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Playback Theatre and Drama Games as a Tool of Dynamics in Therapeutic Group.



Year of publication 2016
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
Description The game is an important element in the life of each of us. It has an irreplaceable role. This abstract opens the question, what is the sense of social educator in the health service. We will discuss how to get into the therapeutic process the technique of playback theater and offer through it to clients with drug addiction history the space where they can playfully share their personal stories through which they can learn from their own experiences and from each other. The presentation is based on the project that was held in the Therapeutic Community Sejřek (Kolping´s work CZ) and it took six month of work with the group. I used one of the applied drama methods called playback theatre. It brings out individual stories of the audience and let the actors improvise the story out, so the audience can reflect thrnough this expresive piece their experience. In this project, the clients were the audience and also the actors. They got into the specific forms of this theatre and were supported to share stories through it. They aslo used some of the games and also the stories acted out for their performance at the end of our cooperation. For the research, the semi-structured interviews with the clients were collected and formed into the themes through interpretive phenomenological analysis. The very important meaning had for the nine clients in the end each of the activities, which offered them to experience the simple fun that many of them do not know from their childhood. The theme of learning how to deal with their leisure time is a recurrent problem in lives of people with drug addiction history. The competence of social educators might be to offer the possibility of high-quality nonworking time, support the ability to self-organize it and to guide the client in phase of daring to rejoice it.

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