Dawn Batcup

With thirty years of experience in the NHS, Dawn has developed specialist skills to engage challenging behaviour.

Staff details


Part-Time Lecturer MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy


Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies


pas01db (@gold.ac.uk)

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 experienced early attachment trauma, abuse, violence and neglect.

Lecturing at Goldsmiths for over 20 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

  • Diploma in Systemic Therapy 2019/20 Prudence Skynner Institute
  • 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.

Supervised Publications
2009 Vulcan, M. 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

2016 Orlowlska, E. & Parker, D. Embodied Furies: Perversion, Ambivalence and the Use of the Body in Dance Movement Psychotherapy Chapter 2 in K. Rothwell ed. Forensic Arts Therapies: Anthology of Practice and Research.London: Free association press.

Professional projects

Dawn is up to date with all mandatory Clinical training such as safeguarding and risk. She is interested in embodied reflective practise and empathy.

Featured publications

  • (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

Publications and research outputs


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.

Research Interests

I am committed to continuing to contribute to evidence-based practice through research as demonstrated by my publications, practice and study about DMP. I am especially interested in embodied reflective practice and building empathy.