Dramatherapy: one of the Allied Health Professions

Dramatherapy: one of the Allied Health Professions

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

Read More

Working Empathically With Unspoken Trauma In Adoptive Families –An Adopter’s Perspective.

Working Empathically With Unspoken Trauma In Adoptive Families –An Adopter’s Perspective.

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

Read More

Emotional First Aid, Trauma Tapping Technique

Emotional First Aid, Trauma Tapping Technique

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.

Read More

How It Feels To Remember by Erica Hedge and Daniella Budd at BADth Conference

How It Feels To Remember by Erica Hedge and Daniella Budd at BADth Conference

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

Read More

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

Read More

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.