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There are currently four post-graduate training courses in Dramatherapy in the UK that lead to a qualification approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), accredited by the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth), and recognised by the Department of Health.

Only successful completion of courses which have HCPC approval and BADth accreditation can lead to full membership of the British Association of Dramatherapists. To become a full BADth member, proof of registration with the HCPC is needed. Student membership is available whilst training.

The courses are based in Derby, London, Roehampton and Cambridge. All enquiries about training should be made to the training institutions.

The registration training is set at MA level.

To view BADth's Curriculum Guidance information for the education and training of Dramatherapists, click here to download document: Curriculum Guidance Document (PDF, 113KB)

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Entry criteria

The entry criteria to any of the courses would normally include a Bachelor's degree in drama or a psychological health related subject or appropriate professional qualification/ degree, equivalent of one years full time experience working, paid or voluntarily, with people with specific needs, for example mental ill health, learning disabilities, experience of practical drama work and good interpersonal skills. Level 7 English proficiency is required for English second language students. If you have any queries about whether you can meet these criteria please contact the individual courses. The criteria will also be explored at interview. contains information for people between 14 and 19 who are interested in preparing to train and a job profile and further career information can be found here:

Examples of acceptable work experience might include: nursing assistant, support worker, graduate mental health worker, theatre or drama work with people with specific needs, experience in graduate professions such as nursing, social work, teaching, occupational therapy. Please check with the individual courses.

The universities sometimes offer short courses for prospective students. Please contact them for details.

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Each course has its own unique identity, but there are basic components common to all courses.

  • Experience and competence in a broad range of drama and theatre skills, approaches and techniques including performance work.
  • Understanding and awareness of relevant psychological, psychotherapeutic and anthropological principles and practices.
  • Participation in an ongoing, experiential Dramatherapy training group.
  • Knowledge of related therapies such as art, music, dance/movement and play.
  • Supervised Dramatherapy practice.
  • Continuous assessment of experiential, practical and written work.
  • Personal therapy parallel with training
  • Research skills and evidence based practice

For the details of the level of proficiencies Dramatherapists are trained to achieve go the Health and Care Profession Council's Website at and follow the links to Arts Therapies proficiencies.

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A lot of people enquire about funding for the training. Often students are funded by their employers, especially those employed within the NHS and Social Services. Some teachers have been funded by their LEAs. Some students have applied for funding for course fees from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB). Otherwise individuals fund themselves.

Potential students could contact:



Other useful websites for funding


The Scholarship Hub

The Nestpick Scholarship

Sidney Perry Foundation

Leverhulme Trades Charities Trust 

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Recognised Dramatherapy Training Courses in the UK

For further information please contact:

Anglia Ruskin University:

Course leader: Sophia Condaris -

University of Derby:

Programme Leader: Kate Smith -

University of Roehampton:

Course Convenor: Henri Seebohm  

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama:

Programme Leader: Richard Hougham

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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.