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Drama therapists’ attitudes and actions regarding LGBTQI and gender nonconforming communities

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Drawing on survey research conducted in music therapy, the purpose of this study was to identify the attitudes, strengths and limitations in the field of drama therapy with regard to working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex (LGBTQI) and gender nonconforming (GNC) communities and to identify implications for training, research and the practice of drama therapy. A total of 136 respondents met the inclusion criteria. Results indicate that the majority of drama therapists hold an open and affirming attitude towards gender diversity and sexual orientation. Yet, discrepancies remain concerning the training received, overall level of preparedness, and participation in supervision specific to working with LGBTQI and GNC clients. Ongoing training and supervision is needed to bridge the gap between affirming attitudes and actions.
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Keywords: LGBTQ; drama therapy; drama therapy education; gender nonconforming; intersex; transgender

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: NY Creative Arts Therapists, PLLC, Manhattanville College 2: Marillac, Johnson County Parks & Recreation 3: Allina Health, Drama Therapy Center 4: Lesley University

Publication date: April 1, 2016

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  • Drama Therapy Review (DTR) is committed to documenting and disseminating drama therapy research, promoting scholarship about drama therapy theory and practice, encouraging interdisciplinary dialogue, and providing a forum for lively debate in the field. DTR profiles and critically reflects upon current and emerging practices involving the intentional and therapeutic uses of drama and performance in clinical, educational, community, organizational, and research contexts.
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