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ECArTE Full Member

 

Cambridge: Anglia Ruskin University

 

Course title:  MA Dramatherapy

Duration: Two years full-time

Entry requirements:

• a degree in drama

or

• a degree or professional qualification in a related discipline such as allied health professions, psychology, nursing, or social work

and

• relevant clinical experience with adults and children

• relevant motivation, maturity and ability to reflect on self in relation to others

• for non-native speakers of English, an IELTS score of 6.5 at entry, reaching 7 by the end of training.

 

Course Philosophy and Main Theoretical Approaches:

This two-year full-time course, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council in the UK, aims to introduce a variety of approaches, with the emphasis on suitability of application in individual and group therapy to particular client problems. Assessment and evaluation of practice and an emphasis on developmental and psychodynamic/psychoanalytically informed approaches are central. Drama is used ‘improvisationally’, created and adjusted in interaction with the client(s). The therapeutic relationship, and a psychodynamic understanding of that relationship, connect past and present in the client’s life. A mother and baby/toddler observation teaches about the role of developmental play in attachment. The impact of diversity on the therapeutic relationship and different cultural understandings around relationship, play and therapy, aim to place the different therapeutic models in their cultural contexts, so as to enable cultural competencies to be developed for different diverse settings.  Teaching methods focus on self reflection in workshops, small and large group seminars, supervision of case work, case discussion and theoretical analysis. Facilitation and improvisation based workshops develop the practitioner. The clinical placements with individual supervision at placements, together with small group clinical supervision at Anglia Ruskin University, provide further opportunities. Personal development is seen as crucial, with a two-year dramatherapy group facilitated by an external therapist within the training, as well as individual personal therapy arranged by the student. Some shared training with music therapy students enables exchange which, together with teaching on other arts therapies and psychological therapies approaches, provides students with excellent preparation for working in a multi-disciplinary environment. Regular individual tutorials provide both pastoral and academic support.

 

Course Content:

The courses are divided into two years with year-long modules in order to promote on-going development and process for the student. In year one there are three modules amounting to 120 credits, and in year two, there are two modules also amounting to 120 credits, with less attendance at the university and more emphasis upon autonomous study and placements. The completion of the major project and final casework (or continuation for another three months of the previous casework), leading to professional accreditation are the foci in the final year. The distribution of the clinical placements extends over the full two years, whilst still maintaining the diversity of clinical experience for the student.

Modules (amounting to 240 credits)

Year One:

• Clinical Placements & Experiential Development (i)

(two semesters / 60 credits)

Assessment tasks:

  • oral assessment (half-way assessment with external examiner and informed by clinical placement reports (5,000 word equivalent)
  • written essay, using reflective log and case study. (10,000 words)

• Dramatherapy Practical & Clinical Skills

(two semesters / 30 credits)

Assessment tasks:

  • improvisation assessment (4,000 words equivalent)
  • group composition (4,000 words equivalent)
  • Multi-Disciplinary Theoretical Studies:

(two semesters / 30 credits)

Assessment tasks:

  • essay: Child Development (4,000 words equivalent with baby/toddler observations presentation)
  • essay: Psychoanalysis and Dramatherapy (5,000 words)

Year Two:

• Clinical Placements & Experiential Development (ii)

(two semesters / 60 credits)

Assessment tasks:

  • final oral assessment (12,000 word equivalent)
  • essay: Arts Therapies (4,000 words)
  • Music Therapy and Dramatherapy Theoretical/Clinical Project

(two semesters / 60 credits)

Assessment tasks:

  • major project (dissertation) (15,000 words)

 

Qualification Awarded:  MA Dramatherapy

Language:  All modules are taught in English

 

Student Exchange Opportunities: 

Exchanges at Anglia Ruskin University are only possible if students undertake a year of their training in the UK.  The placements are mainly in 3-month and (mainly) 6-month blocks each year.

 

Current Research:

We have a developing dramatherapy research culture. Only some examples of publications are given but extensive lists can be found on the websites below.

http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/faculties/alss/research0.html

http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/microsites/music_for_health_research_centre.html

There is also a developing PhD culture in dramatherapy.

Please see Anglia Ruskin University website for research profiles for staff members:

• Professor Helen Odell-Miller PhD

• Eleanor Richards

• Dr Amelia Oldfield PhD

• Helen Loth

•  Professor Helen Odell-Miller

International peer reviewed journal articles

Odell-Miller, H., Hughes, P. and Westacott, M. (2006) An investigation into the effectiveness of the arts therapies for adults with continuing mental health problems. Psychotherapy Research 16 (1), 122-139.

