Chanaphan's primary area of research is Dramatherapy in the Treatment for Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Chanaphan is a registered dramatherapist with Health and Care Professions Council in the UK and also a professional member of the British Association of Dramatherapists. Her experience includes work in the areas of mental health, self-esteem and confidence growth, self-regulation skills, personality development, the autistic spectrum, trauma and PTSD, substance misuse and dementia. While she was living in Thailand, she worked as a dramatherapist in psychiatric hospitals and as a course lecturer in the Performing Arts Department at Bangkok University.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that some people develop after being exposed to a traumatic event. Dramatherapy has been recognised as a useful treatment in the reducing of traumatic symptoms. Over the last three decades, several dramatherapy practitioners have developed a variety of techniques and approaches through which to treat trauma. However, as PTSD is complex and challenging to treat, new studies and developments as to dramatherapy and its response to different types of trauma and patient groups is strongly required. In Thailand, dramatherapy treatment for PTSD remains almost unknown and un-researched. My clinical experience of working as a dramatherapist in psychiatric units in Thailand has raised two main thoughts towards this research. The first pertains to the importance of dramatherapy in contributing support to the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD. The second is that consideration must be given to the effects invoked by cultural factors – such as moral values, beliefs and traditions – on the outcomes of dramatherapy for Thai patients with PTSD.