The Auckland Training Centre for Psychodrama

Information for Trainees

The Auckland Training Centre for Psychodrama (ATCP) is an educational trust providing training leading to certification as a AANZPA Inc. practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociodrama, Sociometry and Role Training. The ATCP curriculum and practice is governed by the AANZPA Inc. Code of Ethics and the AANZPA Inc. Board of Examiners’ Training and Standards Manual.

The work of the Training Centre is an integral aspect of AANZPA and the local region, AANZPA Northern. ATCP is supported by a Trust board. The training offered is supervised by the AANZPA Inc. Board of Examiners and is provided in Auckland by a team of accredited practitioners including Psychodramatists and a Sociodramatist, who are Board certified Trainer Educator Practitioners (TEP) or TEPs in training. These people are Vivienne Thomson (TEP), Marilyn Sutcliffe (TEP), Hamish Brown (TEPit) and Martin Putt (TEPit). Chris Hosking (TEP) who is a Distinguished Member of AANZPA is a visiting trainer. 

Purpose of Training
The aim of training is to bring about an integration of theory and practice through supervised experiential learning of psychodrama, sociodrama, sociometry, role training, and group work applied to the trainee’s chosen profession or life identity.
Enrolment Criteria
  1. Have previous experience in psychodrama
  2. Preferably possess or are working towards professional qualifications
  3. Have the resources to commit themselves to the training and its requirements
  4. Identify and are willing to have regular supervision sessions with a suitable supervisor who can guide the trainee through the stages of development
The Training Process

Training is a developmental process designed to meet requirements described in the AANZPA Inc. Training and Standards Manual. Progress is determined by assessment of role development and readiness to commence the next phase of training. Assessment requirements are discussed by trainees with their supervisor and trainer at regular intervals through the training process.

The Structure of the Training Process

The purpose of the initial Foundations year is to provide an introduction and overview of the entire content of the method – psychodrama, sociodrama, sociometry, role training and group work. Throughout the programme, participants are encouraged to attend experiential weekends to gain further experience in the method. At the end of the Foundations training, each trainee has a 40-minute consultation with his or her trainers to review role development, progress, abilities and training goals. The Foundations programme commences with an opening weekend followed by various training sessions and experiential sessions that are continued throughout the year. All experiential weekends are included in the cost. There may be some additional stand alone workshops that are not incorporated in the overall cost that are optional. 

Experiential Weekends

These provide for trainees and others to explore their social atom and to attend to personal development.

Developing Practice

Trainees will participate in group interactions and dramas as audience, protagonist, auxiliary and director. They work to develop greater autonomy and authority. The ability to make oral and written reports of systemic assessments, followed by investigative discussion, is promoted.

Open Events

Some aspects of the training programme are open to participants not enrolled in year-long programmes. Details of these are provided on the Training Programme page. 


Virtually all of ATCP’s programmed events take place at Corban Estate Arts Centre, 426 Great North Road, Henderson, and usually at the Old St Michael’s Church on site at Corban Estate Arts Centre or other rooms available there.

Supervision and Peer Groups
Supervision is regarded as being an integral part of the training process and is available individually or in small groups. Trainees are encouraged to form peer supervision groups and seek guidance from the Institute staff to establish these.

Supervision is an integral part of the training process. As trainees progress in their training, and apply the method in their life and work, supervision assists in the integration of new learning.

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

Training Hours and Records
A record of completed training hours is kept for all trainees. A statement of the year’s total training hours will be issued to trainees at the close of the year’s training. Trainees can request a printed record for a fee of $10.
A range of articles, books and theses may be purchased or borrowed from ATCP’s library. Please contact our librarian, Philippa van Kuilenburg ph: 620 5892 or mob: 021 678 621.

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

All ATCP staff members are AANZPA members, and as such are bound by the AANZPA Code of Ethics. The ATCP has a Complaints Procedure which is attached as a pdf below.

Trainees not enrolled in programme courses
Trainees not enrolled in programme courses are expected to be in regular supervision with ATCP staff and to have a current training agreement as mutually determined in an annual interview. The fee for the interview is $120.

ATCP Staff

Marilyn Sutcliffe

Marilyn Sutcliffe

Marilyn is a Psychodramatist & Trainer Educator Practitioner (TEP) on staff at the Auckland Training Centre for Psychodrama (ATCP).  Imagination, a warm-hearted lightness of being, and clarity of purpose are the hallmarks of Marilyn’s approach to psychodramatic groupwork. (more...)


Vivienne Thomson

Vivienne Thomson

Vivienne is a Sociodramatist, Trainer Educator Practitioner and the Director of Training for the Auckland Training Centre for Psychodrama (ATCP). A member of AANZPA for 31 years, she has served on the AANZPA Executive and as Secretary of the Board of Examiners. She is also the current President of the Federation of Training Institutes of New Zealand (FTINZ).  (more...)


Hamish Brown

Hamish Brown

Hamish Brown is a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner in training. He is a Psychodramatist and registered psychotherapist working in private practice in Auckland. (more...)

Martin Putt

Martin Putt

Martin is a Psychodramatist & Trainer Educator Practitioner-in-training (TEPit) and a staff member of the Auckland Training Centre for Psychodrama (ATCP). Martin has been a member of AANZPA for 17 years and has served on the AANZPA Executive for 6 years, currently as Secretary. (more...)

Contact the ATCP

ATCP Contact

Auckland Training Centre for Psychodrama (ATCP)
P O Box 95 Auckland 1840
phone: (09) 3727273
mobile: 021 177 0727