Tele-Drama Therapy with Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Field Training Project

Dovrat Harel, Shoshi Keisari

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Objectives: This paper explores a field training project of tele-drama therapy with community-dwelling older adults during COVID19. It merges three perspectives: the older participants’ perspective, the students engaged in the field training, who conducted this remote therapy, and social workers. Methods: Interviews were conducted with 19 older adults. Focus groups were conducted with 10 drama therapy students and 4 social workers. The data were thematically analyzed. Results: Three themes emerged: the role of drama therapy methods in the therapeutic process, attitudes toward psychotherapy for older adults, and the phone as a therapeutic setting. These themes coalesced into a triangular model associating dramatherapy, tele-psychotherapy and psychotherapy with the older population. A number of obstacles were identified. Conclusions: The field training project made a dual contribution to the older participants and the students. In addition, it promoted more positive attitudes among the students toward psychotherapy with the older population. Clinical Implications: Tele-drama therapy methods appear to promote the therapeutic process with older adults. However, the phone session should be planned in advance in terms of time and place to ensure the participants’ privacy. Field training of mental health students with older adults can promote more positive attitudes toward working with the older population.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Gerontologist
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Drama therapy
  • field training
  • mental health
  • older adults
  • telepsychotherapy

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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