To start a dialogue about accessing Roundabout’s services, the first step is to contact either the South or North London office, via email or telephone.
Roundabout begins a new project by visiting a client group and discussing with them and their carers what dramatherapy may be able to offer them, and what their expectations or aims for the sessions might be. This is followed by an assessment process, after which the sessions start, based on a framework agreed to by all the participants. Sessions are usually weekly and can vary in length from half an hour to two hours.The sessions take place at the client’s normal location to ensure maximum accessibility. Each session is normally preceded by a meeting or ‘feed-in time’ with a staff member, parent or carer, and similarly there is a ‘feed-back time’ at the end of each session.
All Roundabout dramatherapy projects have agreed boundaries of confidentiality. Maintaining good levels of communication between all those involved in the projects is seen as a priority. Also, within the session programme, there are built in reviews for the clients, so that they can assess and review the sessions themselves. Session reports are written at agreed intervals throughout the projects.
Dramatherapy’s accessibility makes it effective with people of all abilities and we have always worked with a wide range of people. The basis of our approach is that it is non-judgmental and confidential, and we value each individual for what they bring to the sessions. An important technique is the use of ‘mirroring’ to develop meaningful communications with service users, even those who are non-verbal. As a result, we have always targeted hard to reach groups, as we know we can make a difference. E.g. working with adults with profound and multiple physical and learning disabilities, we use touch and mirroring to reduce anxiety and expand communication, enabling them to access a wider range of resources. Or: because many people with ASD have very personal ways of communicating, we reflect back that method, to develop trust and communication, and then build a greater range of methods from there, helping them relate to and cope with family and friends more effectively.
Roundabout’s dramatherapists are registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service. We work according to the British Association of Dramatherapists’ Code of Ethical Practice and with a contract drawn up between ourselves and our clients. We are a registered charity number 297491.
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