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About Us

The British Association of Dramatherapists, commonly known as BADth, is the professional organisation for Dramatherapists in the United Kingdom.

Dramatherapy has as its main focus the intentional use of healing aspects of drama and theatre as the therapeutic process. It is a method of working and playing that uses action methods to facilitate creativity, imagination, learning, insight and growth.

Key Objectives

The Association’s objectives are:

  • to promote the advancement of Dramatherapy as a profession.
  • to be the representational body for dramatherapists working in the UK.
  • to promote, maintain, improve and advance the education of the public about the benefits, theory and practice of Dramatherapy.
  • to be an advocate for the establishment and maintenance of fair pay and conditions of service for Dramatherapists.
  • to forge links with Dramatherapists and Dramatherapy organisations internationally.


A bit more about what we do...

The Association performs a wide selection functions for members, the general public and the healthcare arena including:

  • Formulating criteria for training courses and standards of professional practice.
  • Maintaining a register of supervisors.
  • Organising conferences and training days.
  • Publishing journals, newsletters and information leaflets.
  • Disseminating examples of good practice.
  • Answering questions from the general public, official bodies and the press.
  • Archiving a growing body of research.
  • Providing information about CPD.
  • Establishing a number of specialist subcommittees that promote Dramatherapy in specific areas of practice.
  • Liaising with other Allied Health Professional Bodies and Psychological Therapies Associations.
  • Being a stakeholder in major health and education reforms and consultations.
  • Offering grants and awards to its members to help develop their practice.


Sources of Funding

The Peter Slade Fund
Provides grants for trainees and newly qualified members to develop practice, purchase materials, or attend conferences. Members of BADth can find out more and download an application form HERE.


The Gordon Wiseman Fund
Enables Full Members of BADth with at least two years of post-qualifying experience to promote or develop dramatherapy, particularly in the areas of specialist dramatherapy training and research. Members of BADth can find out more and download an application form HERE.
The Anne Bannister Award
The purpose of the fund is to develop and continue work and research in the field of dramatherapy with children and young people, focussed on specific areas of need such as abuse, social inclusion, depression, special needs and children who have been fostered and/or adopted. Members of BADth can find out more and download an application form HERE.
The Bruce Howard Bayley Award for Dramatherapy at the Edge
The purpose of this award is to encourage and support the expansion and development of dramatherapy practice in non-traditional areas, venues, issues, client populations, settings and models of practice. Applications must be related to developing dramatherapy practice within the UK. Members of BADth can find out more and download an application form HERE.