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MA Dramatherapy

Course Description

Why choose this course:

• This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council for its high quality

• After successful completion of this course you'll be able to apply through the Health and Care Professions Council or professional registration as a dramatherapist. You will also be able to register as a full member of the British Association of Dramatherapists, the UK's professional organisation for art therapists

• Focusing on the use of theatre in the therapeutic process, you'll explore the role of improvisation and the need to adapt therapeutic interventions to individual client needs

• You'll develop skills in assessing the impact of your own values and beliefs on your practice and the impact this may have on your clients and patients

• We have our own playback theatre company, specific to this Dramatherapy programme, which utilises your improvisational skills to develop the audiences' stories. Previous students have performed at festivals, conferences and university events.

About the course:

This full time course is made up of three phases - PG Cert, PG Dip and MA. You will need to come in to the University one day each week, and spend up to two days each week in your clinical placement.

You will learn how to develop, appraise and apply different theatrical models and Dramatherapy approaches in your studio work, and explore how you can apply these therapeutically to different client groups.

In your clinical placements you will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge and practical skills in a clinical setting. You will be supervised by a Dramatherapist from the University, who will help you to consider and reflect upon the work you do in your placement.

Throughout this course you will be encouraged to reflect and consider the impact and consequences of your interventions.

You will be required to undertake a total of 72 sessions of personal therapy, as stipulated by the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth), for the duration of the training. The cost of therapy will be covered by yourself, this is in addition to the standard course fees.

When you have successfully completed all elements of this course and the personal therapy sessions, you are eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a Dramatherapist. HCPC are the regulatory body.

Visit the MA Dramatherapy page on the University of Derby website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Nicola Phibben

1153.jpg "I travel up from Bristol each week, and it's totally worth it. It's a great opportunity to find out more about yourself and others."

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Beth Pinches

1154.jpg "I managed to fit this course around a busy schedule of work and commitments outside. It was exhausting as it challenges everything you take for granted about yourself. It was worth every second!"

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Amy Woodfield

1155.jpg "As a mum of a young child, I have found the course accessible with my placements being in my local area and university only being one day a week."


Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, or training in a relevant area such as psychology, occupational therapy, social work, or nursing, and current evidence of theatre experience. You’ll usually need one year’s full time (or equivalent) work experience (paid or unpaid) in a clinical setting such as services for mental health, learning disabilities, older people, children who have experienced trauma.International students: As above (the equivalent international qualification) and if English is not your first language, you’ll need to hold IELTS 7.0.

Course Fees

2014/2014 fees were £755 per 20 credit module. Please visit our website for all the latest information.

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