Dramatherapy has as its main focus the intentional use of healing aspects of drama and theatre as the therapeutic process. It is a method of working and playing that uses action methods to facilitate creativity, imagination, learning, insight and growth.
Dramatherapy is a diverse profession and it is important to ensure that those who practice it are maintaining the standards that we as a professional body uphold. Dramatherapists, along with Art and Music Therapists, need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council.
The British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) is the professional body for Dramatherapists in the United Kingdom.
It was established in 1977, is formally constituted with Officers and an Executive Committee and has its own Code of Practice. BADth has the legal status of a non-profit-making company, limited by guarantee.
Through the work of its executive officers, sub-committees and individual members, it represents Dramatherapists' interests in numerous ways: for example, with employing authorities, government departments, professional bodies and the media. The charitable wing is currently a non-registered charity.