Anglia Ruskin at the British Association of Dramatherapists' Conference

Published: 28 October 2014 at 08:54

Ditty Dokter at the conference

Dr Ditty Dokter and Mandy Carr lead three-hour workshop on intercultural connections and competencies

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In September 2014, Anglia Ruskin dramatherapists Dr Ditty Dokter and Mandy Carr contributed to the 2014 Annual Conference and AGM of the British Association of Dramatherapists Conference 2014. The conference, entitled Boundaries, Borders, Loyalty & Betrayal, explored interpersonal, intercultural and interdisciplinary approaches in Dramatherapy.

Dr Ditty Dokter, Course Leader of MA Dramatherapy at Anglia Ruskin University, gave a keynote speech that asked the following important questions: Can we aim for a more fluid mix of identities, or do we become stuck in a conflict of loyalties? Can we negotiate boundaries or do we reinforce borders? Are dramatherapist and client identity conflicting nationalisms or varying negotiated role identities?

Mandy Carr, who is also convenor of the BADth Equality and diversity Sub-committee, and Ditty Dokter co-led a well received three-hour workshop for fifteen dramatherapists and students. The workshop focused on the use of drama to explore intercultural connections and the development of intercultural competencies for dramatherapists. It aimed to support dramatherapists in looking more deeply at their own culture to help develop a better understanding of intercultural boundaries and bridges in therapy sessions.

Mandy and Ditty used autobiography and fictional structures, myths and movement work to enable participants to explore their own cultural backgrounds. Mandy has been invited to co-run a strategic orientation day for BADth in December, to develop this work and explore how dramatherapists from diverse backgrounds experience cultural representation, their connection or lack of connection to their own culture or cultures, along with the implications for good practice.

Mandy and Ditty are also collaborating with the British and American dramatherapy associations to further develop intercultural good practice guidelines for the Dramatherapy profession on both sides of the Atlantic.