Introduction to Dramatherapy (March 2021)

Delivered online via Zoom

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. An electronic certificate of attendance will be emailed on successful course completion.

Presented by

Sam AdamsSamantha 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

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 27/3/2021
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.
Course Delivery Online via Zoom
Joining Instructions Course attendees will be sent the Zoom link in advance.

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