Core, Intermediate and Advanced Psychodrama Training in 2023

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Core, Intermediate and Advanced Psychodrama Training Brisbane 2023

Who   Through the year-long Program, we form a cohort enabling deep work to be undertaken.  This group method develops us as human beings in the helping professions where we are working as psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, General Practitioners, counsellors, educators, teachers, School Principals, trainers, pastoral care workers, community developers, leadership coaches, supervisors, organisational and human resource developers.  People who are entering these arenas of work will also benefit. 

Ideally, those entering training have a workplace where they can immediately use the psychodrama methodology as it is learnt. We require that professional supervision in applying this method is scheduled to develop capability and to ensure ethical practice as trainees. This training is designed as post graduate training. 

Training is not for the faint hearted.  Display of oneself, doing the work to stay in reciprocal relationship with one another including walking in each other’s shoes is required, as is committing to all elements of the year-long training program.

Why   The purpose of this training is to develop trainees as human beings who can apply this methodology in their work and other life contexts.   The standards are set by the AANZPA Board of Examiners and are published in the Psychodrama Standards and Training Manual to be found on the AANZPA website.  This year, 2023, the curriculum emphasises the role development anticipated at different stages of development.  This relational methodology, that is heuristic and wisdom-based, focusses on:

(i) creating and maintaining cooperative and interactive relationships, viz. reciprocal relationships with fellow trainees that flow onto relationships with clients and colleagues,

(ii) becoming purposeful and developing adequacy in our responses in an ever-widening set of circumstances and contexts, and

(iii) broadening and refining our ways of thinking, feeling and behaving in service of healing and helping others’ well-being and progression in their lives and work. 

What   In 2023, there will be emphasis on trainees developing as:

(i) group workers, sociometrists, psychodramatists, role trainers and sociodramatists,

(ii) as clinicians, writing a professional paper on a client’s functioning over time and measuring the client’s progress applying psychodramatic analysis and methodology,

(iii) developing trainee’s psychodrama identity through expanding as an effective group member, being a protagonist for the group and directing enactments. 

The Program will involve oral reporting on sessions conducted, discussions, group supervision and writing papers required for certification that will support development in these areas.  The particulars of the curriculum will be developed anticipating the requirements of those enrolled in the training program, attending to what emerges moment by moment during training, and covering the training required for certification set out in the AANZPA Standards and Training Manual.

At a minimum, it takes four years to qualify.  Many trainees take ten years or so to integrate this methodology in their work and in their professional identity.  Other trainees include the psychodrama methodology into their work with supervision and do not seek full membership of this profession.

Where and when   You will see from the dates set out below that the Program is comprised of weekend workshops, group supervision on Friday nights prior to the training and a five-day psychodrama and group work training program in October.  Attendance at other recommended events is optional and encouraged and does not require further fees.  See details below. 

The venue for all the training will be at 1A, 55 Clarence Street, Coorparoo QLD 4151.  The Coorparoo Railway station is a three-minute walk from the venue.  Those coming by car can anticipate up to ten minutes securing a car park on the street and walking to the venue.  All the car parking spaces on the property are permanently allocated to other tenants in the complex.  Please park legally on the street.

Included in the training program fee:

(i) Required pre-enrolment interview with the workshop leader, Elizabeth Synnot, 0411876969,

(ii) Required attendance at the 9 weekends,

(iii) Required attendance at the five-day group and psychodrama training program in October,

(iv) Optional attendance at the Friday night group supervision sessions,

(v) Optional attendance at Psychodrama Essentials weekends,

(vi) Optional attendance at the 3 weekend writing supervision sessions.

Fee and enrolment: The fee for Core, Intermediate and Advanced Training for 2023 is $3,120.  A payment schedule can be negotiated. 

Please pay Psychodrama Australia Brisbane Campus at Westpac Bank online:  Account name Psychodrama Australia, BSB 034058, Account Number 320192.  Reference your name and Core 2023.

Commitment to the full year’s Program is mandatory.  You will be required to sign a contract that includes this commitment, a commitment to adhere to the ethics of AANZPA, and that you have been alerted to the potency of this method and the disruption which is usually experienced for the better and builds stable relationships outside of the training group. 

About the leaders  

Elizabeth Synnot is the main trainer for this program.  Elizabeth has been conducting psychodrama training, and supervision in its ethical application, for many years.  She has a particular interest in trainees applying this methodology early on in their work contexts and in completing written tasks early on.  She delights in the experiential learning process, that includes in-the-moment supervision, as group life and enactments unfold.   You can expect that this experiential learning will be accompanied by discussions, supervision and oral reports.   Writing papers in a timely fashion that develop trainee’s professional psychodrama identity will be encouraged.  Her application of this methodology is in organisational settings, some community settings, with families and some individuals working psychotherapeutically.  Contact Elizabeth by text or phone on +61 411 876 969 or via email

Sara Crane is a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner who has been a trainer with the Christchurch Institute in New Zealand for the past 20 years. Currently she is involved in the training programs in Christchurch and Dunedin and has a particular interest in family systems and group work. She works as a Psychodramatist based in Christchurch running groups and working with a wide range of people including young children and families (often with help from her dog).

