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.

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