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Drama Therapy Techniques in Grief Therapy

Drama Therapy Techniques in Grief Therapy

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Earn 1 Credit for Technique Module toward
Certification in Art-Assisted Grief Therapy
or Certification in Grief Therapy for Non-Death Losses
Offered by the Portland Institute.

Presented by

Shoshi Keisari, PhD

Drama Therapist / Lecturer

Emilie Sagol Creative Arts Therapies Research Center

School of Creative Arts Therapies of the University of Haifa

USD$99 for 3-hour module

How can we as professionals work deeply with the grief of our clients when words are not enough?  This experiential module offers one novel answer in the form of drama therapy techniques adapted for individual and group bereavement interventions. 

Dramatic actions in therapy help bring to life invisible dimensions of the experience that cannot be expressed in the real life.  Through movements, voice, gestures and text, individuals can express their inner voices, conduct a dialogue that cannot happen in real-life, and move without space and time limitation over the whole course of life (to a childhood memory or future events).  The flexibility and spontaneity of the dramatic action as the main component of these techniques encourages new meanings and perspectives to co-evolve.  In this way, the creative process allows individuals to explore alternative versions of their stories, fostering meaning reconstruction.

The module will present drama therapy techniques that are used to process losses with grieving adults, both in individual and group therapy.  The dramatic techniques have additional unique contributions while processing non-death losses and unfinished business.  Case studies accompanied by videos will introduce and illustrate the basic components of the dramatic work.  Then learners will experience and experiment with the drama therapy techniques of chair work, voicing, and embodied enactments for individual grief therapy, which support the process of meaning reconstruction and reaffirmation of a continuing bond.


  • Identify the key elements of dramatic reality and dramatic roles that provide specific therapeutic benefits for grieving clients;

  • Describe the ways drama therapy techniques can help clients explore the formation and maintenance of continuing bonds for grieving individuals;

  • Summarize the ways drama therapy process can help clients explore various roles in life, support the process of sense making, and contribute to benefit finding and identity reformation; and

  • Practice two of the dramatic techniques: chair work and voicing, as a creative framework that supports both the maintenance of continuing bonds and the process of meaning reconstruction.

Note:  Completion of this module and return of the Responsive Journal satisfies 1 Technique Module required for Certification in Art-Assisted Grief Therapy or Certification in Grief Therapy for Non-Death Losses.


This program contains the following video segments:

  1. All the World’s Stage:  Drama Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction (42 mins)
  2. Phoning the Deceased:  Illustrating the Core Elements of Drama Therapy (47 mins)

  3. Innocent, Warrior and Mother:  Performing Multiple Selves (34 mins)

  4. Chairing and Role Reversal:  A Case Study of Child Loss (40 mins)



Guest Presenter

Shoshi Keisari, PhD, is a registered drama therapist, researcher and lecturer at the Emilie Sagol Creative Arts Therapies Research Center and the School of Creative Arts Therapies of the University of Haifa, Israel.  Her research activity is centered on drama therapy, narrative therapy, clinical gerontology, loss and grief.  She did her post-doctoral research at the University of Padua, Italy.  Along with her research, Shoshi works as a drama therapist with the aging population in both public and private frameworks.  Find out more by contacting her at Email:

Shoshi Keisari, PhD

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USD$99 for 3-hour module

For other enquiries, simply email Carolyn.

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