Play Paradigm

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The Play Paradigm Presents: An Encounter Between Mental Health and Drama Therapy
presenter: Dovi Blum-Tazdi
Drama therapist and clinical criminologist
Doctoral student in psychoanalysis & hermeneutics
Israel
Email: dovblum@place-to-be.co.il
052-5277726

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Play Paradigm

  1. 1. THE PLAY PARADIGM PRESENTS:An Encounter Between Mental Healthand Drama Therapy
  2. 2. PRESENTERDov BlumDrama therapist and clinical criminologistDoctoral student in psychoanalysis & hermeneuticsIsraelEmail: dovblum@place-to-be.co.il052-5277726
  3. 3. SUBJECTIntroducing a platform for the practice of drama therapy using a group therapy model.
  4. 4. PLACE & SETTING Sha’arMenashe Mental Health Center (psychiatric hospital), forensic ward, maximum security. Duration of group: One year. Group leaders: Co-led by a clinical criminologist - drama therapist and a clinical psychologist.
  5. 5. GROUP PARTICIPANTS Patients hospitalized in a locked ward under a court order for committing crimes while in a psychotic state. Patients with mental illnesses in remission and able to differentiate between self and the character they role played. Offenses ranged from drug trafficking, to domestic violence, to manslaughter.
  6. 6. DIAGNOSESDual diagnosis patients suffering fromsubstance abuse and chronicschizophrenia, schizoaffectivedisorder, or personality disorder.
  7. 7. GROUP OBJECTIVETo learn to cope constructively with anxietyand personal issues when interviewed by themultidisciplinary committee for potentialchanges in status.
  8. 8. WHAT IS THE COMMITTEE?•Amultidisciplinary group of medical and legalprofessionals and patient’s family.•It assemble at least once each six months to interviewpatients and decide issues of patient leave, release,placement, and degree of independence and freedom.o The committee’s impression of the patient’s interview,along with the ward report, determines the patient’sfuture.
  9. 9. THE PLAY PARADIGM A THERAPEUTIC PLATFORM FOR DRAMA THERAPY This drama therapy group  Patients also experience used a role play technique in roles that do not include which patients assumed the violence or aggression. roles of the committee members which allowed them to connect with their authentic selves, their crimes, and their relationships with the role models via seeing themselves through the eyes of others.
  10. 10. THE THERAPEUTIC PROCESS Each group therapy session  The role play allows was a scenario of a committee patients a deeper meeting in which one patient understanding of acted as himself going before themselves as viewed the committee and the other through the various patients role played the various committee roles and a committee members, such as deeper understanding of psychiatrist, physician, attorney, others’ intent toward them. and representatives from hospital and family.
  11. 11. THERAPEUTIC ACHIEVEMENTS The group was a realistic scenario of  Patients assumed the committee process. The different different roles to enable committee roles represented various them to see dimensions of the patient’s life from themselves through the internal thoughts and feelings to perspectives of others relationships with others and his and to reach diverse community. He had to face personal insights. issues in relation to roles in the committee as they raised issues and asked questions he had to answer and discuss.
  12. 12. THE PLAY PARADIGMA Therapeutic Platform
  13. 13. A THERAPEUTIC PLATFORM THE PLAY PARADIGMThe Beginning The Play Paradigm was born out of my personal therapy, my clinical work in the field and in private, clinical supervision given and received, being a student and a lecturer, reading case studies, being a human being, etc., where I noticed there was a big gap between theory and practice. In light of the power discrepancy between therapist and patient; this gap concerned me. The Play Paradigm emerged to address this gap.
  14. 14. A THERAPEUTIC PLATFORM THE PLAY PARADIGMThe Problem Although this is the era of post-modern psychology and humanism, the use of play therapy still involves the use of force via the manipulation of patients to accept a specific idea or viewpoint. The practice of classical psychology is essentially unchanged despite the new clothes. This problem is difficult to change mainly for two reasons. The first difficulty is that there is a perception in the Western world that there are many truths or that truth is multi-faceted. The second difficulty is the Western concept of duality or the either/or schema.
  15. 15. A THERAPEUTIC PLATFORM THE PLAY PARADIGMThe proposed solution The purpose of the Play Paradigm framework is to provide a solution for the difficulty in implementing force-free treatment in this post-modern and humanistic era. The Play Paradigm is not a technique but a platform for implementing force-free such as play therapy. This framework views the concept of truth as a dynamic variable and the theoretical model as non-dual.
  16. 16. THE PLAY PARADIGM IN ACTION
  17. 17. A THERAPEUTIC PLATFORM THE PLAY PARADIGM –The Objective Connecting the individual to his unique self via a humanistic and phenomenological approach in which the therapist does not intervene but, rather, is vividly present, experiencing, allowing, breathing, mirroring, and undergoing parallel processes to the patient. This is done under the premises that connecting with the patient’s pre-verbal stage is essential to group dynamics and that the activity of play is an existential component of our lives both in infancy and adulthood.
  18. 18. A THERAPEUTIC PLATFORM THE PLAY PARADIGM Work platform The Western world’s practice of this paradigm operates in accordance with a binary model, taking into consideration Western ways of thinking and the dynamics between play, language, and cognition. Dialogue This platform invites mental health professionals to become aware of the Eastern world’s philosophy based ways of thinking and encourages a dialogue.
  19. 19. A THERAPEUTIC PLATFORM THE PLAY PARADIGM – Rational Truth is not static. This paradigm is responsive to patient’s changing dynamic truth. It reviews and questions again and again our perceptions of mental health and the basic premises by which we provide mental health treatment. It invites a new and refreshing outlook. This paradigm is not static, but rather regenerating, though its core elements remain the same.
  20. 20. FOR MORE INFORMATIONCONTACT: Dov Blum Israel Email: dovblum@place-to-be.co.il 052-5277726

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