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USA: This R.I. theater is offering in-house drama therapy

"The Gamm Theatre has established a new, in-house drama therapy program offering an alternative form of mental health support to schools and the broader community. Susie Schutt, the Warwick theater’s director of education and drama therapist, began integrating social emotional learning with its regular school programming in the spring of 2020, when COVID-19 first hit Rhode Island.

Both in schools and virtually, Schutt found that drama therapy techniques were effective for students who were processing their own feelings about isolation, loss, and grief. She said these sessions allowed students to share personal stories while working through the creative process, unlike a more traditional “talk” therapy. Schutt said the Gamm is believed to be the first professional theater in the country with a full-time drama therapist on staff."


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