Dramatherapists are educated to Masters Level and must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to practice in the UK.
To become a qualified, you’ll need to have successfully completed an approved postgraduate programme in dramatherapy to register and practice as a dramatherapist. Dramatherapists in training are also required to engage in personal therapy during the course of their training.
In the UK, the following universities and institutions offer postgraduate courses in dramatherapy approved by the HCPC:
Postgraduate courses take between 18 months and three years, depending on whether you study on a full time or part time basis. For entry to an approved course, you’ll need a degree-level qualification in subjects such as dramatic arts, education or psychology. Graduate-level professional qualifications in occupational therapy, nursing, teaching, social work or special needs may also be accepted.
Universities will also look for at least two years experience working in community arts or working with the arts in an educational or care setting. You’ll also need to show your practical experience in drama. Basic theatre skills are also useful.
The HCPC website has an up-to-date list of accredited courses. Entry requirements vary depending on the university, college or provider. You are advised to contact each individual provider to find out its specific entry requirements.
Student membership of the British Association of Dramatherapists is available while you are training.
Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme
Dramatherapists in NHSScotland are required to become members of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme in respect of regulated work protected adults and children. This scheme is managed by Disclosure Scotland.