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
- Have previous experience in psychodrama
- Preferably possess or are working towards professional qualifications
- Have the resources to commit themselves to the training and its requirements
- 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.
These provide for trainees and others to explore their social atom and to attend to personal development.
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.
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 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
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
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 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 is a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner in training. He is a Psychodramatist and registered psychotherapist working in private practice in Auckland. (more...)
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
Auckland Training Centre for Psychodrama (ATCP)
P O Box 95 Auckland 1840
phone: (09) 3727273
mobile: 021 177 0727