Acting as Trauma-informed Adult Learning and Personal Development
Keywords:Trauma-Informed, Personal development, Psychodrama, Dramatherapy, Theatrotherapy, Therapeutic Theatre, Acting, Performance, Psycho-social development, Narrative Theatre, Trauma-informed positive education, Educational Theatre.
Trauma-informed theoretical and practice development are current directions in human
services, social work, teacher education, and other professions. There is evidence that adults
who participate in formal and informal education for arts and performance-based activities,
have experienced a traumatic event in their lives. This article outlines the first stage of an
ongoing research project on trauma and drama production processes that reviews some of
the academic literature exploring examples of how acting and performance has been used as
a form of trauma-informed personal development. This summary of relevant literature aims
to highlight acting, theatre, performance, and drama as possible creative arts therapy alternatives
within current social work practices, as they offer a non-threatening alternative to talking
therapies, highlighting that there is evidence of improvements in people’s social lives through
involvement in the creative arts.
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