Training in Dramatherapy Ruhr Area 2016 – 2019

3-year-Training in Dramatherapy 2016 – 2019 run by the Institute for Theatretherapy in collaboration with the IAF (Institute of Applied Research, Development and further Education) / Catholic Universi

Dramatherapy is one of the four forms of arts therapy (in addition to music, dance and art therapy). The action-oriented application of artistic means and processes allows a fruitful cooperation between the original healing function of theatre and the methods of modern psychotherapy.
The main focus of this training program is on clinical/psychotherapeutic drama and theatre therapy for children, adolescents and adults.

Next training will start in November, 2016.

Introductory Weekends:
Saturday / Sunday 23. – 24.04.2016
Saturday / Sunday 02. – 03.07.2016

For more information on training in the Ruhr area please contact:?
Bettina Stoltenhoff Erdmann. Phone: 049 177 7133000?

Objectives and Basic Structure of the Course

Participants will be able to offer dramatherapy in:
Psychiatric/psychotherapeutic centres and clinics, Socio-educational/social therapy fields, Youth welfare institutions, Advice centers.

They will acquire:

– Elements of Artistic Theatre “Skills”: Body work, breathing, voice, voice and text work, acting techniques, staging scenes/roles, directing/staging
– Basics of Therapeutic “Skills”:
Diagnosis, intervention techniques, group dynamics, therapeutic relationships and attitudes, Drama and theatre-therapeutic methods and their uses, Analysis of body language and symbolic language, Role diagnostics, therapeutic drama process support, Biographical-centred scene work, Theatrical intervention, Work with rituals and imaginative techniques, Drama/theatre therapeutic approaches to testing and development of new perspectives on the interaction between individual autonomy and system structures

Prerequisites for participation

– Training/relevant experience, preferably in social, artistic, therapeutic/medical fields or in organizational development and human resources management is required.
– Minimum age 25 years
– Participation in an introductory seminar or an individual interview
– 60 hours of personal therapy (can/should be completed during training)
– As the training program is conducted in German, a substantial knowledge in German is essential.

Course Structure

The introductory seminar weekend offers participants the opportunity to get to know how drama and theatre therapy functions, so as to be able to decide whether this training is right for them. The faculty has the chance to see participants at work, to give them feedback and whether we consider their participation in the course practical. In particular clear motivation and the willingness and ability to engage in therapeutic processes and the medium theatre are most important. If it is not possible to participate in one of the introductory seminars students for a can make an appointment with one of our teachers for individual advice.

The 3-year course contains least 1100 training units consisting of
– 16 Modules (each from Wednesday evening to Sunday noon)
– Three of these Modules are the annual Summer Academy of the DGfT. This is a 4-day international symposium on current drama therapy methods in theory and practice. It takes place at the Remscheid Academy
– A final colloquium in the 3rd year
– Regular and successful participation in the modules (min. 90%) is a prerequisite for completing the course. Missed seminars must be repeated or, in consultation with the management, replaced by suitable substitute events.

In addition to the modules the course requires:

a. Setting up a self-organized regional group with a minimum of three and a maximum of six members. These regional groups are for self-study, they should meet at least once between each module for approximately four hours.

b. The acquirement of a theoretical base from studying the recommended literature (e.g. in the regional groups).

c. An annual weekend as a “leaderless” Intervision group and “skill-sharing”.

d. At least 2 artistic or therapeutic special seminars, depending on educational background.

Practice and Supervision:

e. In the 3rd year of training what has been learned will be applied in the individual’s field of practice (minimum of 20 hours). Alternatively this traineeship can be absolved and accompanied by a supervisional process in the following year.

f. In individual or group supervision (minimum 30 hours), this process will be discussed with particular regard to transference and countertransference.

g. In consultation with the trainers an internship or a job shadowing in an artistic and therapeutic field will be completed. (minimum 40 hours)


After three years participants will complete the course with:
– A written documentation and reflection on their practical work experience.
– A practical demonstration of their work followed by a final colloquium.
– A certificate of IAF (Institute of Applied Research, Development and further Education) / Catholic University of Applied Sciences Freiburg, and the DGfT entitled “Arts Therapist /Theatre Therapy” will be awarded.

