This training involves participating in a year-long programme consisting of experiential workshops, reading, writing, peer practice group, social activities and supervision. The Core Curriculum / Intermediate Course is open to those who wish to develop their professional abilities without necessarily becoming certificated practitioners.

  • Core Curriculum Training introduces the core elements of the psychodrama method.
  • Intermediate Training strengthens trainees’ directing, auxiliary and group work. At this point, trainees write a short paper in an area of interest applicable to their work.

Dates of Full Year Programme

All workshops will be led by Paul and/or Simon

  • Tuesday 13 February: Opening evening (1.5 hours)
  • 23  – 24 February: Focus on Sociometry (9 hours)
  • 15 – 18  March: Residential (25 hours)
  • Friday 20 April:  Peer Practice Group Review (2.5 hours)
  • 4 – 5 May (9 hours)
  • 8 – 9 June: Focus on Role Training (9 hours)
  • 10 – 11 August (9 hours)
  • 27 – 30 September: Marae based Intensive at Karitane* (25 hours)
  • 12 – 13 October: Focus on Spontaneity (9 hours)
  • 9 – 10 November (9 hours)
  • Tuesday 27 November: Closing evening (1.5 hours)

Enrol in Core Curriculum / Intermediate 2018

Workshop Code

CITP 2017A


  • Friday and Saturday Workshops: Friday: 6.30pm to 9:00pm, Saturday: 9:30am to 4:00pm
  • All weekend workshops: Friday: 6:30pm to 9:00pm, Saturday: 9:30am to 5:00pm, Sunday: 9:30am to 4:00pm


  • Full fee $2,700.00
  • The CITP offers a discount of $200.00 off the full fee if the following conditions are both met:
    1. Pay a deposit of $250.00 by 15 December.
    2. The remainder of the enrolment fee is paid by 31st January.
  • To pay by Instalments:
    1. Pay a deposit of $250.00 and provide a payment plan by 15 December.
    2. Complete all payments by 31 August.
  • A penalty will be incurred if your fee is not paid in full by 31 August. If you have not paid your fee in full the Institute reserves the right to not accept your enrolment for the following year.
Total training hours: 109.5 hours


Paul Baakman

Paul Baakman

Paul Baakman has a background in Mental Health Nursing and Residential Social Work. He is a Psychodramatist, a Trainer Educator Practitioner (TEP, AANZPA) and a Registered Psychotherapist in private practice.

Simon Gurnsey

Simon Gurnsey

PANZ Ōtautahi Christchurch

Simon Gurnsey is a Sociometrist and an AANZPA TEP in training. Psychodrama has been his passion and delight since his first experience of it in the late 1980s. He combines his love for psychodrama and playback theatre to create a unique approach to personal and professional development. Simon has a deep commitment to helping groups and individuals grow and develop to produce thriving organisations and adequate and trained professionals in their chosen fields of work. He is a member of the AANZPA Executive and holds the office of Treasurer. He lives and works in the small community of Parua Bay.