The MA Drama and Movement Therapy is an intensive course providing professional and vocational training in drama and movement therapy and the Sesame approach, and is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
The course offers a particular pedagogic approach to learning the craft of dramatherapy, which is underpinned by Jungian psychology and the importance of practice-based learning. The combination of intensive movement-based studio practice, collaborative facilitations, seminars, and a shared research unit with other MA students creates a learning environment that encourages personal exploration, collaboration and critical reflection. Particularly in the first term, there is the opportunity for immersive practice in the key subject areas of Laban movement, myth, movement with touch and sound and drama. This is allied by study into key psychological concepts, which can inform the theories and practices of dramatherapy. The group process is central to the student experience and supported by a weekly session across the first three terms that explores interpersonal dynamics between members and draws from group analytic theory.
The placements are at the heart of the training and begin in the second term with the hallmark apprenticeship model. This offers well-supported early clinical practice with a specialist and qualified supervisor working alongside groups of two or three Students in different placement settings. All apprenticeship placements are arranged by Central and will normally include working with adults with mental health problems, elderly clients with dementia, people with learning disabilities, children with challenging behaviour and people on the autistic spectrum. The apprenticeship model is used for placements in the spring and summer terms. In the extended fourth term, students will work more autonomously and have the opportunity to specialise their clinical practice. All placement work is closely supported throughout the course through group and individual supervision.
All graduates are eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for membership as an arts therapist (drama).
By a range of methods which include viva voce exams, written assignments and assessment of clinical practice and ongoing group work. There is ongoing tutor, peer and self-assessment.