Introduction to Dramatherapy (November 2018)

Dramatherapists work in a variety of settings including mental health, training centres, education, prison and probation, childcare and private practice. This workshop is an exploration of the ritual theatre model of Dramatherapy taught at Roehampton. Working from a humanistic experiential approach to the day this workshop will include work with theatre skills, creativity, imagination and personal expression.

Intended Audience

This course is open to all those interested in finding out about Dramatherapy. Roehampton University offers post graduate professional training in dramatherapy. Our graduate students go on to work in a variety of settings including psychiatric hospitals, social services departments, special education, prisons and the voluntary sector.


Participants will gain an insight into Dramatherapy, its therapeutic application and the professional training course provided at Roehampton. A certificate of attendance will be available at the end of the day.

Presented by: Toby Cooper

Toby Cooper

Toby Cooper is a dramatherapist working in educational settings across South London. He is a member of the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) and a full member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth). Toby trained as an actor at East 15 Acting School where he completed his BA in Contemporary Theatre Practice. He then went on to work across theatre, television and film for six years. Toby completed his training in dramatherapy at Roehampton University in 2012, and now works as a visiting lecturer on the Dramatherapy Foundation course and MA alongside his clinical practice.



"Dramatherapy offers clients the opportunity to explore and play with their lived experiences in the safety of a contained creative space. It is indeed the space and the possibilities within the space that allow rich, expansive, therapeutic journeys to emerge. The flexibility of the dramatherapist as facilitator, participant, actor or observer allows the client to communicate as they wish in the moment, be that through movement, story, art or verbal interaction, there is no right or wrong and the options are endless".


Toby has been working in special needs education for over 10 years and since gaining his dramatherapy qualification, has continued to work predominantly with this client group. Recent projects have seen him working with a range of service providers including, Roundabout Dramatherapy, the National Autistic Society, Merton Borough Council and numerous schools across the South London boroughs of Lambeth, Sutton, Croydon, Kingston and Merton

Reading List

Bettelheim, B. (1991) The uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, London: Penguin Books
Boal, A. (1992) Games For Actors and Non Actors, London: Routledge
Boal, A. (1995) The Rainbow of Desire, London: Routledge
Brook, P. (1990) The Empty Space, London: Penguin
Emunah, R. (1994) Acting For Real: Drama Therapy, Process, Technique and Performance, New York: Brunner-Routledge
Gersie, A & N. King. (1990) Story-making in Education and Therapy, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd
Grotowski, J. (1991) Towards a Poor Theatre, London: Methuen Publishing Ltd
Jennings, S, A. Catternach, S. Mitchell, A. Chesner and B. Meldrum, (eds.) (1994) The Handbook of Dramatherapy, London: Routledge
Jones, P. (2007) Drama as Therapy: Theory, Practice and Research, London: Routledge
Lahad, M. (1992) 'Story-making in assessment method for coping with stress' in Jennings, S. (ed.) Dramatherapy Theory and Practice 2, London: Routledge
Mitchell, S. (1999) 'Reflections on Dramatherapy as Initiation through Ritual Theatre' in Cattanach, A. (Ed.) Arts Therapy Process, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Schrader, C. (2012) Ritual Theatre: The Power of Dramatic Ritual in Personal Development, Groups and Clinical Practice, London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd
Yalom, I. (1989) Love's Executioner, London: Bloomsbury

Location and booking information

Date 24/11/2018
Time 10:00 - 16:30
Duration One Day
Price £149.00
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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