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This course is an introduction to drama therapy theory, principles and best practice, ideal for aspiring drama therapists and teaching artists, as well as those who work in the industry and wish to update their skills.


The Principles of Drama Therapy Course provides a detailed insight into the role of a drama therapist, teaching learners how to apply theatrical approaches to therapy in a range of clinical settings. This introductory drama therapy training course includes case studies and practical exercises, taking you through the full drama therapy process.


The purpose of this course is to provide alternative drama therapy students with an introduction to the field of drama therapy and the theories and principles involved in its practice. Included in the course will be an overview of the history of drama therapy and information on leading practitioners and their approaches/theories. The requirements for registry as a drama therapist and typical sites for practice will be examined as well as basic ethical considerations for drama therapists.


You will learn about the benefits of drama therapy and will be introduced to crucial art and dance therapy techniques used by professional drama therapists. Students will study the theory and practice of drama therapy, history of the field, Role Theory, 5 Phase Model, DvT, Sociodrama/Psychodrama, Masks, Playback and Puppetry.


Each class will begin with a drama therapy warm-up and will involve learning techniques through participating in them and then discussing them afterwards. As the course is primarily experiential, it is crucial that students attend all five days and participate in activities and group discussions.


On successful completion, you will have a clear understanding of how to facilitate personal growth through drama, and an ability to apply creative story making and role theory in a therapeutic setting.


This is a core required course for Alternative Training by the NADTA.


Learning Objectives:


  • Demonstrate ability to apply knowledge in leading drama therapy exercises and presenting drama therapy-based performances
  • Learn about role theory, story making and the drama therapy process
  • Develop your creative skills and learn to think outside the box when exploring ideas
  • Build self-awareness and confidence by addressing social situations through drama
  • Familiarise with art and dance movement psychotherapy techniques
  • Understand how to facilitate healing in a variety of clinical settings
  • Broaden your understanding of the role and responsibilities of a drama therapist
  • Know how to incorporate symbols and metaphors into your work
  • Understand the code of ethics and aesthetical considerations in drama therapy


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


Center for Creative Arts Therapy has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7460. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Center for Creative Arts Therapy is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Required Drama Therapy Course - 3 Credits of Principles of DT

Optional Expressive Arts Therapy Course - 3 Credits Advanced Electives

Principles of Drama Therapy (45 CEs)

  • Required Drama Therapy Course

    (45 CEs/3 credits) Monday-Friday, June 9-13, 2025, 9:00AM-5:30PM & Friday, June 13, 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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