“I don’t even feel like I’m living my own life right now. It’s like I’m watching someone else live their life, wearing a mask that looks like me.” When an adolescent experiences a loss (death, loss of attachment, divorce, displacement), all too often it feels like all control and hope are also lost. This session explores how Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed techniques can be used in group counseling to help adolescents rebuild hope and regain control when grief is viewed as an oppressive force by the client.
Participants will be able to identify three Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and evaluate their usefulness in their current/future adolescent grief group work.
Participants will be able to choose which Theatre of the Oppressed technique would work best with the grief group they are facilitating using the following factors: group member’s developmental level, the group’s purpose, and the bereavement issue the group is seeking to address.
Participants will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of the Theatre of the Oppressed techniques they use in their grief group work and be able to adjust their facilitation of the activities for increased effectiveness in future groups.
Assistant Professor of Counseling,
Northern Illinois University