Nelson Branch of WPTI

Information for Trainees

Nelson WPTI offers training in psychodrama through year-long programmes, training and experiential workshops, reading, writing, peer practice group, social activities and supervision. Most courses are open to those who wish to develop their professional abilities without necessarily becoming certificated practitioners.

The Training

The Nelson Branch of the Wellington Psychodrama Training Institute (Nelson WPTI) provides training which leads to certification as a certification as a role trainer, psychodrama director, sociodrama director and sociometrist.Nelson WPTI 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 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.

Nelson WPTI will create multi-level training groups that will be responsive to the training needs of all participating trainees.

Training Plan

Trainees are expected to develop an annual training plan in consultation with the Institute training staff. New trainees will develop a training plan in their initial meeting with WPTI staff.

Trainees who are re-enrolling will update their training plan each year in relationship with WPTI staff.

Curriculum and Accreditation

The curriculum for each programme is based on the material set out in the AANZPA Training and Standards Manual and includes teaching, practice, coaching, and supervision.

The process of accreditation is described in the AANZPA training manual, and involves both written and practical assessments.


Supervision is an integral part of the training process and is central to the ongoing personal and professional growth of the trainee. As trainees progress in their training and apply the psychodrama method in their life and work, supervision assists in the integration of learning. Supervision provides a context in which trainees can reflect on their functioning and key relationships and creates an opportunity to engage thoughtfully with the dilemmas and dynamics of professional practice.

Individual supervision sessions are available from the Institute staff and other approved supervisors. A suitable supervisor is selected in consultation with your current trainer.

Training Records
The Institute maintains a training record for each trainee. In addition to this trainees are expected to keep a record of their own attendance at training events. Trainees can request a copy of their training record from the institute for a fee of $30.00.
Psychodrama Library
WPTI maintains an up to date library, with a range of articles, books, journals and theses. These may be borrowed by trainees for a period of one month. A fee will be charged for overdue items.

As mentioned in the Training Agreement, trainees are expected to be familiar with and abide by the AANZPA Code of Ethics.

All WPTI staff members are AANZPA members, and as such are bound by the AANZPA Code of Ethics.

Nelson WPTI Staff

Cher Williscroft

Cher Williscroft is a certified sociodramatist and Trainer, Educator and Practitioner (TEP, AANZPA). She is a staff member of WPTI (Wellington Psychodrama Training Institute) and teaches sociodrama throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Cher is managing director of Conflict Management Ltd and works with organisations, groups and individuals. She teaches short management courses at a variety of business and tertiary institutes focusing on leadership good management and organisation and having fun at work. She has a private practice in providing personal and professional effectiveness training.

Claire Guy

Claire Guy (TEP) is an experienced psychodramatist and trainer, psychotherapist and supervisor. Born in the Scottish Highlands, she has lived in NZ since 1976 and identifies as a Scottish kiwi. She works in private practice and is a Senior Tutor of Counselling Diploma and Degree programmes at Nelson – Marlborough Institute of Technology. She is known for her congruent communication, warm heart, uplifting teaching style, joy of life and playful adventurous spirit. She is part of an extensive 4 generational family network.

Visiting Trainers

Chris Hosking

Chris Hosking is a psychodramatist, counsellor, individual supervisor and group work supervisor. Over a number of years Chris has been a visiting teacher to several training institutes in NZ and Australia and has been involved in training others in the areas of psychodrama, sociometry and groups as systems

Katerina Seligman

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.

Contact Nelson WPTI

Nelson Branch: WPTI – Contact

Staff Members


WPTI Nelson c/o Guy 175 Tasman Street, Nelson 7010 Phone: 03 548 0290 Mobile: +64 21 119 2533 E-mail: