Drama, Psychotherapy and Psychosis: Dramatherapy and Psychodrama with People Who Hear Voices

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Routledge, 2004 M03 11 - 304 pages

John Casson - Winner of the British Psychodrama Association (BPA) Lifetime Achievement Award 2012!

Drama, Psychotherapy and Psychosis explores the use of drama and theatre in the challenging area of working with people who hear voices, focusing especially on survivors of abuse and those diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia. In examining the often baffling and frightening world of psychosis the book offers alternative models of madness and the self, which form the basis for therapeutic interventions.

Illustrated by case histories and examples of practice, this book provides a description and analysis of voice hearing. Chapters cover areas including:

* historical perspectives on psychosis and hearing voices
* group psychodrama
* dramatherapy with individuals.

Drama, Psychotherapy and Psychosis demonstrates how creative action methods can be helpful to those who hear voices. It provides guidelines for good practice; essential to all those interested in promoting the safe use of these methods in therapy.

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Contents

Psychosis and hearing voices 1 a historical perspective
7
Psychosis and hearing voices 2 making sense of voices
14
Psychosis and hearing voices 3 models of madness
33
Theatre madness and healing
51
The twentieth century theatrotherapy psychodrama and dramatherapy
63
Dramatherapy with individuals finding a voice and telling stories
92
The wave and the whelm distance and empowerment
114
Individual dramatherapy Cheryll
126
What is helpful and not helpful in dramatherapy and psychodrama
212
Guidelines for good practice
239
Afterword
249
Voices interview
252
The etymology of whelm
254
Purchasing the Five Story Self Structure
256
Comparative costings hospital medication and therapy
257
The Morenean method of psychodramatising suicidal ideation
260

The theatre model of the self
146
Group dramatherapy
163
Individual psychodrama Harry
182
Group psychodrama
197
References
261
Author index
275
Subject index
279
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John Casson, psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice, and senior trainer in the Northern School of Psychodrama.

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