Bio and Qualifications:
Amanda Musicka-Williams completed her Masters in Drama and Movement Therapy at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She has been a practicing Dramatherapist in Australia for the last fifteen years and is currently a Graduate Researcher at Melbourne University’s Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit. Amanda has worked with a diverse range of client groups including young people in special education, adults in forensic settings, psychiatric care & community mental health, youth in juvenile justice, youth disengaging from school and children who have experienced domestic violence. Amanda has been the Dramatherapist at Port Phillip Specialist School since 2005 and has developed a passion for supporting young people with intellectual disability and diverse means of self – expression to engage with therapeutic process in ways which enable them to experience themselves as playful agents of change. As well as using the unique multi-modal tools of Dramatherapy as effective counselling to support the needs of more marginalized populations, Amanda also facilitates social skills interventions through Dramatherapy and supports educators to use creative arts practice as tools for experiential learning. She has a private practice supporting families with a child on the autism spectrum. Her doctoral research is focused on exploring relational connection and interpersonal learning processes from the point of view of adolescents in a special education setting through group Dramatherapy and creative interviewing.