Come blow your own trumpet or that of a colleague: The Anne Bannister Scholarship


The British Psychodrama Association awaits more nominations for first The Anne Bannister Scholar 
Nominate a colleague or yourself. Nominees do not have to be psychodramatists or sociodramatists

The Anne Bannister Scholarship

The British Psychodrama Association is delighted to announce the creation of the The Anne Bannister Scholarship.

This will be awarded bi-annually to an individual in acknowledgement of their research and / or publications that focus on creative, action based, therapeutic work with children and young people who have suffered neglect, abuse or other forms of social or medical adversity. The award comes as a small bursary to support their efforts.



Dr. Anne Bannister worked as a probation officer and as a social worker, dramatherapist and psychodramatist. She pioneered the formation of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) Child Sexual Abuse Consultancy in Manchester after studying in the UK and USA; she managed the unit until her retirement in 1996. In addition to her creative professional practice she trained and supervised colleagues, wrote and edited extensively, lectured and trained in many countries. She was a founder member of the Northern School of Psychodrama and continued to study during her retirement, obtaining a doctorate for research into the effectiveness of creative therapies with traumatised children. Anne was also a founder member of the British Psychodrama Association, a Chair of the Association and a central figure in the creation of the BPA’s successful International Conference in Oxford in 1994.

Anne’s energy, warmth and creativity were always focused on supporting and developing ways of working with children in need and their families.

The Anne Bannister Scholarship has been created to acknowledge Anne’s important role in such work and to support those who come after her.


Nominations for the Scholarship are sought for appropriate professionals from any discipline or country researching or working with children and young people in those areas that were of such importance to Anne. The Committee will require a brief outline of the research being undertaken and / or relevant publications together with a short CV of the nominated person. In total no more than 200 words.

Each nomination must be accompanied by a short document by two referees stating their reasons for supporting this Nomination. The supporters should also provide their own brief CV. In total no more than 200 words.

Nominations should be sent to the Nominations Committee at by 30th June 2014. Please put The Anne Bannister Scholarship in the email subject line.

All nominations and supporting documents must be in English but the Committee will consider nominations in which the original work is in another language.
The successful 2014 Anne Bannister Scholar will be informed in late July 2014 and their name will be announced at the BPA / IAGP international conference: Empowering Practice: Integrating psychodrama, sociodrama and other modalities in London in August 2014

Anne Bannister Scholarship Committee:

Dr Paul Holmes, Stan Bannister, Dr Kate Kirk,  Kate Bradshaw-Tauvon TEP

Don’t forget the closing date is 30th June 2014
Paul Holmes     Conference Blog Editor
Photographs courtesy of Stan Bannister and Kate Kirk