Drama Therapy Student Learning Outcomes


The discipline of drama therapy in higher education encompasses interdisciplinary study of theatre, psychology, and drama therapy: theatre as an artistic form and as a social and cultural institution; psychology as the study of human attitudes, emotions, and behavior; drama therapy as the method for changing attitudes, emotions, and behavior through theatrical processes and products. Needed for this collaboration are theatrical knowledge and skills acquired through study and practice in classroom, studio, and public performance; knowledge of basic psychology in the areas of developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, personality theory, and group dynamics; knowledge and skills in applying drama processes and products to bring about therapeutic change in clients; the development of attitudes of ethics and professionalism in the application of drama therapy
A Graduate of the Master of Arts Program in Theatre with concentration in drama therapy should have these basic competencies:


1. Knowledge of the various means (i.e., acting, directing, designing, playwriting) through which a theatrical concept is realized.

2. Knowledge of how the disciplines of drama and psychology interact and support each other interdisciplinarily in the discipline of drama therapy.

3. Knowledge of the theories and current approaches used in drama therapy.

4. Knowledge of the negative impact of stigma on non-dominant individuals and groups in our culture.

5. Knowledge of research sources and methods.

6. Knowledge of the NADT Code of Ethical Principles and how to apply ethics to practice.


1. Competency in drama therapy as demonstrated by the ability to use the techniques and methods of drama processes and products to effect change in attitudes, emotions, and behaviors safely and ethically with individuals and groups.

2. Competency in drama therapy as demonstrated in a final Master's Project, Report, or Thesis.

3. The ability to think critically and analytically, and the capacity to demonstrate this ability in speech.

4. The ability to think critically and analytically, and the capacity to demonstrate this ability in writing.


1. The development of professional discipline.

2. The development of an awareness of the harmful effects of stigma and a personal process through which stigma can be addressed personally and professionally.

3. The development of an ability to think and practice ethically.

4. The development of a collaborative attitude.

The development of artistic standards and judgment.

The development of sensitivity to and appreciation of the diversity of ways in which individuals from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds express themselves artistically and socially.