An introduction to using the psychodramatic method in your work with individuals and groups

This one-day workshop is for those who wish to experience the psychodrama method, to see if they want to incorporate the method into their work or life.  This method will help you to understand yourself and others.  Those that you work with will see the origins of their life scripts and to draw on their `creative genius’ to make changes to become the kind of person they enjoy and lead the life they want. This workshop will be of particular interest to people considering attending a training workshop in psychodrama.

Who can attend?

Psychodrama can be applied to many different fields including management, training, education, community work, the creative arts, social change, and therapy one-to-one or in groups.  If you are a professional educator, manager, HR / organisational specialist, counsellor, teacher, facilitator, psychologist, social worker, trainer, or pastoral worker, you will find this workshop of benefit. Individuals who want to taste this method are welcome.

This workshop will assist you to develop your leadership capacity in you own life – in play, in work and in relationships – increasing your capacity to rise up to life’s challenges and be uplifted in your spirit.


If you are new to psychodrama, have not trained with us before or are returning after a long break from training, please contact us for a training conversation prior to enrolling to ensure you have the psychodrama experience needed to enter a training programme and our training programme will be a good match for you. (See our enrolment policy)


The psychodrama method

Psychodrama is a general term that refers to any approach that expresses the philosophy and methods developed by Dr J.L. Moreno. He described psychodrama as the drama of the soul and the ‘theatre of truth’. The term psychodrama includes the concepts of spontaneity, creativity, role creation, role system, social and cultural atom, surplus reality, social atom repair, and specific psychodramatic techniques such as self-presentation, mirroring, doubling, role reversal, concretisation, maximisation and future projection. The generic term psychodrama includes classical psychodrama, sociodrama, sociometry, role training and spontaneity training

The psychodrama method is one that calls for expression of our self through both mind and body. It can be the means to awaken abilities and energies, to bring into our consciousness a greater sense of who we are and of the unique purpose which each of us has in being on this planet, and to assist us to make a working whole. It invites us to leave the conserved and stultified patterns by which we have imprisoned ourselves, and to enter once more into a free situation. We are invited to create through drama the situations that we have always dreamed of, and, through the release of spontaneity in role play, to develop abilities that have a practical application in life itself.

THE TRAINING PROCESS The psychodrama method is taught through supervised experiential learning. The aim of this type of learning is for trainees to know the different aspects of the psychodrama method through their experience. Every member of a training group becomes a group leader. Trainees direct psychodramas, sociodramas, role training sessions and sociometric explorations. They participate in group interactions and as auxiliaries in dramas. This means that all those who participate in training sessions experience themselves in a wide range of roles. The ability to interact spontaneously and to generate new creative solutions to problems of living is developed in sessions. The teaching is in response to what the trainee says and does in the training sessions. The purpose of the teaching is to develop a greater flexibility in functioning, a greater perceptiveness, and a wider range of functioning in the here and now situation. Thus an integration of theory and practice occurs. Trainees see and feel development occurring. There is an application of learning in their work, in their personal lives, and in activities in the training group. Supervision and teaching leads to refinement of abilities and opens up of new areas of learning. Reading, written assignments, and relevant tasks are included in the training.

(AANZPA Training and Standards Manual 2020)

Psychodrama Training is available in 5 campuses across Aotearoa NZ.
AANZPA (The Aotearoa NZ and Australia Psychodrama Association) is the overarching organisation responsible for standard, ethics and professional membership

Enrol in Nelson Introduction to Psychodrama - one day November workshop

Nelson Whakatū PANZ (formerly ExLD)


Workshop Code: NSN24-D

Dates and times

Friday, 8 November
9.00 am to 4.30 pm

(1 hour for lunch – BYO or local cafe)


Nelson City venue tbc


$235 includes morning and afternoon tea
(Minimum 50% deposit required to secure a place)

BYO lunch or eat at a local café

Training hours

6.5 hours


Cher Williscroft

Cher Williscroft

PANZ Whakatū Nelson Director of Training

Cher Williscroft is a Sociodramatist, a Trainer Educator and Practitioner (T.E.P. AANZPA) and encourages the art of clear and kind communication in conflict situations in the workplace. She is a mediator, conversation facilitator, coach and mentor. As Managing Director of Conflict Management Ltd she has 38 years’ experience and has a mission to improving workplace relationships through humane communication.