Becoming a Student

Becoming a Student

The Toronto Centre welcomes students from a wide variety of backgrounds and professional interests. The training program offers a systematic, challenging, and thorough training experience leading to understanding and competence in psychodrama and sociometry. While the curriculum is geared to those wishing to eventually become certified practitioners, you are not required to be a member to enroll in most workshops.

Student members may pursue from one to three levels of certification: Psychodrama Assistant (Level I), Associate Director (Level II), and Director (Level III). Requirements for certification are outlined below.

The Centre also has available information concerning the requirements for recognition and certification from the American Board of Examiners.

Applying for Membership

Applicants should be familar with the Centre's training manual, which provides comprehensive information on the program's demands and procedures.

All student members are required to have attended a minimum of 40 hours of workshops at the Centre prior to acceptance. These hours will be credited retroactively upon acceptance. The purpose of this is to acquaint prospective students with the Centre's methods and for the Centre training team to observe them in action.

A prospective student should request that one of our trainers arrange an Admissions Committee meeting. Applicant gathers documentation as follows to be sent to each of the Admissions Committee members at least a week in advance of the meeting for the material to be reviewed before the meeting.

  1. Transcripts from colleges and universities
  2. Document workshops attended at the Toronto Centre - include when possible written evaluations from these workshops
  3. Transcripts from other psychodrama training centres including written evaluations when possible
  4. A resume of your educational and employment activities - include extracurricular activities that are pertinent to psychodrama
  5. A statement of your personal and professional goals regarding your use of psychodrama
  6. Two letters of reference

Admission Committee Meeting

An Admissions Committee made up of two trainers and one psychodrama student meet with a candidate to consider written materials submitted by them to assess his/her understanding of, demonstrated capacity for, and willingness to participate in the elements of the Training Program. These include the learning of psychodrama and sociometry through:

  • experiential learning
  • integration of theory
  • supervised practice

The Admissions Committee will sort out with the candidate whether their current situation, goals and expectations, realistically match the goals and expectations of the Toronto Centre Training Program, as well as answer any questions the candidate might have about the Centre and its specific mode of training, and indicate next steps.

The candidate brings to the Admissions Meeting a cheque for $140.00 made out to the Toronto Centre for Psychodrama. This fee pays trainers who attend the meeting and administrative costs.

Requirements for Certification

LEVEL I: PSYCHODRAMA ASSISTANT

  1. Training:
    • A minimum of 320 hours of supervised training in psychodrama and adjunctive methods, obtained in a period of not less than one year.
    • A minimum of 20 hours on Sociometry
    • A minimum of 6 hours on Ethics
    • A minimum of 100 hours must be obtained in two residential weeks
  2. Checklist: Completion of items in the checklist.
  3. Demonstrated competency required for Level I.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of Level I theory and philosophy.
  5. Completion of required reading.
  6. Practicum: Involvement in a mimimum of 120 hours under the guidance of an approved supervisor. One on-site consultation in the practicum setting by a student's principal trainer or delegate.
  7. Evaluations: Student evaluation sheets for training and practicum experiences to be submitted with review board documents.

Level II: Associate Director of Psychodrama

  1. Certification at Level I.
  2. Training:
    • A minimum of 320 hours of supervised training in psychodrama and adjunctive methods, obtained in a period of not less than six months.
    • A minimum of 100 hours must be obtained in at least two residential weeks. A minimum of 6 hours on Ethics and 20 hours on Sociometry.
  3. Checklist: Completion of Checklist requirements.
  4. Practicum: Involvement in a minimum of 120 hours of psychodrama under the guidance of an of an approved supervisor. One on-site consultation in the practicum setting by a student's principal trainer or delegate.
  5. Evaluations: Student evaluation sheets for training and practicum experiences to be submitted with review board documents.
  6. Competency: Satisfactory indications of competency as outlined in the Expectations of Competency.
  7. Demonstrates knowledge of theory, philosophy and methodology indicating a familiarity with the suggested reading for this level.

Level III: Director of Psychodrama

  1. Certification at Level 2.
  2. Training:
    • Minimum of 320 hours, obtained in not less than six months:
    • At least 100 hours in two residential weeks.
    • 6 hours on Ethics. 20 hours on Sociometry.
    • Recommended: at least one week in another Centre.
  3. Checklist: Completion of requirements.
  4. Practicum: Minimum of 120 hours under approved supervisor. This should include 50 hours in a group based clinical setting. One on site consultation by student's principal trainer or delegate.
  5. Evaluations: Student evaluation sheets should be included with review board documents. Evaluation by a certified trainer outside the Toronto Centre.
  6. Competency: Satisfactory indications of competency as outlined in the Expectations of Competency.
  7. Theory and Philosophy: In addition to current publications inpsychodrama and sociometry, readings will focus on related fields, and abibliography will be developed in particular, on the student's intended areas of application of the method.
  8. Professional Meetings: Attendance at meeting of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama is recommended, as is attendance at related professional meetings.
  9. Director's Project: Upon beginning training at Level III the student submits a proposal for a self-directed project, written or presentational, which demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the work of J.L. Moreno and its application, through scholarly research, originality and/or usefulness to the professional psychodramatist. The acceptance of this proposal and completion of the project is a requirement for certification as a Psychodrama Director.