2022 Full Year - Psychodrama Principles and Practice, Levels 1, 2, & 3. Sydney

Event Cost: 
$4200 (paid in 4 instalments). Early Bird $3900 (paid in full by 4th Mar 2022)


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   To be paid in 4 instalments of $1050 due by (1) 4th March, (2) 7th May, (3) 3rd July, (4) 3rd Sept.

Deposit $1050 (First instalment).   

Early bird:   $3900 (Full payment by 4th March:)


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 commences.(in 2022 the February workshop is 'To Dream Again'),  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 concepts 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 demonstrations, supervised practice and group interaction.

Applying the psychodramatic method in your work and life is important to your development as a practitioner, and individual and group supervision with a psychodrama trainer is encouraged. Two individual supervision sessions, with a trainer of your choice, are included as part of this program.

It is expected that you will attend all sessions and complete reading and written assignments. 


Learning Outcomes

The following Learning Outcomes relate to Level 1.


Workshop 1: The Psychodramatic Method & Production

Learning outcomes:

1.     Understand the 5 instruments of  psychodrama

2.     Understand the 3 stages of a psychodrama session – warm up, enactment and sharing.

3.     Understand the four universals of a scene: time, place, reality, cosmos.

4.     Understand the use of the psychodrama techniques: scene setting, interview for role, role reversal, doubling, mirroring, soliloquy, aside, concretisation, maximisation, self presentation.

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 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 4: Sociometry and Group Work (3 days with Charmaine McVea & Jenny Postlethwaite, open to other participants)

Learning outcomes:

1.     Understand the concept of a working group and the stages of group development.

2.     Understand the fundamental principles of sociometry as they apply to working with groups.

3.     Apply processes to warm up a group to each other and to their sahred purpose.

4.     Apply techniques to produce the invisible networks in the group.

6.     Apply sociometric interventions to progress the group.

7.     Understand some ways of working with differences and conflict in a group.

8.     Understand the process of a group centred warm-up.


Workshop 5: Systems Thinking and Sociometry

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 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: 'Shine Like the Sun' : Recognising role conflict, embracing role integration and valuing role development. With Rollo Browne & Bona Anna (4 days)

Learning outcomes: See separate workshop outline


Workshop 8: 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 5th & Sun 6th Mar,  9.30am – 4.30pm        The Psychodrama Method & Production

Workshop 2: Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd Apr, 9.30am – 4.30pm         Role Theory

Workshop 3: Sat 7th & Sun 8th May, 9.30am – 4.30pm        The Auxiliary in Psychopdrama

Workshop 4: Fri 3rd, Sat 4th & Sun 5th Jun, 9.30am – 4.30pm  Sociometry & Group Work: A 3 day workshop led by Charmaine McVea and Jenny Postlethwaite, open to other participants. (A full description will be available on the web-site in the near future).

NOTE: There is no July training workshop in 2022  because the annual AANZPA Conference will be held in Auckland from 6-10 July. We encourage you to attend!

Workshop 5: Sat 7th & Sun 8th Aug, 9.30am – 4.30pm         Role Training

Workshop 6: Sat 3rd & Sun 4th Sep, 9.30am – 4.30pm.        Systems Thinking and Sociodrama.

Workshop 7: Fri 30th Sept - Mon 3rd Oct. 9.30am-4.30pm    'Shine Like the Sun' a 4 day workshop with Rollo Browne and Bona Anna. (Dates pending confirmation from the venue: Gladesville Community Hall, Hunters Hill).  This workshop is open to other participants.  For a full description, see this workshop on the website. 

Workshop 8: Sat 5th & Sun 6th Nov, 9.30am – 4.30pm           Integrating the Psychodrama Method

Saturday 5th March, 2022
Start 9:30 am
Workshop1: 5th & 6th March 2022. 9.30-4.30 each day. See program details for other workshop dates.
Level 1, 156 Pacific Highway (at corner of Greenwich Rd)
Greenwich, NSW 2065