Day Registrations

If you cannot attend the whole conference, Day Registrations are available for Friday and Saturday at a cost of $200 per day.  A Day Registration includes the Plenary Session, two workshop sessions, morning and afternoon tea and lunch.

You can register for either or both days on the Registration page

Friday and Saturday Programme outline

9.00am-10.00am – Plenary session

  • Friday    José Fonseca – Inclusion-exclusion in the life and work of J.L. Moreno
  • Saturday Community building: stories across different cultures

10.30am-12.30pm – Sociometric choice and workshops

12.30pm – Lunch

2.00pm-5.30pm – Sociometric choice and workshops

Friday and Saturday Detailed programme

Friday 23rd January 9.00am – 10.00am plenary session

José Fonseca

Inclusion-exclusion in the life and work of J.L. Moreno

The presentation applies the concept of social inclusion-exclusion to the life and work of J.L. Moreno. The main moments of Moreno’s life are highlighted, revealing his struggle for social inclusion. In the same way, some theoretical concepts and practical psychodramatic procedures (in psychotherapy, pedagogy, sociometry, etc) are aimed toward the inclusion of excluded human beings.

Dr José Fonseca, from Brazil, is the conference guest. He is a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, professor-supervisor of the Brazilian Federation of Psychodrama, a psychodrama trainer at São Paulo Psychodrama Society and coordinator of the Daimon – Center of Relationship Studies. José was one of the pioneers of the Brazilian psychodramatic movement and a founder of the Brazilian Federation of Psychodrama. He is a former editor of Forum, the annual publication of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP).


Friday 23rd January 10.30am – 12.30pm workshops

Kate Cooke

Empathic attunement and play: social atom repair with people who have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder

People with this diagnosis complain of emptiness, a lack of sense of self, and fear of aloneness, amongst other things.  Some theorists suggest that the ability to be alone and the development of self occurs between the ages of 4 and 5.  Action methods can warm this client group up to ‘playing’ in the presence of a group of trusted others.

There will be discussion of the theory, a demonstration based on my work and exploration of the concerns arising from group members.

Kate has an interest in finding out what makes people and communities tick, and has spent the better part of her adult life pursuing this question.  Trained as a psychiatric nurse, psychodramatist, and anthropologist, she is now a grandmother, and perhaps is at last finding an answer.


Jacqui Gough

Childhood creativity and social atom repair: recognising ourselves from early experiences of visual and auditory media and how these manifest in the world today

As children we found and internalised mirrors of ourselves within comics, books, TV programmes, radio, films and plays as a creative response to family deficit.We have been engaged in social atom repair from an early age.
As adults this creativity is still alive in us as we conduct ourselves in our communities. Come and find out who you have brought with you into your present day life and how they continue to assist you as you make your way in the world.

Jacqui lives in Nelson, NZ, emigrating from the North of England over 20 years ago.Books were her childhood companions. She is engaged in her community currently managing a workforce development project for the district health board.Soccer, waka and singing in the community choir provide social delight. She still enjoys reading.

Claire Guy

Writing on the wall: creative writing as a vehicle for personal and family social atom repair

In 2006 I had a shocking and traumatic experience.Burn out……the black void of depression………fell off my perch…….forty days in the desert…..menopausal trauma…….transformational experience -different language for the same experience. Time for healing and social atom repair was required.I took a year off work; floated weightless in the warm summer ocean; grew vegetables; sang in a women’s choir and shared books and love in an ‘improper book club’. Completing papers in a Creative Writing Diploma lead me to the enjoyment and potency of creative writing as a vehicle for personal and family social atom repair.

In this workshop I will seek to pass on some of my learning.There will be teaching, writing, reading, listening, reflection, laughter and maybe some tears.

Bring paper, something to lean on, a pen and an adventurous spirit.

Claire is a grandmother, mother, singer, writer, lover, friend, sister, psychodramatist, teacher and TEP…to name a few roles.Born in Scotland she has lived in Nelson for 20 years where she teaches on a Diploma in Counselling and works in private practice.

Charmaine McVea

Protagonists’ experiences of healing from emotionally painful experiences

This session presents a model of healing, which was developed from an analysis of fifteen psychodrama sessions where protagonists confronted previously unresolved painful emotional experiences. Sessions were videoed and reviewed by protagonists, directors and researchers, to identify and describe significant change events and their impact on the protagonists.Four meta-events were identified:(i) re-experiencing and insight; (ii) activating resourcefulness; (iii) social atom repair with emotional release and (iv) integration.These events will be considered in relation to the experience of one of the protagonists in the study, and there will be an opportunity for participants to reflect on their own experiences with clients.

