• Assessing the Arts, and student response, within the creative expressive therapies in higher education.

      Holmwood, Clive; University of Derby (Routledge, 2018-10-25)
      My original focus, through a small research project, was to examine the complexity of assessing the arts within dance, drama, art and music pathways on the BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Therapies programme (which will potentially change to BA (Hons) Arts Health and Wellbeing) at the University of Derby. However, my research focus shifted as I became increasingly more interested in how students responded emotionally to the assessment process and their individual feedback. So, the research came to be less about how the assessments are carried out by lecturers, and more about students’ personal emotional responses to them. This led to three areas of focus which appeared to be of key concern to students, assessing creativity, tutor bias and student understanding.
    • Between drama education and drama therapy: international approaches to successful navigation

      Gaines, M.; Butler J. D.; Holmwood, Clive; International Drama Education Association (p-e-r-f-o-r-m-a-n-c-e, 2015-04)
      This article describes a workshop with approximately 30 drama educators, presented at the 2013 congress of the International Drama/Education Association (IDEA) that examined the overlap of drama education and drama therapy. Using the workshop experience as a backdrop, the authors discuss concepts within drama therapy that might serve to inform the use of emotion within the applied theatre space. The distinction between psychodrama and drama therapy is clarified and basic drama therapy concepts are explained. Contrary to the facilitators’ expectations, the workshop experience evoked several unifying questions and issues for participants: “How can we simultaneously address both ends of the emotional/expressive spectrum? How can I get my over-expressive students to settle down and participate so that I can attend to the less expressive students?” Questions of emotion regulation seemed to problematize classroom management concerns rather than galvanize discourse about boundaries between education and therapy. Through a dialogic exploration using forum theatre, the workshop participants engaged with their own relationship to the topics and explored potential solutions. The drama therapy concept of aesthetic distance was highlighted as a means to helping educational theatre practitioners navigate the potentially complex experiences when dealing with emotional involvement. This concept would allow for a clearer establishment of intrapersonal and interpersonal boundaries within the creation and exploration of theatre and drama. The article also calls for more substantial dialogues between applied drama/theatre professionals in order to more fully explore how to navigate the interstices between education and therapy.
    • Drama Education and Dramatherapy - Exploring the Space Between Disciplines

      Holmwood, Clive; University of Warwick (Routledge, 2016-04)
      Dramatherapy is a relatively new field which has its routes within special education and is increasingly used in schools and educational establishments as a way of supporting young people’s emotional needs. This book examines the space between drama education and dramatherapy, examining the historical roots of drama education and dramatherapy, discussing how they are intrinsically linked, and exploring the social, political, therapeutic and artistic influences that have influenced these two professions over the last century.
    • Dramatherapy & theatre : current interdisciplinary discourses

      Holmwood, Clive; Sue Jennings (Routledge, 2016-04)
      This chapter seeks to update current thinking around the interdisciplinary connections between dramatherapy and theatre, by re-examining some of the great theatrical innovators and looking at current literature that connects theatrical approaches to dramatherapy.
    • Dramatherapy Tai Chi & Embodiment

      Holmwood, Clive; University of Derby (Quotus Publishing, 2015-12)
      This paper will consider potential theoretical, philosophical and pragmatic connections between Dramatherapy (Jones: 1996) and Tai Chi (Pang Jeng & Inn: 1985); I will specifically consider these connections from the Western perspective of embodiment (Shaw: 2003, Jones: 1996). Dramatherapy is a creative drama based psychological therapy. Tai Chi is an ancient form of martial art. Both approaches use movement and from a Western perspective that ‘embodiment’ could be central to both disciplines. I am interested in how embodiment through movement is a potential connection between these two seemingly very different disciplines, and how these may offer shared knowledge. I will acknowledge that the two disciplines come from very different backgrounds and philosophies and recognise that it is impossible not to generalise in a short article such as this. The aim is to compare and contrast these two disciplines based on my empirical experience of them. As a European trained Dramatherapist I approach this paper from a Western perspective, acknowledging the differing opinions and viewpoints between Eastern and Western philosophies and practice. The aim is to begin to consider some synthesis between a Western creative based therapy and an Eastern form of martial art; acknowledging that both use movement at their core.
    • Learning as a creative and developmental process in higher education: A therapeutic arts approach and its wider application.

