Antioch University Seattle has added drama therapy to its graduate training in psychology for the upcoming fall term.
Like art therapy, drama therapy is the application of a creative modality to psychotherapy. Antioch Seattle’s new drama therapy concentration is one of only a few of its kind in the nation that combines training in improvisation, puppetry, role-playing, mask work, theatrical production, psychodrama and community-based theater with a clinical master’s degree in psychology.
For therapists in training, Antioch’s drama therapy graduate concentration offers a unique opportunity to experience the transformative healing power of drama, according to faculty member Hee-Sun Cheon.
“Students will learn to integrate the methods of drama and theater with those of psychotherapy to unleash creativity and expression for therapeutic change,” Cheon says.
Drama therapists typically work in settings that include hospitals, residential treatment programs, schools, shelters, community centers, prisons and private practice.
According to Catherine Koverola, dean of Antioch’s School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy, working closely alongside a faculty mentor is a central component of the Antioch experience.
“Students in these distinctive new Antioch psychology programs have the opportunity to be mentored by a remarkable group of faculty members who are active practitioners, researchers, policymakers and advocates in a range of settings throughout the state and nation,” says Koverola.
Antioch offers master’s and doctorate programs in psychology with several specialization options and is home to the Antioch Community Counseling and Psychology Clinic, which serves as a training site for graduate students and provides high-quality, accessible psychological service on campus and at satellite locations in the Puget Sound region.