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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Grief therapy, Grief-Psychological aspects, Loss (Psychology), Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Relational theory, Relational practice, Psychodrama, Psychodrama theory, Psychodrama practice, Loss, Grief, Unresolved loss, Unresolved grief


This theoretical thesis explores relational and psychodrama theory and practice, their similarities and differences, and their applicability to the phenomenon of unresolved loss and grief. While these two theories are stylistically and methodologically different, their overlapping conceptual and experiential similarities contribute to enhancing both client and therapist understanding of the complex issues and impact of unresolved loss and grief. Beginning with a detailed exploration of each theory, this thesis goes on to examine the intersections of relational and psychodrama theory and practice and how a synthesis of these theories generates a broader set of treatment options for clinicians working with the fragmenting impact of unresolved loss and grief. Clinical vignettes are used to demonstrate how each theory is applied in clinical practice.




iv, 113 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, 2013. Includes bibliographical references (p. 106-113)