Renée Emunah, director of the Drama Therapy program, received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Union Institute Graduate School; her M.A. from San Francisco State University (Special Major, combining Theater Arts and Clinical Psychology, 1979); a Certificate in Drama Therapy from Sesame Institute in London (1975); and her RDT (Registered Drama Therapist) in 1982. (She was among the first four drama therapists to become officially registered in the U.S.) Renée is a Board Certified Trainer of Drama Therapists (BCT) and the author of Acting for Real: Drama Therapy Process, Technique, and Performance (New York: Brunner/Mazel, 1994), as well as numerous articles and chapters on drama therapy. She is former president of the National Association for Drama Therapy and is serves on the editorial board of the international journal Arts in Psychotherapy. In 1996, she was honored with the Gertrud Schettner Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Drama Therapy.
Renée worked as a drama therapist with emotionally disturbed adolescents and adults for 15 years at Gladman Memorial Hospital. Her interest in the integration of healing, art, and education led her to found a theater company for former psychiatric patients, which she directed for six years.
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