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Freedom and possibility are two key words that begin to describe the essence of drama therapy. Life is finite; there are only so many experiences we can have. But in drama, the opportunities and options are endless, enabling us to dive more deeply into the richness of life. And when the dramas are authentic and "real," they have the power to affect, and even alter, our real lives profoundly. For the past thirty years, we have been investigating how therapeutically adapted dramatic processes work over time to heal wounds, facilitate lasting change, and help people reach their highest potential.

-Renée Emunah, Program Founder/Director

The program allowed me to tap into the limitless storehouse of compassion, imagination, play, and resiliency inside of me and helped me channel all that into my fullest potential as a therapist and human being. It was an all-encompassing and transformative experience. As a storyteller, scholar, and now clinician, the impacts of the Drama Therapy program at CIIS will continue to serve me professionally and reverberate through me and those with whom I come into contact.

-Aileen Cho, Program Alumna, MA (2012)

The CIIS Drama Therapy program is one of only several master's programs in the United States both regionally accredited and approved by the North American Drama Therapy Association, and is one of only a handful of such programs in the world. Furthermore, we are the only program that offers a path to national licensure (LPCC). CIIS is internationally recognized as housing one of the world's most highly developed and rigorous training programs for drama therapists. Our graduates lead the LMFT exam pass rates.


Admission opens November 15th, 2016. All application materials need to be submitted by January 15th, 2017. Interviews will take place on February 24th, March 3rd, and March 5th.

COME TO OUR INFORMATION SESSION: SATURDAY DECEMBER 3, 2:30 - 4:30 PM AT CIIS IN ROOM 565. Faculty, students, and graduates will offer presentations. Come meet us, and hear us speak about the program and the field.

RSVP here or contact our admissions counselor, Christopher Ho, for more information: cho@ciis.edu

Come see our graduating students give self-revelatory performances on December 8th and 9th.  Contact Travis DiRuzza, Program Coordinator, for more information: tdiruzza@ciis.edu

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