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MA Dramatherapy


Program posted by: Anglia Ruskin University

Posted on: June 20, 2013

Program description

This degree provides you with professional training in dramatherapy, with an emphasis on clinical placements and an introduction to various dramatherapy approaches. Our degree aims to train suitable, experienced practitioners at Masters level, adhering to professional standards - so you need a minimum of 1 year or equivalent clinical/field work experience preferably with children or adults working in a caring capacity including: teaching, social work, mental health and community drama. It will qualify you to work as a dramatherapist and successful candidates will be eligible for registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council. Learning is facilitated by self-reflection in small and large group activities, lectures, and dramatic activity through role play, myths, storytelling, autobiographical improvisation, case discussion and theoretical analysis. A significant component of experiential learning is through tutorials and supervision groups. Clinical placements are key to the experience. You will benefit from learning about the most recent effective dramatherapy approaches with adults and children. Connections between the body and mind will be emphasised and you will draw on your previous training/experience in theatre, drama and the clinical field. Through this experience you will learn about how dramatherapists create methods to engage clients in effecting psychological, emotional and social changes. Dramatherapy uses working and playing actively to facilitate imagination, creativity, learning, insight and growth. Teaching includes:

improvisation/role play skills in small groups

block clinical placements in at least three fields, including in the community, schools, hospitals, and hospices

university-based small supervision groups

clinical supervision by qualified therapists at clinical placements

experience within multidisciplinary teams

weekly experiential dramatherapy groups

supervision and teaching by leading researchers in the field

How to participate

You will usually need a good honours degree or equivalent in drama, performing arts or a related subject. Evidence of sustained engagement with drama in a variety of forms (theatre, movement, performance) is required. Relevant motivation, maturity and ability to reflect on self in relation to others. Two references are required.
You will be expected to agree to a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. Occupational Health clearance is also required.
As this is professional therapy training, all short-listed candidates are expected to attend an interview in the UK which includes experiential dramatherapy group-work with other candidates, in addition to an individual interview and group discussion with lecturers. These are considered vital to the assessment of the candidate's suitability and readiness for training, as well as allowing the candidate to experience something of the teaching methods of the course and consider whether it is appropriate for them.