Positive Impact of Drama Therapy Workshops on Development of Social Skills

Author: Anita Stefańska
Institution: Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan
Year of publication: 2015
Source: Show
Pages: 80-94
DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/kie.2015.02.05
PDF: kie/108/kie10805.pdf

Nowadays, there is a growing need for reflection on the role of drama therapy workshops because of an immense interest in art therapy in general in social or psycho-pedagogical work aimed to support the development of social abilities, in particular communications skills. Therapeutic aspects of art are connected with its impact on psyche, and thus the intensification of specific cognitive, emotional and motivational processes. This paper emphasises personal growth of the participant in relation with a group. In workshop activities, especially during improvisation, the ability to undertake and strengthen positive relations is developing. Reorganization and integration of participants’ attitudes, resulting in better interpersonal relationships, are shown to occur during drama therapy workshops. New attitudes or acquired skills may become for many of them an encouragement to further explorations, an indication of a framework for increased engagement in social interactions.


  • Barba E., Teatr-kultura [Theatre-Culture, in: The Floating Islands, Holstebro 1979], “Dialog” 1980, No. 5.
  • Boala A., Games for Actors and Non-Actors, London 1992.
  • Buber M., O Ja i Ty [About Me and You] [in:] Filozofia dialogu [Philosophy of Dialogue], B. Baran (ed.), Kraków 1991.
  • Corbett B., Brief Report: Theatre as Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, “Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders” 2011, Vol. 41, Issue 4.
  • Emunah R., Acting for Real, New York 1994.
  • Emunah R., Johnson D., The Impact of Theatrical Performance on the Self-images of Psychiatric Patients, “The International Journal of Arts in Psychotherapy” 1983, No. 10.
  • Gmitrowicz A., Rola arteterapii w psychiatrii [The Role of Art Therapy in Psychiatry] [in:] Znaczenie arteterapii w psychiatrii polskiej [The Importance of Art Therapy in Polish Psychiatry], A. Gmitrowicz, W. Karolak (eds.), Łódź 2000.
  • Goleman D., Inteligencja emocjonalna [Emotional Intelligence], Poznań 1997.
  • Hogan S., The Art Therapy Continuum: A Useful Tool for Envisaging the Diversity of Practice in British Art Therapy, “International Journal of Art Therapy” 2009, Vol. 14, No. 1.
  • Jennings S.E., Dramatherapy with Children and Adolescents, London 1994.
  • Jennings S.E., Models of Practice in Dramatherapy, “Dramatherapy” 1983, Vol. 7, Issue 1.
  • Jennings S.E., Playing for Real, “International Play Journal” 1995, No. 3.
  • Johnson D., Expressive Group Therapy with the Elderly: A Drama Therapy Approach, “International Journal of Group Psychotherapy” 1985, No. 1.
  • Johnson D., On the Therapeutic Action of the Creative Arts Therapies: The Psychodynamic Model, “International Journal of Arts in Psychotherapy” 1998, No. 25.
  • Johnson D.R., The Theory and Technique of Transformations in Drama Therapy, “The Arts in Psychotherapy” 1991, Vol. 18.
  • Jones P., Drama as Therapy: Theory, Practice and Research, London 2007.
  • Kapuściński R., Autoportret reportera [Self-portrait of the Reporter], Kraków 2003.
  • Karkou V., Arts Therapies in Schools: Research and Practice, London 2009.
  • Karkou V., Sanderson P., Arts Therapies a Research Based Map of the Field, Edinburgh 2006.
  • Kellermann P., Focus on Psychodrama: The Therapeutic Aspects of Psychodrama, London 1992.
  • Knapp A., Twórczość zbiorowa - utopia czy nowy język teatralny [Collective Creation - Utopia or a New Theatrical Language] [in:] Sztuka otwarta, wspólnota, kreacja, teatr [Open Art, Community, Creation, Theatre], A. Kamiński (ed.), Wrocław 1977.
  • Kopytin A., The Development of Art Therapy in Russian Federation [in:] SPOLEČNY PROSTOR ~ COMMON SPACE ~ Общее пространство. Sbornik přispěvků z conference [COMMON SPACE. A Collection of Speeches from the Conference], M. Friedlova (ed.), Olomouc 2013.
