The book is optimistic in spirit and clearly written. This book should be read by art therapists who work with the learning disabled, especially if there is a dramatherapist on their team. As well as giving a clear and coherent account of dramatherapy for this client group the book demonstrates the value of creative flexibility.
A comfortable balance is struck between theory and practice, with effective use of examples to support descriptions of methodology. The style of the book is straightforward, accessible and goes a long way towards demystifying the dramatherapist's techniques. The book reveals how dramatherapy may be used effectively in clinical contexts with the learning disabled. All told, this is an insightful, "unprecious" contribution to the drama and special needs library.
The style of the book is refreshingly straightforward, accessible and goes a long way towards demystifying the dramatherapist's techniques - reveals how dramatherapy may be used effectively in clinical contexts with the learning disabled... this is an insightful, "unprecious" contribution to the drama and special needs library.
...the central message of the book in using drama as a vehicle to support personal growth and change is an important one.
...a clear and detailed exploration of the uses of dramatherapy for people with learning disabilities...a fascinating and stimulating mixture of theory and practice...of value to anyone concerned with enriching the lives of people with learning disabilities.
This is a well-written book that offers insights into both dramatherapy and the world of institutionalized adults; it will thus be valuable not only to dramatherapists, but to all those who work with the mentally retarded. In fact, its appeal is likely to be universal because of Chesner's sensitivity as a therapist and the thoughtfulness of her case descriptions.