Drama Therapy Faculty: Craig Haen

Craig Haen, Ph.D., RDT, CGP, LCAT, FAGPA

Professor of Drama Therapy

Email: CraigHaen@gmail.com

Craig Haen joined the faculty at NYU in 2011. Craig has extensive experience working with youth, adults, and families in shelters, community centers, hospitals, residential facilities, schools, and on Native American reservations. He is particularly active in the treatment of individuals and communities impacted by developmental, familial, interpersonal, and mass trauma.

Craig is presently in full-time private practice treating children, adolescents, adults and families in White Plains. He is contributing co-editor, with Anna Marie Weber, of Clinical Applications of Drama Therapy in Child and Adolescent Treatment and contributing editor of the 2011 book Engaging Boys in Treatment: Creative Approaches to the Therapy Process.

He serves on the Editorial Board for The Arts in Psychotherapy and the Editorial Committee for The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy.  In addition, he co-chairs the Child & Adolescent Special Interest Group and the Community Outreach Task Force for the American Group Psychotherapy Association.  He offers trainings both nationally and internationally, and also serves as adjunct faculty in the Expressive Therapies Ph.D. Program at Lesley University.

Degrees Held

  • BA
  • MA
  • PhD



  • Engaging Boys in Treatment: Creative Approaches to the Therapy Process. (Contributing Editor), Routledge Series on Psychotherapy with Boys & Men (2011).
  • Clinical Applications of Drama Therapy in Child and Adolescent Treatment. (Contributing Co-Editor, with Anna Marie Weber), Brunner-Routledge (2005).

Journal Special Issues:

  • The Creative Arts Therapies and Group Work (Contributing Co-Editor, with Joan Wittig), Group, 34(1).(2010).
  • Trauma and the Creative Arts Therapies (Contributing Editor), The Arts in Psychotherapy, 36(2).(2009).

Chapters and Articles:

  • Examining roles in children’s group therapy: The development of a dramaturgical role instrument to measure group process. (forthcoming).
  • Expressive therapy groups with chronically traumatized adolescents: Fostering change when safety is fleeting. In N. B. Webb (Ed.), Play and Expressive Therapies with Children and Adolescents in Crisis: Treatments for Stress, Anxiety, and Trauma (forthcoming).
  • Vanquishing monsters: Group drama therapy for treating trauma. In C. Malchiodi (Ed.), Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children (2nd ed.; forthcoming).
  • Exquisite corpse: On dissociation and intersubjectivity—Implications for trauma-informed drama therapy. In N. Sajnani & D. R. Johnson (Eds.), Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy: Transforming Clinics, Classrooms, and Communities with Maria Hodermarksa & Lucy McLellan. (2014).
  • Boys and therapy: The need for creative reformulation. In C. Haen (Ed.), Engaging Boys in Treatment: Creative Approaches to the Therapy Process (2011).
  • The therapeutic use of superheroes in the treatment of boys. In C. Haen (Ed.), Engaging Boys in Treatment: Creative Approaches to the Therapy Process (2011).
  • Group therapy on the edge: Adolescence, creativity & the anti-group. Group, 34(1) with Mandy Weil. (2010).
  • Beyond retribution: Working through revenge fantasies with traumatized young people. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 36(2) with Anna Marie Weber. (2009).
  • Vanquishing monsters: Drama therapy for treating childhood trauma in the group setting. In C. Malchiodi (Ed.), Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children. (2008).
  • Make me wanna holler: Dramatic encounters with boys from the inner-city. In V. Camilleri (Ed.), Healing the Inner-City Child: Creative Arts Therapies with At-Risk Youth. (2007).
  • Fear to tread: Play and drama therapy in the treatment of boys who have been sexually abused. In S. Brooke (Ed.), The Use of the Creative Therapies with Sexual Abuse Survivors. (2007).
  • Rebuilding security: Group therapy with children affected by September 11th. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 55(3). (2005).
  • Intervention strategies for treating traumatized siblings on a pediatric inpatient unit. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 75(3) with Timothy McGarvey. (2005).
  • The dramatherapeutic use of the superhero role with male clients. Dramatherapy, 24(1). (2002).
  • Superheroes, monsters and babies: Roles of strength, destruction and vulnerability for emotionally disturbed boys. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 29 (1) with Kenneth Brannon. (2002).   


  • Projective Techniques

Research Interests:

  • Group Process
  • Male Gender Issues
  • Intersubjectivity
  • Trauma

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