Information for Trainees
The Centre for Experiential Learning and Development (ExLD Nelson) (formerly Nelson Branch of the Wellington Psychodrama Training Institute) provides training which leads to certification as a certification as a role trainer, psychodrama director, sociodrama director and sociometrist. ExLD Nelson is accredited by Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association Inc (AANZPA).
The purpose of the programme is to develop integrated knowledge of the theory and excellence in the practice of the psychodrama method. This method assists people to work with groups and individuals in therapeutic, educational, creative and organisational settings. This training is also of value to those in positions where providing leadership is central to their role.
Significant learning and application can be achieved without completing requirements for full certification. Professionals wanting to further develop their abilities may be eligible to participate in ongoing training groups and/or specific workshops.
Training involves attending the year-long programme including specific training workshops, experiential workshops, reading, writing, peer group activities and supervision.
The curriculum for each programme is based on the material set out in the AANZPA Training and Standards Manual.
- Core Curriculum Training introduces the core elements of the psychodrama method through demonstration, teaching, group process and supervised practice.
- Intermediate Training strengthens trainees’ role development in the areas of directing, auxiliary work and group work. Trainees are expected to complete some reading and writing requirements.
- Advanced Training assists in the refinement of the skills of the director and the application of these in personal and professional settings. Advanced trainees are expected to complete reading, writing and peer group activities. Advanced trainees are also expected to join AANZPA and to seek supervision for the application of psychodrama in their work settings.
- ExLD Nelson will create multi-level training groups that will be responsive to the training needs of all participating trainees.
Trainees who are re-enrolling will update their training plan each year in consultation with an ExLD Nelson staff trainer.
Curriculum and Accreditation
The process of accreditation is described in the AANZPA training manual, and involves both written and practical assessments.
Individual supervision sessions are available from the Institute staff and other approved supervisors. A suitable supervisor is selected in consultation with your current trainer.
All Centre for Experiential Learning and Development, Nelson staff members are AANZPA members, and as such are bound by the AANZPA Code of Ethics.
Staff Trainers at Centre for Experiential Learning and Development, Nelson
Claire is a Nelson-based Psychodramatist, TEP and registered psychotherapist. She is known for her spontaneity and authenticity. She has learned through 30 years of experience that laughter and a playful spirit assists the digestion of painful memories and almost unbearable circumstances. She supervises many parents, family workers, counsellors and other practitioners who work with children. One client said to her recently, "Coming to see you is like going to a good movie. First of all, I tell you what is going on; then by some miraculous means we have a laugh together; then I have a good cry. I leave feeling much lighter and happier with myself".
Cher Williscroft is a Sociodramatist, a Trainer Educator and Practitioner (T.E.P. AANZPA) and encourages the art of clear and kind communication in conflict situations in the workplace. She is a mediator, and conversation facilitator, coach and mentor. As Managing Director of Conflict Management Ltd she has 30 years’ experience and has a mission to improving workplace relationships through humane communication.
Chris is a Psychodramatist and Trainer, Educator and Practitioner (TEP). She has worked for many years as a psychodrama trainer, individual supervisor and group work supervisor. She leads training workshops in Australia, New Zealand and Greece and for non-government organizations in Southeast Asia. Chris is has an active history in AANZPA Inc. a Distinguished member of AANZPA and a member of the Ethics Committee.
Katerina Seligman. TEP (AANZPA) M.Sc., Dip. Ed. Katerina was born in Czechoslovakia, grew up in Australia and has lived in Aotearoa for over 30 years. She is a certified psychodramatist and psychodrama trainer and has worked with individuals and groups for 27 years assisting people to develop vital and nurturing relationships. Katerina is a lively grandmother, a student of Te Reo and Te Tikanga Maori, and has extensive experience in Buddhist meditation. She brings warmth, wisdom and a sense of fun to her work.