Dramatherapists use group work, role play and movement to help people with their feelings and emotions.
Salary Range: £30,401 to £43,772
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
You’ll need to complete a postgraduate qualification in dramatherapy, accredited by the British Association of Dramatherapists.
To apply, you’ll need a first degree in a subject like:
- creative therapies
You may also be able to apply if you’ve got a degree in a related subject, like occupational therapy, nursing or social work.
You’ll be expected to have:
- practical drama experience
- voluntary or paid experience in helping people to deal with issues like mental health
You’ll usually need:
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You may be able to do an arts therapist degree apprenticeship.
You’ll usually need a qualification and experience in art, drama or music to apply.
To do this apprenticeship, you’ll need:
- a degree in a relevant subject for a degree apprenticeship
Volunteering and experience
You’ll need paid or voluntary experience of working in the community on drama projects, in youth work, or with people with disabilities or mental health issues.
- you’ll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council
It may help if you’ve got a background in teaching, acting, nursing or social work.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the British Association of Dramatherapists for professional recognition and training and development opportunities.
You can also find out more about working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.
Skills and knowledge
- counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
- knowledge of psychology
- knowledge of the fine arts
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to work well with others
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be flexible and open to change
- customer service skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- helping clients use their imagination and creativity to increase their confidence and self-esteem
- using voice, movement, storytelling, mime, puppetry and masks
- encouraging clients to form one-to-one relationships and also work as part of a group
- supporting clients to express what they feel and think about the world around them
- enabling the acting out of situations in a safe environment
- working closely with other professionals like psychologists, social workers, teachers and other therapy specialists
You could work in an NHS or private hospital, at an adult care home, at a school or in a prison.
With experience, you could become a senior or consultant dramatherapist and lead a team of therapists or manage a unit.
You could also train other dramatherapists or set up your own practice.