A therapeutic encounter is enhanced through the mobilisation of the 'S'-factor (Spontaneity). The relationship between spontaneity and creativity is at the heart of Psychodrama theory.

An encounter has greatest potential when there is the greatest freedom to act. In conditions of freedom, an inner force is released, enabling responsiveness and assisting the group or individual to relate well.

In this training workshop, you will explore and deepen your understanding of spontaneity, creativity and encounter. The psychodrama method will be used to identify and work with the forces promoting greater freedom and response-ability.

You will learn about 'helps and hindrances' in accessing creativity and mobilising spontaneity and discover how this applies to psychodramatic productions as well as other forms of therapeutic encounter.

There will be the opportunity to integrate the learning through practice, as producers, auxiliaries and group members.

This workshop is part of the regular training programme and is open to any professional who is keen to infuse their therapeutic work with liveliness and zest.

Enrol in Spontaneity and Creativity in Therapeutic Encounter Dunedin

Workshop Code








17 & 18 April 



  •  Saturday 10:00 – 4:00 pm. Sunday 10:00 – 4:00 pm.

Training 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.

Maria Snegirev

Maria Snegirev

Maria is a Psychodramatist, Registered Psychotherapist and experienced group facilitator. She has been a member of AANZPA since about 2010 and has held various roles on the committee of the Otago branch. Maria studied at Otago and has a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature, and a Diploma in Teaching. She has 20 years experience of leading Non-Violence programmes and has completed level 1 of Imago training. (More...)