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Document Typology: Newspaper / Magazine article
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Dramatotherapy in care of persons with mental disorders.
Name of author(s): Katarína Majzlanová
Name of publisher: Acta Universitatis Olomoucensis Facultas Paedagogica
Language of the publication: Slovak
Language of the review: English
The methodology of dramthotherapy is presented in the special magazine. The study brings the priciples and possible utilization to support memory and cognitive skills as well as it can serve as a tool for socialization of the senior citizens
Socialization is very important issue in the care of people who are in a sense at the edge of the society and have no opportunities to receive these skills in contact with majority population in daily contacting. Therefore this article is aimed at the possibilities of dramtotherapy as a tool for utilization for these groups of people. Dramatotherapy and its benefits are described as improvement of cognittive functions, orientation in social situations and social sensitivity, communication and assertive skills. The ways of utilization are suggested as well as the possible target groups to whom it can be suggested.
Dramatotherapy as a new tool is presented for utilizaion in various setting, also the qualification for the leaders of the dramatotherapy is depicted.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
Dramatotherapy ( known as creative drama) was founded after the World War II in Amersfoot as a therapy for children that lost their parents in the war. Nowadays dramatotherapy is used in some western countries (Holland, England) in institutions for mentally handicapped individuals, in psychiatrie clinics (mostly for the treatment of neurotic patients). It is also used for children with behaviour disorders or for children from threatened families.
Creative drama works with the individual’s phantasy and helps to improve cognittive functions, orientation in social situations and social sensitivity, communication and assertive skills (M. Valenta, 1994). Wild spectrum of drama educational influence offers a lot of options for its creative use for health, handicapped, neurogenic, threatened (unfavourable environment), health impaired and hospitalized children (teenagers and adults) placed in educational insitutions and care homes.
Dramatotherapy can bring new dimension in the care of mentally affected people and develop their mental and social skills. It is recommnedable tool to use it in the care of mentally affected people.
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