Investigate the role and function of Dramatherapy as a working model on this intensive course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will explore aspects of Playback Theatre and Forum Theatre as methods for engaging with others. Fun, insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.
Lecturer UK registered Dramatherapist Dan Skili
What is the course about?
A taster course in Dramatherapy which gives you a clear and concise insight into the profession. A very practical course which aims to make you feel comfortable enough to explore Dramatherapy for yourself.
Dramatherapy is a form of psychological therapy in which all of the performance arts are utilised within the therapeutic relationship. Dramatherapists are both artists and clinicians and draw on their trainings in theatre/drama and therapy to create methods to engage clients in effecting psychological, emotional and social changes. The therapy gives equal validity to body and mind within the dramatic context; stories, myths, play-texts, puppetry, masks and improvisation are examples of the range of artistic interventions a Dramatherapist may employ. These will enable the client to explore difficult and painful life experiences through an indirect approach.
What will we cover?
The use of Ritual Theatre in Dramatherapy, Story Enactment, Laban Movement Technique, Forum Theatre, Playback Theatre and the theories used in Dramatherapy, storytelling and storytelling enactment and Dramatherapy exercises and the different ways of being with the client.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
The course will give you a detailed insight into what it is to work as a registered dramatherapist when working with Dramatherapists in a professional context and other settings. The course would offer those students, who are thinking of doing an MA course in Dramatherapy, a much better idea of what to expect at university and could help you decide whether Dramatherapy is for you as a profession.
Practise Dramatherapy techniques.
Participate with ease in improvisation “thinking on your feet”.
Communicate more effectively through voice and movement skills.
Be aware of the therapeutic ideas of Dramatherapy and C. Jung.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
It is a beginner’s course although a certain maturity is needed and an interest in people. There are no qualifications necessary other than an interest in the subject matter. However, the course would be especially useful for social workers, counsellors, nurses and teachers who wish to use drama as a tool in the workplace and/or to actors who wish to deepen their interpretation of their roles.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen and respond to instructions and feedback.
• Take part in class discussions.
• Work within groups and pairs safely.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Practical participation in dramatic exercises.
Sharing/showing of dramatic work.
Reflective discussion of insights on the journey of the individual in a group setting.
Background reading to take home.
Some limited personal sharing will be encouraged, although this is optional at this level.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No extra costs. Comfortable clothing should be worn for movement and story enactment workshops. Please bring paper and pens and relevant books will be recommended.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other classes recommended at the City Lit in connection with Dramatherapy, would be Actors Movement classes, Physical Theatre, Commedia del Arte, Jungian psychology classes and Storytelling for business and pleasure.
You may at this stage also feel a lot more confident when applying to do an MA in Dramatherapy.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details