The Couch and the Stage : Integrating Words and Action in Psychotherapy
The Couch and the Stage explores the therapeutic effects of dramatic action. It details the psychoanalysts and action psychotherapists who conceived of the continuity of mind and body, words and action, challenging Freud's purely verbal and rational route to the unconscious. The book encourages mental health professionals to harness the knowledge of the dramatic therapies and contemporary neuroscience in the service of facilitating integration among discrepant parts of the self, the family and the group.
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- Hardback | 298 pages
- 161 x 237 x 22mm | 522g
- 10 Sep 2007
- Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
- Northvale NJ, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Foreword: The World of Multiple Stages Chapter 2 Foreword Chapter 3 Shamans and Psychoanalysts Chapter 4 Pioneers of Action Psychotherapy Chapter 5 An Overview of the Dramatic Therapies Chapter 6 Role Theory and the Role Method of Drama Therapy Chapter 7 Psychodrama Chapter 8 Developmental Transformations in Drama Therapy Chapter 9 A Comparison of the Action Psychotherapies: Towards a Model of Theory and Practice Chapter 10 Applications of Action Psychotherapies to Clinical Disorders Chapter 11 An Integration Chapter 12 References
Robert Landy has written a gripping and scholarly book that highlights the importance of re-engaging the imagination and replacing helpless paralysis with effective action in order to resolve people's traumatic past. Since trauma causes people to feel deserted by god and man, engaging with others in play, improvisation, and rhythmical activities, and activating the mirror neurons in the brain, helps them re-establish a sense of synchronicity and human connection, new possibilities, and the transformation of traumatic experiences. -- Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., medical director, The Trauma Center; director, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Boston Community Practice Site; professo Robert Landy's brilliant new book provides an extraordinary and needed service to the fields of psychology, psychotherapy and the arts. His insights illuminate distinctions we have not seen before, trace paths that re-order our grasp of the past, and point to the evolution of trends that suggest a more creative and healthy future. This is a book you will re-read and quote; I already have done both. -- Eric Booth, faculty, The Juilliard School; author, The Everyday Work of Art Robert Landy's latest contribution to action psychotherapies is an excellent critical introduction to dramatic and action therapies. Through historical analysis, theoretical discussion, and analysis of clinical practice, Landy demonstrates how creativity, spontaneity, and dramatic therapies constitute an integrative and holistic resource for psychological healing. Clinical case material and assessment resources as well as detailed applications of role method, psychodrama, and developmental transformations with a single client support his theoretical argument for a confluence between contemporary therapeutic healing and shamanism; between dramatic therapies and classic psychoanalysis. This is a must-read not only for therapists but for community activists, advocates, and health or development workers accompanying survivors of economic and political trauma. Landy's discussion of dramatic and action therapies in clinical work with individuals are deeply suggestive of how an exploration of the past through creativity, spontaneity, and dramatic play in the present can serve as critical resources towards the collective construction of a better future and social transformation. -- M. Brinton Lykes, Ph.D., Boston College: professor of community cultural psychology; associate director, Center for Human Rights and International Justic This book is a monumental intellectual achievement destined to become a classic. Landy's cogent and insightful rendering of the roots of action therapies alone provides a rich background study of this important and often poorly understood field. But Landy goes further, placing his own rich contributions to the field within this historic context. The reader is left with valuable tools with which to integrate an understanding of the strengths of the various action therapies and the significant role they play in serving the therapeutic community. The solid intellectual heritage of the field is explored in depth while opening possibilities to the reader for future innovation. A true tour de force, The Couch and the Stage will serve as a foundational guide to students and professionals in the action therapies, psychodynamic, constructivist and cognitive-behavioral therapies for years to come. -- John Woodall, M.D., The Judge Baker Children's Center, Harvard Medical School; founder, The Unity Project. Let's hear your story. More than that, let's act it out. How the result can be so profoundly healing is explained in this superb guide to the action therapies. -- Jonathan Fox, founder, Playback Theatre, New Paltz, New York; editor, The Essential Moreno
About Robert J. Landy
Robert J. Landy, Ph.D., RDT/BCT, LCAT is Professor of Educational Theatre and Applied Psychology and Director of the Drama Therapy Program at New York University. A pioneer in the profession of Drama Therapy, he lectures and trains professionals internationally. As researcher and writer, Landy has published and produced numerous books, articles and plays in the fields of Drama, Drama Therapy, Musical Theatre and related topics. He has been featured in the media in the CBS-TV series 'Drama in Education,' the award-winning documentary film, 'Standing Tall,' and his own production, 'Three Approaches to Drama Therapy.' As a drama therapist, Landy has more than 30 years of clinical experience, having treated children and adults with a wide range of psychiatric, cognitive and adjustment problems. He has also worked in prisons, developing drama therapy programs within the New York State Department of Corrections.