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Drama Therapy and the Road to Recovery in Mental Health

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Jenny Rooney

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Drama Therapy and the Road to Recovery in Mental Health
A Parting Thought...
"Under the guise of play and pretend, we can - for once - act in new ways. The bit of distance from real life afforded by drama enables us to gain perspective on our real-life roles and patterns and actions, and to experiment actively with alternatives."

-- Renee Emunah, PhD, RDT/BCT
Director, Drama Therapy Program, California Institute of Integral Studies

Why choose Drama Therapy?

What does this presentation aim to show you the 'audience'

Benefits of Dramatherapy
Link between Dramatherapy and the practitioner
Therapuetic Relationship building
Effectively managing space
Involve those not wishing to act.
What is Drama Therapy and What
Can it do?
Developed Early 20th Century by Viennese psychologist Jacob. L. Moreno

It is a form of Psychological Therapy

Can be used by all walks of life

Probe emotions and self knowlege

Insight and awareness

(Moran et al 2011)
How can this space be used in drama therapy?
In fact there are numerous
plays which use minimal
Waiting for Godot
Love Letters
A Walk in the Woods
Empower the Service User's Creativity.
Expression through Movement
Drama Therapy in Action
Please Watch this short film
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YouTubeGB (2010) Dark Light- A Short Film on Drama Therapy and Eating Disorders. Available from: [accessed 12 Oct 2013]
Drama therapy and the role of the mental health nurse.

NMC Code 2008 - ' Work with others to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of those in your care....'

Ten Essential Shared Capabilities: Working in partnership
Promoting Recovery
Identifying People's needs and Strengths
Providing Service User centred care
(NHS Education for Scotland 2011)

Rights, Relationships and Recovery: 'Enhancing capability in increasing access to psychosocial interventions and psychological therapies'.
(Scottish Executive 2006)

(Youtube GB 2010)
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