Core, Intermediate and Advanced Psychodrama Training in 2019 - Brisbane Dates

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Core, Intermediate and Advanced Psychodrama Training Brisbane 2019

Who   Through the year long Program, we form a work cohort with relationships, enabling deep work to be undertaken that enhances the enjoyment of our work and larger lives.  This group method enables our development 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, and organisational developers.  People who are entering these arenas of work will also benefit. 

Ideally, those entering training have a work place where they can immediately use this method as it is learnt. We require that professional supervision in applying this method is scheduled to develop capability and to ensure ethical practice as people experiment and implement their new methods.  For those who, as yet, have not completed undergraduate training in a helping profession degree course, professional supervision may be required for certification in this methodology.  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 equip trainees with the where-with-all to apply this methodology in their work context.   The standards are set by the AANZPA Board of Examiners in the Psychodrama Standards and Training Manual.  There is also a curriculum developed that sets out 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 progress in their lives and work. 

Because those applying this methodology are the instrument of its efficacy, professional development requires the expansion of our capacity as human beings. 


What   In 2019, there will be emphasis on trainees developing as:

(i) group workers,

(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   This year, we are experimenting with a new schedule for training.  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 45 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.  Please do not park in off-street parking.  Payment for this privilege is not part of the fee.  You will be trespassing on neighbour’s property.


Included in the training program fee:

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

(ii) Required attendance at the 8 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 4 alternate monthly Sunday writing supervision sessions.


Fee and enrolment: The fee for Core, Intermediate and Advanced Training for 2019 is $2,580.  Full payment is required before the training commences in February 2019.  A payment schedule can be negotiated. 

Please pay Psychodrama Australia Brisbane Campus at Westpac Bank on line:  Account name Psychodrama Australia, BSB 034058, Account Number 320192.  Reference your name and Core 2019.

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

Charmaine Mc Vea provides supervision in psychodrama papers and thesis writing as a visiting staff member of Psychodrama Australia Brisbane Campus.  Click here for more on Charmaine.

Sara Crane conducts the 5-day group work and psychodrama training with Elizabeth Synnot in October as a visiting staff member of Psychodrama Australia Brisbane Campus.  Click here for more on Sara.

Dates and times for 2019

Term 1
Weekend: February Saturday 23/2 from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm - Sunday 24/2 from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm
Supervision session:  March Friday 22/3 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Weekend: March Saturday 23/3 from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm - Sunday 24/3 from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm
Term 2
Supervision session:  April Friday 26/4 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Weekend: April Saturday 27/4 from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm - Sunday 28/4 from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm
Supervision session:  May Friday 24/5 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Weekend: May Saturday 25/5 from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm - Sunday 26/5 from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm
Term 3
Supervision:  June Friday 21/6 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Weekend: June Saturday 22/6 from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm - Sunday 23/6 from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm
Supervision:  July Friday 19/7 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Weekend: July Saturday 20/7 from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm - Sunday 21/7 from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm
Term 4
Supervision:  August Friday 16/8 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Weekend: August Saturday 17/8 from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm - Sunday 18/8 from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm
Supervision:  September Friday 20/9 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Weekend: September Saturday 21/9 from 9.00am to 6.00pm - Sunday 22/9 from 9.00am to 4.00pm
5 day non-residential training workshop - October 16/10 - 21/10 (see promo on the Brisbane program of this web site)

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 enroll, 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 (ANZPA). 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 1) Send us a general enquiry or question through our emaail by clicking here; 2) Browse our Frequently Asked Questions 3) or contact Elizabeth directly on 0411 876 969.


Wednesday 16th October, 2019
Start 9:00 am
5 day workshop - see promo on Brisbane site
Macquarie House
45 Clarence St, Coorparoo
Brisbane, QLD 4151
Elizabeth Synnot