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PDT 5501: Drama Therapy Theory (3 units)

An exploration of the theoretical foundations of drama therapy, as well as an examination of its major theorists, approaches, and core constructs, such as play, role, ritual, improvisation, embodiment, projection, and aesthetic distance. Students study the interface of drama therapy with social justice work and other forms of psychotherapy, as well as variations of approach used with diverse populations and their presenting challenges.

PDT 5602: Drama Therapy Process and Technique (3 units)

An experiential course demonstrating the process and progression of a drama therapy series from the establishment of a playful, creative environment to the development of in-depth personal and interpersonal work. Students experience Renée Emunah's Integrative Five Phase Model of Drama Therapy and are introduced to self-revelatory performance.

PDT 5603: Drama Therapy Practice (3 units)

An examination of clinical and practical issues in drama therapy, including working with resistance, making interventions within the dramatic mode, directing and developing scene work in accordance with therapeutic objectives and applying drama therapy methods in a variety of contexts. Through the use of role-play and video feedback, students develop skills in leadership.

PDT 5605: Psychodrama (3 units)

Theory and practice of psychodrama as a therapeutic tool with groups, families, couples, and individuals. Participants experience the roles of protagonist, auxiliary, and director. The efficacy of various warm-ups and techniques with different populations are examined.

PDT 5607: Special Methods in Drama Therapy I: Developmental Transformations (1 unit)

An experiential introduction to a developmental drama therapy approach that emphasizes improvisation, embodied free association and elucidation of imagery and metaphor as a means of exploring clinical material.  The diverse theoretical roots of this approach, ranging from existentialism to Grotowski, are also explored.

PDT 5614: Advanced Improvisation and Playback Theater (1 unit)

An experiential course involving the refinement of improvisational acting skills and ensemble work.  A focus on the playback theater form, which transforms personal stories told by audience members into improvised theater pieces on the spot, incorporating music, movement, ritual, and spoken improvisation.  Students will perform playback in the community.

PDT 5626: Individual Drama Therapy (1 unit)

A practical/clinical examination of the application of drama therapy with individual clients, including: shifting between and integrating verbal and dramatic methods in one-on-one work; engaging the individual client over the course of a multiphased therapeutic relationship; and balancing the consideration of clinical, cultural, social, existential, and relational needs in providing attuned approaches within the dramatic medium.

PDT 5627: Trauma and Resilience: Embodied Approaches to Treatment (1 unit)

An exploration of the efficacy of drama therapy approaches in addressing vital issues of safety and containment, modulated distance, desensitization, somatic experiencing, and the cultivation of resilience in treating various traumatic disorders. Current research in neurophysiology, attachment theory, and therapeutic applications of mindfulness and other body-oriented expressive arts therapies are considered.

PDT 5628: Advanced Integrative Five Phase Model of Drama Therapy (1 unit)

A seminar exploring: the use of the Integrative Five Phase Model of Drama Therapy in various clinical contexts (including brief therapy) and with different populations and age groups; the significance of flow and progression in drama therapy; methods of scene intervention; and research ideas for developing, applying, and expanding this model.

PDT 6604: Drama Therapy and Social Change (2 units)

An exploration of the transformative power of drama therapy in the social context, and of the role of the drama therapist as agent of social change and justice. Four approaches to the use of drama and social issues are examined: Healing the Wounds of History, Sociodrama, Theatre of the Oppressed, and World Work. A focus on how change occurs in groups, organizations, societies, and nations.

PDT 6607: Special Methods: Advanced Developmental Transformations (1 unit)

The work introduced in PDT 5607 is deepened as students learn to integrate additional theoretical understanding and clinical experience into the application of this method.  Nuances of the dramatic "play space" are explored in relation to expanding the therapeutic relationship with the "drama therapist in role."

PDT 7700: Integrative Seminar: Final Project (4 units)

A seminar integrating two years of study in the process, theory, and practice of drama therapy, and culminating in a final project that may include either a self-revelatory performance, a theoretical paper/article, a therapeutic performance that the student directs, or a DVD documenting a drama therapy treatment series.

PDT 8888: Special Topics in Drama Therapy (1-3 units)

Occasional courses offered by faculty regarding their current interests and research. For example, Self-Care for Therapists: Mindful and Embodied Approaches explores, through a combination of embodied and contemplative practices, how therapists can balance emotional availability to clients with the cultivation of healthy energetic boundaries.

MCPD 5604: Group Dynamics Using Creative Arts Therapies (2 units)

Examination of basic theories of group dynamics. Exploration of group process through group interaction, didactic analysis, and synthesis. Overview of the field of creative arts therapy, with an emphasis on various modalities-dance/movement, music, art, poetry, and drama therapies-in group work.

MCPD 5605: Family Dynamics and Therapy (3 units)

Covers the family life cycle, as well as the theories and methods of many of the major family theories, including strategic, brief strategic, systemic, narrative, solution-focused, family of origin, structural, and symbolic experiential family therapy.

MCPD 5608: Psychotherapy Theories and Practices (2 units)

A theoretical survey of the major psychotherapy orientation. Students are encouraged to analyze and critique these major theories, and to develop an integrative framework using an interpersonal, feminist, and systemic approach. Dramatic methods are incorporated to enhance theoretical understanding.

MCPD 5610: Therapeutic Communication (2 units)

An overview of key concepts and methods in therapeutic communication, integrating psychodynamic, humanistic, and other approaches. Experiential portion includes role-play and simulations.

MCPD 6605: Advanced Family & Couples Therapy: Action-Oriented Approaches (2 units)

Approaches and techniques to couples and family therapy that employ action-oriented processes are examined and practiced in simulations. Key practitioners in the field of family therapy who have developed action methods are reviewed. Includes work in spousal and partner abuse assessment, detection, and intervention.

MCPD 7602: Supervised Clinical Practicum: Case Seminar in Drama Therapy (2 units, minimum three semesters)

Presentation and discussion of case material. Emphases upon case formulation, the therapeutic relationship, and the development of clinical skills.

MCP 5101: Professional Ethics and Family Law (2 units)

Ethical standards for the practice of counseling and psychology. Review and discussion of ethical and legal aspects of marriage and family therapy and practice.

MCP 5108: Psychopathology and Psychological Assessment (3 units)

Comparative historical and contemporary views of the development of adult psychopathology and the categorization system of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

MCP 5201: Human Development and the Family (3 units)

Theories and research in life transitions, stages of development, and rites of passage, from prenatal conditions through adult experience to dying.

MCP 6101 Human Sexuality (1 unit)

This course explores personal, interpersonal, and transpersonal dimensions of sexual experience, including awareness, attitudes, meaning, expression, response, sexual counseling, and integration with personal development.

MCP 6102: Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Counseling (1 unit)

Survey of current treatment approaches to chemical dependency and examination of humanist-transpersonal perspectives.

MCP 6103: Multicultural Counseling and the Family (2 units)

Therapists need to develop awareness of cultural variations and acquire therapeutic tools to address those differences. The prevalent Eurocentric view of therapy as the only option for therapeutic process will be challenged, and alternatives will be discussed. Cultural differences, including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, gender, religion, language, and disability, are considered.

MCP 6401: Research Methods (3 units)

Overview of research methodologies with special focus on qualitative approaches, comparative ways of knowing, and the creation of an integral inquiry research project.

MCP 6502: Child Therapy (2 units)

Techniques to remedy or prevent problems in children and their families. Case material introduces strategies of intervention.

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