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The Role of Applied Theatre in Social Work: Creative Interventions with Homeless Individuals

Published on May 1, 2020in British Journal of Social Work
· DOI :10.1093/BJSW/BCAA033
Manuel Muñoz-Bellerin (Pablo de Olavide University), Nuria Cordero-Ramos (Pablo de Olavide University)
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