AANZPA Conference 2010

Thursday 21st January to Monday 25th January, 2010 Sancta Sophia College, Sydney University, Australia

Conference Sessions & Workshops

Friday 22 January

  • Social Dreaming Matrix – Julia Hailes
    7.00 – 8.00 am

Friday Morning – Concurrent Workshops

Friday morning workshops run from 9:00am – 12:30pm

  • Psychodrama And Imago – Walter Logeman
  • The Psychodrama Producer Working On The Edge: Ain’t That The Truth – Max Clayton
  • Transformational Tools for Coaching and Counselling – Carlos Raimundo
  • Expanding Spontaneity At The Edge – Lorna di Lollo
  • Dipping Your Sociodramatic Toes Into Organisational Waters – Sue Christie & Jane Goessi
  • Extraordinary Children: How Psychodramatic Roles Can Save Children’s Lives – Sara Crane
  • Facilitator Dreaming: Relating to the dreaming process as making sense of forces in groups – Hamish Brown

Friday Afternoon – Concurrent Workshops

Friday afternoon workshops run from 2:00pm – 5:30pm

  • Vocal Treats – Hilde Knottenbelt
  • Maintaining An Ethical Practice – Annette Fisher & Charmaine McVea
  • Dreams: Working At The Edge of Consciousness – Dorothea Wojnar
  • Balancing At The Edge – Eva-Karin Strom
  • Futures Dreaming: Exploring Climate In Action – Katerina Seligman, Margie Abbott & Janine Cahill
  • Developmental Transformations in Schools – Adrian Zygment Lania (1.5hrs)
  • From Comic Strip To Stage – Janine di Masi (1.5hrs)
  • Psychodrama & Mental Health 1 – Shirley Hamilton (1.5hrs)
  • Psychodrama & Mental Health 2 – Shirley Hamilton (1.5hrs)

Friday Evening – Concurrent Workshops

  • Come To The Edge and Fly – Brigid Hirschfeld
  • Status-Anxiety Sociodrama – Brendan Cartmel
  • The Off-Cuts Forum: Applying The Method In Innovative Ways – Noel Boycott, Mike Hallorhan and others
  • Getting Together With Those That Run Self Development Groups – Peter Howie & Richard Hall
  • At the Edge of Black and White – Helen Kearins
  • Betwixt and Between: Working On The Edge Of Transition – Marlene Hixon
  • Landscapes of Adolescent Dreaming, Opening Into these Frontiers – Jane Maher

Saturday 23 January

  • Social Dreaming Matrix – Julia Hailes
    7.00 – 8.00 am

Saturday Conference Keynote

9:00am – 10:00am

Saturday Morning – Concurrent Workshops

Saturday morning workshops run from 10:30am – 1:00pm

  • Encountering the other on the edge: an experience for the truly terrified – Tony Densley
  • Creative Writing And Psychodrama: The Whole Edgefull – Phil Carter
  • A Conflict Is A Conflict Is A Conflict … – Servaas van Beekum
  • News From The Edge: A Living Newspaper – Paul Baakman
  • Neuroscience and Psychodrama – Carlos Raimundo
  • Co-Managing A Peer Group – Brendan Cartmel, Trish Reck, Barbara Dickson, Joan Hamilton Roberts, Gavin O’ Loughlin & Haydn Gibson
  • Edging The Sacred – Margie Abbott

Saturday Afternoon – Concurrent Workshops

Saturday afternoon workshops run from 2:00pm – 5:30pm

  • If You Spot It, You Got It: The Edge Of Self Awareness – Joan Daniels
  • Earth On The Edge: Actions For Ethical And Mindful Guardianship/ Kaitiakitanga – Carol Shand & Ali Watersong
  • Protest, Clinging And Withdrawal: Coping Role Strategies As Attachment Styles – Judy Broom (1.5 hrs)
  • Sociodrama In Community: Alcohol Education – John Faisandier
  • Putting Humpty Dumpty Together Again – Kevin Franklin (1.5 hrs)
  • The War After: Traces Of Conflicts In Our Present Life – Yaacov Naor
  • Defining Our Ethical Edges, Touching From The Heart Of Respect – Rebecca Ridge
  • Improv Drama Exercises and Character Development To Enhance Auxiliary Roles – Phillip Corbett

Sunday 24 January

  • Social Dreaming Matrix – Julia Hailes
    7.00 – 8.00 am

The Life of the Association
9.00am – 4.30pm

  • AGM
  • Self-Initiated Groups on Topics of Interest

Monday 25 January

  • Social Dreaming Matrix – Julia Hailes
    7.00 – 8.00 am

Monday Morning – Concurrent Workshops

Monday morning workshops run from 9:00am – 12:30pm

  • Working On The Edge Of A Couple – Annie Fisher, Rob Brodie & Richard Hall
  • Moments Of Meeting Beyond The Edge – Patricia O’Rourke
  • Leading When Worlds Collide – Diana Jones & Diz Synnot
  • Co-Leadership: You And Me, Separate And Together, On The Edge – Claire Guy & Jim Batson
  • Can We Face Death And Have Freedom? What Would You Like On Your Gravestone? – Haydn Gibson
  • Stepping Back From The Edge – Charmaine McVea

All pre and post workshops will be held at Sancta Sophia College
Pre Conference Workshops: Wed 20 and Thurs 21 January Workshops run from 9:00am – 5:00pm on Wednesday and from 9:00am – 4:00pm Thursday

