The successful completion of the journey ends when the PAT has been enrolled in the PAT process for a minimum of three years and has provided a minimum of 144 training hours, received 48 hours of consultation, and obtained 100 hours of professional development. The PAT applies to the Board and upon review is admitted to the TEP examination process. The journey concludes when the PAT has successfully passed both the written and the on-site examinations.
Some of those enrolled in the PAT process find that the process no longer coincides with their personal or professional situation or goals. The Board seeks to accommodate a PAT who encounters difficult personal or professional obstacles so that the PAT can successfully complete the process. In all circumstances the PAT is required to submit a PAT Annual Update and pay the PAT annual renewal fee until the PAT has passed both the written and onsite examinations or has withdrawn from the process.
Failure to submit an annual update will result in termination. Whether the PAT withdraws or is terminated from the process, an individual who is readmitted to the process must begin anew without receiving credit for hours previously obtained.
Q: What if it takes me more than three years to finish?
You don’t have to finish in three years. Just send in the annual PAT updates. Make a plan for completion. Trust in the process. Send your plan in.
Q: I’m having trouble offering enough hours for credit.
Yes, it is a challenging process. You must have spontaneity, creativity, perseverance, patience, talent and good fortune. According to Moreno, only the creative and spontaneous will survive. You may need training in marketing. This is may be an excellent opportunity to do pro bono work for non-profit agencies.
Q: What if I want to take a year off?
That’s fine. Send in the yearly update, make sure your primary trainer signs off, pay the annual renewal fee and simply state that you took the year off.
Q: What if I want to quit?
You can terminate the process at anytime. Simply send a letter stating that you are withdrawing from the PAT process and include one last “Annual Update” that covers the time between your last update and the date of your termination. Your primary trainer must also send a letter stating that you are withdrawing from the PAT process. Any PAT hours that you credited to psychodrama trainees before terminating the PAT process will be honored by the Board. If, at some future date, you decide to reapply none of your previous training, consultation or professional development hours will count.