Charmaine is a psychodramatist in private practice.She is in the final stages of a PhD, investigating protagonists’ experiences of the resolution of painful emotional experiences. She has published articles related to this topic, and presented her findings at psychology and counselling conferences in Australia and overseas.

Vivienne Thomson

Intersections of inspiration

A narrated enactment demonstrating the impact of a business enterprise on the lives of people in a small community. This will be followed by a discussion of the venture in terms of social repair in a community and in relation to the specific individuals involved namely a paddle manufacturer, entrepreneur, construction worker, barmaid, fishmonger, geo-technical engineer, exhaust specialist, cook, and blue movie script writer.

Vivienne, a sociodramatist and TEP, is one of 8,000 people living on New Zealand’s 5th biggest island, Waiheke. In addition to her work as a consultant in organisation development and company director, she has a small family business that provides commercial premises for several of the island’s businesses.

Philippa van Kuilenburg

The more we are different the more we are the same

I am presenting work that is done with parents who have migrated or are resident in New Zealand for the purposes of providing an education for their children.The focus is on social atom repair of the parent and role training them to find more effective ways of parenting instead of pushing or exploding.Working with several cultures is both rewarding and challenging as I work with them to discover a blend of the best of two worlds.I find myself learning as much about our culture as they do about theirs.

Philippa is self employed as coach/mentor in organisations and one-to-one.She contracts as a group therapist to Parent Trust working with parents assisting them to manage their anger and stress so that they develop a healthier relationship with self and with their children. She is a mother, wife, grandmother and artist on a journey of great discoveries.

Friday 23rd January 2.30pm – 5.30pm workshops

Phillip Corbett

Improvisational drama exercises to develop authenticity in auxiliary work

In a creative, enjoyable and non-competitive environment, this workshop offers a range of improvisational drama exercises, which enhance self-expression using voice, body movement, facial expression, and a range of character portrayals.
In this way your ability to authentically play a role as an auxiliary will be further developed and then applied and practised in an enactment of a protagonist’s social atom. The auxiliaries’ efforts to perform their role with empathic authenticity can assist the protagonist greatly to deepen their experience of the drama.

Phillip is an advanced trainee at the Australian College of Psychodrama with many years’ experience as an actor, director and playwright. He has run numerous workshops on improvisational drama for the theatre, high school drama classes, self-development groups and at previous psychodrama conferences.

Haydn Gibson

“My karma ran over your dogma”: using dreams for social atom repair

In my study of psychology and work in the consulting world a number of methods ask folk to believe in a particular dogma or doctrine. This seems to be a restrictive force at work. Karma, which can be seen as the progressive role, is a result of life experiences, which we can examine through psychodrama. I am interested in changing the karma through social atom repair. My premise is that dreams offer us wonderful insight to our unconscious, which can unlock karma, the progressive roles, to run over social, professional and personal dogmas.
This workshop will use dream work in psychodrama to assist a warm up. The group will have some action to enable social atom repair resulting from the warm up.
Haydn is a consultant, counsellor, and advanced trainee psychodramatist who has worked in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia over the last 10 years. He is presently studying Psychology at Monash University, Melbourne. His interests include travel, psychodrama, cycling and dreams. He has been an actor, computer programmer, marathon runner, touring cyclist, poet, writer, and is still a son, father, brother and friend.

Neil Hucker

Through the mind’s eye: directing imaginary psychodrama

In this workshop I will use my thesis as the basis to experientially explore the importance of the imagination in a psychodrama production. Starting with a normally enacted psychodrama vignette we will proceed to produce an enacted vignette without auxiliaries. From this I will explore six imagination projectionspaces in which one can work psychodramatically. Finally I will use one of these spaces to produce an imaginary psychodrama.

Neil works in private practice in Melbourne as a consultant psychiatrist. In his individual and group psychotherapy work he is continuously exploring how to apply the psychodrama method.

Diana Jones

The sociometrist’s view of the social and cultural atom at work

Writing a social and cultural atom paper is a privileged chance to reflect the magic of the interplay of clients’ internal and external worlds.In this presentation we will explore moments of organisation life in our professional and psychodramatic roles, our responses to these moments, the process of social atom repair, and subsequent writing.Handy guidelines for drawing social and cultural atoms and tele relationships will be given. This is a training workshop.
Diana is a TEP, Sociometrist, and organisation development practitioner living in Wellington and Masterton. She is a member of the Wellington Psychodrama Training Institute, and is an artist and olive grower.

Jane Maher

Taking time to explore the role-er coaster of parenting adolescents

During adolescence young people move away from being a dependent child to being an increasingly autonomous being with an emerging adult identity. Their new hormones create a revolution in their bodies, their thinking, feeling, and particularly their social activities. This transition doesn’t happen overnight and does involve what can seem like random variations between child and adult roles. The social and cultural atom of the family system is inevitably changed. This session will offer the opportunity to explore experiences and promote role development related to parenting adolescents.

