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