AANZPA Canterbury

The AANZPA Canterbury/Westland region is based in Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand

About AANZPA Canterbury

The AANZPA Branch for the Canterbury/Westland region is based in Ōtautahi Christchurch, New Zealand.

We are a group of Psychodrama trainers, practitioners and trainees. Our branch meets bi-monthly and conducts a variety of social and professional events. In 2020 we hosted the AANZPA annual conference. Since 2013 we have conducted a monthly psychodrama open night known as the Theatre of Spontaneity. Together with the PANZ Ōtautahi Christchurch Campus, we take care of an extensive library of psychodrama books and Journals.

For an introduction to the AANZPA organisation as a whole go to: About AANZPA 


AANZPA Canterbury and PANZ Ōtautahi Library

A Joint venture of AANZPA and PANZ Ōtautahi Campus


ABOUT the Library

The Library is a CITP & AANZPA-CW joint project. It is a resource for trainees, practitioners and trainers. The Library has been maintained since the 1980s and is constantly acquiring maintenance and new titles. It formerly had its home in 79 Bealey Avenue,

Theatre of Spontaneity

Come and participate in an evening of Psychodrama conducted by experienced group practitioners. Psychodrama is an active and enlivening method that aims to increase spontaneity, strengthen relationships and build community. We explore what emerges in the group and sometimes the events have a theme. Social or community issues may be to the fore, or there may be a focus on personal or professional development.  

The name Theatre of Spontaneity has its origins in Vienna early last century when Jacob Moreno, the founder of psychodrama, conducted theatre in this style. The event has been happening regularly since February 2013.

Organised by the Canterbury/Westland branch of the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association. Theatre of Spontaneity is held throughout the year on the first Tuesday of the month (except in January).


Coming up on 5 March 2024


Quaker Meeting House, 217 Ferry Road, Christchurch.

at 6.30 PM, please be early so we can start at 6.30 

We have two awesome facilitators

Marcel van Der Weerden and Janet Richardson 

The topic of the evening is Turning Points

We look forward to seeing you 



Professional Development Workshops

Ōtautahi Christchurch Multi-Level Psychodrama Training 2024

Enrollment opened for the Psychodrama training in 2024 on December 1st.

The training involves participating in a year-long part time programme consisting of experiential workshops, reading, writing, a peer practice group and supervision.

The programme includes September’s Marae Based Intensive Psychodrama Workshop.

The training will cover all the psychodrama specialties of psychodrama, role training, sociodrama and sociometry. As group members, you will have the opportunity to learn the psychodrama method while exploring issues such as social and personal relationships, your families of origin, work issues and finding your creative potential.

A Weekend of Balint Group Work: Christchurch, April 13 and 14, 2024

With convener John Barton, and leaders Jayne Hubble, Louise de Lambert, Hamish Wilson and Andrew Gresham.

Date: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14, April 2024 (allowing time for travel to Christchurch on Saturday morning and returning on Sunday evening).

Following our successful Balint weekends in New Zealand over the last nine years, we are now offering another weekend of Balint group work, this time in Christchurch.

This is a call for expressions of interest. Please respond by 15th February and invitations to attend will be sent out by 20th February. The workshop will be limited to 18 people. We hope to have a range of participants, both new to and experienced with Balint group work, medical and other health practitioners, from Christchurch and from further afield.

We envisage an enjoyable and productive weekend, meeting from about 12.30pm to 6.30pm Saturday and 9am to 12.30pm on the Sunday. Much of the time will be spent in one of the two Balint groups, with a variety of health professionals. The workshop also offers the opportunity to meet others involved in Balint group work.

Balint groups offer a form of reflective practice in which clinicians meet to present cases and reflect on the nature of working relationships and problems to help better understand and respond to challenges and difficulties. The purpose of these groups is to help clinicians:
• Recognise they are not alone in having challenging interactions with patients/clients
• Develop increased understanding and empathy
• Explore how feelings and thoughts, sometimes out of awareness, affect the clinical
• Expand confidence and competence in their work.

Cost: $300.00
Morning and afternoon teas will be supplied, with dinner at a restaurant on Saturday night
(dinner not included in the cost).

