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Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy: Transforming Clinics, Classrooms, and Communities
Nisha Sajnani, Ph.D., RDT-BCT and David Read Johnson, Ph.D., RDT-BCT
Charles C. Thomas, Publishers / Softcover / 2014-03-01 / 0398087776
Drama Therapy, Psychodrama / Trauma
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414 pages
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This book examines how drama therapists conceptualize and respond to relational and systemic trauma across systems of care including mental health clinics, schools, and communities burdened by historical and current wounds. The chapters in this book offer drama therapists compelling examples of emerging models of trauma-informed drama therapy, as well as offering experienced practitioners the opportunity to question the assumptions made by prevailing paradigms that underlie our practice. The introductory chapters review the influence and history of trauma theory and treatment on drama therapy, followed by two sections: The first presents readers with seven emerging approaches and the second section offers detailed applications to specific populations, ending with a meta-analysis of drama therapy in the treatment of trauma. This ground-breaking book will also be useful for creative arts therapists, mental health professionals, educators, students and for many others interested in the role of the drama and performance in the treatment of trauma.

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Foreword by Mooli Lahad


1. The Role of Drama Therapy in Trauma Treatment
David Read Johnson and Nisha Sajnani

2. The State of the Art of Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy
Nisha Sajnani and David Read Johnson


3. Drama Therapy in the Repair of Collective Trauma
Armand Volkas

4. Trauma-Centered Developmental Transformations
David Read Johnson

5. Self-Revelatory Performance in Mitigating the Impact of Trauma
Renée Emunah, Gary Raucher, and Antonio Ramirez-Hernandez

6. You Arrive: Trauma Performed and Transformed
Bonnie Harnden

7. Complex Trauma and Executive Functioning: Envisioning a Cognitive-Based, Trauma-Informed Approach to
Drama Therapy
Jason S. Frydman and Lucy McLellan

8. Exquisite Corpse: On Dissociation and Intersubjectivity— Implications for Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy
Maria Hodermarska, Craig Haen, and Lucy McLellan

9. Animating Learning by Integrating and Validating Experience
Nisha Sajnani, Kimberly Jewers-Dailley, Ann Brillante, Judith Puglisi, and David Read Johnson


10. Extracting the Perpetrator: Fostering Parent/Child Attachment with Developmental Transformations
Renée Pitre

11. Body as Impasse: Drama Therapy with Medically Compromised Children
Stephanie Omens

12. Drama Therapy with Newly-Arrived Refugee Women
Heidi Landis

13. De-Railing History: Trauma Stories Off the Track
Christine Mayor and Stephanie Dotto

14. The Healing and Growth of Little Monsters Hurt Within: Drama Therapy at a Foster Home in Japan
Akeyo Onoe

15. Drama Therapy in the Secondary Therapeutic Classroom Lanell Finneran, Rose Murray, Christie Dobson,
Christina Cherry, and Jamie McCall

16. Safe Spaces and Scary Encounters: Core Therapeutic Elements of Trauma-Informed Dramatherapy
Martin Redfern


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