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Dramatherapist

2nd July 2019

To be a good dramatherapist you need to…

  • have thorough knowledge of drama and theatre and good performance skills
  • have the emotional strength and the ability to deal with challenging situations
  • commit to your clients’ wellbeing and to continually improving professional practice
  • be excellent in communicating and dealing with a range of people, including clients, carers, colleagues and other health and education workers and agencies

If you’re thinking of a career in dramatherapy…

You’ll usually need a degree in drama, performing arts or a psychological health-related subject. Alternatively, you could have a relevant professional qualification such as social work, teaching, nursing or occupational therapy, and current evidence of theatre experience.

At postgraduate level you can apply at one of the following institutions approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC):

Once qualified you’re eligible to register with the HCPC and practise as a dramatherapist. You can also apply for full membership of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth). See their website for a list of approved training courses.

To get onto a level 7 apprenticeship, you will need to apply for an apprentice position with a health care provider. You can search for vacancies on the NHS Jobs website and Find an Apprenticeship website.

Other useful links

Health careers – dramatherapy

British Association of Dramatherapists

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