The adolescent residents at Portage Beaconsfield have been enjoying a new drama therapy program, introduced last fall by Natasha Amendolara, a master’s student at Concordia University in Drama Therapy.
Natasha is doing her internship in Drama Therapy at Portage until May, visiting the Portage West Island centre twice a week to deliver gender-specific programming. In the drama therapy classes, residents are encouraged step out of their comfort zones, take risks, and be transparent as they perform their improv skits. Though many of them are nervous to do so in the beginning, there has been a high level of participation and very positive feedback from both groups. The girls’ class also has a poetry-writing component, which has helped them open up and has fostered group cohesion.
Portage Beaconsfield is very happy about this collaboration with Natasha and about how well residents have responded to the drama therapy program.