Jane’s thesis is on enabling connection through group work with socially isolated adolescents. She is exploring how to best double and mirror adolescents – especially as an adult when teens want it most from their contemporaries.

Don Reekie

Social atom at its source: the place where spontaneity meets role

This Session begins with you, your life, your self and your realities. You can highlight your experience through a lens of social cultural atom understanding. Social atom will be seen to be: where you live and the means of both your survival and sustenance. Your social atom is you: as you are and as you relate. It is inside you and around you. Your social atom is how you connect with yourself, and how you connect with everyone else. You build your identity in its domain. You create your roles in and through it – with all their particularities, marking you as the unique person and personality you are. Your original family has left its mark. Every social interaction has been etched; and those emotionally charged or of repeating pattern will be salient when ingredients are similar.

In this session will work with you for you to enjoy your self, to enter social atom dramatically, to investigate the pragmatics of role dynamics, spontaneity development and creative genius as they are revealed in individual social atom experience.

Don is a trainer for Christchurch (CITP) and Queensland (Moreno Collegium) Institutes. He is a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner, a Psychodramatist, and Role Trainer working with team relationships in organisations as well as with individual development and health.

Saturday 24th January 9.00am – 10.00am plenary session

Community building: stories across different cultures

Facilitated by Tania Oolders

Tania Oolders developed a professional identity as a journalist, working mostly in radio. She has recently changed tack to work with an organisational psychology consultancy company in Wellington.She is a registered psychologist.

Saturday 24th January 10.30am – 12.30pm workshops

Annette Fisher

The use of the double for social atom repair

The aim of this workshop is to increase awareness and abilities in the use of the double. It will start with a case study in which the psychodramatist used doubling extensively to achieve a positive result. There will be further exploration, in action, of the theory and practice of doubling.
Annette is the Director of the Psychodrama Training Institute of the ACT Australia and is President of the Australian Federation of Trainers. She has a counselling and psychotherapy practice and is a visual artist.

Bev Hosking

A book group

Books are a part of the cultural conserve. At the same time reading books, both fiction and non-fiction, can lead to the discovery of new worlds, ideas, characters etc and in this way stimulate spontaneity.
This session offers an opportunity for an exchange about books that have captured your imagination and / or stimulated your thinking recently. We will do this in action.In the process we will develop our spontaneity as well as adding to our reading list for the new year.
Bev is a role trainer. She has been on the training staff of WPTI since it’s inception in 1988. Bev has extensive experience as a playback theatre practitioner and international PBT trainer and is committed to bringing spontaneity and creativity to all aspects of life and work.

Neil Hucker

The magic shop

The magic shop was developed by Moreno as an example of controlled acting out which is one of the cornerstones of a psychodrama production. The magical moments that can emerge with the surplus reality experience of social atom repair in a psychodrama production can be produced, experienced and practiced with the magic shop. Even though the focus is on magically trading personal qualities with the shopkeeper the deeper integration of these qualities is warmed up by highlighting their importance in the customer’s social atom.
The session will be an experiential demonstration of the magic shop for psychodrama practitioners and trainees. The magic shop is a wonderful entertaining way to warm up imaginative abilities.

Neil works in private practice in Melbourne as a consultant psychiatrist. In his individual and group psychotherapy work he is continuously exploring how to apply the psychodrama method.

Charmaine McVea

Harnessing the social investigator to produce thought provoking research

Participating in research can stimulate us as psychodrama practitioners, deepening our understanding of processes and experiences, possibly bringing surprising discoveries along the way, and giving us a vehicle to communicate with the world at large about what we do.In this session we will begin with the questions, observations or hunches that intrigue us, and draw on the experience and naïve enquiry of our colleagues to explore how to approach discovery-oriented research.This session will be of interest to people who are contemplating, or perhaps have already begun, small or large research projects.

Charmaine is a Psychodramatist in private practice.She is in the final stages of a PhD, investigating protagonists’ experiences of the resolution of painful emotional experiences.

Jean Mehrtens and Jo-Anne Colwell

Psychodrama and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Jean and Jo-Anne will give a brief presentation of the development, structure and outcomes of small groups offering psychodrama and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.The ninety-minute groups are offered weekly, for six weeks.The focus of the groups is role development, expansion of role repertoire, and improved relationships.Outcome measures were collected at baseline, six and twelve week intervals, and three months post intervention.Group members report subjective improvements after six groups, and showed improvements in outcome measures.The presentation will be followed by demonstrations of specific techniques used in the groups, and may include brief vignettes.
Jean is a Psychiatric Nurse, with experience in public and private settings.Jo-Anne is a Psychologist with over seven years of private practice experience.They are experienced group facilitators, who draw on their experiences as clinicians, educators, and therapists to work with a wide variety of people facing life’s challenges.

