“Learning and growing together”
Drama therapy allows children and young people to express their emotions safely using creative distance. This can be achieved through using masks, role play, toys, puppets and stories. These techniques also enable children and young people to develop positive socialisation skills, self-esteem and emotional literacy. Drama therapy takes place at school for some students on a referral basis. Reasons for a referral can include:
- Learning disabilities
- Emotional behavioural and social needs
- Looked after children
- Loss and bereavement
- Child Protection cases
- Divorce and separation
- Challenging behaviour
- Withdrawn or isolated behaviour
- Building resilience
- Reintegration following exclusion from school
Sessions can take place in individual or small group sessions as one-off sessions or part of a longer programme.
The Drama therapists that we use at Pitcheroak are professionally trained on accredited MA courses and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Drama therapists are required to practice in accordance with the BADth code of Ethics and Equal Opportunities Policies, and undertake regular supervision with registered supervisors.
Currently our Drama therapist specialises in using Drama to enhance communication skills, self-confidence and self-enablement. Our therapist uses creativity to find expression without necessitating verbal or cognitive interpretation. It uses play, story-telling, movement, voice work, music, role play, art, puppetry, mask work and talking to explore emotions, feelings and thoughts. It is non-intrusive, child led and gentle.