Drama for Emotional Health is an arts and wellbeing program that provides a safe space for adults and young people to explore their emotional health in a practical and engaging way.
At its core, it uses drama strategies as a vehicle to encourage thought and discussion, particularly amongst those with low self esteem, challenging behaviours and/or mental illness.
The program was devised by Alyson Evans to specifically address the diverse emotional needs of people in our community. In Australia Alyson has empowered students, teachers, youth workers and school counsellors in:
- in over 35 primary and secondary schools (NT/NSW/VIC)
- in 7 remote Indigenous schools (NT/SA)
- numerous out of school groups through service providers such as the YWCA, Australian Red Cross, The Smith Family and Positive Learning Centres.
"It really helped me become more comfortable with myself. I am more outgoing and I'm not afraid of what people think about me. I made some good friends and I'm looking forward to next year at senior college."
With each project customised to best suit the needs of the community or school, Alyson works closely with stakeholders to devise a unique program to guarantee the best results. Using the same framework, topics focused on often range from overcoming bullying, healthy relationships, building confidence and a general boosting of a sense of wellness.
'I have personally witnessed the difference this program makes to participants' confidence, aspirations and overall wellbeing. It's this type of program that has the potential to bring about lasting change.'
to encourage team work, engagement and respectful relationships
to embody emotions, a form of communication without the reliance of words
a role playing tool that allows participants to place themselves into the challenging situations they face
Alongside the program, professional development workshops for teachers, youth and community workers, artists, arts workers and activists is available. An Introduction to Drama for Emotional Health has taken place across the world. From the UK, to the NT, NSW and VIC in Australia, and in Cambodia.
'A clear, concise and professionally facilitated workshop that was both fun and informative and well structured and well paced. Alyson is an accomplished and highly skilled facilitator with a lightness of touch that compliments the depth of the work.'