Gary Raucher, Associate Professor in the MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy at CIIS Gary Raucher

Associate Professor
Drama Therapy
Counseling Psychology Department
School of Professional Psychology and Health

MA, California Institute of Integral Studies

BA, Binghamton University

Gary Raucher, MA, LMFT, RDT/BCT, is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist and drama therapist with broad clinical experience in a variety of community agencies, hospitals, and in private practice. He is the recent recipient (Nov. 2020) of the Gertrude Shattner Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of Drama Therapy.  His undergraduate degree is in Theatre Arts, and he worked as a professional stage actor for several years, including featured and leading roles in the Broadway musical, Minnie’s Boys. Gary has always had an interest in the connections between drama, psychology, somatic expression and emotional healing. Before becoming a drama therapist, he was certified in multiple body and energy work disciplines, including advanced degrees in Authentic Reiki®. In addition to teaching at CIIS, he was an initial student member of the West Coast Institute for Developmental Transformations, a Post-Masters training program for an improvisation-based method of drama therapy, where he later served as faculty and training therapist, In the 1990s he introduced drama therapy as a support-group modality for people living with HIV. Keenly interested in transpersonal and somatic psychology, Gary has presented at conferences internationally on the combined use of meditation and action techniques as a form of integral practice. His publications include journal articles and anthology chapters on both drama therapy and transpersonal psychology. He is a past Board Member, and Western Regional Representative of the North American Drama Therapy Association, receiving its Annual Service Award in 2015. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Drama Therapy Review. 

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