Trainees are encouraged to read and periodically review the Certified Practitioner Standards. The training and certification process in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy is postgraduate learning. It can take three (3) or more years to complete the process for practitioner certification. The certification process proceeds on three concurrent paths.
- Training, especially face-to-face in ongoing training groups and workshops led by a TEP.
- Supervised practicum in which you lead psychodrama sessions under the guidance and oversight of a TEP or other designated supervisor, in preparation for an (observed) onsite assessment of your adequacy as a practitioner.
- Study of psychodrama history, philosophy, theory, and other areas related to effective practice in preparation for a written (essay) examination.
The roadmap for this journey has specific procedures and non-negotiable dates: adhering to these will help trainees progress as quickly and efficiently as possible. As they move through these concurrent processes of training, engaging in a supervised practicum, and preparing for the written exam, trainees will want to be aware of key milestones.
To maximize co-creation between participants in psychodrama training and to avoid a hierarchical learning model, the Certified Practitioner process is based on an adult learning model in which a Primary Trainer (and, to a lesser extent, Secondary Trainer and adjunctive trainers) plays a key role as, among other things, mentor/consultant.