Safety, play, enablement, and active involvement: Themes from a Grounded Theory study of practitioner and client experiences of change processes in Dramatherapy

Cassidy, S., Gumley, A. and Turnbull, S. (2017) Safety, play, enablement, and active involvement: Themes from a Grounded Theory study of practitioner and client experiences of change processes in Dramatherapy. Arts in Psychotherapy, 55, pp. 174-185. (doi:10.1016/j.aip.2017.05.007)

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Abstract

Objective: This study aims to investigate how dramatherapists and dramatherapy clients experience change in therapy and whether change processes identified are consistent across dramatherapeutic approaches. Method: Seven dramatherapists and seven dramatherapy clients were interviewed about their experiences of dramatherapy. Using a grounded theory method three core themes were constructed from the data. Results: The resulting core categories – 1. working within a safe distance; 2. the client being allowed and allowing self to play and try out new ways of being and 3. being actively involved in therapy: creating something visible and having physical experiences using the body, capture the experience of change for both dramatherapists and clients in therapy. Key change mechanisms were also proposed, these included: developing new awareness and finding a language to communicate. Main conclusions: A focus on developing new awareness and increased insight into self are important outcomes for therapy and need to be clearly communicated as such. Future research should include further exploration of the key themes identified and the client developing increased reflective functioning as a key change mechanism during dramatherapy.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Turnbull, Dr Susan and Gumley, Professor Andrew
Authors: Cassidy, S., Gumley, A., and Turnbull, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Arts in Psychotherapy
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0197-4556
ISSN (Online):1873-5878
Published Online:04 June 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Arts in Psychotherapy 55:174-185
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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