The purpose of AANZPA is to promote spontaneity in the Members of the Association and through them the spontaneity, creativity and co-creation of progressive relationships that strengthen the health and well-being of society in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand and in our relationships with those in other countries. (more...)
The vision is of able men and women all over the place expressing themselves relevantly in the ordinary here and now situations in which they live and work. This expression may be in silence, in building, in planning, in negotiating, in teaching, or in play, but it will be a responsive and creative expression, and expression that brings joy to the human spirit, that uplifts the soul, that makes us feel part of the universe again.
First established in 1980, AANZPA now has about 90 Ordinary and Distinguished members who are Certificated Psychodramatist, Sociodramatists, Sociometrists or Role-Trainers. 25 of these members are further certificated as Trainer, Educator and Practitioners (TEPs) or Educator Practitioners. A further 200 members are Associate Members. Members are mainly from Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand, with some in Japan, USA, UK or Europe
AANZPA is as an incorporated not-for-profit association in South Australia and in Aotearoa New Zealand. A copy of the AANZPA Constitution (PDF) is available.
An Executive is elected from certificated members every two years. You can Contact the President and other members of the AANZPA Executive.
Board of Examiners
A Board of Examiners is appointed by the Executive. Amongst other activities, they have established Training Institutes throughout Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Thorough training, supervision and rigorous assessment, certification procedures lead to a high level of practitioner competence.
Much of the life of the Association is in the Regions established in most cities in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. AANZPA publishes an annual Journal as well as a regular bulletin, Socio, for members. Each year Association members conduct training and travel to conferences in other countries throughout the world.
There is a AANZPA flag statement on the PACFA site
. It describes psychodrama and its applications and has additional information about ANZPA itself.
To get in touch with AANZPA by email go to the Contact
AANZPA's postal address is: AANZPA, PO Box 232, DAW PARK, SA 5041, AUSTRALIA.
Objects of AANZPA
The purpose of the Association is to provide an organisation, property and facilities through which persons may associate for the following purposes:
- To promote spontaneity in the Members of the Association and through them the spontaneity, creativity and co-creation of progressive relationships that strengthen the health and well-being of society in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand and in our relationships with those in other countries.
- To establish and maintain a professional association of those qualified in the areas of psychodrama, sociodrama, sociometry and role training.
- To establish and maintain adequate standards for psychodramatists, sociodramatists, sociometrists or role trainers through a Board of Examiners.
- To develop means for certifying individuals as psychodramatists, sociodramatists, sociometrists or role trainers through a Board of Examiners.
- To develop means for accrediting institutes for training in psychodrama, sociodrama, sociometry or role training.
- To promote the establishment and reputation of psychodrama, sociodrama, sociometry and role training in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand by:
- encouraging research, evaluation and dissemination of information by individuals and training institutes, or through publication of journals and other relevant publications.
- establishing and monitoring a code of ethics for members of the Association practising psychodrama, sociodrama, sociometry or role training.
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.