‘Dramatherapists believe that they must be both artist and therapist’

An exploration

Authored by: Alida Gersie

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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This chapter focuses on the fifth point of the definition of dramatherapy as formulated by the newly established British Association of Dramatherapy (BADTh) in 1977. It confidently asserts that, ‘Dramatherapists believe that they must be both artist and therapist’. Some time before 1982, Point 5 simply ceased to be part of BADTh’s definition of dramatherapy. No protest was raised. It never reappeared. Here I will discuss what might have inspired its original inclusion. I close by considering its contemporary relevance.

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