Dramatherapist Job Description

Dramatherapy Is A Creative Arts Therapy That Uses The Performance Arts To Promote Psychological, Emotional And Social Change. Dramatherapists Offer A Safe Environment For An Individual Or Group To Explore, Address And Deal With Personal And Social Difficulties, E.g. Grief, Anxiety And Personal Growth.

Dramatherapists Use A Variety Of Interventions With Clients, Including Stories, Puppetry, Improvisation, Drama And Movement To Allow Clients To Explore Their Past Experiences And Express Themselves In A Way That Might Be Easier Than Directly Talking About It.

Clients May Be Of Any Age And May Include People With Psychological And/or Mental Health Issues, Physical Or Mental Disabilities Or Behavioural Difficulties. Other Clients May Be People On Probation Or In Secure Settings, Or People Overcoming An Addiction.

Dramatherapists Work With A Range Of Other Professionals Such As Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Teachers And Other Therapist Staff.

Dramatherapists Contribute To Therapeutic Programmes In Clinical, Educational And Community Settings.

Dramatherapist Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  •  encouraging self-awareness, exploration and reflection on feelings and relationships;
  • attending regular supervision sessions.
  • providing opportunities for clients to learn new skills;
  • encouraging and supporting clients in creative drama and theatre work, involving the expressive use of movement and objects, using techniques such as improvisation, storytelling, play, role-play, myth, ritual, script work, and devising and presenting performances;
  • initiating spontaneous exploration of personal issues;
  • enabling clients to experiment with new ways of thinking and behaving;
  • taking referrals from other professional staff;
  • maintaining records of clients and activities;
  • writing reports for your employer on activities undertaken and clients seen;
  • using appropriate equipment, materials and therapeutic 'props', such as puppets and other objects;
  • organising a performance resulting from working with a group (although this is not essential);
  • undertaking assessment visits or appointments;
  • managing marketing and finances, when working on a self-employed basis;

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