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Drama Therapy (28-35 units), View Course Descriptions

We are currently in the process of digitizing our theses. View a list with available abstracts, a sample thesis from a previous student, or request a full thesis.

 
Course # Course Title

MPADT-GE 2114

Introduction to Drama Therapy

MPADT-GE 2109

Drama Therapy for Clinical Populations

MPADT-GE 2115

Psychodrama and Sociometry

MPADT-GE 2121

Theatre Aesthetics: Therapeutic Theatre

MPADT-GE 2117

Projective Techniques in Drama Therapy

MPADT-GE 2119

Advanced Theory and Research in Drama Therapy (including thesis preparation)

MPADT-GE 2302

Internship in Drama Therapy: Lab

MPADT-GE 2303

Internship in Drama Therapy: Lecture

MPADT-GE 2130

Ethics in Drama Therapy

MPADT-GE 2100

Intro to Arts Based Research

MPADT-GE 2110

Developmental Transformations (DvT)

MPADT-GE 2125

Advanced Psychodrama & Sociometry (not currently a required course but highly advised)

MPADT-GE 2134

Advanced Role Theory/Role Method (not currently a required course but highly advised)

MPADT-GE 2105

Cross-Cultural Awareness for Creative Arts Therapy & Arts Education

Counseling and Psychology (15-18 units)

 
Course # Course Title

APSY-GE 2038

Abnormal Psychology

APSY-GE 2657

Individual Counseling: Theory and Process

APSY-GE 2138

Human Growth and Development

APSY-GE 2620

Group Dynamics: Theory and Practice

APSY-GE 2658

Individual Counseling: Practice I

APSY-GE 2682

Cross Cultural Counseling

Educational Theatre (5 units are recommended for those who do not have sufficient undergraduate experience in theatre or may be taken as general electives) may be chosen from the following:

 
Course # Course Title

MPAET-GE 2021/2022

Development of Theatre and Drama

MPAET-GE 2059

Creative Play in the Arts

MPAET-GE 2193/2194

Drama in Education

MPAET-GE 2090

Theatre-In-Education Practices

MPAET-GE 2113

Physical Theatre Improv

MPAET-GE 2965

Intro to Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed

Elective Courses (by advisement) chosen from such courses as:

 
Course # Course Title

APSY-GE 2840

Play and Drama Therapy with Children and Adolescents (this is not a requirement but highly advised for all who plan to specialize in working with children.)

ARTT-GE 2010

Introduction to Art Therapy

MPADE-GE 2502

Introduction to Dance Therapy

MPAMT-GE 1046

Introduction to Music Therapy

APSY-GE 2684

Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling

In accordance with New York State regulations, all points used toward graduation for the masters degree must be at the .2000-level.

Course Descriptions

MPADT-GE 2114 Introduction to Drama Therapy

An introduction to the theory and practice of drama therapy as a means of treating individuals with emotional, physical, social, and developmental disabilities.

MPADT-GE 2109 Drama Therapy for Clinical Populations

Principles, objectives, and techniques of drama therapy are examined in relationship to the needs of clinical populations. Practical applications are discussed and demonstrated in class. Supervised fieldwork is arranged.

MPADT-GE 2115 Psychodrama and Sociometry

The practices of psychodrama and sociometry are examined as treatment modalities for use in drama therapy. Classroom experiences include participation in the psychodramatic process, group leadership training, and the further development of the aims and principles of drama therapy.

MPADT-GE 2121 Adv. Practices in Drama Therapy: Playback, Therapeutic Theatre and Developmental Transformations

A practical application of the aims and principles of Therapeutic Theatre and leadership of groups. Focus is on selected methods and theoretical frameworks.

MPADT-GE 2117 Projective Techniques

The practice of selected projective techniques used frequently in drama therapy, such as puppetry, mask, makeup, and video. Projective techniques are demonstrated in class and examined theoretically. Applications to special and normal populations.

MPADT-GE 2119 Adv. Theory & Research in Drama Therapy

An examination of advanced drama therapy theory and research; new approaches that speak to the aesthetic and psychological dimensions of drama therapy. Intended for students planning research for the M.A. thesis.

MPADT-GE 2100 Intro to Arts Based Research

An introduction to arts-based research methodologies and procedures designed for first-year graduate students in the creative arts therapies, inter-disciplinary arts majors, educational theatre and applied psychology. Topics include the process of arts-based research, the fundamentals of art-based research design, and the use of new media technologies in research design. Course helps prepare students for the subsequent writing of their theses.

MPADT-GE 2125 Advanced Psychodrama & Sociometry

This course will provide students with hands-on experience facilitating action interventions in psychodrama, such as creating contracts, scene setting, training auxiliaries, the walk & talk, directing the psychodrama vignette & psychodrama with individuals. Upon completion of Psychodrama & Sociometry & Advanced Psychodrama & Sociometry, the student will have accrued sufficient hours of training to begin psychodrama practicum.

MPADT-GE 2110 Theatre Aesthetics: DvT

Introduction to and practical application of the aims and principles of Developmental Transformations as a modality.

MPADT-GE 2134 Advanced Role Theory/Role Method

The course is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of role theory and role method in drama therapy. The theoretical part of the course will provide an overview of sociological and theatrical theory as source material for drama therapy role theory. The theoretical model known as the Taxonomy of Roles will be studied and analyzed. The applied part of the course will introduce students to the clinical applications of role method in working with a range of challenging conditions based in mental status, cognition, socioeconomic conditions and life stressors. In addition, students will be exposed to the extant research literature on role theory and method in the field of drama therapy.

MPADT-GE 2105 Cross-Cultural Awareness for Creative Arts Therapy & Arts Education

This course develops cultural awareness and responsiveness of creative arts therapists and community educators. Using embodied practice and theory, the course explores intersections of race, class, sexuality, gender, age, ability, religion, immigration, and other cultural identity markers (visible and invisible). Students examine the impact of intersections and ostracisms as practitioners on their own personal and professional lives, as well as those of clients and group participants. Competencies are taught through action methods, Theatre of the Oppressed, lecture/discussion.