Core, Intermediate and Advanced Psychodrama Training in 2020 - Brisbane dates

Event Cost: 
Term 4 - $190 for each weekend workshop

Core, Intermediate and Advanced Psychodrama Training Brisbane 2020

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 work place 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, 2020, 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 progress in their lives and work. 


What   In 2020, 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 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 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 4 alternate monthly Sunday writing supervision sessions.


Fee and enrolment: The fee for Core, Intermediate and Advanced Training for 2020 was $2,500.  Requirement to meet COVID 19 restrictions resulted in modification to the program with on-line sessions in Term 1,2,3.  Face-to-face sessions return in Term 4.  Payment of $190 for each weekend workshop will be invoiced at commencement of each workshop.  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 2020.

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.  This year Charmaine is conducting a weekend experiential psychodrama workshop for trainees as part of this program.


Dates and times for 2020

Term 1
Weekend: February Saturday 29/2 from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm - Sunday 1/3 from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm
Supervision session:  March Friday 27/3 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Weekend: March Saturday 28/3 from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm - Sunday 29/3 from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm
Term 2
Supervision session:  April Friday 24/4 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Weekend: April Saturday 25/4 from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm - Sunday 26/4 from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm
Supervision session:  May Friday 22/5 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Weekend: May Saturday 23/5 from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm - Sunday 24/5 from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm
Term 3
Weekend: June Saturday 27/6 from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm - Sunday 28/6 from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm
Note: this weekend workshop on Creativity and the Life of the Imagination will be lead by Charmaine McVea and Hilde Knottenbelt
Supervision:  July Friday 31/7 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Weekend: July Saturday 1/8 from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm - Sunday 2/8 from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm
Term 4
Supervision:  August Friday 28/8 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Weekend: August Saturday 29/8 from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm - Sunday 30/8 from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm
Supervision:  September Friday 25/9 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Weekend: September Saturday 26/9 from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm - Sunday 27/9 from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm
Supervision:  November Friday 27/11 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Weekend:  November Saturday 28/11 from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm - Sunday 29/11 from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm
5 day non-residential training workshop - October 14/10 - 18/10 (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 (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.


Saturday 28th November, 2020
Start 1:00 pm
Year-long program - see details in Event Information
Macquarie House
45 Clarence St, Coorparoo
Brisbane, QLD 4151
Elizabeth Synnot