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Translating drama therapy: Reflections on clinical practice with complex trauma

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This article aims to further dialogue between drama therapists and other mental health professionals by scaffolding and bridging knowledge of common psychodynamic processes to illuminate drama therapy’s potential to deepen psychodynamic trauma therapy. While there are many converges between drama therapy and other forms of psychotherapy, clinical vignettes will show dramatic reality’s unique potential to address and transform common areas impacted by complex trauma: self-concept, affect regulation and the ability to be in a relationship.

Keywords: complex trauma; core processes; drama therapy; psychodynamic psychotherapy; three-dimensional witnessing presence; vignettes

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Concordia University

Publication date: October 1, 2018

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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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