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Drama in Therapy: Action Methods for Learning, Insight and Growth

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 Under the guise of play and pretend, we can - for once - act in new ways. The bit of distance from real life afforded by drama enables us to gain perspective on our real-life roles and patterns and actions, and to experiment actively with alternatives. 

Renee Emunah, PhD, RDT/BCT Director, Drama Therapy Program California Institute of Integral Studies

Course overview:


Fill your creative therapy tool box with practical drama techniques to use in counselling and group work.


This two day workshop provides a practical introduction into the world of drama and role play as a therapeutic tool. Dramatherapy is used widely around the world with a range of client groups and is a method of working and playing that uses action methods to facilitate creativity, imagination, learning, insight and growth.


Through experiential learning, practical activities and case study illustrations, this workshop will introduce you to using drama and action based methods in counselling and group work. You will have a chance to participate in core dramatherapeutic processes including embodiment, drama games and play, story enactments, and role play which can be applied to a range of clinical settings.


You will have the opportunity to:

  • Take away a wide variety of drama games and warm ups to add to your toolkit
  • Consider how drama is used therapeutically
  • Experience and explore drama techniques and role play for use in counselling
  • Experience a range of role play, story enactment and embodied approaches
  • Explore the role of drama and its application using case studies.

Ideas explored:  

  • How is drama used therapeutically?
  • What theory and core processes underlie dramatherapy?
  • How do we evaluate the efficacy of drama techniques?
  • How do we use different drama activities to meet specific needs?
  • How do I introduce drama to clients?          

Training methods will include:

  • Interactive presentations
  • Case presentations
  • Large group discussions
  • Pair and small group discussions
  • Practical drama exercises and games
  • Role play
  • Reflection opportunities for application of methods
  • Learn in the safety and support of a small group

Who should attend?

Psychologists, social workers, counsellors, psychotherapists, pastoral workers, other allied health professionals and students who are interested in incorporating drama into therapeutic work. No previous drama or creative experience is required. Provisional psychologists can attend at student rates.

Workshop Facilitator

Natalie Mackenzie  Registered Dramatherapist


Workshop Venue


Burwood RSL, 96 Shaftesbury Rd, Burwood, NSW


Workshop Dates

May 14-15, 2018 or

Nov 12-13, 2018 


Workshop Details

Included in the workshop price:

  • 12 CPD points/hours (24 hours for AASW members)
  • Comprehensive Bound Seminar Workbook
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Lunch, Morning & Afternoon Teas
  • GST
  • 9am - 4pm Training
  • Early bird savings for bookings made two months prior to training.

Workshop Cost

Regular Price        $660

Early Bird              $630 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)

Student Price        $560

Student Early Bird $530 (paid 2 months prior to workshop)


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Send us an email requesting an invoice via the contact page with your name, the dates and name of course/courses you'd like to do and the name of your organisation who you want us to invoice and we will send you an organisational invoice and a registration form.






Drama in Therapy