Never before has there been such a need in schools for dramatherapists… the role of the dramatherapist is important in bridging the gap between education and mental health… essentially supporting teachers in their work. The aim of this work is largely preventative, which means children are less likely to go on to require the input of adult mental health services, thus reducing societal costsLeigh, Dix, Dokter and Haythorne 2012: p14
What is Dramatherapy?
Dramatherapy uses a range of creative art forms such as drama, movement, story-making, storytelling, improvisation, puppets, art and music to support a child or young person’s self- expression and self-awareness. Within a safe and therapeutic environment, pupils are offered the tools and space to understand their experiences, to process their feelings and explore different ways of meeting and responding to their world. Dramatherapy offers a client-centred experience that aims to nurture the pupil’s inner resources and potential for psychological development and growth.
Dramatherapy can be a long-term or short-term intervention; offered individually or in groups. Depending on the needs and age of the pupil, an individual session is approximately 40 - 50 minutes, while a group session can be up to an hour or longer. Dramatherapy takes place in a safe and confidential space.
No previous experience of drama is needed.
How can it help?
Dramatherapy intervention, in your school, can help to nurture:
- Positive relationships with others
- Self esteem
- An understanding of feelings
- Ability to self-regulate
- Focus and concentration
Dramatherapy can offer pupils the opportunity to make sense of their overwhelming experiences, thoughts and feelings and help them to discover themselves, their wisdom and their potential.
Who can benefit?
Anyone. We have extensive experience in supporting pupils who:
- are withdrawn
- experience anxiety
- struggle with low self esteem
- are experiencing family difficulties
- have experienced a bereavement or loss
- have a diagnosis of ASD, ADHD, MLD, SLD or PMLD
- are acting out challenging behaviour
- are struggling to self-regulate
- are engaging in self-destructive behaviour
- are recovering from a life trauma
- suffer from depression