      Taylor, Judie; Holmwood, Clive; University of Derby (Routledge, 2018-10-25)
      Much has been written about the importance of creativity in learning and education over the last few decades. This unique book extends beyond the usual focus on implementing creative methods in learning, teaching and assessing within higher education, to an examination of creativity as central to a learning process which is transformational for the student. More specifically, Learning as a Creative and Developmental Process in Higher Education examines the importance of a facilitative tutor-student relationship and environment which contextualise this creative process of teaching and learning.  Bringing together unique teaching and learning approaches developed by experienced academics, this book discusses a number of complex issues, including approaches to an understanding of the student’s self-concept as learner; the nature of the curriculum; the potential of metaphor and creativity; and a multi-modal approach to learning and teaching. Contributions to the book also examine some of the challenges and tensions of such an approach within the context of arts-based subjects in higher education institutions. Using a unique and coherent thematic structure that is based upon the student journey as a transformational process, this book provides a new way of understanding the student journey through higher education.  Including an examination of the parallels between educational and arts education and arts therapies disciplines, this book will be of interest to researchers, academics and postgraduate students involved in the arts and the arts therapies, as well as those studying creativity in teaching and learning in higher education. It should be of particular interest to those involved in the teaching and training of teachers and lecturers in higher education.
    • Liminality in higher education – gaps and moments of uncertainty as legitimate learning spaces.

      Holmwood, Clive; Scales, Pete; University of Derby (Routledge, 2018-10-25)
      Higher Education, learning and teaching philosophy is beginning to acknowledge that programmes crammed full of top down knowledge (Fox & Radloff 1999) are not the best way for teachers to teach or students to learn. Therefore, academically dense lectures and programmes packed with knowledge and information might not be conducive to student learning in the ‘google’ era, when information is readily available at the click of a button. With ideas such as the flipped classroom (Tucker 2012), we are beginning to consider that students should play a greater role in the teaching and learning process and that they be given new, evolving and appropriate spaces in the curriculum in which to do that. In this chapter, the notion of liminal spaces, gaps and moments of uncertainty within programmes of study, and threshold concepts (Meyer and Land, 2003) will be considered. This is a relatively new idea in Higher Education, which focuses on shifts in thinking and learning within the context of liminal spaces. Pete Scales brings many years of HE experience, whilst Clive Holmwood shares his anthropological understanding of space from a therapist’s perspective. Together they begin to consider the legitimate importance of gaps and spaces in the teaching curriculum; suggesting that these ambiguous spaces are where ‘deep learning’ (Biggs & Tang 2011) can potentially take place.
    • On Being a Male Dramatherapist

      Holmwood, Clive; University of Derby (Routledge, 2019-07-11)
      This chapter seeks to consider from a phenomenological, systemic and attachment based perspective both training in a female dominated profession and the impact of being a male dramatherapist working with families and children for the last 20 years. It will consider from a philosophical and pragmatic perspective such questions as should male therapists work with young female survivors of sexual abuse? Can male therapists build a more positive therapeutic relationship with adolescent males who have sexually offended? To what extent can the male arts therapists represent a positive role model to adolescents with absent fathers? This chapter will attempt to lift the lid on taboos around what being a male arts therapist is really about and what they should or should not be doing in their work and why by revisiting assumptions about the role of the male therapist and maleness in the therapeutic space. It will begin to delve into areas that the male taboos around the subject areas has never ventured before.
    • Rediscovering the playful learner.

      Bird, Drew; Holmwood, Clive; University of Derby (Routledge, 2018-10-25)
    • Routledge International Handbook of Dramatherapy

      Holmwood, Clive; Jennings, Sue; University of Derby (Routledge, 2016-05)
      From Australia, to Korea to the Middle East to Africa through Europe and into North America, dramatherapists are developing a range of working practices using the curative power of theatre and drama within a therapeutic context to work with diverse populations. This handbook covers a range of topics from esteemed academics and practitioners from around the globe that show the breadth and strength of dramatherapy as a developing and maturing profession. Divided into four main sections that look at current international developments, theoretical approaches, specific practice and new and innovative approaches, the book will appeal to academics, practitioners and students in the field.