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Law 21, Drama Therapy and Professional Praxis in Quebec: A Phenomenological Case Study


Law 21, Drama Therapy and Professional Praxis in Quebec: A Phenomenological Case Study

Opolko, Christina (2016) Law 21, Drama Therapy and Professional Praxis in Quebec: A Phenomenological Case Study. [Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)] (Unpublished)

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This phenomenological case study examines Quebec-based drama therapists’ lived experiences of professional praxis (identity and practice) since Law 21 came into effect in July 2014, until April 2016. A socio-economic and historical literature review of licensure law in mental health and drama therapy in North America and abroad is provided. For the study, audio recordings of Quebec-based drama therapist focus groups and personal written memos were transcribed and thematically analyzed. Similar themes found between all respondents include an ongoing debate about therapy versus psychotherapy, a passion for drama therapy, and a feeling that Law 21 constricts professional access and choice, creating a professional climate of fear and shame. However, important differences between permit and non-permit holding participants include knowledge and communication around Law 21, the use of the term “psychotherapy” in pitches and consents for non-permit holders, and the concern with notes and continuing education credits for permit holders. These themes are discussed in order to provide advocacy recommendations moving forward.
Keywords: licensure, drama therapy, professional praxis, phenomenology

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Graduate Projects (Non-thesis)
Authors:Opolko, Christina
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Creative Arts Therapies (Drama Therapy Option)
Date:31 August 2016
Keywords:licensure, drama therapy, professional praxis, phenomenology
ID Code:981702
Deposited On:08 Sep 2016 19:48
Last Modified:10 Apr 2018 18:09


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