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Creative interventions in drama therapy for treating families

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Creative interventions in drama therapy for treating families

Perecowicz, Tamar (2002) Creative interventions in drama therapy for treating families. Other thesis, Concordia University.

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This paper addresses the centrality of families in our lives and the conflicts members experience that bring them into therapy. Such conflicts are addressed within the context of dysfunction, noted by a breakdown in the family's communication or an inpairment in inter-member relationships. Dysfunction is addressed in a thorough discussion of two conventional therapeutic approaches. Bowenian therapy-built on systems theory and CBT or cognitive behavioral therapy with families are outlined for their therapeutic benefits and limitations. Their limitations highlight the need for alternative, more innovative interventions in family therapy. Drama therapy and four of its interventions; play, psychodramatic and sociometric techniques, and sculpting are discussed for their creative and dynamic approaches to helping people make sense of their struggles. Social constructionism is also explored for its ability to help family members "re-author" the unit's current, troublesome life story. This paper explores the usage and benefits of combining drama therapy with social constructionism in family therapy and suggests new avenues to explore in further research and clinical practice.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art Education
Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Authors:Perecowicz, Tamar
Series Name:Research Paper
Pagination:v, 56 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Research papers (M.A.)
Program:Art Education and Creative Arts Therapies
Date:2002
Thesis Supervisor(s):Diamond, Sherry
ID Code:1792
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:22
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:22
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