Short Course

Introduction to Dramatherapy

The Introduction to Dramatherapy course will be of interest and benefit to all those interested in the arts and those working in theatre, health, social care and education.

Completion of the course will provide students with a good general introduction to Dramatherapy and a foundation on which to progress to further accredited training.

This course will run entirely dependent upon required number of students.

Introduction to Dramatherapy: The course in brief

What will I learn on the course?

Dramatherapy is an established profession regulated by the Health & Care Professions Council, and Dramatherapists who’ve completed a master’s level training practise under a protected title. Treatment settings include psychiatry, adult and child psychotherapy, physical and learning disability services, forensic and other custodial settings, special and mainstream education, services for the elderly, palliative care and private practice.

Dramatherapy offers an active, creative and playful approach to encountering and exploring life experiences. It is concerned with the ways in which the psychotherapeutic application of creative techniques can contribute to beneficial psychological change.

The Introduction to Dramatherapy Short Course will introduce students to the practice of dramatherapy through experiential learning and specialist presentations. The course will cover some of the history and development of dramatherapy and introduce students to some of the key theories informing current practice, while focusing predominantly on workshop-based group processes, which reflects the style of learning on a full training programme. A reading list will be provided.


Certificate of attendance.

NB This is a non-qualifying course and does not allow persons to practice as a ‘Dramatherapist’ or use this legally protected title. If you are interested in progressing to one of the UK’s professionally accredited training programmes, please visit the website of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth)

How will I be taught?

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered over four weekends at the QMU Campus, Musselburgh. All weekends run 10am - 5pm.

Teaching, learning and assessment

Experiential workshops will offer students the opportunity to encounter the various processes themselves in a group setting, sharing experiences whilst exploring key themes pertinent to dramatherapy practice.

All creative materials and equipment will be provided for the workshops.

Start date

The course will start on 12 October 2024.

you will be required to attend on the following dates:

  • 12-13 October 2024
  • 7-8 December 2024
  • 1-2 February 2025
  • 15-16 March 2025

Introduction to Dramatherapy: Entry requirements, fees and application information

Entry requirements: There are no formal entry requirements.

Fees: 2023 entry is £965 (£693 concession unemployed/student status).

Fees may be subject to change for 2023 entry.

Payment can be made by card to QMU's Finance Office on tel: 0131 474 0000 (state the course details). Alternatively, you can ask them for bank transfer details - please quote your full name, the name of the course and year of study for reference if paying by this method 

Application process: Applications should be made via our online application form.

More information and QMU contacts

For further information, including application process, please contact contact Lizzie Palmer. 


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Over 4 weekends
Start Date
October 2024
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