Patricia O’Rourke PhD is a Psychodramatist, Educator and child psychotherapist. She has worked as a psychotherapist for over thirty years with infants, children and their families, individual adults and groups. Creating relationship and applying psychodrama method is the heart of her work. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Paediatric Mental Health Training Unit, University of Adelaide and a supervisor/trainer in private practice. 

Chris Hosking is a Trainer Psychodramatist, Trainer, Educator and Practitioner (TEP). Chris has worked for many years as a psychodrama trainer, counsellor, individual supervisor and group work supervisor. She leads training workshops in Australia, New Zealand and Greece and for non-government organizations in South East Asia. Chris is active in AANZPA Inc. as a member of the Ethics Committee.

Dates and times for 2023

Year-long Program with 9 weekend workshops, 5 day intensive workshop, 9 Supervision evening sessions and access to 3 supervised writing sessions.           

Focus for term 1:  Sociometry and group work

                                Weekend workshops - 18 and 19 February 2023

                                                                      (Sat 12.00 - 6.00pm and Sun 9.00am to 1.00pm)

                                                                     - 18 and 19 March 2023 

                                                                       (Sat 12.00 - 6.00pm and Sun 9.00am - 1.00pm)

                                               Plus Supervision evening - 17 February and 17 March 2023 

                                                                                            (Fri nights 6.30 - 8.30pm)


 Focus for Term 2:  Psychodrama and spontaneity                                

                              Weekend workshops - 21, 22 and 23 April 2023

                                                                    (Fri 6.30-8.30pm, Sat 10.00am - 5.30pm and Sun 10.00am to 4.00pm)

                                                                  - 20 and 21 May 2023

                                                                     (Sat 12.00 - 6.00pm and Sun 9.00am to 1.00pm)

                                                                   - 17 and 18 June 2023

                                                                     (Sat 12.00 - 6.00pm and Sun 9.00am to 1.00pm)

                                                Plus Supervision evenings - 21 April , 19 May and 16 June 2023

                                                                                              (Fri nights 6.30 - 8.30pm)

Focus for Term 3:  Directing and the Philosophy of psychodrama

                                Weekend workshops - 15 and 16 July 2023

                                                                      (Sat 12.00 - 6.00pm and Sun 9.00am to 1.00pm)

                                                                    - 19 and 20 August 2023

                                                            (Sat 12.00 - 6.00pm and Sun 9.00am to 1.00pm)

                                                                     - 9 and 10 September 2023

                                                            (Sat 12.00 - 6.00pm and Sun 9.00am to 1.00pm)

                                                     Plus Supervision evening - 14 July,18 August and 8 September 2023

                                                                                                  (Fri nights 6.30 - 8.30pm)

Focus for Term 4:  Role Training and Sociodrama

                                    5 day Psychodrama and              Wed 18 - Sun 22 October 2023

                                    Group Work Workshop                (10.00am to 8.00pm daily, except Sun 10.00am to 4.00pm)

                                                                - essential component of Core plus open to other interested participants                           

                                     Weekend workshops -  18 and 19 November 2023

                                                                           (Sat 12.00 - 6.00pm and Sun 9.00am to 1.00pm)


                                                         Plus Supervision evening - 17 November 2023  (Fri nights 6.30 - 8.30pm)


It is our policy to only accept people for training who are up to date with previous fees and have pre-paid for this training, or who have come to other arrangements with Elizabeth.

Contact Elizabeth Synnot on 0411 876 969 and organise an interview with her prior to the commencement of the program.  To enrol, please email  Elizabeth with the following details: name, address, phone (including mobile) and best times to call, and whom to address the invoice to.

Call her on 0411 876 969 if you have any queries and questions as regards the work done here generally and please browse our Frequently Asked Questions.

The training run though Psychodrama Australia,, is accredited through the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association Inc (AANZPA). For further details either click on the logo below or go to their website at If you have further questions about psychodrama or psychodrama training you could send us a general enquiry or question direct to Elizabeth Synnot on or text to 0411876969 or browse our Frequently Asked Questions.

Tea and coffee will be available all day.  There is a kitchen with fridge and microwave for your use.  Please bring what you will enjoy eating and will sustain you through each day.  The protocol we are using to ensure your health and safety during the workshop will be provided on enrolment.  Of course, changes to requirements can happen rapidly and we commit to following the up to date advice of the Queensland Chief Medical Officer.

Wednesday 18th October, 2023
Start 10:00 am
Throughout the year
1A/55 Clarence St Coorparoo
Brisbane, QLD 4151