By Deirdre McConnell on 14 Oct 2021
Our Dramatherapist Andrea-May has worked with the Emotional and Trauma Support team in One Education for six years. She has worked in many schools providing professional mental health support for the children who need it most. Her expertise includes delivering individual and group dramatherapy interventions, and family and staff support. Andrea-May co-led a workshop titled “Race and identity in school – Let’s celebrate diversity” at the One Education online Leadership in Education conference in July this year.
Andrea-May has actively contributed to raising awareness of how inequalities of all kinds affect us. She has designed and implemented trainings on Race and Identity for professional staff, including on colour blindness. As a Black woman she celebrates her identity and helps others affirm their own whatever that might be. Crystal clear evidence shows that the effects of racism are extremely damaging to the mental health and wellbeing of pupils, staff, families, schools and society. Andrea-May believes that Black History in the educational curriculum and society is paramount to effect positive changes.
Andrea-May wrote a one-woman show which she performed at a national dramatherapy conference and also at One Education. Her performance has been recorded and is being shown this month as part of Black History activities at Edge Hill University, Liverpool where she is embarking on PhD studies. Her research theme is - British Carribean “Post-Windrush” People: Investigating attitudes, access and obstacles in engaging with therapy.