vr 29 sep|
Birmingham/The Holiday Inn
BADth Conference 2023
The Annual Drama Therapy Conference by the British Association of Drama Therapy
Time & Location
29 sep 2023 18:00 GMT+1 – 30 sep 2023 20:00 GMT+1
Birmingham/The Holiday Inn, Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham B5 4EW, UK
About The Event
The last few years have highlighted how important it is for us to connect with others, and how resilient and resourceful we can be in making that happen. In 2020 we had to learn how to do this in alternative ways – online and outside, two metres apart, faces partially covered. We connect with others who are facing devastation and fear in the world through reports on the news, and maybe ways we try to help. We connect globally in our fears for the future of our planet.
As Dramatherapists our connection with our clients is essential to the effectiveness of the therapy. And we have such a huge toolbox to go to when connection may feel difficult or unsafe for someone. We can feel privileged yet sad and distressed by their stories. What do we do when we feel a personal connection to a person’s story? How do we manage that for ourselves and for them? What do we share? How do we disconnect?
The past few years have also highlighted the importance of community. How connected do we feel to our workplace community, to the community we work for, and to the Dramatherapy community? How welcoming are we and how open to making new connections? Some of our clients, and sometimes ourselves too, can feel isolated and disconnected from their/our community for different reasons.
In inviting you to submit your idea for a paper, workshop or installation at this year’s conference, we are interested to hear from you, the BADth community, how you have experienced connections in any of the ways above, or others. Do you have something to share about your experience of connecting with clients online? Are you involved in projects which help to connect individuals in a community together? Do you have reflections on how therapists’ connections with a client’s material have impacted on the therapeutic relationship? Do you work with clients who feel disconnected from their own story? Or clients who connect with others and the world in different ways? Are there other ways your work connects with the theme of connection? As this year’s conference is shorter, with less workshops, we are giving you a month to send in your proposals (Deadline: Friday 28th April)