Psychodrama and Inner Aggression: Meeting at the Edge of Conflict

Pre-Conference Workshop – 20th and 21st January, 2010 The key to any dialogue across deep social and political divisions or conflicts is the inner dialogue world of the group leader or the psychodrama director. We need to first encounter the inter relations between the aggressor and the victim roles within us. This workshop will be a dynamic active process using psychodrama, sociometry and expressive arts therapy. Yaacov will lead us in an exploration of the different ways we internalize experiences in the role of the aggressor and the victim. These roles are learnt in our family, work and social lives. Some of us tend towards one role more than the other. We can also develop aggression towards ourselves or become unwilling victims of ourselves. Sometimes we even create inner enemies. Our internalized experience affects our relationships with others and our capacity to work in difficult situations. This becomes essential and critical when meeting others at the edge of deep divisions and conflict.


Yaacov Naor: MA, CAGS. TEP is Founder and Director of ISIS ISRAEL: a Psychodrama and Intermodal Expressive Arts Therapy center in Tel Aviv. He is a certified therapist and trainer in these fields. He has been teaching in these areas in Europe, the USA, Canada and Israel for the last 30 years. Since 1986 he has been leading special psychodramatic dialogue groups for second and third generation Holocaust survivors together with young Germans, and between Palestinians and Israelis. Yaacov will give a keynote and a short workshop on this work during the conference. Download article “Theatre of the Holocaust” by Yaacov Naor (PDF 476KB)


Someone Untied Your Camel: Living with Order and Disorder in Social Networks

Pre-Conference Workshop – 20th and 21st January, 2010

Sociometry has at its core a vision of cohesive groups, interpersonal mutuality and a stable society. Unnerving and destabilizing interactions create a momentary period of alarm and panic. There is a threat of disorder and chaos – your reliable camel has gone AWOL. Volatile group cultures can equally ‘untether your camel’. Our individual ability to recover spontaneity has many implications for our own psychological health as well as the health and stability the groups and sociometric networks we live in. In this workshop the field of sociometry will be the central focus with the aim of developing our ability to be the initiators of greater mutuality in relationships and leaders of cohesive groups.


Chris Hosking is a psychodramatist, TEP, counsellor, individual and group work supervisor. Chris is a staff member of the ACP and has considerable experience training people in psychodrama, sociometry and groups as systems. Chris conducts training workshops workshops in Australia and New Zealand South East Asia and Greece She is currently a member of the ANZPA Board of Examiners and Ethics Committee.

Chris Hosking

Post Conference Workshops: Tues 26 and Wed 27 January Workshops run from 9:00am – 5:00pm each day

Culture in Action

Post Conference Workshop – Tues 26 and Wed 27 January, 2010

When Ghandi was asked what he thought of western civilisation, he replied that “It would be very good idea …”. Today, many of us aspire to develop ‘informed grace’ in living and working with people from cultural backgrounds very different to our own. And yet at times we can’t get past our own cultural biases and blind spots.

This workshop will help you recognise differences in cultural values and develop your spontaneity in the midst of conflicting cultural expectations. There will be pre-reading, a self-assessment, sociometric and sociodramatic explorations, presentations and reflections.

You can expect to enhance your cultural self-awareness, inter-cultural auxiliary work, sociodramatic perspective and professional practice with people from diverse backgrounds.


Jenny Hutt is a certified Sociodramatist, a Trainer Educator and Practitioner in training (TEPIT) and a staff member of the Australian College of Psychodrama in Melbourne. She works with individuals, teams and organisations as a learning and organisational development consultant and coach. She has an honours degree in social anthropology and is keenly interested in workplace diversity and cross-cultural relations.

Jenny Hutt

The Art of Psychodrama Production: Delightful Artistry – Dynamic Method

Post Conference Workshop – Tues 26 and Wed 27 January, 2010

Production is at the heart of directing psychodrama. On the stage our day by day functioning, in being and becoming, in difficulties and delights, can be recognised, vitalized, developed and restored. This is done in a space dedicated to spontaneity, within a community of good will, with artistic direction and the application of psychodramatic methodologies. Production is the art through which the director and protagonist set out realities – super realities, surplus realities and creational realities – so that they can be encountered and appreciated.

In this workshop you will develop a sense of the multidimensional stage where many perspectives can be produced (including space, depth, time, realities, history, social atom) apply Moreno’s insights into the degrees of freedom in spontaneity and the five instruments in ways that will enhance your artistry and methodology in production deepen your capacity to make sense of what you see in the ordinary situations you meet in the course of your work develop increased appreciation of your own artistry as a producer, develop broad constructs that make good sense and delight in the dynamics of role


Don Reekie, Trainer Educator and Practitioner, is currently a member of training staff of CITP Christchurch and The Moreno Collegium Queensland. Delight is Don’s prime experience with each person and group he works with. Moment by moment he attends to minute particulars, to movements and motivations. He enjoys producing psychodrama: finding that good theatre leads to good therapy with a freshness in reflection, the opening of recognition and the freedom to choose and act. He knows that the psychodramatic method creates the opportunity for people to move themselves strongly forward in their lives. He has seen this producing a pacific island dance drama team’s rediscovery of their chant, dance and history, in producing community created mystery plays, in promoting renewal in maternity practice with professionals and mothers, in weekly evening “Creative Living” sessions for a decade, and in working with men to “Stop violence and harness anger”. He works to develop cultures where each member is likely to trust their spontaneity, creativity and expression.

Don Reekie