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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


NEXT EVENT - DTSW Summer Seasonal Social

Harvest & Hang Out

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

See below for details...

Featured Dramatherapist: Amerie Rose

In January 2014, I launched Encounter Theatre and Therapy (ETT) with colleague Samantha Wraith. ETT is a developing social enterprise, dedicated to dramatherapy and theatre in the UK. We work from a dramatherapeutic perspective with adults facing a range of challenges. We have a growing place in our field as innovators in social and cultural research (ethnography), outcome measurement, organisational support, team building and performance practice. 

Please have a look at our website for more information on current projects and what is in store for 2015 and beyond:

  • I am available for one-to-one and group dramatherapy, over short-term or long-term intervention processes.
  • I work with both adults and children.
  • My particular interest is in supporting adults who are in crisis following life changes and/or challenges.
  • My specialisms include developmental disabilities, mental health and trauma. 
STOP PRESS: Keep an eye out for The PCPE FLASHMOB SHIVAREE, working with CEDA and coming to central Exeter on 21st September 2015, 1.30-2.30pm. Come and join us as we celebrate our diversity and acknowledge the advantages and disadvantages of living with a learning disability. 
STOP PRESS: ETT were part of The Bike Shed Theatre's 'From Devon With Love' Festival on 20th January 2015. We shared an interactive therapeutic theatre performance of 'The Crane Wife', as part of our PCPE Show Project. This completes R&D Stage one for the project, which received Arts Council England funding. We will be continuing development of this work throughout 2015 and beyond.

News and Events

 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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 2015 Dramatherapy Wales Conference Event 
Date: Friday 13 November 2015
Venue: The Powerstation, Cwmbran, South Wales, 

'Living Our Stories - Cradle to Grave'
After the success of the first conference Dramatherapy Wales are hosting their 2nd conference in Autumn 2015!

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