How to Become a Drama Therapist

Drama Therapist Job Description

Drama therapists are responsible for using performing arts to promote the psychological, physical, emotional and social development of individuals.


Drama therapists use a variety of approaches with clients, including stories, puppetry, improvisation, drama and movement to allow clients to explore their past experiences and express themselves in a way that might be easier than directly talking about it.



Typical Job Duties

• Receive referrals from other health care professionals

• Initiate the spontaneous exploration of personal issues

• Encourage clients to discuss their issues in a manner which is comfortable to them

• Use appropriate equipment, materials and therapeutic 'props', such as puppets and other objects

• Enable clients to develop new ways of thinking and behaving

• Encourage self-awareness, exploration and reflection on feelings and relationships

• Prepare reports concerning techniques used and client progression

• Maintain comprehensive client records, including progress reports



Scholarships for Becoming a Drama Therapist

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as a Drama Therapist. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our Theatre Scholarships and Psychology Scholarships pages.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming a Drama Therapist. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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