Developmental Transformations
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Visual and Performing Arts
Course Number: NCAT 3410
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Creative Arts & Healing
  • Theater
  • Performance Movement
Enrollment limited. This course introduces the theory and practice of Developmental Transformations (DvT), a form of drama therapy developed by David Read Johnson. In DvT, unscripted play and improvisation are the basis for therapeutic exploration. The inner landscapes of the client are evoked through movements, sounds, gestures, and role-playing. DvT differs from other techniques in that the therapist serves not only as a facilitator but as a live-action projective object for the client. The DvT process has been described as "free association in action." It is designed to address therapeutic problems related to encounters and intimacy, play, change, and embodiment. This ten-hour experiential minicourse gives an overview of the key concepts of DvT and allows students to experience the free-associative play process in individual and group modalities. Certificate students must register in person with a certificate registration form signed by the program coordinator. To make an advising appointment, call 212.229.5567 or email
Course Open to: Degree Students