President : Elizabeth (Diz) Synnot
Elizabeth Synnot LLB, MSocSci, Sociodramatist, TEPIT, has 35 years experience working with all types of groups in our society. She takes initiatives to create environments to experiment and play with alternative approaches and outlooks to collaborative living and work. Elizabeth enjoys the complexities of group life and the extension and ongoing fine tuning of our world views and our concomitant experience of the world. She gets alongside you as you picture a good life and have experiences in the social systems in which you live. She highly values paying attention to spontaneity, sociometry and role relationships in the context of working and living together. Elizabeth has a practice where she works with families, individuals, communities and work groups. Much of her engagement by organisations and community groups is in the arenas of leadership and team work.
Elizabeth receives regular professional supervision and training.
Vice President: Claire Guy
Claire is a TEP and trainer for Wellington Psychodrama Training Institute, Nelson Branch. She is a psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor and coach. She enjoys working with families and couples and loves to play with children.
Treasurer: Judy Sutherland
Judy is a psychodramatist, scientist and registered psychotherapist. She hails from Dunedin and now lives and works in Wellington. Yes it is a somewhat unusual combination, and makes for a very varied life. As a marine biologist she is mainly occupied in using DNA sequence data to understand species boundaries and classifications of New Zealand seaweeds. This means a lot of computer and lab work with occasional trips to the coast. She will start her psychotherapy practice in Wellington during 2016 after taking a sabbatical in 2015 when she moved from Auckland to Wellington along with her elderly cat.
Secretary & Web Liaison: Martin Putt
Martin is a Psychodramatist and registered Psychotherapist who works in Auckland. He works part time as a psychotherapist in a forensic inpatient setting with men with intellectual disabilities and in private practice with individuals (especially adolescents), couples and families. He lives in Westmere with his partner, Clare, and son, Jasper and is currently enjoying a foray into suburban beekeeping.
Committee member (Publications): Liz Marks
Membership Secretary: Cher Williscroft
Cher Williscroft is a TEP and was first accredited as a sociodramatist. She is a mediator and specialises in Conflict Resolution managing her own company Conflict Management Ltd http://conflictmanagement.co.nz
Committee member: Helen Phelan
Helen Phelan has had over 25 years of experience in organisational development in many contexts and has recently focused on topics related to social justice and human rights issues. Helen is a qualified Sociometrist.
Committee member: Craig Whisker
Craig Whisker, MA (Applied) in Social Work, is a Psychodramatist and Family Therapist in private practice in Kapiti, 50 kms north of Wellington, New Zealand. He is currently a doctoral candidate with the Bouverie Centre (La Trobe University) in Melbourne and has been conducting family therapy training throughout NZ and in Singapore since 2005. He was elected to the AANZPA Executive in January 2015.