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Dramatherapy Introduction Course

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Start date:

August 2024


Places are awarded on a "first paid first serve" basis due to demand

Cost / delivery:

£175 / 1 day, (10am – 4.30pm)

This workshop is an exploration of the ritual theatre model of Dramatherapy.

Dramatherapists work in a variety of settings including mental health, training centres, education, prison and probation, childcare and private practice.

What you will gain

Working from a humanistic experiential approach to the day this workshop will include work with theatre skills, creativity, imagination and personal expression.

Outcomes / what you will learn

Participants will gain an insight into Dramatherapy and its therapeutic application.

An electronic certificate of attendance will be e-mailed on completion of the course.

Intended audience

This course is open to all those interested in finding out about Dramatherapy.

Dramatherapists work in a variety of settings including psychiatric hospitals, social services departments, special education, prisons and the voluntary sector.

Suggested reading

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.


Maia Gibbs

Online Tutor

Maia Gibbs is a Dramatherapist, Actor, Director and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Roehampton, based in London.

Maia trained as an actor at RADA, after which she worked in theatre as an actor and director for a number of years, before qualifying as a Dramatherapist from the University of Roehampton.

She now specialises in work with looked after and adopted children and adolescents, as well as their families and carers, in an NHS Child and Adolescent service for Looked After and Adopted Children in Lewisham.

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10 August 2024, 10am – 4.30pm