Psychological Trauma and Resilience. When words are not enough. Planting the Alder. BADth Conference Keynote

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

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Embodied Approaches to Eating Disorders Part 3  Improv and DVT

Embodied Approaches to Eating Disorders Part 3 Improv and DVT

Last month I attended a three day training course called Embodied Approaches to Eating Disorders led by Laura Wood, Martin Redfern and Naomi Nygaard – all creative therapists who are also trained in IFS. This is the third and final blog sharing some of the different strands of that training. The first blog looked at an embodied approach to IFS which works

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Embodied Approaches to Eating Disorders Part 2 meditation and theatre

Embodied Approaches to Eating Disorders Part 2 meditation and theatre

Last month I attended a three day training course called Embodied Approaches to Eating Disorders led by Laura Wood, Martin Redfern and Naomi Nygaard – all creative therapiss who are also trained in IFS. I am reflecting on and sharing some of the different strands of that training. Yesterday’s blog looked at an embodied approach to IFS which works with

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Embodied Approaches to Eating Disorders Part 1 Eating disorder and IFS Parts

Embodied Approaches to Eating Disorders Part 1 Eating disorder and IFS Parts

At last years conference I attended a fantastic workshop called ‘Embodying the dis-embodied: dramatherapy interventions for every stage of eating disorder treatment’ led by Dr Laura Wood. In that three hour workshop, Laura introduced some of the approaches she used when working with clients at an eating disorder treatment centre. Laura asked important questions like “What happens when the identity

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You’re Going To Get Mentally Ill – Now What? Part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

You’re Going To Get Mentally Ill – Now What? Part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas #DramatherapistAtEdFringe

Screening for Schizophrenia is now almost as accurate and reliable as screening for cancer. In this talk, Stephen Lawrie, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuro-Imaging at the University of Edinburgh shares his latest research and asks “would you want to know?” Arguably the “worst disease that afflicts mankind”, Stephen explored what schizophrenia is (how it is similar and different to other

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Empowering Children through Art and Expression

Empowering Children through Art and Expression

In September I will be starting a new school-based project. This week I have been reading “Empowering Children through Art and Expression: culturally sensitive ways of healing Trauma and Grief” by Bruce St Thomas and Paul Johnson. This book is easy to read but offers some really insightful ways that the two authors have supported traumatised and bereaved children including

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BADth Conference 2019 Psychological Trauma and Resilience

BADth Conference 2019 Psychological Trauma and Resilience

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.

Stories: identity and community

Stories: identity and community

Innovative Therapeutic Life Story Work I have just finished reading Innovative Therapeutic Life Story Work edited by Richard Rose (Rose, 2017), a detailed and inspiring book focused on the importance for looked after and adopted children in knowing their own stories. I was particularly inspired by part 1 where Rose set’s out his approach including games, wall paper, art materials

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Snakes, Circles and Selves: Toward an Alchemy of Dramatherapy by Robert Landy

Snakes, Circles and Selves: Toward an Alchemy of Dramatherapy by Robert Landy

This year I attended my first Dramatherapy Conference organised by the British Association of Dramatherapists. The 2018 theme was “Moving, progressing and coming back to self” and used the ancient Egyptian symbol of The Ouroboros – the serpent eating itself – to explore this. The Key Note ‘Snakes, Circles and Selves: Toward an Alchemy of Dramatherapy’ was by Dr Robert Landy.

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Mentoring Training

Our successful mentoring programme has so far trained 150 adults from the local community as mentors. They have gone on to mentor in schools, youth clubs, prisons, youth offending services, private practice and other settings. 15 days of professional training The training covers six modules. 1) Building Relationships Identifying your client group and appropriately advertising your services Establishing a strong

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