AANZPA Canterbury Westland

The AANZPA Branch for the Canterbury/Westland region is based in 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 and have done so about every four years since 1990. 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


Theatre of Spontaneity and Enliven

Theatre of Spontaneity - monthly

 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.

Coming up on 4 June 2024

run by Marcel Van der Weeden and Ali Begg, both accredited psychodrama Practitioners with AANZPA

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Next group 11 June 2024

Come along to a group to practice living your best life.

. . . warm up to ourselves, developing spontaneity, creativity and resilience.

Join us for an uplifting and empowering event where you can truly embrace the joy of living!

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Professional Development

Small Figures Refresher

With John Barton

Next session: 9th June

John offers these every month in his home in Casebrook. You are welcome to come as often or as little as you wish. There is no need for a regular commitment.


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Small Figures Workshop

with John Barton Christchurch

30th and 31st May, 2024

Small figure work is a powerful and effective method of working with adults, adolescents and children. Clients quickly understand themselves from new perspectives and find themselves thinking in new and creative ways.


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Working with Couples

Workshops in Christchurch with Walter Logeman

Next Session: Friday 31 May – Saturday 1 June

If you work with couples, or would like to, this workshop is for you. The aim is to build on the work you already do and to gain confidence and competence with couples. Whatever your training, you will learn to be present with the couple. This is professional development work. You will be invited to identify your strengths and build on them in such a way as to enhance your practice.


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Personal Development

Craigieburn Forest Park Workshop

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. Please click to find out more

Improve your Relationships

A ten-week group for men – starts 16 May 2024

With Marcel Van der Weerden

‘ 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…’

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Two day Psychodrama Group

12 – 13 July

More groups are planned for
6 – 7 September
22 – 23 November

With 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. Please click here to find out more

Psychodrama Aotearoa New Zealand Workshops

Training Programme

PANZ Ōtautahi Christchurch Campus offers training in psychodrama through year-long programmes and standalone workshops. Click to find out more


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

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Past workshops

Here you will find workshops we have run in the past and possibly will run again in the future – this is a snapshot of our history

Working with Couples 12-13 April 2024

If you work with couples, or would like to, this workshop is for you. The aim is to build on the work you already do and to gain confidence and competence with couples.

Whatever your training, you will learn to be present with the couple. Please click here to find out more

A Weekend of Balint Group Work - 13-14 April 2024

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. Please click here to find out more


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