Pre and Post Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshop 1 : Personal Development. Workshop Leaders : Richard Hall and Annette Fisher

This workshop is open to people wanting to attend to their personal and professional development. The aim is to use the psychodramatic method to explore aspects of life that need refinement, exploration and resolution. This will assist participants to focus on and hone their commitment to their life purposes. Freedom from the old will assist group members in becoming increasingly spontaneous and creative in their lives.

The workshop will include group work and psychodramatic enactments. Participants will have an opportunity to participate as a protagonist, an auxiliary and as a group member.

Workshop Leaders : Richard Hall and Annette Fisher

Richard Hall is a Psychodramatist, Trainer Educator Practitioner in Training (TEPit) and is a Trainer with Psychodrama Australia – Melbourne Campus. He is a consulting psychologist in private practice working with individuals and couples and has been running personal development groups with a wide range of people for 25 years. As a primary school teacher and qualified teacher of the deaf he has worked with students of all ages and with specific learning difficulties. He also works in a variety of organisational settings providing training and supervision.

Annette Fisher is a Psychodramatist, Trainer Educator Practitioner and is a Trainer with Psychodrama Australia – Sydney/ACT and Adelaide Campus. She is a psychotherapist and supervisor in a private practice and provided consultancies to organisations. For over forty years she has applied the psychodramatic method in her work in hospitals, community health centres, drug and alcohol centres and in organisational development. As an artist with a BAHons in fine arts she is particularly interested in the use of aesthetics and the creative arts in psychotherapy.

Dates, Times & Price

  • Tuesday 24 January 10:00am – 12:30pm, 2:30pm – 6.00pm, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
  • Wednesday 25 January 10:00am – 12:30pm, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
  • Price: $495.00 (NZD, GST Inclusive)
Pre-Conference Workshop 2 : From Personality Order to Disorder - A Psychodramatic Perspective. Workshop Leader : Dr. Neil Hucker

Psychodrama offers a unique perspective on adequate personality functioning and disordered inadequate functioning and a method for conceptualizing short term transient (momentary) and long term ingrained (conserved) healthy and unhealthy functioning. In this workshop I will use didactic and experiential approaches to share and explore with you my experience and learning over many years of applying psychodrama in my clinical psychiatric practice. Focusing on the criteria defining a personality disorder necessitates addressing the criteria for personality order. I will use a psychodrama session to present a paradigm for healthy ordered personality functioning and the underlying Morenian and neo-Morenian theoretical postulates. This will be followed by an exploration of seeing personality disorder from the perspective of disorders (conserved inadequacy) in the psychodramatic process. This workshop will be of value to all psychodrama practitioners and will be facilitated to create a collegial, co-created experience that will have both practical and theoretical value.

Workshop Leader : Dr Neil Hucker

Dr. Neil Hucker is a Psychodramatist and consultant Psychiatrist who has worked in private practice for the last 35 years. He has practiced as a general psychiatrist with a special interest in treating people psychotherapeutically and incorporating psychodrama. More recently he has focused on the relationship between generic psychodrama and more specific psychodrama applications for Personality Disorders – in particular people who have Borderline personality problems and Dissociative Disorders.

Date, Times & Price

  • Tuesday 24 January 10am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 6pm, 7pm – 9pm
  • Price $250.00 (NZD, GST Inclusive)
Pre Conference Workshop 3 : Being here and now with Dr Karen Horney’s legacy of 'coping'. Workshop Leader : Dr. Kevin Franklin

For Dr Karen Horney psychoanalysis was grounded in a person’s conditioned learning from experiences and personal history in their family of origin. In this workshop we will use action methods to explore Horney’s theory, identify old coping-strategies and practice creating a more relevant way of being. Participants can expect to gain an understanding of Horney’s theory in psychodramatic terms; gain insight into how they use “with”, “against’” and “away” externalisations as defences and to practice intentional action in specific domains in which they wish to develop greater congruence

Workshop Leader : Dr. Kevin Franklin

Dr. Kevin Franklin has been growing older and wiser. He is continually revising himself and following Sydney Conference he did celebrate his 70th birthday. He has an abiding interest in intimacy in relationships and its antithesis in coping. He regards Horney’s work as brilliant as the theory emerged from her practice. His hope is that people truly appreciate Moreno’s discovery that we move towards people in relationship with them. Kevin is a Clinical Psychologist, Psychodramatist and Trainer Educator Practitioner and is a Trainer with Psychodrama Australia – Perth Campus.

Date, Times & Price

  • Wednesday 25 January 9:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
  • Price: $230.00 (NZD, GST Inclusive)
Post-Conference Workshop 4 : Progressing Moreno's Hypotheses. Workshop Leaders : Vivienne Thomson and Walter Logeman

Moreno was a visionary. He dreamt that his scientific methodology would enable people to collaborate, that together they would go beyond the surface structures of the group and reach levels of ethical spontaneity, unleash creativity and channel deep motivations into action. Walter and Vivienne will conduct this workshop as a research experiment focusing on one of Moreno’s 107 hypotheses listed for further research in “Who Shall Survive”:

The hypothesis of the social atom states that a) an individual is tied to his social atom as closely as to his body; b) as he moves from an old to a new community it changes its membership but its constellation tends to be constant. Notwithstanding that it is a novel social structure into which he has entered, the social atom has a tendency to repeat its former constellation; its concrete, individual members have changed but the pattern persists.

The workshop will be based on the 6 principles of Moreno’s Research Methodology: Warm-up; Action in the here and now; Gradual inclusion of extraneous material; Co-action; Adequate motivation to create change; Collaborative recording and publishing. Enrolment on the workshop demonstrates a commitment to engage in this experimental process and willingness to have results made public. This is a training workshop covering aspects of the psychodramatic method and techniques as they relate to the selected hypothesis.

Workshop Leaders : Vivienne Thomson and Walter Logeman

Vivienne Thomson is a Sociodramatist and Trainer Educator Practitioner and Director of Training of the Auckland Training Centre for Psychodrama. She works as an independent consultant in the field of organizational development in both the public and private sectors and with not for profit agencies. She has long been interested in the science of psychodrama and is full of anticipation of what can be made of the opportunity this workshop presents that can lead us forward in understanding and advancing society. Walter Logeman is a Psychodramatist and Trainer Educator Practitioner in the Christchurch Institute for Training in Psychodrama. He is psychotherapist in private practice and in recent years has specialised in relationship therapy using a psychodramatic approach. He is a keen student of the writings of J.L. Moreno publishing an article about Moreno’s methodology for scientific research in the 2015 AANZPA Journal. He is delighted to work with Viv to present this workshop where we consciously add a research dimension and collaborate as a group to record and present our findings.

Dates, Times & Price

  • Monday 30 January 9:30am – 12:30pm, 2:30pm – 6.00pm, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
  • Tuesday 31 January 9:30am – 12:30pm, 1:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Price: $495.00 (NZD, GST Inclusive)