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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"


CPD day with Linda Winn & Special General Meeting
Saturday 8th April 2017 in Exeter
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Featured Dramatherapist: Martin Redfern

Mental Health Practitioner, HCPC registered dramatherapist and DfE registered teacher. I have worked for well over ten years with children and young people with histories of trauma and/or neglect. This has been in education with children who were out of school, with their families and the services that are there to support them and as a therapist for a foster care agency. I am currently employed fours days a week by CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) as a Tier 3 Mental Health Practitioner.

In 2001 I gained an MEd in Psychology of Education, and in 2011 an MA in Dramatherapy. My preferred approach to dramatherapy is to use the practice of developmental transformations (DvT) as developed by David Read Johnson and colleagues. This approach evolved as a form of dramatherapy mainly from work with Vietnam Veterans and is being continually refined to increase its effectiveness with those affected by trauma and other life-restricting conditions.

In March 2014 I graduated from the Institute of Developmental Transformations and, with Tracey Wills, I have been running the DvT practice and training days in Exeter.

Systemic priciples and those of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy are also major influences on my practice. I have completed Levels 1 and 2 of the IFS training.

I receive full supervision for my work and I have experience of working in a range of settings.

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 CPD Event followed by Special General Meeting Event 
Date: Saturday 08 April 2017
Venue: St Matthew's Hall Exeter, Exeter

The workshop will prepare attendees to use Turner’s Model of Crisis within a dramatherapy context. The focus will be on working with those who have experienced trauma, particularly the refugee community.
Linda Winn has been developing and testing the use of this model for two decades.

The workshop is an introduction containing experiential and theoretic elements.
There will be an expectation that participants have some experience of working with trauma and crisis.
If not, then you would need to gain knowledge of this before embarking on work with vulnerable populations.

Linda Winn has extensive experience as a Dramatherapist, Nurse, EMDR Practitioner & Psychotherapy Supervisor. She has worked with people suffering from trauma and their carers for over 35 years. She has recently completed her PhD The Drama of War, the Theatre of Life at Anglia Ruskin University.
Publications include: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dramatherapy (1994, Jessica Kingsley) and ‘Experiential Training for Staff Working with Eating Disorders’ in Dokter, D. (ed) Arts Therapies and Clients with Eating Disorders (1994, Jessica Kingsley).

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