Ditty Dokter PhD

Peer reviewed internationally distributed scientific publications in arts therapies:

Example journal articles:

Dokter, D. and Winn, L. (2009)  Evaluating dramatherapy EBP and PBE, a research

project.  Dramatherapy 31 (1), 3-9

Dokter, D. (2010) Helping and hindering processes in UK arts therapies group practice.

GROUP 34 (1), 67-84

Example edited books:

Dokter, D & Jones, P. (eds) (2008) Supervision in Dramatherapy.  London, Routledge

Dokter, D, Holloway, P. and Seebohm, H. (eds) (2011) Dramatherapy and Destructiveness.  Playing with Thanatos whilst developing the evidence base.

London, Routledge Publsishers

 

Ongoing research projects in arts therapies:

2010 – Vignette research dramatherapy and children: Ditty Dokter with Phil Jones, reader childhood studies, Leeds University

Numerous projects are underway:

• collaborative project on music therapy and dementia with Methodist Homes for the Aged (Helen Odell-Miller)

• randomised controlled trial with children and adolescents with mental health problems in N.Ireland (Lottery Fund): Amelia Oldfield is acting as consultant

• Essex Palliative Care Project auditing music therapy satisfaction survey

• links between psychotherapy training and music therapy practice (Helen Loth and Eleanor Richards)

We have an established collaboration with nine music therapy research departments and their universities, in Europe, Australia and USA.

 

Research Collaboration:

Anglia Ruskin University is interested in research collaboration with ECArTE members with particular interest in

• intercultural practice

• trauma / PTSD

•  teacher education and therapy skills

 

Professional Association:

British Association of Dramatherapists

Web address: www.badth.org.uk

Students are obliged to register with the relevant professional association in order to practise as an arts therapist.

Professional Body or Ministry:

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has approved both the Dramatherapy MA

Code of Ethics:

Health and Care Professions Council’s code of ethics applies to this programme.

 

Contact details:

Contact person: Ditty Dokter

Pathwayleader MA Dramatherapy

 

Postal address: Anglia Ruskin University

Dept. of Music and Performing Arts

Helmore 073

East rd

Cambridge

CB1 1 PT

Telephone number: 0845 271 3333 ext. 5088

Email address: ditty.dokter@anglia.ac.uk

University website: www.anglia.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECArTE Full Member

 

Cambridge: Anglia Ruskin University

 

Course title:  MA Music Therapy

 

Duration: Two years full-time

 

Entry requirements:

•             a degree in music

or

•             a degree but with a high standard of musicianship and high standard of flexible musicianship demonstrated by grade 8 or equivalent, and preferably one other instrument/voice, and at least one harmonic instrument

 

•             relevant clinical experience with adults and children

•             relevant motivation, maturity and ability to reflect on self in relation to others

•             for non-native speakers of English, an IELTS score of 6.5 at entry, reaching 7 by the end of training.

 

Course Philosophy and Main Theoretical Approaches:

This two-year full-time course, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council in the UK, aims to introduce a variety of approaches, with the emphasis on suitability of application in individual and group therapy to particular client problems. Assessment and evaluation of practice and an emphasis on developmental and psychodynamic/psychoanalytically informed approaches are central. Music is used ‘improvisationally’, created and adjusted in interaction with the client(s). The therapeutic relationship, and a psychodynamic understanding of that relationship, connect past and present in the client’s life. A mother and baby/toddler observation teaches about the role of developmental play in attachment. The impact of diversity on the therapeutic relationship and different cultural understandings around relationship, play and therapy, aim to place the different therapeutic models in their cultural contexts, so as to enable cultural competencies to be developed for different diverse settings.  Teaching methods focus on self reflection in workshops, small and large group seminars, supervision of case work, case discussion and theoretical analysis. Facilitation and improvisation based workshops develop the practitioner. The clinical placements with individual supervision at placements, together with small group clinical supervision at Anglia Ruskin University, provide further opportunities. Personal development is seen as crucial, with a two-year music therapy group facilitated by an external therapist within the training, as well as individual personal therapy arranged by the student. Some shared training with dramatherapy students enables exchange which, together with teaching on other arts therapies and psychological therapies approaches, provides students with excellent preparation for working in a multi-disciplinary environment. Regular individual tutorials provide both pastoral and academic support.

 

Course Content:

The course is divided into two years with year-long modules in order to promote on-going development and process for the student. In year one there are three modules amounting to 120 credits, and in year two, there are two modules also amounting to 120 credits, with less attendance at the university and more emphasis upon autonomous study and placements. The completion of the major project and final casework (or continuation for another three months of the previous casework), leading to professional accreditation are the foci in the final year. The distribution of the clinical placements extends over the full two years, whilst still maintaining the diversity of clinical experience for the student.

