Dramatherapists are therapists that help others express their thoughts and feelings through drama exercises or workshops.
What is it like to work as a dramatherapist?
Dramatherapists can work in a variety of areas, including schools, mental health facilities, businesses and prisons. They are responsible for creating a safe environment, where people feel free to explore and address their feelings and emotions. Dramatherapists organize role-play, improvisation, and story-telling activities for individuals and groups.
Typical work hours are 9-5 on weekdays., but many dramatherapists work on a freelance basis, making working hours variable.
How do I become a dramatherapist?
If you’re interested in pursuing careers in dramatherapy, you’ll normally need a background in psychology or the performing arts. You must also have clinical or volunteer experience working with troubled patients. Creativity, confidentiality, patience, and professionalism are all required traits for a dramatherapist.
In order to qualify as a dramatherapist, you must first enrol in a dramatherapy programme, which can take up to three years to complete. After completing your programme, you are eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which allows you to practice as a dramatherapist. You are also entitled to become a member of the British Association of Dramatherapists.
Salaries can vary, but more information can be found on the NHS website.