The development of Korean drama therapy

From a latecomer to the leading special practical human science in arts therapy

Authored by: Miri Park

Routledge International Handbook of Dramatherapy

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138829725
eBook ISBN: 9781315728537
Adobe ISBN: 9781317543213

10.4324/9781315728537.ch1

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Abstract

Where drama exists, so does drama therapy. However, it has only been a decade since drama therapy has been acknowledged as an academic specialty in Korea. It started spontaneously with two different groups – the first group included students who studied drama therapy in the USA and UK; the second group involved drama and psychodrama specialists in Korea. Ever since its introduction, it has developed at a significantly rapid pace compared with other countries, mainly owing to the unique cultural background of Korea. Koreans are open-minded about accepting new theories and practices in the academic field; therefore, various alternative medicines have been adopted without intense resistance. In addition, owing to the positive, dynamic nature of Koreans, the medical effect of other forms of therapy, such as art therapy, music therapy and dance and movement therapy, had already been widely acknowledged, even before the introduction of drama therapy.

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