Theoretical framework of Sesame
This module will offer a thorough understanding of the Sesame approach, its history and theoretical background. It will introduce you to the theories of key practitioners and their contribution to the development of art psychotherapies.
In this module, you will experientially explore the world of archetypes and symbols of myths, stories and fairy tales. This process is performed within the specific structure of a Sesame session, consisting of the phases: Warm-up, Bridge in, Main event, Bridge out and Grounding. The theoretical basis that governs this mode of work, is none other than the work of Jung and later analysts who commented on and developed his work like Hillman, Pedraza, Von Franz and the mythologist Joseph Campbell.
In this module, you will engage in dramatical processes and play, with a therapeutic aim. You will be introduced to various forms, techniques and theatre schools, along with Peter Slade’s method, where personal and projective play takes on a therapeutic role. You will focus on clinical Dramatherapy with children and adolescents, life stages in which dramatherapy is especially effective. This module provides a balanced combination of theory and experiential knowledge. You will be trained in different dramatherapeutic techniques, which can be specifically used with children and adolescents. Furthermore, you will come into contact with Erickson, Winnicott and Slade’s theories and with some dramatherapists’ theories like Jennings, Cattanach, Leigh that have been developed for creative work within corresponding clinical settings.
In this module, you will study the theory of the analysis of movement and the relationship between movement and dramatherapy. You will be taught the basic principles of Laban’s theory, its philosophy and its application to therapy and explore the importance of the liaison between soul and body and the correlations between movement and Analytical psychology. This module combines the experiential and the theoretical approach to Laban’s kinesiological principles and their therapeutic application.
Movement with touch and sound
Movement with touch and sound was invented and developed by Marian Lindkvist, founder of Sesame, in the 1970s. Lindkvist, after 10 years of experience in psychiatric hospitals and special centers for children with learning disabilities and autism, has created MWTS, as a way of communication and treatment for people who do not have the ability to speak or their speech is significantly limited.
Focusing on the primal communication between mother and infant, based on body contact and interaction, Lindkvist cultivated this non-verbal therapeutic method which aims at reconstructing first experiences, promoting healthy bodily and emotional expression, developing social skills and building confidence.
This module is mainly experiential. You will learn the techniques of the method, that are reinforced and analysed according to Lindqvist's theory but also to developmental and Jung’s analytical psychology.
Dramatherapy in practice
In this module, you will work with several topics of dramatherapy in its practical application, such as the code of dramatherapy ethics, contract with clients, the organization of the therapeutic framework. You will also analyze issues of communication with the workplace, assessment of the clients and how to set up a group. You will plan a drama and movement therapy session for each basic module (Myth, Drama, Laban and Movement with Touch and Sound) and present it to the tutor and group. The main objective of this module is to prepare you for the dramatherapy practice, both on a theoretical and on a practical level.