Valerie Monti Holland is a Sociodrama trainer, facilitator and coach. Following an M.A. in Applied Theatre (Univ of Manchester) and a diploma in Sociodrama and Action Methods (MPV-SAM), she has developed a portfolio of clients across the private, public and charitable sectors throughout the UK, USA, Europe and India. Her passion is finding spaces to use Creative Action Methods and Sociodrama wherever there is a developmental need whether it’s with former offenders around issues of entrepreneurship, employability and training or helping women to more effectively negotiate salary, pay or conditions in the workplace to address the gender pay gap.
Valerie also designed and delivered a Bullying and Victim Awareness programme at HMP Leeds as part of the Safer Cells Initiative which aimed to reduce the number of prisoners who died by suicide. She is a director of the Flower 125 Health CIC (Community Interest Company), (www.flower125.co.uk) an award-winning emotional health and wellbeing programme for those working with children and young people that has been delivered in South Yorkshire for the last 20 years. She is a contributing chapter author in Sociodrama in a Changing World (2011, publ. http://www.lulu.com) edited by Di Adderley, Ron Wiener and Kate Kirk as well as in Action Explorations: Using Psychodramatic Methods in Non-Therapeutic Settings (2019, publ. Parallex Productions, Seattle, WA USA).
As a member of the Erasmus + transnational project, PERFORMERS 2, Valerie will also write a chapter in the forthcoming book. Short films, devised issue-orientated plays and further publications in academic and professional journals have featured in her journey to date. However, the role of which she is most proud is mother to the wonderful Sam and Hannah.