2021 Full Year - Psychodrama Principles and Practice, Levels 1, 2, & 3. Sydney

Event Cost: 
$4200. (Early Bird - paid in full by 5th Mar 2021 - $3900)


This year long training program covers the core knowledge, skills and personal development that underpin the practice of Morenian methods (psychodrama, sociodrama, sociometry and role training). It equips participants to integrate psychodramatic processes into their professional practice, bringing greater vitality, depth and immediacy to their work.  

The course is designed for you to bring Morenian experiential methods into your thinking and practice. You will have the opportunity to experience psychodrama, broaden your production capabilities, develop greater flexibility in your group work and deepen your therapeutic and systems interventions. You will master the basic techniques, understand warm up, see and feel the effect of increased spontaneity in yourself and others. Imagine if you could bring this spontaneity into your work! The purpose is to apply your learning in your work and life, to be more effective in your work and have more satisfying interactions.

The training has three aspects:

·      psychodrama theory

·      psychodrama practice

·      personal development.

The program is conducted within a multi-level training group so that participants benefit from the range of roles and abilities of their fellow group members. Completing three years of the program (Levels 1, 2 & 3) allows for the integration of concepts and deepening of practice over time. Certificates are awarded for the successful completion of each year level

The training is designed in accordance with the AANZPA Board of Examiners Training and Standards Manual. Training hours are accredited with Psychodrama Australia towards eventual accreditation as a certified Psychodramatist, Sociodramatist, Sociometrist or Role Trainer. (See below for more information about AANZPA Accreditation).

Who is the program for?

This year long course is designed for counsellors, coaches, organisational consultants, managers, team leaders, pastoral workers, educators and health professionals.

Prerequisites: Psychodrama training is a post-graduate course and is open to those with a degree, diploma or workplace equivalence, in a relevant field.

To be eligible for the course you must have a minimum of 12 hours experiential work in psychodrama and have an initial interview with the trainer to discuss your training goals.


Event Cost:

Full Fee:  $4200   Deposit $300.   Early bird:  Full payment by start of program for $300 discount: $3900


To Register for the program

In the first instance, please register your interest in the training through the 'Register Interest or Enrol Here' button at the top of this page.

Include a brief statement of your professional qualifications, work context, and training goals.

Before beginning the year-long training program, you will need to complete a minimum of 12 hours of psychodrama group experience through a Psychodrama Australia Campus. This assists you and the trainers to assess if the training is suitable for you. A number of suitable workshops are held during the year, including one in Sydney each February, before the training year begins. Please contact us if you have any queries about how to meet this requirement.

A trainer will contact you to organise a phone interveiw prior to finalising enrolment in the program.


Course Outline

The training is taught through supervised experiential learning supported by reading and written assignments. The aim of this type of learning is for you to come to know the theoretical and practical aspects of the psychodramatic methods through your experience. It involves both personal development and skills training. We provide a flexible system of training designed to meet individual needs. Training sessions involve mini lectures, demonstrations, supervised practice and group interaction. You will also be expected to learn from applying psychodramatic concepts and methods in your work and personal life.

It is expected that you will attend all sessions and complete reading, written assignments and other relevant tasks. Minimum requirement for Level 1, 2 & 3 Certificates is 90% attendance and completion of 90% of assignments.


Learning Outcomes

The following Learning Outcomes relate to Level 1.


Workshop 1: The Psychodramatic Method

Learning outcomes:

  1. Understand the 5 aspects of a psychodrama and the concept of projection and projective techniques
  2. Understand the 3 stages of a psychodrama session – warm up, enactment and sharing.
  3. Understand and demonstrate the use of the psychodrama techniques of role reversal, doubling, mirroring, soliloquy, aside, concretisation, maximisation, self presentation.
  4. Describe the techniques for increasing the warm up throughout the session.
  5. Participate in a drama as an auxiliary or protagonist.
  6. Understand Moreno’s theory of the Canon of Creativity involving warm up, spontaneity, creativity and the cultural conserve.


Workshop 2: Role Theory 

Learning outcomes:

  1. Understand the concept of role, including the construct of feeling, thinking and action components of a role.
  2. Understand the development of roles and distinguish three types of roles – psychosomatic, social and psychodramatic.
  3. Understand the concept of social and cultural atom.
  4. Understand the personality as a system of roles.
  5. Create a role diagram based on one's social atom.


