Casson: Drama, Psychotherapy and Psychosis


Casson: Drama, Psychotherapy and Psychosis

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John CassonDrama, Psychotherapy and PsychosisDramatherapy and Psychodrama with People Who Hear VoicesForeword by: Zerka Moreno2004, Hardcover, 285 pages"Drama, Psychotherapy and Psychosis" explores the use of drama and theatre in the challenging area of working with people who hear voices, focusing especially on survivors of abuse and those diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia. In examining the often baffling and frightening world of psychosis the book offers alternative models of madness and the self, which form the basis for therapeutic interventions. Illustrated by case histories and examples of practice, this book provides a description and analysis of voice hearing. Chapters cover areas including:* historical perspectives on psychosis and hearing voices * group psychodrama * dramatherapy with individuals.Drama, Psychotherapy and Psychosis demonstrates how creative action methods can be helpful to those who hear voices. It provides guidelines for good practice; essential to all those interested in promoting the safe use of these methods in therapy. Related link: Free Email Alerting Contents:-- Zerka Moreno, Foreword. -- Introduction. -- Psychosis and Hearing Voices 1: A Historical Perspective. -- Psychosis and Hearing Voices 2: Making Sense of Voices. -- Psychosis and Hearing Voices 3: Models of Madness. -- Theatre, Madness and Healing. -- The Twentieth Century: Theatrotherapy, Psychodrama and Dramatherapy. -- Dramatherapy with Individuals: Finding a Voice and Telling Stories. -- The Wave and the Whelm: Distance and Empowerment. -- Individual Dramatherapy: Cheryll.-- The Theatre Model of the Self. -- Group Dramatherapy. -- Individual Psychodrama: Harry. -- Group Psychodrama. -- What is Helpful and not Helpful in Dramatherapy and Psychodrama. -- Guidelines for Good Practice. -- Dr. Sue Jennings, Afterword. Author Biography:John Casson, PhD, began his career in the theatre as puppeteer, mask maker, playwright, performer. He studied shamanism and trained as a dramatherapist (1980-1983). He then trained in psychodrama and worked for ten years in an NHS Mental Health Service. He was a founder member of the Northern Trust for Dramatherapy and is a senior trainer in the Northern School of Psychodrama. He is now working part-time as a psychodrama psychotherapist and dramatherapist at the Bowness High Dependency Unit (NHS), Prestwich Hospital, Manchester, UK.
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