 

Modules (amounting to 240 credits)

Year One:

•             Clinical Placements & Experiential Development (i)

(two semesters / 60 credits)

Assessment tasks:

o             oral assessment (half-way assessment with external examiner and informed by clinical placement reports (5,000 word equivalent)

o             written essay, using reflective log and case study. (10,000 words)

•             Music Therapy Practical & Clinical Skills

(two semesters / 30 credits)

Assessment tasks:

o             improvisation assessment (4,000 words equivalent)

o             group composition (4,000 words equivalent)

•             Multi-Disciplinary Theoretical Studies:

(two semesters / 30 credits)

Assessment tasks:

o             essay: Child Development (3,000 words equivalent with baby/toddler observations presentation)

o             essay: Psychoanalysis and Music Therapy (5,000 words)

 

Year Two:

•             Clinical Placements & Experiential Development (ii)

(two semesters / 60 credits)

Assessment tasks:

o             final oral assessment (12,000 word equivalent)

o             essay: Arts Therapies (4,000 words)

•             Theoretical/Clinical Project

(two semesters / 60 credits)

Assessment tasks:

o             major project (dissertation) (15 -18,000 words)

 

Qualification Awarded:  MA Music Therapy

 

Language:  All modules are taught in English

 

Student Exchange Opportunities:

Exchanges at Anglia Ruskin University are only possible if students undertake a year of their training in the UK.  The placements are mainly in 3-month and (mainly) 6-month blocks each year.

 

Current Research:

We have a thriving Music and Health Research Centre and a developing dramatherapy research culture. Only some examples of publications are given but extensive lists can be found on the websites below.

http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/faculties/alss/research0.html

http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/microsites/music_for_health_research_centre.html

There is also a strong research and PhD milieu in music therapy.

Please see Anglia Ruskin University website for research profiles for staff members:

•             Professor Helen Odell-Miller PhD

•             Eleanor Richards

•             Dr Amelia Oldfield PhD

•             Helen Loth

•             Professor Helen Odell-Miller

 

Edited Books:

Odell-Miller, H.; Richards, E. (eds.) (2009) Supervision of music therapy: a theoretical and practical handbook.  London, Routledge.

 

International peer reviewed journal articles:

Pool, J and Odell-Miller, H (2011) Aggression in music therapy and its role in creativity with reference to personality disorder. The Arts in Psychotherapy 38, 169–177

 

Odell-Miller, H., Hughes, P. and Westacott, M. (2006) An investigation into the effectiveness of the arts therapies for adults with continuing mental health problems. Psychotherapy Research 16 (1), 122-139.

 

Ongoing research projects in arts therapies:

2010 – Vignette research dramatherapy and children: Ditty Dokter with Phil Jones, reader childhood studies, Leeds University

 

Numerous projects are underway:

•             collaborative project on music therapy and dementia with Methodist Homes for the Aged (Helen Odell-Miller)

•             randomised controlled trial with children and adolescents with mental health problems in N.Ireland (Lottery Fund): Amelia Oldfield is acting as consultant

•             Essex Palliative Care Project auditing music therapy satisfaction survey

•             links between psychotherapy training and music therapy practice (Helen Loth and Eleanor Richards)

 

We have an established collaboration with nine music therapy research departments and their universities, in Europe, Australia and USA.

 

Research Collaboration:

Anglia Ruskin University is interested in research collaboration with ECArTE members with particular interest in

•             dementia, adult mental health, autism, children and families, learning disabilities

•             music therapy supervision

•             music therapy and use of gamelan

•             music therapy and psychoanalysis

•             music therapy and links with music technology

 

Professional Association:

Name of associations:

British Association of Music Therapy

Web address of association: www.bamt.org

 

Students are obliged to register with the relevant professional association in order to practise as an arts therapist.

 

Professional Body or Ministry:

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has approved the Music Therapy MA

 

Code of Ethics:

Health and Care Professions Council’s code of ethics applies to these programmes.

 

Contact details:

Contact person: Ditty Dokter

Pathwayleader MA Dramatherapy

 

Postal address: Anglia Ruskin University

Dept. of Music and Performing Arts

Helmore 073

East rd

Cambridge

CB1 1 PT

Telephone number: 0845 271 3333 ext. 5088

Email address: ditty.dokter@anglia.ac.uk

University website: www.anglia.ac.uk