Workshop 3: Produciton

Learning outcomes:

  1. Understand the four universals of a scene: time, place, reality, cosmos.
  2. Understand the use of scene setting, concretisation, and maximisation.
  3. Understand the techniques of interview for role
  4. Recognise action cues that prompt a move to action.


Workshop 4: Sociometry and Group Work

Learning outcomes:

  1. Understand the fundamental principles of sociometry.
  2. Use techniques to produce the invisible networks in the group.
  3. Deepen the understanding of sociometry as the exploration of choices we make in groups.
  4. Make sociometric interventions to progress the group.
  5. Understand the process of a group centred warm-up.


Workshop 5: The Auxiliary in Psychodrama

Learning outcomes:

  1. Deepen your ability to be an auxiliary in a range of roles. 
  2. Understand the function of the auxiliary as a double, as a mirror, and in role reversal.
  3. Understand the function of the auxiliary as a bridge between protagonist and director.


Workshop 6: Role Training.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Understand the purpose  and phases of a role training session.
  2. Conduct a role assessment with the protagonist.
  3. Use appropriate techniques (e.g. mirroring, modelling) to develop the role.
  4. Understand and create an appropriate role test.


Workshop 7: Spring Intensive with Rollo Browne & Bona Anna (4 days)

Learning outcomes: See separate workshop outline


Workshop 8: Systems Thinking

Learning outcomes:

  1. See social systems as comprised of social forces expressed through subgroups and their world views.
  2. Understand what makes a sociodramatic production.
  3. Name key elements in the social or role system produced on the stage.
  4. Make systemic statements or pose systemic questions that assist the group to be more conscious of its functioning.
  5. Make an assessment of the nature of the systems (open and closed) and make interventions to progress functioning.


Workshop 9: Integrating The Psychodramatic Method

Learning outcomes:

1              Demonstrate the use of various Morenian techniques in a drama or application in your work.

2              Conduct an adequate warm up.

3              Recognise the action cue and use it to produce an enactment.

4              Direct a small vignette with an interview, scene setting, use of psychodramatic techniques.

5              Apply one of Moreno’s frameworks to the roles displayed in the drama.

6              Make an intervention that progresses the work of the group or the protagonist.

7              Conduct an adequate sharing phase of the drama.


If you have further questions about psychodrama and psychodrama training please visit our frequently asked questions (FAQs) by clicking here.


Dates, Times, and Focus for each program.

Workshop 1: Sat 6th & Sun 7th Mar,  9.30am – 4.30pm         The Psychodrama Method

Workshop 2: Sat 10th & Sun 11th Apr, 9.30am – 4.30pm       Role Theory

Workshop 3: Sat 1st & Sun 2nd May, 9.30am – 4.30pm         Production

Workshop 4: Sat 5th & Sun 6th Jun, 9.30am – 4.30pm           Sociometry & Group Work

Workshop 5: Sat 10th & Sun 11th Jul, 9.30am – 4.30pm        The Auxiliary in Psychodrama

Workshop 6: Sat 7th & Sun 8th Aug, 9.30am – 4.30pm          Role Training

Workshop 7: 4 Day Spring Workshop, non-residential, led by Rollo Browne & Bona Anna. Sat 18 Sept - Tues 21st Sept 2021 at Gladesville Community Centre. This workshop is open to other trainees.  For details click here

Workshop 8: Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd Oct, 9.30am – 4.30pm           Systems Thinking & Sociodrama

Workshop 9: Sat 6th & Sun 7th Nov, 9.30am – 4.30pm           Integrating the Psychodrama Method


Total 129 hours + approx. 20 hours pre-reading/post-workshop writing.


Certification as a Psychodramatist, Sociodramatist, Sociometrist or Role Trainer.

The AANZPA Board of Examiners is responsible for the certification of practitioners in the four specialty areas of Morenian methods: Psychodramatist, Role Trainer, Sociodramatist and Sociometrist. Certified practitioners become full members of AANZPA.

For those wanting to continue to full accreditation, completing three years of training provides the foundation after which people can enter into the supervised practice phase of training. This phase includes continuing professional and personal development, written papers that reflect the development of an identity as a practitioner, and supervision of the person’s application of psychodramatic methods within a professional setting.

Refer to the AANZPA Training and Standards Manual for further information

Saturday 6th March, 2021
Start 9:30 am
Level 1, 156 Pacific Highway
Greenwich, NSW 2065