The history, trends and future of North American drama therapy

Authored by: Andrew M. Gaines , Jason D. Butler

Routledge International Handbook of Dramatherapy

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

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


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In November of 1986, Richard Courtney presented a paper entitled ‘A Whole Theory of Drama Therapy’ to the National Association for Drama Therapy (NADT) at its seventh annual conference in San Francisco, California, at Antioch University wherein he concluded:

It would be a brave philosopher who tried to pigeon-hole such a field into one of the great traditions of the past … nor can it be classified as psychology or art, anthropology, or aesthetics. Rather, it rests firmly on a holistic attitude to human beings and the fundamental beliefs that:

dramatic action is a meaning-giving operation; and

persons can help one another to become more of human beings.

(Courtney 1986, p. 200)

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