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Running Great Groups: Drama Therapy to Enliven Groups

..awesome training .... I can’t tell you the difference it’s made in my approach…it’s finally clicked! I had the most wonderful session yesterday with a child and I know it’s going to help me enormously with my group I run. Thank you.


.. was the best training workshop I've been to!

 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:

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

Without the need to be extroverted or "dramatic", you can learn usable skills to assist those in your groups and therapy room feel more welcome, connected, liked and self-determined.


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 and issues such as anxiety, trauma, bereavement and life transition challenges.


You will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn key principles that make groups work
  • Take away a wide variety of drama games and warm ups to add to your toolkit
  • Consider how drama is used therapeutically
  • Practice 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
  • Learn in the safety and support of a small friendly group      

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

11-12 May, 2020

12-13 October, 2020

Workshop Details

Included in the workshop price:

  • 12 CPD hours 
  • 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)

Student Price        $560

Student Early        $530 (paid 2 months prior)


Work Paying?

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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.


What people are saying about ...

Natalie's Workshops 

The training workshop..


.. was enlightening, inspiring and also fun. I loved all of it!


.. as a counsellor, gave me some powerful tools to add to my practice. I love the way clients are empowered and in a much more "safe" way, leaving them less vulnerable.


.. a chance to learn new ways of being with clients, particularly clients who are less verbal.


.. gave me some excellent insights into tools that I can incorporate in my practice.


.. was a valuable practical experience and learning from a trainer who has a lot of experience in the field.


.. balanced, useful, relevant, inspiring.


.. provided great case studies and lots of valuable practice with drama therapy tools.


.. Thank you Natalie for sharing your knowledge, creative ideas and passion for Drama Therapy.