Therapy professionals n.e.c. > Dramatherapist
Beauty and wellbeing | Healthcare | Social care
Dramatherapists use group work, role play and movement to help people with their feelings and emotions.
£31,365 Starter - £44,503 Experienced
37 to 39 a week (evenings / weekends)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursean apprenticeship
You'll need to complete a postgraduate qualification in dramatherapy, accredited by the British Association of Dramatherapists.
To apply, you'll need a degree in a subject like drama, creative therapies or psychology. 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 and 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 Level 6 (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.
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 could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator at your local NHS trust for further advice. 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.
What it takes
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 pass enhanced background checks
What you’ll do
- help clients use their imagination and creativity to increase their confidence and self-esteem
- use voice, movement, storytelling, mime, puppetry and masks
- encourage clients to form one-to-one relationships and also work as part of a group
- support clients to express what they feel and think about the world around them
- enable clients to act out situations in a safe environment
- work 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.
Career path and progression
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.