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Welcome to Dramatherapy Southwest

Sepping SonesDramatherapy Southwest is a professional network which exists to promote drama as a therapeutic approach. It is a non-profit organization and was first established in 1989.

We are all dramatherapy practitioners who live and work in the region. Some work in the NHS, some in education and others in private practice.

We are all inspired by the art form of drama, the power of its creativity and the enjoyment of self-expression.

Drama makes use of the mind, imagination, voice and body. It makes use of space, form, colour, and image. 

There is a wealth of evidence that dramatherapy can improve mental health and general well-being


                          "Dramatherapy is the application of this art form to psychotherapy"


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Thank you to all who attended

Dramatherapy Southwest's 9th Conference

Guides & Shadows

11th & 12th July 2015, Exeter, Devon, UK

It was a smashing turn-out with 23 delegates attending over the weekend

Coming soon - reflections on the event

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NEXT EVENT - DTSW Summer Seasonal Social

Harvest & Hang Out

GHOSTBUSTERS - Big Screen In The Park - 16th August 2015

See below for details...

Featured Dramatherapist: Shane Scott

Shane Scott, M.A., B.A.(Hons), D.Hyp, PDCHyp, MBSCH

Dramatherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Internal Family Systems Therapist

A psychotherapist with over ten years experience, Shane went on to successfully complete the dramatherapy Master's course at Roehampton University in 2010. He has also trained in Internal Family Systems Therapy, a similarly creative psychotherapeutic model that supports the client to explore internal conflicts, bring empathy to their internal system, and restore trust in the Self.

Areas of clinical specialisation include adults with mental health issues, particularly those manifesting acting out behaviours such as eating disorders, self-harming, OCDs and dependent behaviours. Health Professions Council registered.

News and Events

 Dramatherapy SouthWest Committee Meeting Event 
Date: Monday 10 August 2015
Time: 18:00 - 20:30
Venue: The City Gate, Exeter

This meeting is open to all members of DTSW. The agenda is available from The Chair by email request. It will be the fifth meeting of the committee, elected at the 2015 AGM.
Committee in attendance will be Chair - Martin Redfern, Secretary - Amy Gunther, Treasurer - Tracey Wills and general committee members - Amerie Rose and Samantha Wraith.

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 Dramatherapy SouthWest Committee Mini-Meeting Event 
Date: Sunday 16 August 2015
Time: 18:00 - 19:15
Venue: The Well House Tavern, Exeter

This will be a 'mini-meeting'. It is being held with the particular invitation to those of you who wish to see behind the scenes and enjoy a less formal setting and agenda. At this mid-way point, we will be reflecting on the achievements to date and looking at what can be still be done before the AGM 2016. It will be the sixth meeting of the committee, elected at the 2015 AGM.
Committee in attendance will be Chair - Martin Redfern, Secretary - Amy Gunther, Treasurer - Tracey Wills and general committee members - Amerie Rose and Samantha Wraith.

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 DTSW Seasonal Social - Harvest & Hang Out Event 
Date: Sunday 16 August 2015
Time: 18:00 - 23:00
Venue: The Well House Tavern and Northernhay Gardens, 

At the conference last weekend, it was agreed that by mid-August we will be ready for another get together. These informal events give our community an opportunity to get to know each other better and spend time together in a relaxed environment.

Bring in the GHOSTBUSTERS!...

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 2015 Annual Conference and AGM of The British Association of Dramatherapists Event 
Date: Saturday 05 September 2015 - Monday 07 September 2015
Venue: Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire

CULTIVATING THE FIELD - Innovation, Performance & Risk in Dramatherapy

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 ECArTE - 13th European Arts Therapies Conference Event 
Date: Wednesday 16 September 2015 - Saturday 19 September 2015

CULTURAL LANDSCAPES in ARTS THERAPIES - participation, diversity and dialogue

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 CAMHS ICAPT Arts Therapies Conference 2015 Event 
Date: Friday 18 September 2015
Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Venue: CNWL Recovery College, 

Integration and Individuation - Arts Therapies in CAMHS

A One Day Small CAMHS Conference presented by ICAPT - The International Centre for Arts Psychotherapies Training

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