Our Summer School this year provides participants with the opportunity to experience an intensive 5 day experiential class within their chosen specialization. In addition we provide optional early evening sessions comprising of case studies and theory seminars. Our Summer School provides direct experiential learning about the Arts & Play Therapies MA Art Programmes at the University of Roehampton. It is therefore of interest to anyone wishing to find out more about training in one of these disciplines as well as individuals wanting to explore their creativity in a unique environment. In addition this Summer School may be of interest to mental health professionals, teachers and social workers etc. interested in learning more about these unique and creative forms of therapy. A degree of active participation will be expected from all participants who should therefore be prepared for a degree of personal disclosure, sharing and exploration.
Drama and Ritual are considered to be intimately related to each other when they are applied therapeutically. Traditionally, both Ritual and Drama have served humanity during points of transition and change. It is these ideas and themes that will primarily inform this Summer School in Dramatherapy which is offered as a series of 5 experiential workshops. Participants will explore the fundamentals of Dramatherapy practice, the basic structure of a Dramatherapy session, clinical applications, and creative explorations into the role of a Dramatherapist.
The focus for the week is on exploring dramatic creativity and self expression as a potential therapeutic intervention and the group will work with an established story and progress into an exploration of the personal identification we can have with such stories – and what they ‘hold’ for us. As well as individuals seeking an introduction to Dramatherapy in preparation to apply for professional training, this Dramatherapy Summer School will be of interest to anyone working in the fields of Drama, Theatre and Performance wishing to deepen their understanding of the potential therapeutic properties of their craft.
Samantha E. Adams