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About Membership

You can become a member of AANZPA through the pathway of Associate membership. If you are a psychodrama practitioner certified through another institute contact the Membership Secretary regarding alternative membership pathways.

AANZPA has a number of membership categories, along with structures for non-members to continue their relationship with the Association, these are outlined in the sections below.

Ordinary Membership

Ordinary membership is open to practitioners who hold a current Practice Certificate issued by the AANZPA Board of Examiners on payment of an annual fee and the satisfactory completion of annual Currency requirements.

Ordinary members are eligible to be nominated and elected to the AANZPA Executive Committee and to vote at the Association’s AGM. See Benefits of Membership.

Associate Membership

Associate Membership is open to trainees who have had a current Training Agreement with an AANZPA accredited psychodrama training institute or campus for at least six months. Associate members agree to comply and be familiar with the AANZPA Code of Ethics and to receive supervision when applying the psychodrama method. Associate members automatically become members of the AANZPA regional association in the area in which they live.

Associate members have the rights and responsibilities of Ordinary members, except that they are not eligible to stand for the AANZPA Executive Committee nor to vote at the Association’s Annual General Meeting. See Benefits of Membership. Associate membership is a requirement for advanced trainees.

Application for Associate membership is via the Membership Form and in consultation with the relevant training institute or campus. The application must be accompanied by a sponsor’s letter. This is usually completed by an Ordinary or Distinguished member who is involved in the applicant’s training. Acceptance as an Associate member is conditional on payment of the Associate membership fee.

Affiliate Associate

Becoming an Affiliate Associate is only available to Associate members. An Associate may decide to become an Affiliate Associate when they are not participating in on-going training and supervision with an AANZPA accredited training institute or campus and wish to remain connected to and contribute to the life and culture of AANZPA. 

If an Associate member’s Training Agreement with an AANZPA accredited training institute or campus lapses, they will be re-designated an Affiliate Associate.

It is important to note that an Affiliate Associate may not represent themselves to the public as practising under the auspices of AANZPA. The AANZPA Ethics Committee is unable to receive complaints from clients of an Affiliate Associate’s practice, so while they may choose to use the Code of Ethics to guide their practice, they should not give the impression to clients that they are a practising member of AANZPA.

If an Affiliate Associate develops a new Training Agreement with an AANZPA training institute or campus, they can apply to become an Associate member.

Distinguished Member

Distinguished members are Ordinary members who are recognized as having made a significant and on-going contribution to the life of AANZPA. The AANZPA Executive Committee may appoint Distinguished members, or an Ordinary member may apply to the Executive Committee to become a Distinguished member. In this circumstance, the Executive Committee may in its absolute discretion admit an Ordinary member to be a Distinguished member.

Honorary Distinguished Member

The Association may, upon the recommendation of the AANZPA Executive Committee, admit any person to be an Honorary Distinguished Member.

Non-practising Member

The category of Non-practicing member is open to Ordinary members in certain circumstances, such as retirement from practice. This option can be discussed with the Membership Secretary.

The President’s Mailing List

People who are not eligible for membership of AANZPA, and who wish to receive publications, notices of events and the AANZPA journal, may apply to the President for inclusion on the President’s Mailing List. This may include those people with overseas qualifications who are resident in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand and applying for certification by AANZPA, international applicants, professional associations and other interested professional people. Inclusion on the list is at the President’s discretion.

Apply for AANZPA Associate membership

AANZPA Membership Fee

Applies from 1 July 2019

  • Ordinary Membership $285.00
  • Associate Membership $148.00
  • Affiliate Associate $148.00
  • President’s Mailing List $82.00
  • Non–Practicing $82.00

A Pro rata fee applies to new Associate members who join part way through the membership year.

  • July to January (Pre Conference) $148.00 (Full Fee)
  • January to June (Post Conference) Discounted rate $75.00

Contact the AANZPA Membership Administrator

Benefits of Membership

  1. Ordinary and Associate members, Affiliate Associates and people on the President’s Mailing List, receive communications about AANZPA conferences, events and information, our online newsletter, Socio and the AANZPA journal.
  2. Ordinary and Associate members and Affiliate Associates receive a reduced registration fee for AANZPA’s annual conference.
  3. Ordinary and Associate members, Affiliate Associates and people on the President’s Mailing List have access to the Members Only section of the AANZPA website. This includes AANZPA theses submitted by Associate members as part of their certification process.
  4. Ordinary and Associate members and Affiliate Associates are eligible to vote at regional AGM’s.
  5. Ordinary members are eligible to be nominated and elected to the AANZPA Executive and to vote at the Association’s Annual General Meeting.

Conditions of Membership

  1. Payment of membership fees is continuous and applies until a letter of resignation is received by the Membership Secretary.
  2. All members maintain a relationship of ‘good standing’ with AANZPA, and agree to notify the Membership Secretary of any situations that may impact this status.
  3. Ordinary members maintain ‘Currency’ or communicate their circumstances to the Membership Secretary. 
  4. Ordinary members record their Currency activities and maintain a record available to be submitted for a Currency review when requested.
  5. Associate members maintain a Training Agreement with their AANZPA accredited psychodrama training institute or campus.
  6. Associate members receive supervision for their psychodrama-related work from a supervisor approved by an accredited training institute or campus.
  7. Associate members advise the Membership Administrator if anything changes that affects their membership, including if their Training Agreement lapses.
  8. Affiliate Associates who re-join a training program and have a current Training Agreement can apply to be an Associate member using the Associate member application process.
  9. When an Associate member resigns, or their membership payment lapses, the relevant training institute or campus is informed.
  10. When payment for any category lapses for more than one year, the person is removed from the relevant AANZPA list. 
  11. All members agree to comply with the AANZPA Code of Ethics