Healing Childhood Abuse through Psychodrama
by Tian Dayton
Psychodramatist Tian Dayton shows how psychodrama can heal the effects of child abuse in this live demonstration.
Psychodrama recreates powerful relational dynamics from the past to bring about cathartic change in the present. Trauma from child abuse remains trapped inside us and continues to threaten our feelings of safety and wellbeing through adulthood. Psychodrama allows us to safely reinhabit the body at the point of past abuse and make sense of the experience from an adult perspective. In this video, Bob fears that he is passing on the legacy of abuse from his stepfather to his four-year-old granddaughter. He acts out scenes with his mother, stepfather and granddaughter, playing both himself and reversing roles. In so doing, Dayton helps Bob release hidden emotions, say the things he never got to as a child, and create new meaning around his past and current relationships.

What therapists are saying…

"These DVDs clearly present in a step-by-step fashion how psychodrama works and why this extraordinary approach is so valuable in treatment. Tian Dayton's is an incisive and sensitive director; her approach is clear, deep and emotionally intelligent. I recommend these to psychodramatists, drama therapists, and, indeed, to all psychotherapists searching for effective methods to treat trauma."

-- Robert J. Landy, PhD, Director, Drama Therapy Program New York University
"These are the best available demonstrations of how the method operates in the field today. Dayton explains the rationale of her moves so you can follow the director's strategy. The follow-up material, including interviews of participants, greatly enrich the viewers' understandings, and the accompany Instructor's Manuals make these videos especially useful for training. I must add that I was deeply touched at several points while watching watching these, as the humanity of the participants emerged so vividly."

-- Adam Blatner, MD, Author of Foundations of Psychodrama and Interactive and Improvisational Drama

Length of video: 1:38:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-179-8

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-179-5

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-178-X

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-178-8

Tian Dayton, PhD, TEP has presented psychodrama to wide audiences across the U.S. for two and a half decades. She taught psychodrama at New York University for eight years and seven as Director of program development for Caron Treatment Center. Currently, she is the director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute. She is the author of numerous books, including The Living Stage: A Step-by-Step Guide to Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, The Drama Within: Psychodrama and Experiential Therapy and Emotional Sobriety: From Relationship Trauma to Resilience and Balance.
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