To register your interest or for more information please email John Barton at jbarton672@gmail.com

Louise de Lambert works part time as a psychotherapist, supervisor and Balint group leader. Her past experience includes many years at the Cassel Hospital (London) after a year at Ashburn Hall in Dunedin. Her qualifications are in Psychiatric Nursing and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Jayne Hubble is a psychotherapist of 30 years, currently working mainly with individuals and also providing supervision. She is involved in supervision and teaching of psychotherapy with psychiatric registrars.

Hamish Wilson is a GP in Dunedin who has also taught at the medical school for many years.

Andrew Gresham is a Jungian psychoanalyst and psychotherapist working in private practice in Christchurch. In a past life he worked closely with general practices in central London, where his interest in the psychological aspects of care developed.

John Barton is a retired GP and semi-retired psychotherapist in Christchurch.

All leaders are accredited Balint Leaders and/or Leader Trainers with the BSANZ.

Click here to find out more about the Balint group approach to clinical and professional development  www.balintaustralianewzealand.org

PANZ Professional Development Workshops

Personal Development Workshops

Personal development psychodrama workshops in Canterbury are led by AANZPA accredited psychodramatists and supervised psychodrama trainees.

Ōtautahi Christchurch and Ōtepoti Dunedin

The psychodrama training program for both Ōtautahi Christchurch and Ōtepoti Dunedin is available on the PANZ website.

The PANZ Ōtautahi and Ōtepoti trainers are Sara Crane, Simon Gurnsey and Judith McDonald and assistant group leader Maria Snegirev. Our visiting trainers are Hamish Brown and Chris Hosking.

Some of the topics in the training programme are the application of psychodrama, sociometry, social systems, spontaneity theory, childhood development, play, developmentally appropriate interventions, assessment, ethics and supervision, role training and professional identity.

Each year there is a Marae-based training. This training is part of the Dunedin and Christchurch Multi-Level Programmes and is open to other interested people.

Questions about the PANZ Ōtautahi and Ōtepoti training programme can be directed to the Director of Training, Sara Crane at sara@psychodrama.org.nz

Professional development workshops in Ōtautahi Christchurch are being offered by the AANZPA accredited Ōtautahi Campus of PANZ.

Two-Day Psychodrama Group with Walter Logeman Friday 10 - Saturday 11 May 2024

Walter Logeman

Love. Living life to the full. Finding meaning. Global and spiritual matters. Conflict, grief and illness. Examine and be challenged by matters of importance to you in this workshop. You can expect to gain a deeper awareness of yourself and others. Learn to be spontaneous, courageous and effective in relationships. We will use psychodrama to explore themes relevant to you and the group. No previous group experience is necessary.

Walter Logeman

I am an experienced psychodramatist and a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner (TEP) in the psychodrama method. I have a postgraduate degree in social work, I’m an Imago Relationship Therapist and a member of NZAP. I work in private practice as a couple therapist, group worker and supervisor. Find out more about me here

Quaker Centre 217 Ferry Road. The entrance is off Nursery Road. There is plenty of parking.

23 -24 May 2024
9:30 – 5:00 on Friday and Saturday


$420 – Early bird fee: $380 if paid before 29 April.

To enrol, or for more information, contact Walter Logeman:

0212710610 or email walter@psybernet.co.nz

Maximum places 12.

Please pay online: 03 0802 0144073 000

Psychodrama workshop Craigieburn Forest Park



16-19 May 2024 with Ali Watersong and Simon Jones

You are invited to join this unique personal development workshop being held at Craigieburn in the Canterbury High Country. The workshop uses the psychodrama method to promote and expand creativity and spontaneity in all aspects of life, including personal, global and spiritual issues. During the workshop you can expect to enhance or regenerate life by developing new responses in your relation to yourself, your family, friends, workplace or community.  This will be our ninth annual psychodrama workshop in the mountains. Our aim is to offer experiential psychodrama to a wide range of people, including those with no previous psychodrama experience.

The retreat fee ranges from $900-$1300 depending on your annual income and provides for your use of retreat facilities, group sessions, home-cooked meals, and 3-nights’ accommodation.

