The Board sets requirements for two levels of trainingCertified Practitioner (CP) and TrainerEducator and Practitioner (TEP). 

Certified Practitioner C.P. 

A Certified Practitioner (CP) has been professionally trained and supervised in psychodrama, sociometry, sociodrama and group psychotherapy by an institute or organization recognized by The Nordic Baltic Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy. This institute or organization has met professional standards and has successfully fulfilled the examination requirements established by The Nordic Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy.  

Requirements for the examination for CP

1.Training 
A required minimum of 1900 hrs. (45 min.) of training in psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy at a training institute or organization, recognized by The Nordic Baltic Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy or by a Board-recognized trainer has to be documented by the student. Board-recognized trainers are either Certified Practitioners/Director of Psychodrama (CP) or Trainers, Educators and Practitioners (TEP). At the training in the individual institutes a CP or TEP has to be present in the room. 
The training hours should cover the following subjects: own therapy, practice, supervision, sociometry and theory and method.

  • Own therapy in psychodrama training means that the student, employing the psychodramatic method, deals with inner conflicts or suppressed desires and fantasies in order to acquire an insight into his own personality and its way of expression in a group. It is here that the student experiences the psychodrama’s basic concept: catharsis. Self therapy is carried out within the five instruments of psychodrama: the stage, the protagonist, the auxiliary ego, the director and the group. This has to be supervised by a TEP or a CP from the Nordic Baltic Board of Examiners, other established boards or by a Board recognized trainer. A minimum of 500 hrs. of the 1900 training hours has to be with the same trainer.
  • Applied psychodramatic practice: The candidate has to have completed the directorial leadership of a psychodrama group on a continuing basis outside the training program and institute or organization. This group must have been a regular psychodrama group which also is the focus for the case supervision taking place at the same time. This group or these groups should count for no less than 500 hrs.
  • Supervision: Supervision is a broad concept in psychodrama which has to be divided into three sections. Supervision has to be received in the following categories: case supervision, on-site supervision and diagnostic supervision.
    • Case supervision means that the student presents the process arising in his group work in psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy. The student exercises his influence upon the group which he himself leads, and thereby reflects his own role as a leader and director. Phenomena such as projection, transference, dynamics of counter-transference, and tele processes are in focus. The supervision also directs attention to the group’s sociometry and the individual’s position in it.  
      This form of supervision must last at least 200 hrs.
    • On-site supervision means that the students in a training program are directing psychodrama sessions under the guidance and direction of the trainer. 
    • Diagnostic supervision: Practical as well as theoretical knowledge is imparted to the student in regard to the various conditions and syndromes which exist in the group, from both the sociometric and intrapsychical points of view. The student learns to differentiate the unique and the whole in the psychotherapeutic process. He learns the various methods which may be used in dealing with the complex of situations which arise in-situ in different client groups. 
  • Sociometry: The student should have comprehensive experience and knowledge in sociometry and its basic concepts. The sociometric test material is examined from both the therapeutic and theoretical points of view. The student should show knowledge in sociometric group structures, sociometric diagnostics of a sociogram and its application to psychodrama and group psychotherapy. Training in this subject must last at least 60 hrs. 
  • Theory and method: The candidate must show knowledge in Moreno’s theory, philosophy and methodology. The candidate has to be anchored within this reference system.  

2.Degree or Diploma 
The candidate must have a degree or diploma from an institute or university relevant to the candidate’s area of practice. The Nordic Baltic Board of Examiners will make exceptions to this rule with people who have shown excellent talent for psychodrama but are lacking such qualification. 

3.Thesis 
A thesis must be written exclusively for the graduation at advanced level in psychodrama for respective institutes where the student received his psychodrama training.

Examination procedure

1. Written examination 
Successful completion of a written examination lasting a whole day (6 hrs. of 45 min.). This examination will test the student’s knowledge in the following areas of Moreno’s psychology into which the test will also be divided: History, Philosophy, Methodology, Sociometry, Ethics, Personal Evaluation, and Related Fields.

