This training involves participating in a year-long programme consisting of experiential workshops, reading, writing, peer practice group, social activities and supervision. Most courses are 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.
  • Advanced Training. Trainees are required to choose a primary trainer, to belong to AANZPA, to run groups in the community and have supervision on their work.

The CITP may create multi-level training groups to suit training needs.


  1. 23 & 24 February (12 hrs) Group Work (open to others). 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM both days – Sara.
  2. 12 to 14 April (15 hrs) – Sara.
  3. 10 to 12 May (15 hrs) – Working with Addiction (open to others)  Paul.
  4. 15 & 16 June (12 hrs) – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM both days. Paul.
  5. 9 to 11 August (15 hrs) – Sara.
  6. 19 – 22 September Marae Based Intensive Psychodrama Workshop (Karitane)  (25 hrs) – Sara, Simon, Hamish
  7. 1 to 3 November (15 hrs) – Sara.
  • Times for all weekend workshops: Friday: 6:30pm to 9:00pm, Saturday: 9:30am to 4:00pm, Sunday: 9:30am to 3:30pm

Enrol for the TIA Multi-Level Training Group

Training in Action



Workshop Code: TIA-2019


SVD, 30 Portsmouth Dr, South Dunedin


Total training hours: 109 hours


Sara Crane

Sara Crane

Sara Crane is the PANZ Ōtautahi and Ōtepoti Campus Director of Training. She is a Psychodramatist, a Trainer Educator Practitioner (TEP, AANZPA) and is a Registered Psychotherapist with a special interest in children and families and has a long-standing involvement with Playback Theatre. (More...)

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.

Hamish Brown

Hamish Brown

Hamish is a Psychodramatist, Trainer Educator Practitioner (TEP) and delivers training in Auckland in Aotearoa New Zealand through PANZ Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.  (more...)

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.