Genevieve Smyth (Policy Officer, Scotland)
Genevieve qualified in 1991, becoming Northern Ireland’s first theatre-in-education dramatherapist. She established the first theatre based dramatherapy service with Dundee Rep becoming a Head IV dramatherapist for a regional adult mental health service. She formed Dramatherapy Scotland, co-founded The Scottish Arts Therapies Forum and lectured on arts therapies training courses. She served twice on BADth’s Executive, while Link Person for Northern Ireland, then Scotland, and created and chaired BADth’s International Sub Committee. She delivered a lecture tour of North America’s dramatherapy training courses and annual conference, publishing a comparative study of the history of dramatherapy's development in the UK and North America. Genevieve was a Hub Manager for Place2Be in primary education, managing arts therapists. Her international dramatherapy practice has taken her to 17 countries. She has promoted dramatherapy in Scottish government publications and features in several key dramatherapy texts. Genevieve has been awarded BADth’s Outstanding Contribution award for Scotland and International work. Currently she works in the NHS in mental health and public health, lectures on dramatherapy, is BADth’s representative on the Allied Health Professions Federation Scotland and is piloting in Scotland BADth’s first Policy Officer.