Autobiographical work in individual dramatherapy

Dramatherapy requires an expertise in the translation of autobiographical material into ‘creative patterns’ that would help clients deconstruct unhelpful behaviors, voice alternative aspects so that old narratives can be transformed, and restore broken bonds with healthy psychological mechanisms. In individual work, these creative patterns are molded by the dramatherapist on the spot, in constant correspondence with theoretical frameworks and notions. In fact, the arts and craft of dramatherapy work involves an ability to channel emergent autobiographical material into unique creative structures.

In this workshop participants will experience a variety of creative patterns that can be adapted to various dramatherapeutic situations. Drawing on Schechner’s notion of ‘performance activities’, participants will learn to create patterns connected to play, ritual, games, theatre/dance/music, and sports, in order to suit the client’s preferred genre. In addition, patterns will be devised to transform autobiographical material into Jenning’s EPR structures. 


Leading: Susana Pendzik, PhD

Open to: dramatherapists, creative arts-therapists, proffessional in the mental health & social work fields with some knowledge of the arts & dramatherapy students

Languages: english | translation into german and french


May 20 - 21, 2017


St.Gallen, Switzerland


CHF 550 | plus accommondation and meals