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Hey. My name is Peter. I'm going into my Junior year of college. I'm a theatre major with minors in Arts Administration, Creative Writing, Dance, and Psychology. I was thinking of becoming a drama therapist, but now I'm considering Expressive Therapy. Could you tell me the differences in schooling required, and how adept one would need to be at various art forms to become an Expressive Therapist?
Thanks for your question! Many expressive therapists include drama in their practice. I, myself, utilize drama in therapeutic games and roleplays. My training taught me how to transfer between modalities within a session. For example, I might start with a drama game as a warm-up, and ask clients to reflect on the warm-up through visual art or writing.
There are expressive therapists that are also credentialed in a specific modality. Drama is a modality that requires creativity and proficiency in other modalities (music in music theater, art in creating scenery and props, etc.). I know registered drama therapists that are also registered expressive arts therapists. So you can definitely do both.
In terms of the requirements to be a registered expressive arts therapist (REAT), you can check out the requirements here: http://www.ieata.org/reat.html
When looking at a school, definitely express your interest in both modalities. Ask how the school could best support you on your career path. Some schools house multiple modalities in one school and allow you to take elective classes in other modalities and general classes with students of all modalities. Other schools separate the modalities in their programs (ie: an art therapy student may never share a class with a music or drama therapy student).
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