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This important book explores an arts-based therapeutic approach to mental health care, bringing to light the journeys of contemporary military veterans as they adjust to civilian life post-deployment.

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Introduction / Graham W. Lea and George BelliveauPart 1: Researching, Developing, and Creating1 Staging War: Historical Contexts of Theatre and Social Health Initiatives with Veterans / Michael Balfour2 Contact!Unload: The Cauldron / Chuck MacKinnon3 Facilitating Therapeutic Change through Theatre Performance / Alistair G. Gordon, Marv Westwood, and Carson A. Kivari4 A Soldier's Tale: "Nobody Understood What I'd Done" / Britney Dennison5 Listening through Stories: Insights into Writing Contact!Unload / Graham W. Lea6 Suicides to Sydney / Foster Eastman7 Coming Home / Tim Laidler8 Reconnaissance and Reclamation: Learning to Talk about the War / Anna Keefe9 Impact on Veteran Performers / George Belliveau, Blair McLean, and Christopher Cook10 Holding on to the Script / Phillip LoprestiContact!Unload: Annotated Playscript Part 2: Performing, Witnessing, and Evaluating11 Finding My Truth / Timothy Garthside12 Unpacking Contact!Unload Using Relational-Cultural Theory / Candace Marshall with Graham W. Lea13 Contact!Unload Revisited: Degrees of Separation / Lynn Fels14 Remembering / Carl Leggo15 A Poet(h)ic Reflection on Contact!Unload: Voices of Women Through War/ Heather Duff16 Soldiers Lead the Way in the Fight for Mental Health among Men / John S. Ogrodniczuk17 Audience Experience of Vicarious Witnessing in Performing War / Marion Porath, Marla Buchanan, and Elizabeth Banister18 Understanding the Impacts of Contact!Unload on Audiences / Jennica Nichols, Susan M. Cox, and George Belliveau19 Vulnerable Strength Seen / JS Valdez and Jennica NicholsConclusion / George Belliveau and Graham W. LeaContributors; Index

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George Belliveau is the head of the Department of Language and Literacy Education and a professor of drama/theatre education at the University of British Columbia. He is a professionally trained actor and has participated in over 100 theatre productions as an actor, director, or playwright. He is a member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada.Graham W. Lea is an assistant professor of theatre education at the University of Manitoba. He has also taught at the National Institute of Education /Nanyang Technological Institute in Singapore, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Prince Edward Island. He has been involved in theatre for thirty years, working as a playwright, stage-manager, director, actor, musician, and technician. Marv Westwood is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He is recognized internationally for the development of the Veteran's Transition Program.Contributors: Michael Balfour, Elizabeth Banister, Marla Buchanan, Christopher Cook, Susan Cox, Britney Dennison, Heather Duff, Foster Eastman, Lynn Fels, Timothy Garthside, Alistair G. Gordon, Anna Keefe, Carson A. Kivari, Tim Laidler, Carl Leggo, Phillip Lopresti, Chuck MacKinnon, Candace Marshall, Blair McLean, Jennica Nichols, John S. Ogrodniczuk, Marion Porath, JS Valdez

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