  • Kopytin A.I., Svistovskaja E.E., Art Therapy of Children and Adolescents / Art-terapiya detey i podrostkov, Moskwa 2010.
  • Kowalczyk M., Teatr w świadomości uczniów (1985 - 1990) [Theatre in the Awareness of Students (1985 - 1990)], Warszawa 1995.
  • Krasoń K., Cielesność aktora - transgresyjna idea rozpadu czy rekonstruowania sensu [Corporeality of the Actor - Transgressive Idea of Decomposition or Reconstruction of Meaning] [in:] Spektakl jako wydarzenie i doświadczenie [Performance as an Event and Experience], I. Jejte-Lewkowicz, J. Michałowska (eds.), Łódź 2010.
  • Kratochvil S., Podstawy psychoterapii [Basics of Psychotherapy], Poznań 2003.
  • Landy R.J., Drama Therapy. Concepts, Theories and Practices, Springfield-Illinois 1994.
  • McCarthy J., Light J., Instructional Effectiveness of an Integrated Theatre Arts Program for Children Using Augmented and Alternative Communication and Their Nondisabled Peers: Preliminary Study, “Augmentive and Alternative Communication” 2001, Vol. 17, No. 2.
  • Nowakowska M., Dramaterapia i gra [The Dramatherapy and the Play], “Czasopismo Psychologiczne” [The Psychological Journal] 2006, Vol. 12, No. 1.
  • Orlik-Marciniak E., Świat gier i jego znaczenie dla rozwoju dzieci i dorosłych [World of Games and Its Importance for the Development of Children and Adults] [in:] Wspomaganie rozwoju: psychostymulacja i psychokorekcja [Suporting Development: Psycho-stimulation and Psycho-creation], B. Kaja (ed.), Bydgoszcz 2000.
  • Paica I., Mārtinsone K., Karkou V., The Practice of Arts Therapies in Latvia: Findings From a Nation-wide Survey, [in:] Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference. ARTS THERAPY: REALITIES AND PROSPECTS, N. Bražienė (ed.), Ryga 2013.
  • Pavis P., Słownik terminów teatralnych [Glossary of Theatrical Terms], WrocławWarszawa-Kraków 1998.
  • Peter M., Drama, Narrative and Early Learning, “British Journal of Special Education” 2003, No. 30(1), doi: 10.1111/1467 - 8527.00277 [access date: 16.06.14].
  • Robbins A., A Multi-model Approach to Creative Art Therapy, London-Bristol 1994.
  • Rogers C., On Becoming a Person: A Therapist’s View of Psychotherapy, London 1961.
  • Rogers N., Sacred Space: Using Expressive Arts to Bulid Community, “Earth Circles” 1993, Vol. 4, No. 3.
  • Rogers N., The Creative Connection: Expressive Arts as Healing, Palo Alto 1993.
  • Rutkowiak J., O dialogu edukacyjnym. Rusztowanie kategorialne [About the Educational Dialogue. Categorical Staging] [in:] Pytanie - dialog - wychowanie [Question - Dialogue - Upbringing], J. Rutkowiak (ed.), Warszawa 1992.
  • Stasiakiewicz M., Proces twórczy jako zdobywanie kompetencji działania [The Creative Process as the Acquisition of Action Competences] [in:] Twórczość w teorii i praktyce [Creation in Theory and Practice], S. Popek (ed.), Lublin 2004.
  • Stefańska A., Teatroterapia jako metoda kształtowania poczucia godności u osób niepełnosprawnych intelektualnie [Dramatherapy as a Method of Shaping a Sense of Dignity in People with Intellectual Disabilities], Poznań-Kalisz 2012.
  • Straś-Romanowska M., Status poznawczy kategorii „osoba” we współczesnej psychologii rozwoju. Zarys problemu z perspektywy psychologicznej i filozoficznej [Cognitive Status of a Category of a „Person” in Contemporary Development Psychology. Outline of the Problem from the Psychological and Philosophical Perspective], “Psychologia Rozwojowa” [Development Psychology] 2002, No. 7.
  • Valenta M., Dramaterapie [Dramatherapy], Praha 2011.
  • Valenta M., Strukturierte dramatherapeutische Projekte in der Sonderpädogogik [Structured Dramatherapeutic Projects in Special Education] [in:] Integrations - Sonderpädagogik und Europa [Integration - Special Education and Europe], W. Sassi, M. Vitkova, N. Stormer (eds.), Bad Heilbrunn 2004.

change and development communication dialogue improvisation social skills workshop drama therapy

Message to:



© 2017 Adam Marszałek Publishing House. All rights reserved.

Projekt i wykonanie Pollyart