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Our Evidence

Dramatherapists are experts at working with the body. This process is called embodiment and is increasingly acknowledged as important for wellbeing and particularly for people coping with complex trauma.

We are delighted to see emerging evidence for the impact of methods that are common place in dramatherapy practice in current Neuroscience studies. A great example of this can be viewed below:

Psychiatry, 06 February 2020 | The Relation Between Empathy and Insight in Psychiatric Disorders: Phenomenological, Etiological, and Neuro-Functional Mechanisms https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00966/full

Dramatherapists are good at building formulations that can be shared with, and valued by other professionals because we:

  • Provide bespoke, often non-verbal therapy
  • Work with people who may have complex behaviours
  • Work with complex problems in diverse settings
  • Empower clients to take control of their own recovery

Evidence based practice as valued by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence)

BADth recently funded a cross-site feasibility study in preparation for a definitive randomised controlled trial, with the support of the largest employer of Dramatherapists in the UK - Roundabout: https://www.roundaboutdramatherapy.org.uk/news/research-award-2018-2020

This study considered Dramatherapy for young people living with autism and their families has been accepted by NICE.

Over the last two years we have worked with the Allied Health professions framework to show our impact within the NHS:

Systematic Reviews

The aim of systematic reviews is to identify, evaluate, and summarise the findings of all relevant individual studies over a health-related issue, thereby making the available evidence more accessible to decision makers.

Systematic Reviews are registered and all completed or on-going reviews can be found at the National Institute of Health Research International Prospective Register for Systematic Reviews https://www.crd.york.ac.uk

A recent systematic review an be found below.