2020 Full Year - Psychodrama Principles and Practice, Levels 1, 2, & 3. Sydney

Event Cost: 
$3250. Early Bird: $2950


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:  $3250   Deposit $300.   Early bird:  Full payment by start of program for $300 discount: $2950.



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.

If you have already completed 12 hours of psychodrama experiential group work, please let us know.  Alternatively, you will need to enrol in either the November 2019 or February 2020 Professional and Personal Development workshop, to meet this requirement before beginning the training program. 

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.

Semester 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.


Semester 2

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: 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 7: 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 8: Stanwell Tops Residential (Workshop 8): with Rollo Browne & Bona Anna

Learning outcomes: See separate workshop outline


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.

Semester 1, 2020 Dates:

Workshop 1: Sat 7th & Sun 8th March, 9.30am – 4.30pm       The Psychodrama Method

Workshop 2: Sat 4th & Sun 5th April, 9.30am – 4.30pm          Role Theory

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

Workshop 4: Sat 6th & Sun 7th June, 9.30am – 4.30pm         Sociometry and Group Work

Semester 2, 2020 Dates:

Workshop 5: Sat 11th & Sun 12th July, 9.30am – 4.30pm          The Auxiliary In Psychodrama

                    NOTE: These July dates are different to those originally advertised

Workshop 6: Sat 1st & Sun 2nd August, 9.30am – 4.30pm      Systems Thinking

Workshop 7: Sat 12th – Sun 13th September, 9.30am – 4.30pm  Role Training

Workshop 8: Stanwell Tops Residential:   Thurs 15th - Sun 18th October 2020, led by Rollo Browne & Bona Anna. This residential workshop is open to other trainees. (See separate workshop outline).

Workshop 9: Sat 7th & Sun 8th November, 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 7th March, 2020
Start 9:30 am
First workshop is 7 and 8 March 2020, 9.30am - 4.30pm both days
Level 1, 156 Pacific Highway (cnr Greenwich Rd)
Greenwich, NSW 2065
Jenny Postlethwaite