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Introductory Dramatherapy Course 2023

Introductory Dramatherapy Course  March - December 2023

Have you heard the term dramatherapy and wondered what it is and how it works? Do you have an interest or background in the dramatic arts and would like to explore the use of drama in a therapeutic context? Are you a health professional who works in a clinical role with clients and would like to have a creative method of working that is evidenced-based and rigorously researched in Australia and around the world? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then this course may be of interest to you.

This course is run over one year with the classes being held in-person over six weekends. 

The dates of the weekends are: 

March 24, 25, 26

May 5, 6, 7

June 23, 24, 25

August 25, 26, 27

October 27, 28, 29

December 8, 9, 10 

The times for each weekend are:

Fridays: 7pm - 9pm (Online) 

Saturdays: 9:30am - 5pm

Sundays: 9:30am - 4pm 

The weekends will be held in White's Creek Cottage, 31 White Street, Lilyfield, NSW 2040.  (see ). 

Cost: $2700

Earlybird: $2300 (ends 1 March 2023)

Includes all art and drama materials, text book and morning/afternoon tea. 


There will be experiential and theoretical work in the following areas:

  • Symbol & Metaphor

  • Improvisation

  • Distancing

  • Role Theory

  • Dramatherapy for various populations

  • Psychodramatic techniques

  • Projective techniques of mask and puppetry

  • Storymaking

  • Theatro Therapy

  • Biographical work and performance


Additionally the following arts therapy modalities will be explained:

  • Art therapy

  • Voice–movement therapy

  • Somatic therapy

  • Dance–movement therapy

  • Narrative therapy/Arts

  • Guest presenters will join the course throughout


The following theories will be addressed:

Gestalt, Erikson, Piaget, Jung, Steiner, Lievegoed, counselling theory, narrative therapy and arts. 



  • Gain skills in using drama techniques in a therapeutic way as adjuncts to your work;

  • Show understanding of the relevance of dramatherapy in biography;

  • Use drama-based interventions that help in the healing process;

  • Analyse group dynamics and elicit themes in reflective work.

  • Show how other arts therapies can support dramatherapy.



  1. Story to share with the group 

  2. Essay on the topic ‘What is dramatherapy’ 

  3. Run a Dramatherapy session 

  4. Reflective journal of your learning from the course

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