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ERIC Number: EJ844340
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1540-1383
Beyond Role-Playing: Increasing Counselor Empathy through Theater Exercises
Bodenhorn, Nancy; Starkey, Donna
Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, v1 n2 p17-27 2005
Approaches utilized in preparing actors are similar to developing empathy. This article defines empathy as a state and a trait and examines the use of theater exercises in the development of empathy. Theoretical, practical, and research bases for utilizing theater exercises are presented. A small study using theater exercises designed to develop empathy is described. While quantitative analysis did not reveal significant results, qualitative results indicated high salience for a participating counselor education class and need for further research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A