals working with children' - British Journal of Occupational Therapy
`I have no doubt that any therapist working with children and adolescents will find one (or more) chapters that will excite their interest and inform their own style of psychotherapy. I also have no doubt that this book will become an essential text for all dramatherapists and their trainees.' Paul Holmes, in Clinical CHild Psychology and Psychiatry
'This is a book full of a richness of ideas and experiences, tempered with just enough clinical material to keep the reader grounded in the day-to-day realities of therapeutic work with children, adolescents and their families ... there can be no doubt about the therapeutic skill and enthusiasm of the various authors.' - British Journal of Psychotherapy
'This book provokes relfection regarding one's own attitudes and work with children and adolescents and is a valuable resource book for all professionals in this field.' - NAPOT Journal