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An Experience of Psychodrama

Come and join us for an experience of psychodrama in Nelson.

The psychodramatic method is a group based method of achieving personal and professional development. It is applicable in psychotherapy, counselling, education, social and community work and organisational development. It is based on the idea of highly motivated individuals acting aspirations and deepest concerns of the society, sub culture or small group in which they live. The best way to learn about psychodrama is to experience it in a safe, non threatening environment.

One Day Workshop in Nelson:
Saturday 1st March from 9.30am – 4.30pm
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, S block (white wooden 2 storey building on Nile Street opposite Central School) Room S106
Cost $65 (pay at the door) student rate $45
Facilitator: Cher Williscroft

For further information email nelsonwpti@training.aanzpa.org or phone
Cher 03 5452567 or phone/text Claire 021 119 2533 or 035480290

Psychodrama – What is it and how does it work?

What is it?
Psychodrama includes all of the theories, action methods and techniques that derive from the work of JL
Moreno (1889-1974).It is equally a method of group psychotherapy, an approach to working therapeutically with individuals, couples and families and a means of making effective interventions in group and community life. It is used in
many settings including counselling and psychotherapy, health, education, organisational development and the creative arts.

How does it work?
As a participant in a psychodrama session you can explore the life situations that are of interest and concern to you through dramatic enactment. In the course of the enactment you can express, refine and integrate new ways of being and doing.
Psychodrama works for people of all ages and cultures with a wide range of life experiences. It strengthens your sense of self. It also strengthens your relationships with others and your effectiveness in groups.

Psychodrama assists individuals to:

• re-examine their current life situations, their past, their social networks and cultural context
• generate new perspectives on particular events or situations
• develop fresh responses to entrenched relationship dynamics
• prepare for future situations in which they wish to function with a greater degree of flexibility, vitality
and immediacy
• bring together action, insight and ‘here and now’ experience as they engage with life
• enlarge perceptions of themselves and others

Psychodrama assists groups to:
• examine themselves and constructively work through the dynamics of group life
• recognise patterns of interaction and interpersonal dynamics
• investigate both the formal and informal relationship networks
• recognize their collective functioning and make informed decisions about changing group norms

Historical Background
Psychodrama was conceived by psychiatrist JL Moreno (1889-1974). It grew out of his experiments in Vienna
in the 1920’s with the theatre of spontaneity, a form of improvisational theatre. Moving to the USA in 1925 he
continued to combine this with his interest in social science, exploring the possibilities of treating clients using group psychotherapy. This work has been further refined by many practitioners and training institutes around the world including in the United Kingdom, Central and Eastern Europe, USA, South America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Qualified Practitioners
Practitioners trained in this method within the Australian and New Zealand Psychodrama Association are certificated
as Psychodramatists, Sociodramatists, Role-trainers and Sociometrists. The training comprises 800 hours of training in accredited training seminars and workshops, along with approximately 1600 hours reading, preparation of written
papers including a thesis, a practical assessment, supervised practice and allied activities in training seminars that contribute to the fulfillment of the training requirements. Practitioners who have completed the above training are eligible to be full members of ANZPA Inc.

AANZPA Inc. (Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association)

ANZPA Inc. was established in 1980 and is the body governing the training and standards of practitioners
of the psychodrama method. It is an active and vibrant association that holds annual conferences and publishes a
professional journal.
Website: www.anzpa.org Psychodrama Training in Nelson http://aanzpa.org/training/nelson

Name: Cher Williscroft
Phone: 03 545 2567
Email: nelsonwpti@training.co.nz