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About BADth

About BADth

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 and Care 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 HCPC 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.

To apply for membership of BADth - please contact us to obtain an application form at

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 Sage 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 Subcommittees;
  • 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 Subcommittees 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.

All information on this web site is copyright and may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without permission. To obtain such permission, please e-mail or write to The British Association of Dramatherapists, P.O.Box 1615, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 9TG.

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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. Currently, it does not have charitable status. 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.