Those who braved this cold, dark January night were given a brief but thorough introduction to Dramatherapy by Emma Dawes. Emma provided a nice balance of theoretical overview and experiential during the 2 hours which everyone embraced.

First Emma gave a theoretical overview explaining what Dramatherapy is, a brief overview of its history, some definitions, and an idea of what might be in a Dramatherapists’ toolbox. She shared the benefits of using creativity in therapeutic practice, explored the use of stories and shared some case studies to illustrate the work. She explained that Dramatherapy is evidence based, and there are lots of different models and that whilst there are elements that cross into other therapies, it’s not the same as psychodrama.

During the experiential part we undertook movement, non – verbal and story-boards, and sharing via different methods by forming four different groups. All attending took part and shared their, often powerful, experiences in such a short time.

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Jenny Edwards