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1st Edition

Routledge International Handbook of Dramatherapy

ISBN 9781138829725
Published June 3, 2016 by Routledge
396 Pages


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Book Description

Routledge International Handbook of Dramatherapy is the first book of its kind to bring together leading professionals and academics from around the world to discuss their practice from a truly international perspective. Dramatherapy has developed as a profession during the latter half of the twentieth century.  Now, we are beginning to see its universal reach across the globe in a range of different and diverse approaches. From Australia, to Korea to the Middle East and Africa through Europe and into North & South America dramatherapists are developing a range of working practices using the curative power of drama within a therapeutic context to work with diverse and wide ranging populations.

Using traditional texts in the Indian sub-continent, healing performances in the Cameroon, supporting conflict in Israel and Palestine, through traditional Comedic theatre in Italy, to adolescents in schools and adults with mental ill health, this handbook covers a range of topics that shows the breadth, depth and strength of dramatherapy as a developing and maturing profession. It is divided into four main sections that look at the current international:

Developments in dramatherapy

Theoretical approaches

Specific practice

New and innovative approaches

Offering insights on embodiment, shamanism, anthropology and cognitive approaches coupled with a range of creative, theatrical and therapeutic methods, this ground breaking book is the first congruent analysis of the profession. It will appeal to a wide and diverse international community of educators, academics, practitioners, students, training schools and professionals within the arts, arts education and arts therapies communities. Additionally it will be of benefit to teachers and departments in charge of pastoral and social care within schools and colleges.




"This work is an essential addition to any upper-level program offering courses in DT, as well as programs offering a broad range of therapeutic modalities." - Choice Magazine

'The International Handbook of Dramatherapy, edited by Clive Holmwood and Sue Jennings, is a vital addition to the growing literature in drama therapy. Not only do we hear the voices of key pioneers in the field, but we also hear new voices from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, North and South America. Given the wide breadth and scope of the old and the new, the field of drama therapy spreads its wings even wider into a global world greatly in need of its poetic medicine.' - Robert J. Landy, Ph.D., RDT-BCT, LCAT, Professor of Educational Theatre and Applied Psychology, Director, Drama Therapy Program