The perceptions of six psychodrama trainees of their training in the Christchurch Institute for Training in Psychodrama (1990)
This study was undertaken to evaluate how six psychodrama trainees perceived their training process with the Christchurch Institute for Training in Psychodrama. Three Core Curriculum and three Intermediate trainees were interviewed during June 1989 and the findings are presented in the light of the background information that is provided on psychodrama, training requirements and the Christchurch Institute. Literature concerning evaluation of other training programmes is reviewed. Limitations of the research method and procedures of the present study, and recommendations for future research are also presented. The data is presented under three main headings: 1. The developmental sequence of trainee involvement shows how the trainees reported moving from personal growth groups to training. Trainees' readiness to train, difficulties at home and work, and degree of commitment to training and cost are among the issues presented. 2. The nature of the training process presents trainee perceptions of the experiential method and how they compared this favourably with previous learning experiences. They also talked of their anxiety when directing a group, importance of trainers, reading load and their perceptions of what they needed to do next in their training. 3. The impact of training in their lives is the final section in which trainee perceptions of how their lives have improved personally and professionally are presented. They also talked about finding some purpose in their lives and a sense of belonging to a community. All spoke most enthusiastically about the training process.
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