Survey research was conducted to assess drama therapists’ attitudes and actions regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex (LGBTQI) and gender nonconforming (GNC) communities. The article reports on institutional attitudes and actions as revealed through workplace
documentation, available training and resources, and institutional environments experienced by drama therapists in training and in the field across the United States and Canada. Results indicate that drama therapists continue to work in predominantly heteronormative and cisgender normative
spaces. They confront specific barriers to implementing supportive and affirming care for LGBTQI and GNC individuals which are especially pronounced in K-12 schools, geriatric centres and inpatient mental health settings. This also has a negative impact on LGBTQI and GNC identified drama therapists
working in these environments. Mechanisms through which these realities are given a voice remain a priority and may be facilitated through ongoing research, continuing education and courageous advocacy.
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Drama Therapy education;
Document Type: Research Article
New York Creative Arts Therapists, PLLC
Cornerstones of Care, The University of Kansas Hospital
Drama Therapy Center, Allina Health
New York University
Publication date: October 1, 2017
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