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 EMDR Europe accredited Consultant & 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)
Fourth 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.

Pam Govender

Pam graduated from the University of KwaZulu Natal in 1992. She has more than 30 years of experience working as an Occupational Therapist. In 1996, she moved to Cape Town and started a Private Practice in Mitchell’s Plain. Her work in this community led her to become very interested in methods of healing trauma and facilitating self-growth and empowerment. Her skills-set includes community-based rehabilitation, integrated yoga, trauma release exercises and group analysis. In 2019, Pam started her journey as a trainee Psychodramatist. The training in South Africa is arranged by the Genuine Encounters Centre for Psychodrama, Stockholm. Sweden. Having introduced Psychodrama as an intervention on the Cape Flats, she is astounded at how effective this method is in targeting trauma within groups and individuals and reconfiguring new pathways to cope with trauma triggers and fostering heathy role development in society.

Juhanné Britz

Each one of us is meant to thrive and not merely survive in this world. Registered Counsellor, Juhanné Britz's passion is to walk next to those wanting to reach their thriving destination.

She counsels clients that include children, adults, parents and families, to find the inner strength to flourish and thrive. She has been trained in Gestalt Play Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Brain Working Recursive Therapy and is currently a psychodramatist in training.

She has been practising for nine years and has extensive experience within the school environment. Her educational background includes a B.Soc.Sc Honours in Psychology and a B.Psych Equivalence from the University of the Free State. She has a Licentiate and Teaching Diploma in Speech and Drama from the Speech and Drama College (SA). She has been practising as a drama teacher for eleven years.

Since she started studying, she has been devoted to bringing the world of psychology and drama together as a way of facilitating growth. She therefore fervently started her training in psychodrama in 2019 and continues to see clients and teach drama classes on a weekly basis.

Lizahne Schroeder

Lizahne is a self-motivated person with a positive attitude in everything she does. She has always had a passion and drive for supporting, guiding and empowering people. Her professional life includes a commitment to serving the needs of children and families as a Social Worker. Lizahne believes in working in partnership with clients to utilize their strengths to help them sort out their challenges and achieve their goals. She also realizes how important it is to identify all aspects of an individual's life that impact their well-being including their physical health, support systems (family, friends, etc.), work or school environment, and faith/spirituality in this process.  Since 2019 she is a GECP trainee psychodrama director.

Marina Bezhuidenhout

has been practicing as a psychologist for the past 20 years. Upon completion of her Master's Degree at Wits University, Marina consulted at the Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre (JPCCC) as well as at Cedarwood Remedial School before embarking on building her private practice. She has since 2019 been  a trainee psychodrama director with GECP.

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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