  • Historical: The candidate should show knowledge of the history of the fields of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy.
  • Philosophical: The candidate should show a basic understanding of the philosophical tenets of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy.
  • Basic Psychodramatic Methodology: The candidate should show a thorough understanding of distinguishing characteristics of the methods of psychodrama, its terminology, its relationship to methods of psychotherapy and to theater, its underlying rationale, the phases of the individual session and the progression over the course of treatment.
  • Basic Sociometric Methodology: The candidate should show a thorough understanding of the skills and knowledge required for sociometric identification and intervention in social structures at the following levels: system, organizational, group and individual.
  • Personal Evaluation: The candidate should try and reflect honestly about his or her own Psychodrama progress and short-comings. 
  • Ethics and Standards of Practice: The candidate should show a thorough understanding of the ethical principles and standards of practice concerning the fields of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy.
  • Related Fields: The candidate should show a basic understanding of the inter-relatedness within the fields of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy. The candidate should be able to translate these principles and techniques to other fields within his own areas of expertise.

2. On-site session 
The student will hold a 1/2-day psychodrama seminar with a chosen theme related to his practical work. This 4-hours examination should contain a speech, warm-up and a psychodrama. This is what one calls on-site session. A TEP has to be present.  

Trainer, Educator, Practitioner T.E.P.

A Trainer, Educator and Practitioner (TEP) is a psychodramatist who has met the requirements for certification by The Nordic Baltic Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy for the level Trainer, Educator and Practitioner. He has the right to found an institute or training program that will be recognized by The Nordic Baltic Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy. He works as a supervisor, teacher and trainer in psychodrama. He must prove administrative as well as organizational abilities in the construction of psychodrama programmes and in developing a market for psychodrama. 

Requirements for the examination for Trainer, Educator & Practitioner

1. CP Level
The candidate must have a prior certificate on the practitioner level (CP). 

2. Training Institute
The candidate is associated to a training institute recognized by The Nordic Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy that will sponsor him for his TEP certification.  

3. Practice
Three years of supervised training and directing experience in psychodrama, sociometry, sociodrama and group psychotherapy after having received CP. During this period the candidate shall have achieved: 

  • A required minimum of 400 hrs directing in long-term psychodrama groups providing protagonist centred psychodrama. Long-term is defined as a time span of no less than 6 months with the minimum of 150 hours. The work can be in different fields such as clinical, educational and community work. 
  • A required minimum of 400 hrs of teaching psychodrama within a relevant institution has to be documented. This must be in connection to a TEP person or to a Board recognized institute. 
  • A required minimum 50 hrs of teaching outside the training institute by using psychodrama method has to be documented.

4. Supervision
A required minimum of 200 hours of supervision over a period of at least 3 years has to be documented. The supervision must be conducted by TEPs. It can take place individually, in groups or at seminars but must be on a constant basis.  

5. Supervisory Function

  • The candidate must have shown skills in supervising teams and groups in the mental health field, education, community or business with a min of 100 hrs. 
  • The candidate must have demonstrated skills in supervising psychodrama students in training. 

The supervision is provided from a psychodramatic orientation. 

6. Training Program
The candidate must design, implement and evaluate a training program under close TEP supervision. The minimum length of the programme is 50 hours and half a year and should be outside the ordinary psychodrama training.. 

7. Sociometry
The candidate must demonstrate skills in the construction of sociograms, their analysis and application to groups, and group psychotherapy. He must also be able to construct sociometric tests and show knowledge in their application in group psychotherapy, psychodrama and sociodrama. He is required to demonstrate skills in teaching sociometry. 

8. Paper
The candidate must write a paper about his understanding of the role of a psychodrama trainer.  

9. Recommendation
The candidate must have two recommendations from persons holding a TEP title from the Nordic, the Australian and New Zealand or the American Board of Examiners, a Senior Trainer title from the British Psychodrama Association or the Belgian-Dutch Board. One of the recommendations must be from the candidate’s primary supervisor.

Examination procedure 

1. Written examination
Successful completion of a written examination lasting a whole day (12 hrs of 45 min.). This written examination demands a much more detailed knowledge of the fields tested than for CP, stressing the teaching aspects. The examination will test the student’s knowledge in the following areas of Moreno’s psychology into which the test will also be divided: History, Philosophy, Methodology, Sociometry, Ethics and Related Fields.  

2. On-site session
A full day (8 hours of 45 minutes) of presentation and demonstration where the student shows his knowledge and skills around a specific topic concerning psychodrama, sociodrama, sociometry or group psychotherapy. It should include a theoretical and practical part, stressing the teaching aspects. A TEP must be present.