Dramatic Approaches to Brief Therapy

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Brief dramatherapy is offered in treatment settings for acute or chronic in-patient populations and out-patient or community health settings with a maintenance, rehabilitation or personal development purpose. Providers of such treatment want to offer: the briefest possible treatment programmes; which involve optimum numbers of clients; at the most reasonable level of cost; with the best predictable outcome, and the clearest, most competent, evaluation of efficacy strategies.

Written by the directors of the world's major training programmes in dramatherapy, this book presents their approach to and theory of brief dramatherapy.
  • Published: Jul 01 1995
  • Pages: 320
  • 233 x 150mm
  • ISBN: 9781853022715
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Press Reviews

  • British Journal of Psychiatry

    ...an excellent introduction to dramatherapy. It also provides stimulation for more experienced therapists. There is a rich diet of therapeutic insights, particularly related to the release of creative potential in patients. It is important that the power of these therapeutic methods is known about widely and as such I recommend it to a general readership.
  • British Journal of Guidance and Counselling

    Within this book is some fascinating reading for creative therapists, particularly those working from a dramatic perspective. The book contains a breadth of experiences and applications of dramatherapy. This book is a useful book for creative therapists generally, and particularly for dramatherapists and psychodramatists; in addition, practitioners of different theoretical orientations might like to read it to get some understanding of dramatherapy processes.
  • Therapy Weekly

    Alida Gersie, author and pioneer in the uses of storytelling in brief therapy, eloquently brings together top international dramatherapy practitioners in this lucid and comprehensive guide for practice. Each rich and cohesive chapter focuses on a particular aspect of dramatherapy methods as utilised within a wide range of treatment settings. The excellent and eclectic collection of case descriptions presents practical reference material for the beginner to the experienced therapist. End of chapter references also offer exceptional sources for further reading. Through each contributor's insightful exploration, one can recognise the breadth of effective tools that dramatherapy offers. This is truly an invaluable resource for any mental health professional looking to integrate new, effective methods and thinking into the brief therapy process.
  • Contemporary Psychology

    With its extensive coverage of work in this field, the book bids to establish the legitimacy of the method in a variety of therapeutic contexts. A reader wishing to become familiar with concepts and methods, illustrated generously with case vignettes, will find this book useful.
  • Readings: A Journal of Review and Commentary in Mental Health

    ...a dynamic presentation of change and insight, the goal of all therapists, achieved by psychodrama. I highly recommend this book to therapists of all disciplines; they will find additional knowledge for helping to heal wounds to the self, relate to objects, and gain insight for recovery.
  • British Journal of Psychotherapy

    ...will make rewarding reading for any psychotherapist with a particular interest in these very important topics... will give the reader a clear idea of the direct application of drama to psychotherapy.