Family Dramatherapy and Working Creatively with Children

Family Dramatherapy and Working Creatively with Children



This is an accreditation course for adult professionals and students aged 18+.  There is an increasing expectation for professionals to undertake Continuing Professional Development regardless of industry sector, career level, job role and responsibilities. The CPD Certification Service helps organisations such as The AoC formalise knowledge into a structured and recognised approach to meet those expectations.


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the term used to describe the learning activities professionals engage in to develop and enhance their abilities. It enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and reactive.  CPD Certification Service.


CPD is for professionals to show that they are continuing to develop and learn along their career journeys, by maintaining their skills, working safely, updating their knowledge and also working effectively, ethically and legally.


Family Dramatherapy Introductory Course, is a wonderfully practical and experiential one day workshop – aimed at primary, secondary, academy school staff, SENCOs, social workers, senior social workers, family support workers, counsellors, therapists, and all other health and educational professionals,  to understand how dramatherapy works and how this highly effective psychotherapeutic model works under the new paradigm of family dramatherapy and how dramatherapists apply both playful and dramatic techniques in helping entire family units, whether biological or non-biological family members come together and heal disagreements, family rifts, broken attachments and bonds by expressing themselves in new, long lasting, creative and healing ways.


This course will look at a brief history of family therapy in the UK and in the USA and showcase real-life case studies conducted by The AoC / The Arts of Change since 1995.


Participants will understand the basics of dramatherapy and the models used to underpin family dramatherapy.


You will also be encouraged to work experientially, using safe, playful, dramatic games and exercises – as these will assist you in making appropriate referrals to The AoC for family dramatherapy, being able to confidently talk to your clients about this paradigm and complete a simple but effective assessment tool.  This course will also assist you, as a professional or volunteer who works with families indirectly or directly in how to work in a free, non-judgemental, non-assumptive manner by helping parents and their children or relatives to adopt and mirror non-confrontational and finger-pointing’ attitudes in a safe, exploratory and creative way.


The aims of The Family Dramatherapy: Introductory Course are to:


  • Explore what family dramatherapy is
  • Learn about the history of family therapy in brief, and modern theorists’ views of family therapy.
  • Understand how family breakdowns affects everyone socially, economically, emotionally and psychologically.
  • Understand external and internal triggers that may spark family breakdowns: Blaming culture.
  • Learn how to use effective family dramatherapy coping strategies through games and practical exercises to help families reunite and heal.
  • Learn how to complete Q-Cards and Timelines for assessment purposes.



The course will give you an overview of theory and up-to-date research findings on the subject of family therapy, an overview of the effect of family relationship breakdowns and the impact this has upon children and young people, and present several case studies. There will be plenty of time for group discussions, reflections, Q and A’s and practical demos of coping exercises which you will have lots of opportunity in which to practise.


Our hope is that all participants will leave this course feeling much more confident with how to sign-post families in distress or children or young people who clearly are not the ‘problem’ but seen as by the immediate family.


At the end of the course, and satisfactory completion – you will receive a certificate of attendance and receive CPD points. We provide all materials, handouts, refreshments and a tasty light lunch is included. Please let us know of any dietary or disability requirements/needs at least one week prior to the start date of this course by emailing our friendly administrator – Ben Franklin at:


This course will sell out quickly so please do not delay in booking your place early to avoid any disappointment. Otherwise we are happy to place you on our waiting list until we are able to facilitate a repeat course later in 2017 or early 2018.


You may pay in full via our secure sister payment programme – Eventbrite. Please also note that any cancellations will incur a 25% charge to the value of the overall course fee which is non-refundable.