Course Leaders and Accreditors

Course Leaders

There are two Course Leaders for this Classical Psychodrama training programme; Primary Trainer Kate Bradshaw Tauvon TEP (Trainer, Educator and Practitioner by the Nordic Baltic Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy [NBBE]) and Adjunct Trainer Clark Baim registered Senior Trainer in Psychodrama with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists [UKCP].  

GECP adheres to the code of practice for training organisations in the Scandinavian and Baltic countries. It is committed to non-discriminatory practice on racial, cultural, class, sexual orientation and religious grounds in the selection process and throughout the training. The trainers have their work supervised and adhere to the code of practice for Trainers and Practitioners in their respective countries.
The local convenor of Classical Psychodrama for SA is Marelé Venter, Director of i2we which is an accredited service provider for professionals registered at the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Kate Bradshaw Tauvon

TEP by NBBE and registered psychotherapist (group analysis) in Sweden. Co-founder of the GECP, a supervisor and teacher of psychotherapy; and certified EMDR therapist in private practice. She has worked internationally for many years. 

Former President and Life Member of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes [IAGP]. Co-founder of BPA and the Stockholm Institute for Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy [SIPS]. 

Co-Editor/Co-Author - The Handbook of Psychodrama 1998 (Routledge). Available in English, Modern Chinese, Russian, Turkish and Greek. Co-author Holmes, P., Farrall, M., & Kirk, K. Eds: Empowering Therapeutic Practice: Integrating Psychodrama into other Therapies 2014 (Jessica Kingsley Publishers)

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Clark Baim

(UKCP registered psychodrama psychotherapist) is a BPA registered Senior Trainer in Psychodrama. Since 1987, Clark has facilitated groups and provided supervision and training for criminal justice and mental health practitioners across the UK and Ireland. He has also led workshops and training events in Croatia, Latvia, Australia, Sweden, Greece, South Africa and the USA. He is the co-author of several books and numerous chapters, manuals and articles in the fields of psychodrama, offender rehabilitation and attachment-based therapeutic practice. He is also the recipient of the Scholar’s Award from the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. Clark is a Founding Member of the International Association for the Study of Attachment. He currently serves as President of BPA and has previously served on the Accreditation Committee of the BPA.

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Lars Tauvon

Psychiatrist, specialised in adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry, Reg. Psychotherapist (psychodynamic therapy), Authorised Gestalt Therapist [SAG] and Body Psychotherapist [EABP], Psychotherapy Supervisor, TEP by NBBE. Co-founder of the Stockholm Institute for Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy [SIPS]. Co-founder of the GECP. Former Chair of the Swedish Psychodrama Association. He has for many years led workshops and training events internationally. He is Co-Author of Skapande ögonblick (Creative moments) Cura 1998. He was co-editor of IAGPs yearly book Forum 2007 to 2018 and Editor of Psykodrama – the Swedish Psychodrama Association’s journal 2009-date) where he has written many articles. He has also published many articles elsewhere.

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Course Convener

South Africa

Marelé Venter

i2we is a therapy centre that provides a variety of individual, as well as group therapy services.

Services are aimed at the empowerment of children and adolescents to build resilience to cope with everyday life challenges. We strive to take hands with children and their families – together on the road to wellness.

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GECP has a training committee to oversee the content and structure of the training, and to develop the training programme. The committee is composed of the trainers, and the local convener, and on occasion will be supplemented by trainees or the external moderator, who are co-opted for specific tasks.


Occupational Therapist ( Stellenbosch University 2017)
Third Year Classical Psychodrama trainee.
Currently working at a school in the East of Johannesburg for learners with special needs.
Her interests are promoting mental health and community upliftment. She locums at a mental health clinic and for My Online Therapist - which is a platform that provides telehealth consultations at accessible rates and using various online platforms. She has a heart for advocacy and inclusion and believes psychodrama is a powerful therapeutic modality that is accessible and appropriate for all populations. Psychodrama has taught her to trust in the beauty of the slow cooking of time and how the integration of the bad, good and ugly aspects of herself is pivotal to being authentic.


Retha qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2000 and has worked in various settings in private practice. She has a special interest in neuro-cognitive rehabilitation and psychiatry. She has more than 16 years group therapy work experience.

Currently, she is a psychodrama trainee and works in private practice in the rural community of the Northern Cape in South Africa.

Retha’s life purpose is to see, to build and to give. Psychodrama will be the vessel where she will contribute to her community by identifying emotional needs and starting group programmes. She believes wholeheartedly in psychodrama as a method to heal broken communities.

external moderator

The GECP has an appointed external moderator whose function is to provide advice to the training committee on aspects of the training. The external moderator will also be involved with complaints, grievances, and disciplinary matters. GECP’s appointed external moderator is Göran Ahlin, psychiatrist, Associated Professor of Psychotherapy, a group analyst, supervisor and teacher in psychotherapy and research director within the Psychotherapy Society in Stockholm.

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