Your Investment:
$900.00 (for annual income under $30,000)
$1100.00 (for annual income between $30,000 & $75,000)
$1300.00 (for annual income over $75,000).

Prices all include GST.

Ali    027 276 5992    awatersong@gmail.com
Simon simonvjones.57@gmail.com  

The workshop begins with a meal at 6.00 p.m. on Thursday 16 th May and concludes at 3pm on Sunday 19th May. You are welcome to arrive at the venue any time from 4pm on Thursday.

The workshop is fully catered from dinner on Thursday evening through to lunchtime on Sunday. The serving of meals and cleaning up afterwards is undertaken communally.

About the Leaders:
Ali Watersong is a certificated psychodramatist now living in Whakatu/Nelson. She has led numerous personal growth groups over the past 30+ years and delights in using the psychodrama method to assist people to create the lives they want. She loves being in nature whether that is through tramping, kayaking, skiing or playing with her dog, Sophie.

Simon Jones is an experienced qualified psychodramatist and has been leading psychodrama groups for the past 20 years. He knows that Psychodrama is an effective, enlivening, experiential method, that he uses with individuals and groups. He has lived in Golden Bay with his partner Carol for most of the last 45 years, where he has a counselling practice.

Located in Craigieburn Forest Park, the Craigieburn Environment Centre is set in the spectacular Canterbury high country, surrounded by mountains and beech forest, just over 100km west of Christchurch. It is approximately one-and-three-quarter hours travel by road from Christchurch on State Highway 73.

The Craigieburn Environmental Centre is a cosy venue and a base for a range of recreational activities, including walking, tramping, mountain and rock climbing, skiing, mountain-biking, caving, and fishing. You are encouraged to bring comfortable indoor clothes and footwear, together with outdoor apparel for exploring the local surroundings. As air temperatures can vary from being very hot midday to cool in the evening, we recommend you bring clothing for all climates. For further information, click here 

Korimako Lodge is the main Centre building and can comfortably accommodate 28 people with its large kitchen, main workshop room, and four separate bunkrooms, and electricity throughout. Recent improvements include new individual bunks and mattresses, and a large night-store heater in the kitchen. There is also a log burner in the main workshop room. Accommodation is provided on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in single bunk beds. No bedding is supplied so bring your own sheets, duvets, pillows and towels. Bathroom, shower and toilet facilities are shared.

On Sunday, the workshop concludes by 3pm and there will be approximately an hour of cleaning up to do prior to leaving the venue. Please schedule this into your plans for homeward travel.

Mental Health for Men

Improve your Relationships

A ten-week group for men

‘ how to be a better partner…better relationship with Dad…to drill a bit deeper… anger, anxiety…get to know myself better, more aware of myself…change controlling behaviour, be more thoughtful about how I say things…useful to know how I come across…’

What’s most important in our lives is people, the people we love, people who give meaning to our lives, people who are in our hearts and are part of us. The aim of this group is assist you strengthen your connections with these people, to look at what could be getting in the way of this, and exploring how you can improve your relationships with them. They may be partners, parents, children, friends, other family, colleagues, anyone who is important to you. There will be opportunities to learn to deal with conflict better, communicate more effectively, gain greater understanding of yourself, and bring new life to the way you relate to others. Learning will take place through teaching, group interaction, and a range of action methods.

Ten Thursday nights in 2024:
14, 21, 28 Mar
4, 11, 18 Apr
24 Apr (Wed to avoid ANZAC Day)
2, 9, 16  May.

6–8.30pm (please arrive at 5.45pm for a 6pm start).

St. Francis Hall, Holy Trinity Avonside, 168 Stanmore Rd, Linwood, Christchurch.

$320 waged (limited subsidised places for low waged/unemployed)

Marcel: 027 477 4439
Limited spaces available.

Workshop leader
Marcel van der Weerden (MNZAC, PBANZ, AANZPA, ACC Regist.) has worked as an individual, couple, and family counsellor, and group leader over the last twenty-five years., including work with men individually and in groups. He is a psychodrama practitioner and works as a psychotherapist and counsellor in private practice.

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