Dawn Batcup

Staff details

Position Part-Time Lecturer MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy
Email pas01db (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7904

Dawn Batcup brings over 30 years of clinical experience in the NHS and an in-depth understanding and experience of clinical work in Psychotherapy, DMP, MBT, group work, applied human sciences and nursing care. Dawn has specialist skills with challenging behaviour in numerous settings and is able to engage resistant people. She is highly experienced in developing effective working relationships with those who have expereinced early attachment trauma, abuse, violence and neglect.

Lecturing at Goldsmiths for over 15 years and presenting at various conferences, Dawn has demonstrated an her ability to effectively communicate complex material and clinical cases to a wide variety of people. Dawn's previous experience as a nurse means that she can think in stressful and emotional situations through professional experiences in A & E, high dependency and managing in patient wards. She has been trained in research methods and uses outcome measures, and has also worked with adults, children and adolescents in mainstream, community and psychiatric settings.

Hours: Mondays 1-3pm

Location: Laban Annexe, F12

Academic qualifications

  • Institute of Group Analysis, Diploma 2014-16 London 
  • Mentalization Based Therapy Practitioner, BPC Registered. 2011-3 Anna Freud Centre, London. 
  • Clinical Supervision, Guildhall Central School 2002 Barbican, London 
  • Dance Movement Psychotherapy, ADMP. UKCP 1996-2000 Laban, London 
  • TDLB City & Guilds. NVQ Care. Assessor & Verifier. D32, 3 &4. 1996-8 Lambeth College. 
  • Bsc.Hons. 2:1 Upper Division. Sociology/Anthropology 1988-1992 Brunel University. Opportunity won to study in New Mexico for a year as part of this degree. 
  • RMN. Registered Psychiatric Nurse UKCC 1988-1992 Maudsley, London. 
  • RGN. Registered General Nurse UKCC 1983-7 S. Wales.


Dawn has more than 20 years of teaching experience in higher education. She is currently a lecturer on the Masters in Dance Movement Psychotherapy (MA DMP). She has also devised and delivered Adult Skills, as well as worked as a seminar leader, a clinical supervisor and a T group facilitator. She has tutored in both pastoral and academic contexts.

Areas of supervision

Dawn offers psychodynamic supervision for adults, adolescents & children in a variety of settings. She supervises training and qualified practitioners on an individual, group and Team basis and is UKCP and BPC registered.

Professional projects

Dawn is a current student at the Institute of Group Analysis. She is up to date with all mandatory NHS trainings, such as safeguarding, information governance and risk. She is interested in long term psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Featured publications

  • In press (2016) 'Embodied Furies: Perversion, Ambivalence and the Use of the Body in Dance Movement Psychotherapy' Chapter with Parker, D. & Orlowlska, E. in K. Rothwell ed. Forensic Arts Therapies: Anthology of Practice and Research. London: Free association press.
  • (2012) 'A discussion of the DMP literature relative to prisons and medium secure units', Body, Movement & Dance in Psychotherapy: An International Journal for Theory, Research & Practice. 5-16

Research Interests

I am committed to continuing to contribute to evidence based practice through research as is demonstrated by my most recent publication and study about DMP groups on an adult inpatient ward.

I am especially interested in women and violence, re-enactment, somatisation, adult mental health and effectiveness of DMP

I was allocated to research students enrolled for the ‘Add On’ Masters research with Dr Gilroy at Goldsmiths. In this role, I supervise and support DMP postgraduate research. Last year, I oversaw the research of a student commuting from Spain and one from Israel. The latter published in the Arts in Psychotherapy journal;

Vulcan, M. (2009) Is there any body out there?: A survey of literature on somatic

countertransference and its significance for DMT. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 36:  275–281



Batcup, Dawn. 2008. ‘Evaluation report of Southwark Teenage Pregnancy Sexual Health Outreach Project’. e-motion, XVIII(4), pp. 10-13.

Batcup, Dawn. 2008. Evidence for the Effectiveness of DMT. e-motion, XVIII(1), p. 15.

Batcup, Dawn. 2004. DMT with Mothers and Babies. e-motion, XIV(8), pp. 5-12.

Batcup, Dawn. 1997. The Problems of Researching Mixed Sex Wards. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 25(5), pp. 1018-1024. ISSN 0309-2402

Batcup, Dawn and Thomas, Ben. 1994. Mixing the Genders: an ethical dilemma. How nursing theory has dealt with sexuality and gender. Nursing Ethics: An International Journal for Health Care Professionals, 1(1), pp. 43-52. ISSN 0969-7330