Hello, I'm Stephanie Dunn and I'm a Dramatherapist
What do you do in your role?
Work with Young offenders offering Dramatherapy to fit their needs and support their mental health and wellbeing. Dramatherapy allows young people to express and explore complex thoughts and feelings in a safe and facilitating setting.
I always work closely with other colleagues, services and agencies working with the young person in order to ensure the care plan is holistic and comprehensive, with the young person at the heart of what we do.
I also complete generic team duties and complete initial assessments when a young person is admitted to prison.
Have you always worked in this role?
I have been in this role since 2016, with a skilled and wonderful team around me. I qualified with a Masters in Dramatherapy from Derby University in 2012. I also work one day a week for another prison where the client group is adult females. I have previously worked as a Dramatherapist for Sustain+ and worked in the private sector as an associate therapist for looked after children.
What motivated you to move roles?
I have always wanted to work within forensic setting because I believe that Dramatherapy has so much to offer individuals who find it difficult to engage in talking therapy alone and who want to develop insight into their strengths and difficulties by primarily using a nonverbal medium for communication.
What support helped you to make this change?
Opportunity really and there was a gap within services for alternative psychological services. I wanted to develop a pathway for Dramatherapy in prisons and MPFT gave me that opportunity.
What do you value about progressing your career at MPFT?
I value learning from my clients and colleagues and developing as a Dramatherapist each day.
What would be your best piece of advice to others seeking a career in Dramatherapy?
Dramatherapists can be very limited within NHS trusts; I am the only one in MPFT so it is important to stay connected with other Dramatherapists and keep in touch with the Allied Health professions for support and supervision.
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