The British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) is the professional organisation for Dramatherapists in the United Kingdom. Our contact details are above.
The main objects of the Association are:
- to promote the advancement of the profession;
- to be the representational body for dramatherapists working in the UK;
- to promote, maintain, improve and advance the education of the public about the benefits, theory and practice of Dramatherapy;
- to be an advocate for the establishment and maintenance of fair pay and conditions of service for Dramatherapists;
- to forge links with Dramatherapists and Dramatherapy organisations in other countries.
- formulates criteria for training courses and standards of professional practice;
- maintains a register of supervisors;
- organises conferences and training days;
- publishes journals, newsletters and information leaflets;
- disseminates examples of good practice;
- answers questions from the general public, official bodies and the press;
- archives a growing body of research;
- provides information about CPD;
- has a number of subcommittees that promote Dramatherapy in various areas of practice;
- liaises with other Allied Health Professional Bodies and Psychological Therapies Assocations;
- is a stakeholder in major health and education reforms and consultations .
The categories of Membership are as follows:
- Full Membership
- To become a Full Member the applicant must be registered as a Dramatherapist with The Health Professions Council.
- Non-practising Membership
- To become a non-practising member, the applicant must have successfully completed a Dramatherapy training which would permit them to apply to the HPC for registration as as Dramatherapist.
- Retired Membership
- Any Full Member who has maintained their membership of The Association for at least five consecutive years prior to full retirement from Dramatherapy practice.
- International Membership
- Any person who has qualified as a Dramatherapist and is living outside the UK is eligible to apply to the committee to become an International Member of the Association.
- Associate Membership
- Any person interested in furthering the objectives of the Association is eligible to apply to become an Associate Member.
- Student Membership
- Any person undertaking recognised Post Graduate full-time or part-time Dramatherapy training may apply to become a Student Member.
Benefits of Membership
- BADth publishes a Journal three times a year and The Prompt Newsletter six times a year;
- access to the members' area of the Website;
- free online access to Dramatherapy Journal articles on the Routledge website via the members' area;
- reduced fees at BADth training days, conferences, regional and national research day;
- regular information and guidelines for specific areas of practice;
- work related updates and guidance from the Sub-Committees;
- access to professional guidelines and ethics;
- information about job vacancies;
- inclusion in the ‘Find a Therapist’ list (Full and International members only);
- reduced cost insurance with Towergate;
- opportunities to join Sub-committees and special interest groups;
- mentorship scheme for Newly Qualified Full members
The Peter Slade Fund
- Provides grants for trainees and newly qualified members to develop practice, purchase materials, or attend conferences.
The Gordon Wiseman Fund
- Provides grants for small scale research or to develop practice.