New issue of Drama Therapy Review - now available!

 Intellect is delighted to announce that the latest issue of Drama Therapy Review (3.1) is now available.

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This special issue of Drama Therapy Review is devoted entirely to the pioneering work of Robert J. Landy, Ph. D., RDT-BCT. As the founding Director of the New York University Program in Drama Therapy, the first State approved training program of its kind in North America established in 1984, Landy laid a foundation for the training of drama therapists. After 38 years of teaching at the university, he has chosen to retire, though his insights about how drama and performance is healing will continue to inform the theory and praxis of drama therapy. Drama Therapy Review chooses to honour this milestone with this special issue.

Articles within this issue include (partial list):

Placing Landy and Bowlby in dialogue: Role and distancing theories through the lens of attachment

Authors: Craig Haen and Kat Lee

Page Start: 45

This article highlights the clinical implications for integrating Robert Landy’s role and distancing theories with John Bowlby’s attachment theory. Theoretical underpinnings of these approaches are presented as authors explore parallels and divergences between them. The authors provide case material illustrating the implementation of Role Theory in attachment-based interventions and the use of distancing theory in attachment-informed psychotherapy. Benefits of using the theories in a mutually informed practice are discussed in an aim to encourage integrative treatment.

A case study on the application of the Role Method in a therapeutic theatre production at National Taiwan University of Arts

Authors: Hsiao-Hua Chang

Page Start: 63

This article presents an account of Dr Robert Landy’s influence on the evolution of drama therapy in Taiwan and at the National Taiwan University of Arts. It includes case examples of two therapeutic theatre projects, which led to important insights into the use of the Role Method to develop and organize a therapeutic performance. The inclusion of a therapeutic theatre project in the training of drama therapists is now a part of our standard practice.

Addicted to crisis: Exploring the symptoms of an addicted work system using the lens of Role Theory

Authors: Danielle Bragg Levanas

Page Start: 113

Professionals working in mental health care and addiction treatment systems may unknowingly adopt, reflect and mimic the symptoms of their clients. This parallel process, combined with the vicarious trauma encountered within the system, can lead to staff compassion fatigue, burnout and unethical practices, all contributing to a breakdown in client care. Using the lens of Landy’s (1993, 1994, 2008, 2009) drama therapeutic Role Theory, along with Wegscheider-Cruse’s (1981) Family Roles, this article examines possibilities that exist for an embodied understanding of vicarious trauma and parallel process found at the systems level, in an effort to offer direct care workers a better understanding of the implicit and disembodied roles they play.

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