Drama Therapy & Expressive Arts Therapy A Demonstration & Discussion of Two Approaches to Therapy Through the Arts
Friday, February 17, 2012 at the ISIS Studio
Stephen Snow, an internationally-known drama therapist and Chair of the Creative Arts Therapies Department at Concordia University, gave a presentation to the public as a kick-off to the weekend teaching of the second year class.
In the Friday presentation, Stephen demonstrated a Drama Therapy Assessment method with the audience and then worked with ISIS faculty member Lesley Swartz, to explore how this method could lead to treatment. Ellen Levine, ISIS Canada Co-founder, commented on the work with Lesley to demonstrate how expressive arts principles and practices are both similar and different to drama therapy principles and practices.
The encounter between two leaders in their fields made for a stimulating and informative evening.
Stephen Snow, Ph.D, RDT-BCT has a special expertise in therapeutic theatre and, since 1985, had directed over 30 productions with various special needs groups in New York and Montreal. From 1998 to 2005, he was the Principal Investigator on a research project investigating the development of assessment tools though various arts media. This resulted in two co-edited and co-authored books, Assessment in the Creative Arts Therapies (C.C. Thomas, 2009)and Assessment in Drama Therapy (C.C. Thomas, 2011).
Ellen Levine, Ph.D. MSW, REAT, ATR-BC is a Senior Staff Social Worker at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre for Children’s Mental Health, where she works with children and adults in expressive arts therapy; she is also core faculty in the expressive arts programs at The European Graduate School. She is the author and editor of several books in the field of expressive arts therapy, including Tending the Fire: Studies in Art, Therapy and Creativity and Principles and Practice of Expressive Arts Therapy: Toward a Therapeutic Aesthetics.
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