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Joining AANZPA

The pathway to joining AANZPA is through Associate membership, unless you are a psychodrama practitioner already certificated through an organisation other than AANZPA. In this case, contact the Membership Secretary regarding alternative membership pathways.

Membership Categories

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

Ordinary Membership

Ordinary membership is open to AANZPA-certificated practitioners. Ordinary members are eligible to be nominated and elected to the AANZPA Executive Committee and to vote at the Association’s AGM.

Ordinary members are issued an Annual Practising Certificate by the AANZPA Board of Examiners on payment of their annual membership fee. Payment of this fee is also a declaration of meeting the past year’s Currency requirements, which includes professional development and supervision, and an acknowledgement of good standing with AANZPA.

Distinguished Member

Distinguished members are Ordinary members who are recognised 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.

Associate Membership

Associate membership is available 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 receive supervision when applying the psychodrama method and to be familiar with, and comply with, the AANZPA Code of Ethics. 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 vote at the Association’s Annual General Meeting nor to stand for the AANZPA Executive Committee.  Associate membership is a requirement for advanced trainees.

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


Being an Affiliate of AANZPA is available to Associate members whose formal engagement with an AANZPA accredited training institute or campus has ceased. If an Associate member does not renew their Training Agreement with their training institute/campus, and therefore their Training Agreement lapses, they are automatically re-designated an Affiliate.

Affiliates continue to contribute and be connected to the life and culture of the Association and the AANZPA region in which they live. They receive AANZPA communications and publications,  and maintain a relationship of ‘good standing’ with AANZPA

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

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

The 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 Mailing List. This includes people with overseas qualifications who are resident in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand and are 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 2022

  • Ordinary Membership $297.00
  • Associate Membership $154.00
  • Affiliate $154.00
  • Mailing List $50.00
  • Non–Practicing $86.00

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

  • 1 July to 31 January (Pre Conference) $154.00 (Full Fee)
  • 1 February to 30 June (Post Conference) Discounted rate $77.00.

Contact the AANZPA Membership Administrator


AANZPA Code of Ethics (PDF)


AANZPA Complaints Procedure (PDF)

Benefits of Membership

  1. Ordinary* and Associate members, Affiliates, and people on the President’s Mailing List, receive communications about AANZPA conferences, events and information, the online newsletter, Socio, and the AANZPA journal.
  2. Ordinary and Associate members, Affiliates, and people on the President’s Mailing List, have access to the Members Only section of the AANZPA website. This section includes AANZPA theses submitted by Associate members as part fulfilment of their certification requirements.
  3. Ordinary and Associate members and Affiliates are eligible to vote at regional AGM’s.
  4. Ordinary members are eligible to be nominated and elected to the AANZPA Executive and to vote at the Association’s Annual General Meeting.

* Ordinary member here includes Distinguished and Non-Practising members 

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, Affiliates, and people on the President’s Mailing List, maintain a relationship of ‘good standing’ with AANZPA and notify the Membership Administrator of any situations that may impact this.
  3. All members agree to comply with the AANZPA Code of Ethics.
  4. Ordinary members, except for Non-Practicing members, maintain Currency of their psychodrama practice or communicate their circumstances to the Membership Secretary. Currency includes payment of membership fees, professional development and supervision, among other criteria. 
  5. Ordinary members, except for Non-Practicing members, maintain a record of their Currency activities, available for submission for review by the Currency Reviewers.
  6. Associate members maintain a Training Agreement with their AANZPA accredited psychodrama training institute or campus.
  7. Associate members receive supervision for their psychodrama-related work from a supervisor approved by an accredited training institute or campus.
  8. Associate members advise the Membership Administrator if anything changes that affects their membership, including if their Training Agreement lapses.
  9. When an Associate member resigns, or their membership payment lapses, their training institute or campus is informed.
  10. Affiliates who have a current Training Agreement with an accredited training institute or campus can apply to be an Associate member using the online Associate member application process.
  11. When payment for any category lapses for more than one year, the person is removed from the AANZPA database.