Certificate in Action Methods

Training School: Northern School of Psychodrama

Date(s): 01 Nov 2017 – 31 Dec 2025

Location: York & Glasgow


Certificate in Action Methods

This is the foundation level of training and is accredited by the BPA. This course leads to a Certificate in Action Methods and while not a licence to practice as a psychodramatist, combined with other therapeutic training will enable you to enhance that skill base so that you will be able to safely utilise this new learning in your practice with clients.

Who is it for?

It is suitable for people who have some experience of working with individuals or groups in a way which promotes learning or enhances personal development. It may also be of interest to people who work therapeutically as a means of expanding their creativity or enlivening their practice.

The Course Requirements:

Applicants must have some experience of psychodrama before joining the course. This may be from attending one of our workshops prior to commencement.
You are required to attend a minimum of 90% of the course hours plus write a final essay of 2,500-3,000 words.
You are required to attend at least one Certificate trainees-only weekend.

Essay Titles

The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate how you will safely integrate your learning from the course into your current work with clients or
In the case of a trainee who has used the certificate course as a route to full diploma training: the essay should then focus on one aspect of learning of the psychodrama method using the experience on the course to illustrate theory and practice.
Personal Therapy
While personal therapy is not a strict course requirement, NSP reserves the right to advise course participants to seek personal therapy. This may be a condition of someone continuing on the course

The Location Of The Course:

The course is delivered on six weekends in York and Glasgow


There will be a group tutorial for Certificate trainees on each weekend. This lasts for 1 hour and is usually held early Saturday evening.
In addition there is a staff member designated as contact tutor for the course. Currently, that staff member is Emma Hagen. There will be a charge of £35 for individual tutorials.

Personal Journal:

You are strongly advised to keep a training journal: a notebook for ideas, reflections, processing and questions. This will remain private to you but will be useful in many ways to you both now and in the future.

Logging Hours

The trainee has a responsibility to keep a log of their hours. Should you later choose to apply for the Diploma you will need this as evidence in order that you are accredited with appropriate Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

Transfer Onto Diploma

(NB Diploma course currently not offered by NSP at 2017/18)

Having successfully undertaken the Certificate Course, you may later choose to continue onto the Diploma. Provided you register for the diploma within 5 years of completion of the certificate you may apply for APL as follows.
NSP will award up to 4 weekends, i.e. 60 hours APL. If a trainee is granted full APL they would then not be required to undertake one open weekend each year. There will be a pro rata adjustment to the fees.

Payment of Fees:

Course fees are currently £1275
You may pay this in one full payment before your first weekend – or by standing order instalments following payment of a £295 non-refundable deposit two weeks in advance of the first workshop. Payment plans to be agreed and signed prior to commencing the course.

Certificate Course Application Forms are available from-
Margaret Bird, NSP Administrator

N.B. Applications for the Certificate can be made at any time during the academic year.


Margaret Bird