Information for Trainees
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. 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.
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.
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.
Bev 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). Diana works as a leadership coach and advisor, speaker and author. She specializes in culture and behaviour change with senior leaders in their real work interrelationships, the flow on behaviors and implications for strategy, action and business results. Her book Leadership Material: how personal experience shapes executive presence is quoted in Forbes.com, the Huffington Post and CEO magazine. Diana was Treasurer with the AANZPA Executive for four years and is past President of the Federation of Training Institutes NZ.
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.
Jenny Hutt is a sociodramatist, and TEP (Trainer, Educator, Practitioner). Jenny works with individuals, groups and organisations as a coach, facilitator, and consultant. She develops leaders, group workers, facilitators, mentors, teams and organisations. She has a keen interest in workplace diversity, inter-cultural learning and human relations. She is the Director of Training at the Melbourne Campus of Psychodrama Australia and Secretary to the AANZPA Board of Examiners.
Staff – Teaching and Supervision
Bev Hosking, Chris Hosking, Diana Jones.
Jenny Hutt, Vivienne Thomson
Wellington: Glenis Levack.
Palmerston North: Marcia Amadio.