Introduction to Dramatherapy and the Sesame Approach

Workshop facilitated by
Laura Hurkett

This workshop aims to introduce Dramatherapy and the Sesame Approach and includes
experiential therapy sessions for individuals to gain understanding first-hand. Dramatherapy is a form of arts psychotherapy which focuses on the practise of using
exercises derived from Drama and Theatre, which are rationalised by a variety of psychological theories. It’s used to support, heal, comfort and provide therapy to an individual person or group of people. A dramatherapy session, may draw on mediums such as drama exercises, stories, myths, images, play, mask work, puppetry and voice to help our clients unconsciously explore and examine relationships, perceptions and experiences that are pertinent to them, all while experiencing the nurturing, creative parts of themselves. The Sesame Approach to Dramatherapy is heavily influenced by the theories of psychologist Carl Jung and movement practitioner Rudolf Laban. Movement therapy is the practise of using movement to explore emotions, images, and promote psychological and emotional healing through the body, and works to promote support and healing within a session.

The workshop aims to cover the following issues:

  • Basic theory underlying Dramatherapy
  • Basic theory underlying the Sesame Approach, and how it is implemented with
    clients
  • The theory practice of working with Movement and Myth within a session
  • The ‘Sesame’ structure and its benefits.
  • Experiential therapy sessions for individuals to gain first-hand experience
  • Laura Hurkett Drama and Movement Therapist working in private practice and Academic
    Specialist and Associate Lecturer in ‘Introduction to Dramatherapy’ at the University of
    the West of England. with a special interest in self-destructive behaviour in children and adolescents

    Understanding and Working with PTSD and Complex Trauma

    Christina Buxton: Christina has worked in the field of psychological trauma for over 20 years and is currently the chair of the British Psychological Society Crisis Disaster and Trauma Section, and Programme Leader for the MSc in Psychological Trauma at the University of Chester. In 2018 Christina was a keynote speaker at the International Trauma Summit in Belfast, where she presented on the subject of Complex PTSD with Dr Judith Herman. Christina’s most recent clinical work is with young people and adolescents suffering from Complex PTSD. 21st June 2018 University Center Shrewsbury

    An Introduction to Working with Shame using Compassion-Focussed Therapy (CFT)

    Speaker : Dr Andrew Rayner
    Date: Friday 29th March 2019
    Venue: Sunstone Centre, Hope House Children’s Hospice, Nr Oswestry