CTH6420EN - Cultural Diversity in Drama Therapy

Course description

Explores issues of diversity that impact drama therapy treatment. Methods for finding appropriate interventions are discussed. Students learn about the negative effect of stigma on non-dominant populations and the issues that stem from stigmatization and ostracism within a community. Students are encouraged to assess their own prejudices and pre-conceptions in order to become more aware of how they interact with clients.

How this course benefits students

The course has a primary focus on cutural diversity in clinical settings and may fulfill a requirement for the Registered Drama Therapist Credential with the North American Drama Therapy Association. The course addresses various aspects of race, ethnicity and religion that affect the implementation of drama therapy in culturally-appropriate interventions.

Why this course is important

This course will encourage the student practitioner to imagine and integrate Drama Therapy with various cultures and ethnicities. The graduate level course may count toward credit for the Registered Drama Therapist credential with the North American Drama Therapy Association.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Creative Therapy
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course will serve as a reminder to the student that God so loved the world (John 3:16). The world includes every race, nation, tongue, and culture.

Missionally driven

While most of our missional efforts are focused on the message, this course will provide the student practitioner with the ability to take a closer look at the recipients of the message and consider how those recipients may best be reached.

Contextually informed

This course will examine the use of drama therapy within a cultural context.

Interculturally focused

This course will examine the use of drama therapy within a cultural context. This class will also encourage students to examine their own prejudices and legalistic ways of viewing others.

Practically minded

The course is practical in that it encourages students to consider that while the gospel message is “one-size-fits-all”, the method is not. Understanding creative ways to reach different people is a practical skill for missional Chrisitans.

Experientially transformed

Theatre arts, by nature and definition, is an experiential medium. Students will be equipped to take the lessons learned from the course and apply them directly in their church or missional assignments.