Saturday 24th January 2.30pm – 5.30pm workshops

Margie Abbott

‘Let the bellbird sing’: relishing the richness of ritual within Psychodrama

This experiential workshop invites you to reflect on your experience of beginnings and endings. Psychodrama and ritual offer a rich resource for re-visiting; re-living and re-claiming moments where “we learn to transcend the past and reach for a more promising future.” Zerka Moreno: 2000

A framework for celebrating ritual within a group will be presented. Come along warm up to enacting vignettes and dramas. Relish the richness of your vitality, originality and creativity.
Margie is a Sociometrist from Adelaide.Margie shares her work time between private practise “Igniting Sparks” and chaplaincy. She has authored three books on ritual and ecology.

John Barton

Social atom repair in the one-to-one session: a walk down memory lane with the little people

One way of realising the psychodramatic method in a one-to-one session is to use small figures and enact “A Walk Down Memory Lane”. A demonstration followed by practice in pairs will allow all participants to be both director and protagonist. The results are often a celebration of life, though some may call it social atom repair.

This experiential workshop is suitable for people at all levels of psychodrama training and practice including beginners and offers training in an Other modality (using small figures in a one-to-one session).

John is fortunate to have lived the majority of his 62 years in the light of psychodrama. He is a husband, stepfather and psychotherapist and has been a scientist and country doctor. He is President of the Balint Society of Australia, which means our psychoanalytic, and medical colleagues occasionally taste some psychodrama.

Max Clayton

Remaining centred and still as a working psychodramatist

Being centred and calm while warming up a group and while producing a drama has a remarkable effect on group members and the protagonist. This experiential training workshop is designed to enhance our capacity to be centred while being confronted by surprising or challenging expression. Come prepared to be actively involved.

Max is an experienced clinician, individual and group supervisor and trainer, working intensively in this field for many years. He has accrued significant skill and a depth of insight in teaching and training people in other cultures around the world. He is the author of several books on psychodrama. Max is a Psychodramatist, Trainer, Educator and Practitioner (TEP) and a Distinguished Member of ANZPA.

Katerina Seligman with cultural support from several Maori members of Ohomairaki

Tikanga e rua

An experiential workshop to explore our widely differing responses to the co-existence of the two main cultures within multicultural AotearoaNew Zealand. In this workshop we will work to create a respectful space where controversial views can aired and understanding of our differences is deepened, using the psychodrama method.

Katerina is a Psychodramatist and TEP. She comes from a holocaust survivor family of Czech/Jewish origins, and has a passion for working towards true democracy and justice within Aotearoa, her home for the past 34 years.

Elizabeth Synnot

Being vital in old and familiar contexts

Early patterns of relating and role development stay with us until our spontaneity heightens and new roles and relationships emerge.Connecting with our psychodramatic roles can so heighten our spontaneity that we slough off our old conserves and enter into a nascent state and create the new.

Let us reconnect with our psychodramatic roles and enter into our family, work or community contexts with the vitality of heightened spontaneity and create new ways to relate in old and familiar contexts.

Elizabeth (Diz) has a psychodramatic role as Richard Burton, the explorer and scholar and seeker of the source of the Nile.She struts her stuff as RB as a Sociodramatist working in communities and organisations. The vitality she experiences when she is warmed up to this role enables her to stay light and focussed in the face of the unfamiliar and complex.

Sandra Turner & Faye Gorman

From where will the bellbird sing?  Social repair in a community devastated by multiple teenage suicides

When a community had its guts ripped out by multiple teenage suicide an unstoppable nightmare took hold. Despair, helplessness and hysteria became the dominant forces. At the memorial service of her daughters death a mother called the community together to find a way to honour what had happened, to call a stop to the blaming and the fear, and to claim life. All the strengths of group-work, ritual, playback and psychodrama were used together with the protocol of the marae to work with Maori, Pacific Island and Pakeha people to find a way forward. This workshop presents the work of this event and will use playback to tell our own stories. Large group processes provided the frame needed for social atom repair.

Sandra is a Psychodramatist, TEP, Psychotherapist and Conductor for the Dunedin Playback Theatre Company. She called on all her resources and training to step up to the task of facilitating this event.

Faye is a Psychotherapist, Supervisor, consultant, group worker and an actor in the Dunedin Playback Theatre Company. She has a passion for travel, cross-cultural work, and within Aotearoa New Zealand she has a commitment towards working bi-culturally. Her belief is that healing occurs when working strongly with difference and when facing into pain.


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