Renee Emunah, Professor in the  MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy at CIIS Renee Emunah

Drama Therapy
Counseling Psychology Department
School of Professional Psychology and Health

PhD, RDT/BCT, Union Institute

MA, San Francisco State University

Renée Emunah, PhD, RDT/BCT (Board Certified Trainer of Drama Therapists), Program Chair, is the founding director of the Drama Therapy program. She is the author of the book Acting for Real: Drama Therapy Process, Technique, and Performance (1994, New York: Brunner/Mazel, and Taylor and Francis) which is considered a classic text in the field (and has been translated into Chinese and Japanese). Newly completed and published is the 2nd Edition of Acting for Real (2020, Routledge/Taylor and Francis:  New York and London), which has been substantially revamped, and has several completely new chapters. Renée is the recipient of the North American Association for Drama Therapy Gertrude Schattner Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of Drama Therapy, and additionally received (Nov. 2019) the NADTA Excellence in Teaching Award.  Dr. Emunah is also the co-editor of the 2nd and 3rd editions of the textbook, Current Approaches in Drama Therapy (with David Johnson, PhD, RDT-BCT); the 2nd edition was published in 2009, and the 3rdedition just recently released  in 2020 (both Charles Thomas Publishers).  She is also the author of numerous articles and chapters in the field. Renée served on the Editorial Board of the international journal Arts in Psychotherapy for 15 years, and she is currently on the Advisory Board of the Drama Therapy Journal. She is a former (3rd) president of the National Association for Drama Therapy and has worked for decades as a drama therapist, including 15 years specializing in group work with emotionally disturbed adults and adolescents. In addition, she founded and directed a community theater company for ex-psychiatric patients, for which she received a Commendation by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She has also worked with children and adults in individual drama therapy, and has used drama in social justice work and in teaching emotional intelligence to young children.  A pioneer in the field, she was among the first four drama therapists to be officially registered (RDT) in the US. 

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