Psychodrama Event

2017 Full Year - Post Grad Training in Psychodrama Principles and Practice, Levels 1, 2, & 3. Sydney

Event Cost: 
$2840 Early Bird $2556

Course Outline

Trainees participate in this ongoing multi-level training group designed in accordance with the AANZPA Training and Standards Manual. The group meets monthly and the hours are accredited with Psychodrama NSW. The training has two aspects:
    •    psychodrama theory and practice
    •    personal development.

The multi-level training group is designed for individuals with different levels of experience in psychodrama. The curriculum is iterative and allows for the integration of concepts and practice to deepen. All participants benefit from the range of roles and abilities in the training group. Participants have the opportunity to experience psychodrama, broaden their production capabilities and deepen their therapeutic interventions.

Trainees who successfully complete each year of this program achieve the Post Graduate Certificates in Psychodramatic Techniques at Levels One, Two and Three.

These training hours contribute towards further accreditation by Australian & Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association (AANZPA) and are recognized by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

Our Purpose: This course is designed for you to bring Morenian experiential methods into your thinking and practice. 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 point is to apply your learning in your work and life, to be more effective in your work and have more satisfying interactions.


So much training and self-development is shallow and simplistic: ‘Learn this and you will be able to do that’. But human beings don’t work this way, because real life is complex and unpredictable. Knowing what to do is very different from being able to do it. Psychodrama is a profound way to look at life in all its complexity and chaos and to do this in a teachable, straightforward manner. This way you can face life with confidence and spontaneity.
Psychodrama is the drama of the soul, it is the theatre of truth. ‘Psyche’ relates to the spirit or mind, while ‘drama’ relates to the stories acted out in life every day. By combining mind and action, psychodrama gets to the reality beneath the surface. It teaches you to ‘feel colours’ or ‘see smells’, as it were. It may sound a bit ‘airy fairy’ but it’s not. Once you get below the surface you can learn things about yourself and the roles you play that will help you make a real difference to your life and the lives of people around you.

Psychodrama is a general term that refers to any approach that expresses the philosophy and methods developed by Dr. J.L. Moreno. Thus the term psychodrama includes the concepts of spontaneity, creativity, role creation, role system, social and cultural atom, surplus realty and the specific techniques of self-presentation, mirroring, doubling, role reversal, concretisation, maximisation and future projection.

For further information about psychodrama and psychodrama training please visit our frequently asked questions (FAQs) by clicking here.

Who is the course for?

This year long course is designed for counsellors, coaches, organisational consultants, managers, teacm leaders, pastoral workers, teachers and health professionals, and leaders who want specific skills in action methods. Further training is required to become a psychodramatist.

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

Course requirements Psychodrama training is a post-graduate course and is open to those with a degree, diploma or workplace equivalence. To be eligible for the course you must have a minimum of 12 hours experiential work in psychodrama or a related field and you must have an initial interview with the trainer to discuss your purpose.

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

Learning Outcomes

The following Learning Outcomes relate to Level 1. The learning outcomes for Levels 2 & 3 are being revised.

Semester 1

Training Workshop 1: The Psychodramatic Method
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 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.

Training 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. To understand the development of roles and distinguish three types of roles – psychosomatic, social and psychodramatic.
  3.  Understand the concept of the social and cultural atom and the interactive systems of roles.
  4.  Understand personality as a system of roles.
  5.  Create a role diagram based on one’s social atom.
  6.  Identify and name roles and counter-roles and understand the relationship of these roles.

Training Workshop 3: Production
Learning outcomes:

  1. Identify and distinguish progressive, fragmenting and coping roles.
  2. To understand and define personal roles that are progressive or fragmenting using a role matrix.
  3. Develop hypotheses about a person’s functioning and the presence of healthy roles.
  4. Understand the use of a variety of therapeutic interventions.
  5. Extend your ability to double, mirror and reverse roles.
  6. Further develop your ability to be an effective auxiliary.

Training Workshop 4: Role Training
Learning outcomes:

  1. Deepen your understanding of the purpose and steps in role training.
  2. Conduct a role assessment with the protagonist.
  3. Use appropriate techniques (mirroring, modelling etc) to develop the role.
  4. Understand and create an appropriate role test.
  5. Conduct an effective role training session.
Semester 2

Training Workshop 5: The Auxiliary in Psychodrama
Learning outcomes: To be added

Training Workshop 6: Systems Thinking
Learning outcomes:

  1. See social systems as comprised of social forces expressed through subgroups and their world views.
  2. Identify the role system being enacted.
  3. Name key elements in the social or role system produced on the stage.
  4. Make appropriate systemic observations, questions.
  5. Make an assessment of the nature of the systems (open and closed) and make interventions to progress functioning.

Training Workshop 7: Sociometry
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.

Stanwell Tops Residential (Workshop 8): Potency & Presence in Directing Psychodrama with Rollo Browne & Bona Anna
Learning outcomes: See separate workshop outline

Training 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, 2017 Dates:

Training Workshop 1: Sat 4th & Sun 5th March, 9.30am – 4.30pm       The Psychodramatic Method
Training Workshop 2: Sat 8th & Sun 9th April, 9.30am – 4.30pm          Role Theory
Training Workshop 3: Sat 6th & Sun 7th May, 9.30am – 4.30pm           Production
Training Workshop 4: Sat 3rd & Sun 4th June, 9.30am – 4.30pm          Role Training

Semester 2, 2017 Dates:

Training Workshop 5: Sat 1st & Sun 2nd July, 9.30am – 4.30pm              The Auxiliary In Psychodrama
Training Workshop 6: Sat 5th & Sun 6th August, 9.30am – 4.30pm         Systems Thinking
Training Workshop 7: Sat 2nd – Sun 3rd September, 9.30am – 4.30pm  Sociometry

Stanwell Tops Residential:

Thurs 12th – Sun 15th October 2017, led by Rollo Browne & Bona Anna. This residential workshop is open to other trainees. Find out more

Training Workshop 8: Sat 4th & Sun 5th November, 9.30am – 4.30pm      Integrating the Psychodramatic Method
Total 129 hours

Venue: The Awareness Institute, 28 Chandos St, Crows Nest

Cost: $2840.  Deposit $250.   Full payment by start of program for 10% discounted fee $2556.


Saturday 4th March, 2017
Start 9:30 am
First workshop is 4/5 March, 9.30 - 4.30 both days
The Awareness Institute
28 Chandos St
Crows Nest, Sydney, NSW 2065