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Drama versus Dramatherapy

Group Of Children With Teacher Enjoying Drama Class Together

What is the difference between Drama and Dramatherapy?

Drama’ session can take part in various settings such as all levels of schools, ‘special needs’ centres, youth clubs, and with groups such as children, adolescents, and adults. Here a dramafacilitator organizes exercises and games with various goals in mind depending on the group, forexample, improving personal confidence and creativity, improving social skills, or simply tohave fun in a safe environment.

What typically happens in a drama therapy session?

Dramatherapy is practiced in a series of sessions. Some sessions are highly structured where the content and process relates to the material brought to the session by the group or individual. However, a dramatherapist will often have some prepared ideas based around the work the groupor individual has done to date. Sessions at the beginning of a series tend to be more structured
but the basic shape of any drama therapy session can be divided into five sections:

• Warm Up

• Focusing

• Main Activity

• Closure and de-roling

• Completion

General aims and benefits:

The general aims of a Dramatherapy sessions include exploring ideas, issues and problems (eg. low self esteem, bullying) using drama derived activities; expressing and exploring feelings, developing spontaneity and imagination and creativity, improving self image and self confidence, developing social and relationship skills



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