Pre & Post Conference Workshops

The following workshops will run on either side of the conference.  Workshop places will be given first to those people who register for the whole conference.  Apart from this workshop positions will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Post Conference Workshops

All workshops will run for two days, and will be held at Salmond Hall. Lunch and dinner are included in the workshop fee; accommodation is an extra cost. Read on and warm up to the workshop that will best further your professional development this year.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshop 1

Breathing Life into Psychodramatic Techniques

Led by Dr Max Clayton

This workshop is to blow a breath of fresh air into our work with groups and in the production of dramas.

Producing role reversals with feeling and greater meaning, warming up individuals through confidently interviewing for role, maximizing expression with ease, acting as an intelligent double – all of these actions are highly prized expressions of an intelligent producer. In this workshop we will work together to increase your capacity for all of these. The methods employed will include teaching, coaching, demonstration and supervised practice. Max is looking forward to being with you.

Max Clayton

Max Clayton

About the workshop leader: 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.

Dates and Times: The workshop will begin at 9:30am on Wednesday 21st, and will conclude at 4pm on Thursday 22nd.

Meals: The workshop provides lunch and dinner on Wednesday and lunch on Thursday.

Fee: $460 NZD (Fee is non-refundable after 21 December)

Pre-Conference Workshop 2

The Emerging Voice

Led by Hilde Knottenbelt

The ways in which we use our voices and tune into the voices of others can significantly inform and affect our work as psychodrama practitioners, auxiliaries, protagonists and trainee directors. Developing ease with singing and voice in our work as practitioners can lead to interventions which may include spontaneous expression through singing, the use of songs, vocal doubling and coaching, and role analysis informed by shifts in vocal quality. This workshop will foreground the auditory world. It will include spontaneity training with a focus on voice, singing and vocal co-creativity.  Participants will become attuned to breath, sound, silence, resonance, harmony, dissonance, speech, rhythmic qualities of speech and timing.

There will be psychodramatic vignettes, vocal improvisations, and a working with the emerging themes of the group through song and spoken word.

Hilde Knottenbelt

Hilde Knottenbelt

About the workshop leader: Hilde is on the teaching staff of the Australian College of Psychodrama and Melbourne Institute of Experiential and Creative Arts Therapy. She has a private practice in Voice Work and Counselling.

Originally a teacher of languages and subsequently a Shiatsu practitioner, Voice teacher and Psychodramatist, she has an ongoing love of exploring sound, words, attunement, expressiveness and improvised singing and storytelling in groups. As a psychodramatist, she has developed her ability to work with an unfolding process combining the acappella tradition of unaccompanied harmony singing, psychodrama, playback theatre, group work and body-focused therapies. The creative integration of these influences continues to inform and contribute to the weaving of a unique body of work.

Dates and Times: The workshop will begin at 9:30am on Wednesday 21st, and will conclude at 4pm on Thursday 22nd.

Meals: The workshop provides lunch and dinner on Wednesday and lunch on Thursday.

Fee: $400 NZD (Fee is non-refundable after 21 December)

Post Conference Workshops

Post-Conference Workshop 1

Cutting the sociodramatic cloth to fit the context in family, organisational or community settings

Led by Elizabeth (Diz) Synnott

This workshop is for those currently working, or anticipating working, to enhance the functioning of groups and communities. Emphasis will be on the socious, and on being companionable colleagues in applying sociodramatic principles in the systems in which we work.

We will tailor the application of sociodrama to the settings in which you work and live. We will develop our spontaneity in the use of this method in complex and sometimes resistant settings. As we do this it is likely that the following will take place:

  • identification of the forces impacting on family, work and community life
  • concretisation of difference and sameness in values and world views of subgroups
  • being experimental with the method
  • movement between task focus and sociometric development in the group

Participants can anticipate being active in forming a collegial work group that

  • touches us deeply and provides opportunities for personal work to expand our professional capabilities
  • expands our contributions to the groups and social systems of which we are a part
  • promotes integration of Moreno’s seminal method
  • increases our capacity to present our professional identity in a range of ways, in the face of being conceived of as a facilitator, mediator, management flunky, etc.
  • expands our leadership roles as learners, peers and educators.

Diz Synnott

Diz Synnott

About the workshop leader: Diz Synnot has thirty years experience working as a sociodramatist in large public sector organisations, small private/family businesses, indigenous communities and urban communities. She is a trainer in psychodrama and is the Director of Community and Organisational Development at the Moreno Collegium for Human Centred Research, Education and Development.

She says: “I have gained greatly from a range of vignette forms in my practise. This requires me to mobilise my spontaneity and be daring in enacting the unexpressed and often undiscussable in an organisation or community group.

Group members would say: “We are having a discussion, negotiation or fight and Diz does her stuff and somehow we get results that stick.”

Dates and Times: The workshop will begin at 9:30am on Tuesday 27th, and will conclude at 4pm on Wednesday 28th

Meals: The workshop fee includes lunch and dinner on Tuesday and lunch on Wednesday.

Fee: $430 NZD (Fee is non-refundable after 21 December)

Post-Conference Workshop 2

Relationship psychodrama – a minimalist psychodrama

Led by Dr José Fonseca

Relationship psychotherapy is a minimalist version of classical psychodrama. Minimalism is a tendency to simplify and to reduce the constitutive elements of something (minimalism is also an art movement which has influenced music, painting, dance and literature).

The origins of relationship psychotherapy came from the difficulties in adapting group psychodramatic techniques to one-to-one (bipersonal) work. The first adaptation is the reduction of a group psychodrama session of two hours duration to an individual session of 50 minutes. Another change is the unification of the roles of director and auxiliary-ego. The relationship psychotherapist is a blend of psychodrama director and auxiliary ego – a therapist-actor, so to speak. Presently relationship psychotherapy is utilized in both individual and group psychotherapy.

The following techniques are most frequently utilized: double-mirror (which synthesizes the double and the mirror), role-playing, role reversal, videotape and internal psychodrama (visualization and work with internal images or scenes).

Relationship psychotherapy aims to create a ludical (playful) therapeutic space that connects with the zone between the inside and the outside, between the conscious and unconscious: the spontaneous-creative space of the Moreno’s co-conscious and co-unconscious.

José Fonseca

José Fonseca

About the workshop leader: José Fonseca, M.D., Ph.D. (University of São Paulo School of Medicine) 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 for Relationship Studies. He is the author of three books on psychodrama: Relationship Psychotherapy (2000), Psychodrama of Madness (1980) in Portuguese and Contemporary psychodrama: new approaches to theory and technique in English (Brunner-Routledge, 2004). He also contributed a chapter and Forward to Sambadrama: The Arena of Brazilian Psychodrama, (2006, edited by Zoltan Figusch), an anthology of papers by psychodramatists from Brazil.

José is 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).  He lives in São Paulo with his wife Maria, who is a family therapist. José says: “I am a shy person despite the fact that some persons don’t believe it. In terms of this existential moment what I more emphasize are the grandchildren. I have two and Maria has three grandchildren. Sometimes we have the five together: great happiness and sometimes… some tiredness.

Dates and Times: The workshop will begin at 9:30am on Tuesday 27th, and will conclude at 4pm on Wednesday 28th

Meals: The workshop provides lunch and dinner on Tuesday and lunch on Wednesday.

Fee: $500 NZD (Fee is non-refundable after 21 December)


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