Workshop : Introduction to Drama Therapy
By: Vanitha Chandrasegaram

Dramatherapy is the use of Drama and Creative Arts in Psychotherapy. The element of pretense that is inherent in drama allows the client to be able to work on difficult concerns from a safe distance. It is about creatively exploring and working through emotions and thoughts, in a safe and contained space. It is not about being good in drama or acting. It embodies and offers the use of most art forms in its application. 


A dramatherapist may use various creative tools such as story making, object work, movements/dance, working with the imagination, drama games, embodying characters, puppetry, acting, voice work, masks, art work and music. It has the ability to work within the framework of most theories of psychology.

Date : 1st December 2019
Time : 4 – 5.30 pm
Venue : Taranga
Event Number: 14
Age : 15 & Above

In summary, Dramatherapy is a confluence of the arts, psychology, creativity, play and improvisation. It allows the client to actually have FUN during therapy, while working through their challenges! 

Dramatherapy can be used to work with people who experience: 

  • mental health challenges, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, dementia and personality disorders; 
  • abuse 
  • grief and trauma 
  • difficulty coping with physical illness and the process of recovery 
  • relationship difficulties 
  • low self-esteem and low confidence 
  • problems with communications and social skills 
  • Learning disabilities 
  • any other life stresses

Biography of Speaker

Vanitha Chandrasegaram has conducted Dramatherapy Skills Training in, Australia, Lebanon, India and in Malaysia. Her experience includes working with individuals and groups who has experienced abuse, learning disabilities, mental health, emotional, relationship challenges and various other life challenges. She has worked with individuals and groups ranging from 3 to 90 years old. She has also headed a home for over 70 underprivileged children from ages 4 to 16.

She has presented in Conferences and facilitated workshops/training in UK, USA, India, Lebanon, Australia and Iceland. Her work has been published in professional journals in the UK, and in a book titled “Drama as Therapy” 2nd ed., by Phil Jones. She had also lectured in various colleges and universities and taught Theatre for Seniors at for the U3A (University for the 3rd Age) at UPM. She has facilitated trainings in corporate companies. She uses drama for personal development programs for children and adults. Vanitha is also a certified yoga instructor.





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