Monday, 09 June 2014
A ground-breaking new degree, launched at the University of Worcester, is celebrating its first graduate.
Martin Gill is the first person to complete the UK’s only Masters (MSc) in Psychodrama Psychotherapy and says the qualification will allow him to carry out much-needed research in the field.
Psychotherapy Psychodrama is a method of therapy which uses dramatisation to help people investigate and gain insight into their lives. It has been used for more than 40 years within a range of health, social care, therapeutic and organisational settings, most notably with inmates at HM Prison Grendon, the only prison in Europe to operate as a therapeutic community.
Martin, a psychotherapist with over 27 years’ experience, runs his own business, Changetree, www.changetree.co.uk, offering accessible therapy and creative projects for individuals, couples, families groups and organisations.
“There has been very little research done into the effectiveness and use of Psychodrama Psychotherapy and other creative therapies,” Martin said. “Because of this, it is often not a level-playing field in relation to the behavioural sciences.
“I do some work for the NHS and it’s really important to be able to show that the benefit of this type of therapy is based on sound evidence. This course has allowed me to look at research methods and given me a greater understanding of the science behind what I do.”
Martin, who lectures for Plymouth University and is also a film maker, said that the qualification will aide him in all aspects of his career and hopes that it will give Psychodrama Psychotherapy a more evidence-based profile.
“All practitioners have to be able to stand up for their own practice and to be able to evidence its importance and impact,” he said.
The course, delivered in partnership with Oxford School of Psychodrama and Integrative Psychotherapy, exceeds the training standards and learning outcomes required by the British Psychodrama Association, The Humanistic and Integrative College of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, the Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organisations and the European Association of Psychotherapy.
University of Worcester link tutor Huw Richards said: “We launched this course in 2012 as a way of bridging a gap in this area and giving existing practitioners the chance to gain a valuable qualification.
“We are delighted that Martin is the first to complete the Masters and that he is finding it so integral to his every day work.”