A bridge over troubled waters

‘Play can break the mask of silence’

Authored by: Ioana Serb , Magdalena Cernea

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.ch6

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Abstract

Any description of dramatherapy and play therapy in Romania has to take into account the social and historical context, in particular the backdrop of a very harsh communist regime. Romania went through a long period of restriction, isolation and lack of information, as Communism created segregation between our society and the progress made by Western culture. Psychology and related areas were ostracised by a totalitarian, persecutive political regime, to the point where the university specialization of psychology was closed in 1977, and the Institute of Psychology and Pedagogy Studies was closed in 1982.

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