Drama Therapy Faculty: Craig Haen

Drama Therapy Faculty: Craig Haen

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

Professor of Drama Therapy

Email: scmh219@nyu.edu

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 in White Plains. He is co-founder and program director for the Kint Institute, a post-master's certificate program in the art and trauma treatment in New York City. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the Expressive Therapies PhD Program at Lesley University. In addition, Craig is co-chair of the American Group Psychotherapy Association’s Child/Adolescent Special Interest Group and its Community Outreach Task Force, which responds to trauma events in diverse communities.

He serves on the editorial boards for The Arts in Psychotherapy and The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy. His books include: Clinical Applications of Drama Therapy in Child and Adolescent Treatment, Handbook of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy, Engaging Boys in Treatment, and the forthcoming Creative Arts-Based Group Therapy with Adolescents. He was the 2014 recipient of the North American Drama Therapy Association’s Research Award. 

Degrees Held

  • BA
  • MA
  • PhD



  • Creative Arts-Based Group Therapy with Adolescents: Theory and Practice. (contributing co-editor, with Nancy Boyd Webb), Routledge (forthcoming).
  • Handbook of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy: A Practitioner’s Reference. (contributing co-editor, with Seth Aronson), Routledge (2017).
  • 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).

Selected Chapters and Peer-Reviewed Articles:

  • Resuscitating bodies: On deadness, trauma, and intersubjectivity. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 55. (2017).
  • Placing Landy and Bowlby in dialogue: Role and distancing theories through the lens of attachment. Drama Therapy Review, 3(1), with Kat Lee. (2017).
  • An integrative perspective on group therapy. In C. Haen & S. Aronson (Eds.), Handbook of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy. (2017).
  • Attachment-informed drama therapy with adolescents. In C. Holmwood & S. Jennings (Eds.), International Handbook of Dramatherapy, with Anna Marie Weber. (2016).
  • Advancing a dramaturgical theory of group process. Drama Therapy Review, 1(2). (2015).
  • 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 (4th ed.). (2015).
  • Vanquishing monsters: Group drama therapy for treating trauma. In C. Malchiodi (Ed.), Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children (2nd ed.). (2015).
  • Examining roles in children’s group therapy: Applying a dramaturgical role
    instrument to group process. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 41(5). (2014).
  • Exquisite corpse: On dissociation and intersubjectivity—Implications for trauma-informed drama therapy. In N. Sajnani & D. R. Johnson (Eds.), Trauma-Informed Drama Therapy, with Maria Hodermarksa & Lucy McLellan. (2014).
  • 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).
  • Make me wanna holler: Dramatic encounters with boys from the inner-city. In V. Camilleri (Ed.), Healing the Inner-City Child. (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).
  • 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:

  • Trauma
  • Attachment Theory
  • Group Process
  • Gender Identity
  • Intersubjectivity

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