How to become a dramatherapist
You can get into this job through a university course or an apprenticeship.
You'll need to complete a postgraduate qualification in dramatherapy, accredited by the British Association of Dramatherapists.
To apply for the postgraduate course, you'll need a degree in a subject like drama, creative therapies or psychology.
You might also be able to apply if you've got a degree in a related subject, like occupational therapy, nursing or social work.
You'll be expected to have practical drama experience.
You'll also be expected to have paid or voluntary experience in helping people to deal with issues like mental health.
You'll usually need:
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You might be able to do an Arts Therapist Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship.
You'll usually need a qualification and experience in art, drama or music to apply.
To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:
- a degree in a relevant subject for a degree apprenticeship
You'll find it useful to have paid or voluntary work experience.
You could work:
- in the community on drama projects
- in youth work
- with people with disabilities or mental health issues
You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator at your local NHS trust for further advice.
You can also find volunteering opportunities through the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Do IT.
- you'll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council
It might help if you've got a background in teaching, acting, nursing or social work.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the British Association of Dramatherapists for professional recognition, training and development opportunities.
You can find advice about how to become a dramatherapist from the British Association of Dramatherapists and Health Careers.
You can also find out more about working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.