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We are a professional network for Dramatherapists based in the South West of England, UK, established in 1989 and have just celebrated 30 years! Our aim aim is to support Dramatherapists in the region to keep in touch with each other, enable networking and peer support and provide a platform for practitioners seeking colleague-ship, professional development and a higher profile. We have experienced changes throughout the years but continue to consistently provided workshops, local conferences and other events for those practising the the therapeutic creative arts.  

Membership of Dramatherapy Southwest is open to all qualified (HCPC Registered) Dramatherapists, Students Dramatherapists and those supporting the aims and objectives of the Association who can become Associate Members. 

As well as enabling you to keep in touch with other Dramatherapists in the network, other benefits include: 

    All qualified Members are able to have their own webpage on the Dramatherapy Southwest website enabling them to advertise themselves and their therapy services. 
     Access to the Member's area on the website 
    Reduced fees for Dramatherapy Southwest conferences, workshops  and other events
    Support for Members' therapeutic practice
    Support for continuing professional development according to the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) requirements
    Information exchange about work opportunities, theatre performances , and events related to Dramatherapy practice in the region.

More details can be found on the Joining DTSW section of our website or you can email us directly a or find us on Facebook and Instagram.

Featured Dramatherapist: Susan Lawrence

I'm a qualified HCPC registered Dramatherapist, based in Bristol. I love working with a range of clients, individually and in groups. I am experienced in working with:

Substance users (in various stages of change) in rehabilitation and community based settings
Children, Young People and their families (including LGBT work)
Adults with Learning Difficulties in residential and community based settings
Practitioners working in a range of services such as Domestic Violence and Mental Health
People labelled 'hard to reach'

I'm an experienced Group Facilitator, Trainer and Community Development Worker. I develop tailor made training and group work experiences, which focus on developing Self-esteem, Confidence and Communication Skills.

I've been the Chair of Dramatherapy South West for the past two years, taking pride in creating and managing a range of Continuing Professional Development experiences and workshops for drama and other creative arts therapists.

I offer a sliding fee scale.

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