Richard Hougham, MA | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Richard Hougham, MA

Job title

Principal Lecturer, Course Leader Drama and Movement Therapy


I am a dramatherapist, academic and researcher who has been involved in the practice, teaching and professional development and of the discipline of dramatherapy for over 20 years. I have worked in the UK and overseas as a practitioner, supervisor and educator. I am currently Principal Lecturer and Course Leader of the MA Drama and Movement Therapy programme at Central. I serve as Chair of the European Consortium of Arts Therapies Education (ECArTE) and a Conference Director for its biennial international conferences.

I first discovered the psychological importance of the arts as a young musician, collaborating with theatre artists in a voluntary sector organisation. My practice led me to develop projects with drama and music, working towards performances as part of the Brighton Festival in the early 1990s. I went on to study at Central in 1993-94 on the Drama and Movement Therapy (Sesame) course.

On graduating, I worked as a dramatherapist in a forensic psychiatric service and was part of an arts therapies team who developed one of the first arts therapies departments in the country. I went on to complete my MA at the University of Roehampton and study arts psychotherapy at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. This was alongside my clinical practice and continued interest in Jungian psychology and the arts.

Since becoming Course Leader of the Drama and Movement Therapy programme, I have focussed my practice and research on the education of dramatherapists and ideas that bridge dramatherapy and Jungian Psychology. In 2002, I was part of a consultation group that worked with the Council for the Professions Supplementary to Medicine (CPSM) in the development of the standards of education and training for dramatherapists. This work led on to the adoption of approved standards of the Health and Care Profession Council (HCPC).

My emergent interest is in research that addresses the implications of the fall away of a play culture within education and psychological interventions.

Keynote addresses include the Arts in Health Conference, Hong Kong University of the Arts (2006) and the 13th European Consortium for Arts Therapies Education International Conference (University Renee Descartes, Sorbonne, Paris, 2013)I am Chair of the European Consortium of Arts Therapies Education (ECArTE), a full member of the British Association of Dramatherapists, a registered supervisor and a registered member of HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council).


Drama and Movement Therapy, MA

Teaching Areas

  • Jungian psychology and dramatherapy methodology
  • Myth and fairy tale in the practice of dramatherapy, arts therapy and education
  • The Sesame approach to drama and movement therapy
  • Clinical supervision of dramatherapy placement practice
  • Critical and cultural approaches to creativity and play

Research Areas

  • Conceptions and practices of therapeutic presence in dramatherapy
  • Jungian approaches to dramatherapy education and practice
  • Mythopoetic approaches in dramatherapy and dramatherapy education

PHD Supervision

Dramatherapy education and practice.

Jungian Psychology and the arts.

Jungian psychology and mythopoetic approaches to education.

Cultural conceptions of play in relation to psychology and psychotherapy.

Key Publications

2019 (forthcoming) Traditions in Transition in the Arts Therapies, University of Plymouth Press

2017 Dramatherapy, Reflections and Praxis, Palgrave Macmillan

2017 Cultural Landscapes in the Arts therapies, University of Plymouth Press

2015. ‘Not form, but the marrow of forms’ Reflections on Lorca’s duende in the arts therapies, in Through the Looking Glass: Dimensions of Reflection in the Arts Therapies, edited by Richard Hougham, Salvo Pitruzzella and Sarah Scoble (Plymouth: University of Plymouth Press), pp. 13-23.

2013. ‘Rehearsing the Unrehearsed, Reflections on the concept of presence in dramatherapy and performance training, Dramatherapy, 35.2, pp. 99–107.

2012. ‘The Matrix, Group Processes and Dramatherapy’, The Arts in Psychotherapy 39, 60-65, Elsevier

2009. ‘The Stone Soup’ Towards a Mythological Intelligence, in ‘The Arts in Arts Therapy, A European Perspective’ (Plymouth: ECArTE/University of Plymouth Press), pp. 30-38.

2006. ‘Numinosity, Symbol and Ritual in the Sesame approach’, Dramatherapy, 28.2, pp. 3-7

2005. ‘Track the deer, catch it and then let it go’ A model of Dramatherapy supervision, Dramatherapy 27.3, pp. 8-14.


My main practice is the management and leadership of training in dramatherapy and the arts therapies. I am also a performer and storyteller. Key practice events and activities include:

2017 Conference Director: European Consortium of Arts Therapies conference, Ignatianum University, Krakow, Poland

2015. Performer: Blood Wedding (act three), European Consortium Arts Therapies Education conference, Palermo, Sicily

2015. Conference Director: European Consortium Arts Therapies Education conference, Palermo, Sicily

2013. Conference Director: European Consortium Arts Therapies Education conference, University of the Sorbonne, Paris

2009. Director, ‘Come and Go’ by Samuel Beckett, European Consortium Arts Therapies Education conference, Central School of Speech and Drama, London