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    Dance and Dramatherapy providing a Facilitating Environment for the Physically Disabled

    O'Donnell, Mary (2004) Dance and Dramatherapy providing a Facilitating Environment for the Physically Disabled. Masters thesis, National University of Ireland Maynooth.

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    This case study consists of a closed group of ten adults with physical disabilities including brain injury. They range in age from 35 years to 60 years of age. I refer specifically to year three of an ongoing practice. At this time the group transitioned from a Drama to a Dramatherapy practice. The process evolved over 20 weeks duration. The methodology will take the form of an extended case study of the group practice. The purpose of the research is to answer the question as shown. Toward that end my approach will be: To present evidence of group process, the story that unfolded. To show the reader the link between the research problem, the methods used and the results. To Identify where, and from whom data was collected and how the theory emerged from the data. Data collection strategies include: The recording of observations of participant and myself as therapist, group Interviews, video tape recordings, and staff interviews. The work under discussion will be informed within a substantive theoretical framework of contemporary dramatherapy, dance and disability theory. Some reference will be made to neuropsychology relevant to understanding social relationships and most recent research on the environmental influence on human cell and brain function and attachment theory. Applying phenomenology to research, client’s will attempt to get as dose as possible to their own experience and the experience of the group and therapist’s journey together and elucidate the meaning of these experiences. In so doing the evidence will demonstrate that the facilitating environment of which Winnicott spoke can be provided. This study will have direct application to the creation of greater access to Dramatherapy for this client group and will move knowledge in this field a little further along.

    Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
    Keywords: Dance; Dramatherapy; Physically Disabled;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies
    Item ID: 5213
    Depositing User: IR eTheses
    Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2014 09:03
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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