Short Course

Introduction to Dramatherapy Short Course

The 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.

Dramatherapy is an established profession regulated by the Health and 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.

About the course

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.

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

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.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

Professional registration

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)

Key details

Outcomes: Certificate of attendance

Start date: The next start date is in October 2022 and you will be required to attend on the following dates: 

  • 29 & 30 October 2022
  • 3 & 4 December  
  • 21 & 22 January 2023
  • 4 & 5 March 2023

Duration: Over four weekends

Location/Attendance: At QMU Campus, Musselburgh. All weekends run 10am - 5pm.

Delivery: Face-to-face teaching

Fees: 2022 entry:£875 (£630 concession unemployed/student status). 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.

For further information, including application process, please contact: Contact Lizzie Palmer at


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Over 4 weekends
Start Date
October 2022
Study Abroad
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