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Jessica Ellinor: BA Hons, MA (Drama and Movement Therapy) HCPC Reg. AS05735

Jessie qualified in Drama and Movement Therapy (MA) from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in February 2005. She completed an advanced certificate in the Creative Arts Supervision (CAST) in 2010. She has a postgraduate certificate in Childhood Bereavement and a foundation in Group Analysis.

Since qualifying, Jessie has worked consistently as a Dramatherapist in education and social care. Her primary work has been with children, young people, families and staff in mainstream primary schools and in special needs educational settings. This includes working with children / young people experiencing life limiting conditions, bereavement, emotional or behavioural difficulties and / or living with ASD, ADHD and severe to moderate learning disabilities; delivering one-to-one and group sessions. She provides family work offering a space for parents and carers to work alongside their child and therapeutic support for staff including individual, group and reflective practice sessions. She provides supervision for family support workers and early years staff following criteria set by the Department for Education 2014 statutory framework for the early years foundation stage.

Since 2010 Jessie has supervised students (individually and in groups) whilst training for their MA Dramatherapy qualification through the RCSSD and Roehampton trainings. She also runs a private supervision practice from her home in North London for individual therapists / counsellors and organisations including Grief Encounter.

Since 2015 Jessie has taught as a visiting lecturer on the Preparation for Professional Practice module on the MA Dramatherapy training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has facilitated workshops for organisations in the UK and India focusing on play, well-being and supervision as reflective practice. She has facilitated reflective practice groups for staff in education focusing on managing work related obstacles, working together and work vs. life balance.

Jessie has been a member of the British Association of Dramatherapist (BADTh) since 2002 and has been on the BADTh Supervisor’s Sub-committee since 2016. She is currently Co-Chair, with Steph Coombes, of the Creative Arts Supervision Forum, which organises CPD days for qualified supervisors.

Jessie has written articles and chapters focused on themes of play, collaborative work with other professionals, family work and transitions.

Articles & Chapters

Article - Who wants to play? The Sesame Journal, Spring 2013 Issue no.17
Chapter - Collaborations Within and Between Dramatherapy and Music Therapy: Experiences, Challenges and Opportunities in Clinical and Training Contexts


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