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British Association of Drama Therapists

By • Feb 21st, 2009 • Category: Information, National, Organisations, Support

About BADth

The British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) is the professional organisation for Dramatherapists in the United Kingdom. Our contact details are above.

The main objects of the Association are:

* to promote the advancement of the profession;
* to be the representational body for dramatherapists working in the UK;
* to promote, maintain, improve and advance the education of the public about the benefits, theory and practice of Dramatherapy;
* to be an advocate for the establishment and maintenance of fair pay and conditions of service for Dramatherapists;
* to forge links with Dramatherapists and Dramatherapy organisations in other countries.

Dramatherapy Page

Clients who are referred to a Dramatherapist do not need to have previous experience or skill in acting, theatre or drama. Dramatherapists are trained to enable clients to find the most suitable medium for them to engage in group or individual therapy to address and resolve, or make troubling issues more bearable.

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, playtexts, 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.

Dramatherapists work in a wide variety of settings:

* in schools
* in mental health
* in general health social care settings
* in prisons
* in the voluntary sector.

Thus the clients they work with will have differing needs; from children on the autistic spectrum to older people with dementia; adolescents who self-harm, people with histories of sexual and/or physical abuse, those suffering from a mental illness and women with post-natal depression.

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