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A self-dialogue about working as a white drama therapist with Indigenous clients

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A self-dialogue about working as a white drama therapist with Indigenous clients

Gall, Florine (2019) A self-dialogue about working as a white drama therapist with Indigenous clients. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

At the beginning of my research process, I could find very little drama therapy research for guidance regarding the professional work with Indigenous clients. I was feeling lost and I wished that more guidance was offered to me during my second-year drama therapy internship working with Indigenous clients. This research paper is a presentation of the literature I consulted to ‘help me get on my feet’ and guide me through my clinical work while completing my drama therapy internship at Native Montreal, located in Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal, Canada). Here, new concepts are discussed, like cultural safety (different from cultural humility or cultural competency) and response-based practice (a practice focused on dignity and resistance). These concepts seem to be different from those that I learned at Concordia University, and are thus very important elements to consider in trying to decolonize our work as drama therapists.
Through art-based responses of my literature review, I found some insights about my relationship with the readings that I made and with my practicum experience. Five main themes were explored through the art-responses: « My relationship to Tiohtià:ke », « Who am I », « Interconnectedness of everything », « Violence, power and oppression in psychotherapy », and « Pros from practice ». I wish to be as transparent as possible in this research paper, and I wish that this can help guide or question any drama therapy settler who’s working with Indigenous clients.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Gall, Florine
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Drama Therapy Option)
Date:November 2019
ID Code:986095
Deposited By: Florine Gall
Deposited On:28 Nov 2019 20:10
Last Modified:06 Dec 2019 19:55
Additional Information:To contact the author, please send an e-mail to florine_gall@hotmail.com
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