Text-based drama therapy and role: Development of a method for identity integration of adolescents exposed to trauma at a partial hospitalization program
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MA - Master of Arts
Dr. Jason Frydman
Trauma interacts with adolescent’s growing understanding of their identity, yet their formative intra- and interpersonal skills may need extra guidance while enrolled in partial hospitalization programs (PHPs). This capstone thesis utilized role method and a selected scene to help adolescents exposed to trauma with identity integration while at a PHP. Through researching adolescent development, trauma, identity, and interactions between those three factors, an intervention was devised to facilitate identity integration using a selected scene from a play independently created of the therapeutic group. The results indicated that there was reflection and perspective growth after the intervention was utilized. The scene might have become a container for experiences that could not be expressed fully, supportive of traumatic response, and allowed for identity understanding and integration.
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Coonan-Helmer, Daniel, "Text-based drama therapy and role: Development of a method for identity integration of adolescents exposed to trauma at a partial hospitalization program" (2023). Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses. 687.
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