The Med Shed

Dramatherapist

THE WORKING DAY

You’re based at Hull Royal Infirmary and your days are always varied, working with different groups.

Today, your first patient is a boy, 12, who became addicted to sniffing glue when his parents divorced. He has a history of being bullied because of speech and language difficulties and cannot express himself with words. You help him make puppets based on characters from his favourite stories and encourage him to make sounds to express his feelings through the puppets.

Next you drive to the community centre, where you work with refugees finding it hard to settle into a new way of life. You help them to express themselves by working with the stories from their homeland.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You are patient, understanding and trustworthy, happy to talk about and listen to feelings and emotions.

WHAT'S NEXT?

It is a good idea to gain a minimum of five A-C grades of GCSE (or the equivalent), preferably including drama and psychology. You should then apply for at least three A-Levels (including drama/theatre studies) at college/6th form.

Generally, you will first need to apply for a degree in theatre studies/drama or a psychological health-related subject and then gain some experience of working with people with special needs before you then apply to take an approved MA in dramatherapy.