Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Tomoyo Kawano


This exploration aimed to explore the benefits of the drama therapy method, Developmental Transformations with adults on an adult inpatient short term unit. Five sessions of developmental transformations were lead by two drama therapy clinical interns as part of the expressive therapies group offered to patients. The group was open to any patients that were not actively psychotic and participation was voluntary. Patient responses and group leader responses to each session were recorded in a journal and artistic responses were also created. The findings fit into four themes: joy, inhibition vs. freedom, danger vs. safety, and distress tolerance. This exploration demonstrated the value in developmental transformations on a short term adult psychiatric unit, as an intervention for improving mood, practicing distress tolerance, and reducing maladaptive patterns of cognition, emotion, and behavior.

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