Fields of Work

Opportunities for trained drama and theatre therapists already exist in psychiatric or psychosomatic clinics, addiction facilities, special schools/school projects, in the youth welfare services, working with prisoners, in supervised facilities for people with mental and physical disabilities, with old and demented people, with people traumatized by war and (sexual) violence, in business consulting and human resources development, training of specialists and managers, and in private practice.

DGfT (German Society for Theatre Therapy) operates in cooperation with the professional associations of the other artistic therapies, to establish artistic therapies in the German healthcare system.

Heads of Training

Bettina Stoltenhoff-Erdmann: Drama/Theatre Therapist in Herdecke Community Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine (inpatient and outpatient). Psychotherapy Practitioner, trained in trauma counselling, DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) and systemic family therapy. Longstanding Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Therapy at several universities.

Bettina Merschmeyer: Social worker, drama therapist and psychotherapy practitioner. Child therapist and consultant for foster families in a youth facility. Long-time head of a drama therapy group in the psychosomatic and psychotherapeutic clinic of Witten-Herdecke community hospital. Work on systemic coaching, development and implementation of social emotional competence training for children.


2,520.00 EUR per year (without supervision, accommodation and meals), to be paid in quarterly instalments

Introductory weekends: 180.00 EUR


Hotel Georg, Stockumer Straße 35, 58453 Witten (except the three summer academies)

Course Schedule

Module 1: 9.11. – 13.11.2016
The Stage as a Therapeutic Space

Module 2: 25.1. – 29.1.2017?
Body Approaches: The Body as a System

Module 3: 22.3. – 26.3.2017
The Basics of Individual Development: The significance of attachment and play for human development

Module 4: 7.6. – 11.6.2017
Summer Academy 2017: Roles in Theatre and Therapy

Module 5: 30.8. – 3.9.2017
Psychopathology 1 (depression, anxiety and compulsion disorders) and Drama-Therapeutic Methods

Module 6: 15.11. – 19.11.2017
Development Support of Children and Adolescents: Entering Child Land

Module 7: 31.1. – 4.2.2018
Psychopathology 2 (personality disorders and psychosomatics) and Drama-Therapeutic Methods

Module 8: 11.4.-15.4.2018
Performance Development and Design as Therapeutic Processes

Module 9: 6.6. – 10.6.2018
Summer Academy 2018: Biographical Work in Drama Therapy

Module 10: 5.9. – 9.9.2018
“The Tree of Life”: A creative way to develope a personal profile and professional implementation as a theatre therapist

Module 11: 7.11. – 11.11.2018?
The Role of the Therapist: Therapeutic Attitude and Identity

Module 12: 23.1. – 27.1.2019
?Individual and Group Therapy Settings with Specific Target Groups

Module 13: 3.4. – 7.4.2019
Drama Therapeutic Process Design I: Trauma and Addiction

Module 14: 29.5. – 2.6.2019
Summer Academy 2019: Cultural Diversity – Drama Therapy in Social Work Fields

Module 15: 28.8. – 1.9.2019
Drama Therapeutic Process Design II: Therapy Planning and Evaluation, Project Management

Module 16: 9.10. – 13.10.2019?
Practice-oriented Supervision & Assessment

Module 17: 27.11. – 1.12.2019
Final Colloquium

Information and Registration

IAF – Institut für Angewandte Forschung, Entwicklung und Weiterbildung (Institute of Research, Development and Education)?
Karlstraße 63, 79104 Freiburg?
Phone: 0761 200-1451?
FAX: 0761 200-1496?

As the training program is conducted in German, a substantial knowledge in German will be essential.

For questions regarding the training programs and the curriculum:
Bettina Stoltenhoff Erdmann
?Phone: 049 177 7133000?e