ERIC Number: ED364827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Role-Plays in a Family Counseling Course: A Collaborative Effort with the Theater Department.
Beamish, Patricia M.; Dalen, Dennis L.
This document describes a family counseling course that incorporates role-plays as a principal component of the class and that uses undergraduate acting majors to role-play families. It notes that using these undergraduates as role-play families solves the problem of recruiting non-counselor education students and also serves as a unique training experience for the acting students. The course is described as it relates to the counseling students and as it relates to the acting students. The document notes that, by integrating the theater and counselor education students in simulated exercises, a number of expected and unexpected benefits were discovered and that several organizational and other difficulties were encountered. These issues are discussed in a section on outcomes, which concludes that the goals of an acting class and a family therapy class can be met in a unique way by involving acting students in role-playing families for counselor education students. Implications for training and recommendations for change are included; the issue of debriefing acting students after the role-play sessions is addressed. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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