Shape your future: Studying Arts and Play Therapies

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Student Stories

Saphia Abou-amer, Music Therapy alumna

Saphia works at The Children’s Trust, the Richmond Music Trust and has recently taken part in a research project evaluating music therapy in Palestine with the charity Music as Therapy.

How did Roehampton’s programme help you with your goals?

The Roehampton programme helped me to achieve my goal of becoming a music therapist; it equipped me with the essential skills and knowledge to get a job and to practise effectively as a music therapist. Since qualifying I have constantly been in employment. The programme also increased my confidence as a musician and enabled me to use music more creatively and playfully. Lastly, the programme contributed to my personal development; over time I felt more emotionally resilient and self-aware than I had ever been before.

What advice would you give to students who would like to take this course?

Do some research on music therapy, take part in introductory courses and attend open days to learn more about the profession and the process of training. I would also advice having some personal therapy beforehand to begin to have an insight into the process of therapy.

Do you have any tips for students in regards to their application or audition?

Gain some experience with client groups before applying. This won’t only help your application, but it will help you make a more informed decision as to whether this path is for you. I would also suggest starting to reflect on why you want to be a therapist and to be honest and open during your audition/interview about this.

Sanjini Kedia, MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy student

Sanjini is interning as a dance movement psychotherapy trainee with a dance company called PLMD at a community centre and at a dementia care home.

How is the training environment helping you to become the therapist you want to be?

I am constantly encouraged to look outside/ move outside my comfort zone. The support from the lecturers and the placement manager motivates me every single day to strive for improvement. I explore different movements in my body and how that makes me feel in relation to the course, placement and specific clients. The training environment is extremely positive and I am so grateful for that.

What is the teaching on the course like?

There is a freedom to choose or work amongst various psychological approaches – psychoanalytical, humanistic, gestalt, etc. This gives me a sense of agency and keeps me on track with my interests. The course has been structured very efficiently and there is a lot to learn for all the lecturers including the in house and visiting lectures. The constant encouragement to continue my dance training is much needed, as the course is very informative and full.

What advice would you give to students who would like to take this course?

Take it! Embody it! Don’t wait for the right moment because that moment is now. Be prepared to experience a heart-warming journey of your life.

See a Preview Dramatherapy Lecture by Professor Anna Seymour:

 

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Dramatherapy | Preview Lecture with Anna Seymour

 

Interested in finding out more about Arts and Play Therapies?

Short Courses

If you are interested in taking a shorter course in the arts and play therapies, we also offer weekend introductory courses, 5 day Summer Schools, and 20 week part time evening Foundation Courses which provide a useful background in related professions. If you are interested in applying for the Foundation course in Art Psychotherapy, Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Dramatherapy, Music Therapy, or Play Therapy, you can apply here. The University of Roehampton also offers a Play Therapy Foundation course located in Northampton and you can apply here. University of Roehampton alumni are entitled to 20% off the short course fee. For more information, see our Psychology Short Courses.