On the outskirts of the Roman town of Cirencester; a stone’s throw from the beautiful Cotswold Hills, the venue was the Royal Agricultural College with its stunning Victorian mansion, and ultra-modern educational facilities, its magnificent tree lined avenue, and amazing architectural features. This promised to be one of the most relaxing and nurturing environments.

This was Susannah’s first ever BPA Conference and she was looking forward to meeting and networking with some of the high profile names in the world of Sociodrama and Psychodrama.

The three-day programme of planned events included a wide variety workshops delivered by local and international presenters and social gatherings, culminating in the Annual Conference dinner and quiet reflective spaces and walks to relax in.

Right from the beginning in the opening plenary, Sue Daniels TEP from Australia and Peter Haworth BPA President led delegates into action of a specific sort: sociometry, to warm them up for the weekend ahead.

“It was one of the best conferences I have ever attended” said Susannah.

“I met some amazing and creative people.  I had the opportunity to speak with and learn directly from sociodrama experts such as Louise White, Sergio Guimaraes, Marcia Karp, and Sue Daniel.  Marcia was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual Conference dinner to recognise and celebrate her work in the field of psychodrama.”

This year the BPA used a novel evaluation process; playback theatre, which was designed to undertake evaluation in action.

The Conference took place from 25th – 27th June.

For more information about the BPA, courses offered and details of next year’s conference, visit:

http://www.psychodrama.org.uk

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