As a dramatherapist I am an Allied Health Professional (AHP): This mean I am one of a collection of 14 occupations representing the third largest clinical workforce in health and social care in England (after “medical and dental” and “nursing and midwifery”) and the third largest group employed by the NHS. The 14 AHP occupations are: Art therapists (for mental health) Dramatherapists (for mental health) Music therapists (for mental health) Chiropodists/podiatrists (for feet) Dietitians (for food and weight) Occupational therapists […]Read more
I have been featured in Sarah Ellis’s latest career inspo blog where I have been talking about: working as a dramatherapist, why I chose the career, how I trained, what bits make me jump out of bed, what bits are challenging, sharing memories, what strengths I use in the job, who inspires me and how others could also become dramatherapist. Read the full article over at Sarah’s website.Read more
At the dramatherapy conference last weekend, I attended Workshop 11 which included two papers on adoption, one by Catherine Lake and one by Anna Seymour. The two presenters shared their perspective as both dramatherapists and as adoptive parents with a short discussion afterwards. The first presentation (the focus of this blog) was from Catherine Lake “Since the introduction of the Adoption Support Fund there has been significant growth in the area of therapeutic post adoption support leading to an increased […]Read more
There was an art exhibit called Day 1 at this years dramatherapy conference by Amit Sharma which had been exhibited as part of Mental Health Awareness Week (May) with Shadow Road and OSO Arts Centre. The piece explored a way to use art within supervision within the field of mental health. I was particularly drawn to the wire sculpture. The head was fractured by the wall behind which the torso was attached to creating a brokenness with the impression of […]Read more
I had an early morning activity on Saturday morning at the BADth Conference, stating even before breakfast was served. I don’t mind an early start but it is rare that I do anything much before breakfast. Here is what the programme said to tempt me to book this activity. “During December 2018–January 2019 I volunteered at Camp Moria Lesvos, Greece. The conditions in the camp are horrendous. Most of the refugees do not feel safe, especially at night and especially […]Read more
There were four choices for performances we could attend on the Friday night of the BADth Conference. I had been attracted to this one as I was interested in how pre-verbal trauma could be worked with. We had been told in the blurb that: “Often the events that shape us happen to us before we even have the language to re-tell and make sense of our stories. One of the questions we are most commonly asked by parents and care […]Read more
Psychological Trauma and Resilience. When words are not enough. Planting the Alder. BADth Conference Keynote
This years dramatherapy conference keynote speech was from a group of 7 dramatherapists representing different generations and approaches. Dr. Bruce Howard Bayley and Mary Smail began by wondering what note it would be and which key it would be in. What does an alder tree have to do with trauma? How can resilience be put into words? How can seven different dramatherapists bring together different aspects of this puzzle and will it make sense as a cohesive whole presentation once […]Read more
The worst thing about booking a place at the annual conference of the British Association of Dramatherapists is not the cost with it’s very reasonable members discount, and not the travel to the central UK location, it is the knowledge that there are 54 amazing meetings, seminars, workshops, presentations and performances but that I only have time to attend eight of them.
Here are the workshops I have chosen and what drew me to them.
Part of the therapist code is ‘Non-maleficence’ – cause no harm. In psychotherapy we know that humans make mistakes (even therapists) and accidents happen. As a mental health professional, my insurance is there to ensure that, whatever may happen, my clients are protected.Read more