Dramatherapy Summer School 2022

Our Summer School this year provides participants with the opportunity to experience an intensive 5 day experiential class as well as direct experiential learning about MA Dramatherapy Programme at the University of Roehampton. It is therefore of interest to anyone wishing to find out more about training in this discipline as well as individuals wanting to explore their creativity in a unique environment. In addition this Summer School may be of interest to mental health professionals, teachers and social workers etc. interested in learning more about these unique and creative forms of therapy. A degree of active participation will be expected from all participants who should therefore be prepared for a degree of personal disclosure, sharing and exploration.

Drama and Ritual are considered to be intimately related to each other when they are applied therapeutically. Traditionally, both Ritual and Drama have served humanity during points of transition and change. It is these ideas and themes that will primarily inform this Summer School in Dramatherapy which is offered as a series of 5 experiential workshops. Participants will explore the fundamentals of Dramatherapy practice, the basic structure of a Dramatherapy session, clinical applications, and creative explorations into the role of a Dramatherapist. The focus for the week is on exploring dramatic creativity and self expression as a potential therapeutic intervention and the group will work with an established story and progress into an exploration of the personal identification we can have with such stories – and what they ‘hold’ for us. As well as individuals seeking an introduction to Dramatherapy in preparation to apply for professional training, this Dramatherapy Summer School will be of interest to anyone working in the fields of Drama, Theatre and Performance wishing to deepen their understanding of the potential therapeutic properties of their craft.

An electronic certificate will be emailed on successful course completion.

Meet our tutor

samantha-e-adams.jpg Samantha E. Adams, HCPC Registered & Executive member of BADTH, undertook her training as a Dramatherapist at Roehampton. She has over twenty years experience in theatre practice as a performer, practitioner, and storyteller. She regularly works for the National Theatre as a learning associate and mentor, Half Moon Theatre as lead tutor with adolescents with physical and learning disability, and at Central School of Speech and Drama as tutor/director.   As a freelance Dramatherapist she has worked on an acute forensic ward for men with complex needs, and currently works in the community with women at risk, in a primary school with pupils with social, emotional and behavioural needs, and at a St Mungo’s homeless residence. She is a visiting lecturer at Roehampton, and teaches Therapeutic Stories on the Dramatherapy MA. 

Suggested Reading List

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Dramatherapy Timetable

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10.00am - 4.00pm


Dramatherapy Dramatherapy Dramatherapy

Dramatherapy &
Afternoon Plenary Session

Location and booking information 

Date 25th-29th July 2022
Time 10.00-4.00
Duration Five days
Price £630
Payment Places are awarded on a "first paid first serve" basis due to demand
Venue Whitelands College, University of Roehampton
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Address Whitelands College, University of Roehampton, Holybourne Avenue, London SW15 4JD

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