Introductory Dramatherapy Course 2022

Introductory Dramatherapy Course  Feb - Dec 2022

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: 

February 18, 19, 20
April 1, 2, 3
June 10, 11, 12
August 26, 27, 28
October 21, 22, 23
December 16, 17, 18


The times for each weekend are:

Fridays: 7pm - 9pm

Saturdays: 9:30am - 5pm

Sundays: 9:30am - 4pm

The weekends will be held in The Lower Hall at The Centre in Randwick, Sydney (see 

Cost: $2700

Earlybird: $2430 (ends 31 Dec 2021)

Includes all intensive weekends, morning and afternoon tea, and the course textbook: Paige Dickinson and Sally Bailey (Eds) (2021) The Drama Therapy Decision Tree: Connecting Drama Therapy Interventions to Treatment, Intellect Books, UK.


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, CBT, 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. Dramatherapy activity 

  4. Reflective journal of your learning from the course