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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: Chris Hill

I have 30 years of experience of working with groups and individuals in many different settings including mental wellbeing, learning difficulties and older people. I have special interests in story telling and shadow theatre enhanced through my MA studies in Theatre Practice at the University of Exeter from where I graduated in 2000. I also have some experience in making films as a way of capturing 'performance'. I retired from the Devon Partnership (NHS) Trust in April 2012 where I worked as a Senior Dramatherapist. I also worked as a Clinical Supervisor for students attending the Exeter MA course in Dramatherapy until the course closed. Currently I have a private practice and can offer supervision to dramatherapists and others. I am also currently involved in making a film with actors who have learning difficulties in collaboration with the Otterhayes Trust."I work in a creative way and my aims are to encourage that same creativity in others, facilitating those I work with in the processes of change"

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