BPA 2021 Online Spring Term
Monday 15th March

How do we engage with religious beliefs in therapy without "pussy-footing" around them?

There's such an extraordinary diversity of stories and myths available in religions and spiritual traditions, in Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Sufism, Pantheism, Ancestor worship etc. Also in myths and Jungian archetypes.

Do we dare challenge ourselves to use these rich traditions in service and support of the client's need for understanding, meaning and transformation in their life?
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Mandy Carr

Religion and Dramatherapy, (un)comfortable bedfellows?'

Mandy Carr is a dramatherapist, trainer and clinical supervisor and also a doctoral student in practical theology. She has introduced dramatherapy in a range of educational contexts over the past 20 years, including primary, secondary and special schools. She has also worked in adult mental health and currently runs a small private practice. She is a lively and engaging speaker.

Previously a senior lecturer in dramatherapy and former convenor the BADth Equality and Diversity Sub-Committee, she is currently a candidate on the professional doctorate programme offered by the Cambridge Theological Federation in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University. She co-authored a 2018 paper on this subject (with Ditty Dokter), available here.

Monday 15th March
at 7:30pm (click to connect from 7:15pm)

Religion and Dramatherapy, (un)comfortable bedfellows?'
Are we fully inclusive of people from diverse religious backgrounds within dramatherapy (and other modalities)? How do their beliefs interact with the therapeutic process and how can we use that interaction in our work?

Mandy will outline preliminary findings from her current doctoral research, exploring whether dramatherapists feel able to express their religious identities (if relevant) within the profession and how this might relate to their work with clients.  
She will relate her preliminary findings to a brief exploration of the relationship between the worlds of psychological therapies and religion.  In conclusion, she will invite participants to consider implications for contemporary mental health professionals.

Her talk will be illustrated with practical examples of the dilemmas and difficulties that can be encountered in this area.


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