Palmerston North Branch of WPTI

Information for Trainees

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

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.


Training Programme

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WPTI Staff

 Profile of Leaders

Joan Daniels is a psychodramatist. She works as a therapist and trainer with individuals, couples and groups.

Bev Hosking is a role trainer and TEP (Trainer, Educator, Practitioner). She is experienced in action methods that aim to promote social dialogue and the formation of cohesive communities. She is a founding staff member of WPTI and works as an individual and small group supervisor, consultant trainer, counsellor and playback theatre practitioner and trainer. She is a member of the AANZPA Board of Examiners.

Diana Jones is a sociometrist and TEP (Trainer, Educator, Practitioner). She is a company director, organisation development practitioner and executive coach. She has been applying psychodramatic methods in organisations and in professional supervision for over 18 years.

Executive Director

Bev Hosking

Staff – Teaching and Supervision

Joan Daniels, Bev Hosking, Diana Jones

Administrative Assistant

Marcia Amadio

Contact the Palmerston North Branch of WPTI


Marcia Amadio, 3 Nelson Street, Fielding


Phone: +64 6 323 6209