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The Drama Therapy Decision Tree

Connecting Drama Therapy Interventions to Treatment

The Drama Therapy Decision Tree provides an integrated model for therapeutic decision-making by deconstructing the processes of choosing drama therapy interventions. The authors strive to provide a common language for communicating what drama therapists do in terms of diagnoses and interventions, especially for students and early career professionals in the field.

The book provides a systematic method for drama therapists and drama therapy students to use to determine the most appropriate therapy technique for clients. Paige Dickinson and Sally Bailey have identified and analyzed their own experiences with the task, and here they explain how to put learned theory into practice. In doing so, they provide early career drama therapy professionals a reliable and effective tool for making clinical decisions and offer practitioners a point of reference in addressing the socio-emotional needs of their clients.

The authors explain the basic tools drama therapists use in therapy situations, identify the core healing concepts of the practice, discuss the basic treatment planning process, and explain how these components are used together to identify an  appropriate type of intervention for the client. They also offer examples of how this system can be applied to a variety of common diagnoses, and the appendices provide resources to connect drama therapy interventions to global treatment outcomes.


272 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/4

Literature and Literary Criticism: Dramatic Works


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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Need for this Book

Chapter One: Foundational Principles of the Therapeutic Process

Chapter Two: Foundational Principles of Drama Therapy

Chapter Three: Diagnoses and Global Issues in Drama Therapy Treatment Planning

Chapter Four: The Drama Therapy Decision Tree, Part One: A Systematic Method of Drama Therapy Treatment Planning

Chapter Five: The Drama Therapy Decision Tree, Part Two: A Systematic Method of Drama Therapy Intervention Choices

Chapter Six: The Drama Therapy Decision Tree: Part Three: Drama Therapy Treatment Evaluation

Chapter Seven: Issues of Diversity and Adaptations for Diagnoses and Individuals

Chapter Eight: Ethical Issues

Appendix A: The Drama Therapy Decision Tree

Appendix B: Treatment Outcome - Intervention Suggestions

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