Psyche and Soma
The Sesame Approach to Drama and Movement in therapy
A part-time course for registered health professionals.
Alongside the full time Dramatherapy MA programme run in partnership with Central School of Speech and Drama, the Sesame Institute itself offers Psyche and Soma a two-year continuing professional development certificate. Although part-time this is an intensive training for registered counsellors, psychotherapists and qualified health professionals who want to draw on imagination and embodiment in their existing practice, when words are not enough. It also provides a refresher experience for Arts Therapists and teachers allowing them to revisit their practice from a soulful point of view. While having a firm structure, this innovative course places a high value on each student’s learning being inspired from unconscious knowing. Students are supported in attending to the frequently unheard or ignored inner teacher as a means of becoming individuated practitioners. They are asked to consider the possibility of an active inner intelligence who has an imperative for their life as a human being and consequently to their practice as a practitioner. Students will be given a firm grounding in use of movement, application of archetypal story, means of developing play and improvisation, working through sound and voice, the place of touch and the non verbal in therapy.
The course adheres to the notion of Soul and its symbol based language as the prime energy in any healing work. Writers who describe the Soul bias of the course include Sesame’s former Patron James Hillman (who died in 2011), Thomas Moore, John O’Donohue, Marie Angelo.
The first Psyche and Soma course ran in Wales from 2008-2010 and the second cohort of students trained in south London from 2010-2012. Students are gathered from a wide range of backgrounds - psychotherapy, counselling, music therapy, special needs teachers, story tellers, psychology, care work, ministry, osteopathy. Applicants need to have an existing qualification which registers them to practice.
The training runs over two years and consists of:
- A 3-day intensive to the use of drama and movement in therapy – the Sesame Approach
- 8 quarterly weekends,
- 7 supervision groups.
- Virtual contact through an ongoing e-group
- Seven assignments
- A mid course client based research project
The course is convened by Mary Smail, Director of the Sesame Institute and a team of experienced tutors who are trained in the Sesame approach and in a talk therapy discipline.
Successful graduates will be awarded a Sesame Institute Certificate in the Use of Drama and Movement in Therapy. This does not allow the graduate to call themselves a Dramatherapist but does allow them to:
- name in any literature that they are trained in the use of drama and movement in therapy through the Sesame Approach
- refer to themselves as a Sesame Practitioner
- use the letters MSI after their name once they have joined the Sesame Institute.
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