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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: Martin Redfern

Mental Health Practitioner, HCPC registered dramatherapist, BADth registered supervisor and DfE registered teacher. I have worked for more than 15 years with children and young people with histories of trauma and/or neglect. This has been in education and in more recent years as a therapist. I worked as a specialist tutor with children who were out of school, with their families and with the services that are there to support them. Later, after qualifying as a dramatherapist, I was employed as a therapist for a foster care agency and between December 2015 and May 2019 I was employed fours days a week by CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) as a Tier 3 Mental Health Practitioner. During my final year at CAMHS I was also seconded part-time to the JACAT team where I used Trauma-focussed CBT to support recovery for children and young people who had been experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of sexual abuse.

I have served on the Dramatherapy Southwest Committee in a number of different capacities. I am currently (2017 to 2019) Chair of this organisation.

In 2001 I gained an MEd in Psychology of Education, and in 2011 an MA (distinction) 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. I have frequently used the approach with adopted or fostered children, usually working with both the carer/parent and child together in the playspace.

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. Contact Tracey or me for information about these days (at which take place every 6 weeks or so in Exeter or East Devon.

Systemic priciples and those of Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy are also major influences on my practice. I have now completed Level 3 IFS training.

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

In October 2019 I was awarded a Diploma in Creative Supervision (130 hours) at the London Centre for Psychodrama and I am now a British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) registered Supervisor.

See downloadable cv below for more information.

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