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This course addresses theoretical orientations to drama therapy, the role of the therapists, rights and responsibilities in therapy, the therapeutic process, the stages of therapy, and treatment techniques. Some of the most common treatment issues and concerns about adolescents who have experienced maltreatment are explored.


Focuses on drama approaches for the treatment of teens and young adults with a variety of psychological stressors, including physical & sexual abuse, life-threatening illnesses, death of a parent, divorce, college and bullying. Examines treatment models & protocols relevant to institutional & community agency settings. Includes case examples, demonstration of drama techniques, and interactive class participation.


Role theory will also be explored, including a final performance for the community.


Learning Objectives:


  • Describe 6 effective drama therapy strategies for adolescents
  • Identify how drama therapy impacts neuropsychological development
  • Conceptualize attachment patterns to strengthen client’s relationships.
  • Develop 2 new techniques to engaging adolescents in family drama therapy.
  • Practice evidence-based drama therapy techniques to treat adolescents
  • Identify effective evidence-based drama therapy techniques that can be used immediately with their client populations.


Limitations and Risks:


  • Participants understand the nature, objectives, limitations, and results from the training are distinctly different from the formal study of the creative arts therapies
  • There are potential risks when introducing creative arts into your practice without adequate training
  • The creative arts therapies are an evidenced-based treatment


The Center for Creative Arts Therapy is approved as a continuing education provider for Social Workers and Counselors by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, (#159.001383).


This workshop provides 45 CEUs for Social Workers and Counselors and 3 credit hours for Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy students.


Required Drama Therapy Course -  3 Credits of Special Populations

Optional Expressive Arts Therapy Course - 3 Credits Advanced Electives

Drama Therapy with Teens & Young Adults (45 CEUs)

  • Required Drama Therapy Course (counts as an Special Populations or Advanced Electives)

    (45 CEUs/3 credits) Monday-Friday, June 24-28, 2024, 9:00AM-5:30PM & Friday, June 30, 7:00PM-10:00PM (Performance), at the Center for Creative Arts Therapy, 2600 Warrenville Rd., Suite 205, Downers Grove, IL 60515

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