Joint Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodrama between Indian Institute of Psychodrama and Tata Institute of Social Sciences

About Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)

The TISS is a multi-campus public funded research university in Mumbai, India. TISS is Asia’s oldest institute for professional social work education and was founded in 1936 in then Bombay Presidency of British India as the Sir Dorabji Tata Graduate School of Social Work by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. In 1944, the institute was officially renamed as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and in 1964, the Government of India declared TISS as Deemed university under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act (UGC), 1956.

About The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM)

The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM) was established in 2007 with a vision to build pillars of research, education, training, and advocacy to influence policy change, and augment stakeholder collaborations in mental health and social sectors. Over the years, the Banyan Academy has steadily impacted upon the aforementioned areas to make noticeable changes in relevant sectors especially in voicing the needs of the quietly surviving excluded populations living at the fringes.

Five years since its inception, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences-Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (TISS-BALM) collaboration has contributed to the pedagogical depth and visible ground-level impact. Innovation is the cornerstone of The Banyan, The Banyan Academy, and TISS which are constantly reinventing themselves to best serve the larger community, by building the most well-equipped, democratic, and ethical leaders of tomorrow. TISS brings decades of experience to academia from a humanitarian perspective and continues to reframe social science education to suit the current and emerging needs of the developing sector. Their practical ethos synergizes with us, with whom there is mutual learning, and a resolve to make a difference.

About Indian Institute of Psychodrama (IIP)

The IIP is the first formal institute teaching Psychodrama in the country. This institute is an affiliate member of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group Process (IAGP). The founder and director, Magdalene Jeyarathnam is an elected member of the governing board of IAGP. IIP will enable those interested in Psychodrama to receive training, certification to practice skills under supervision and to gain experience applying these methods in clinical or non clinical settings. This institute has been awarding students training hours for attending psychodrama workshops since 2009. Also, this institute provides three levels of Psychodrama training on par with other international organisations.

What is Psychodrama ?

Psychodrama is essentially a group action method that helps a person to embrace one’s own capabilities. This could be used in clinical setting (hospitals, therapy centers), non-clinical setting like a business establishment in team building, conflict management, stress management, identifying and working with stress, improving communication, building trust, identifying issues etc. This is a spontaneous and creative method which is used by certified psychodramatists who is otherwise called the Psychodrama director. A director enables or facilitates a re-enactment of real life situations, past incidents / situations or an inner mental process but, acting them out in the present time.

The basic concepts of psychodrama are:

  1. The warm-up, preparing for an act
  2. Spontaneity and creativity
  3. The encounter
  4. Simulation
  5. Concretization and acting out
  6. The mirror
  7. The double
  8. Sensitivity training
  9. Role playing and role reversal
  10. Surplus reality


PG Diploma in Psychodrama Course 

Some important Course Requirement is as follows:

  • The course is taught in English, students applying have to understand, read and speak English fairly well, if not the student needs to let us know how she/ he plans to write assignments etc.
  • 100% Class attendance. In case of an emergency, contact the coordinator to take remedial action.
  • Completions of all assignments, and project work. All these are graded and the grade will appear on the certificate.
  • Students receive one on one supervision either by Skype / zoom / direct meetings with an assigned supervisor

At the end of the course:

Students will receive a Joint PG Diploma certificate from Indian Institute of Psychodrama and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

Course: 36 credits 630 hours


Class hours


510 hours

1. Anyone who has completed a Masters in HR/Teaching/Social Work/Psychology/ Psychotherapy can apply. A  graduate with 2 years of experience in the humanitarian field.

2.Over the age of 25

Internship 1

Internship 2

60 hours

60 hours

Joint PG Diploma in Psychodrama between Indian Institute of Psychodrama and Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Admissions open for Batch 2 – 2020 to 2021

Ongoing Batch 1 – 2019 to 2020 :

Calendar : 



January 3 to 12- 2020 (10 days, 75 hours)

March 19 to 28 – 2021 (10 days, 65 hours)
March 6 to 15- 2020 (10 days, 75 hours)

May 8 to 17 (10 days, 75 hours) (compensatory module)

May 7 to 16 – 2021 (10 days, 70 hours)
July 24 to August 2- 2020 (10 days, 60 hours) July 23 to 1st Aug – 2021 (10 days, 60 hours)
Sept 25 to Oct 4- 2020 (10 days, 45 hours) September 17 to 26- 2020 (10 days, 60 hours)
Total course hours = 255 Total course hours = 255
To be completed
Student workplace: Internship (30 hours)
1. Online Supervision: 15 hours
2. Online discussion of Books and Materials: 15 hours
To be completed
Student workplace: Internship (30 hours)
1. Online Supervision: 15 hours
2. Online discussion of Books and Materials: 15 hours
Students complete 315 hours.

Students complete 315 hours.


Who are the teachers of this course?

  • Maurizio Gasseau, PhD (Italy): Jungian psychodramatist, psychotherapist and President of the Mediterranean Association of Psychodrama. Director of the Post graduate school of Group Psychotherapy, University of Ivrea, Italy.  
  • Dr Jorge Burmiester (Spain/ Switzerland): Psychiatrist, Psychodramatist and Past President of the International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP).
  • Eva Fahlström Borg (Sweden): Senior Psychotherapist and Psychodramatist. She does training and supervision in the field of psychotherapy, psychodrama, sociodrama, Bibliodrama, improvised theatre and restorative justice. She is a founding member of the Federation of European Psychodrama training organisations.   
  • Daniela Simmons, PhD (USA): President of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama(ASGPP) and certified trainer American Board of Examiners 
  • Manuela Maciel, PhD (Portugal): Psychodramatist and Coordinator of Psychodrama section in International Association of Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP)
  • Anath Garber, MA, TEP (USA): Psychodramatist who is trained by J.L. Moreno and Zerka Moreno. Was a faculty at Moreno Institute in New York. Member of Executive council of American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama.
  • Herb Propper PhD, TEP (USA) : Faculty, Indian Institute of Psychodrama, certified trainer American Board of Examiners, Tibetan Buddhist monk 
  • Magdalene Jeyarathnam, MSW (India): Certified Psychodramatist, Expressive Arts therapist and the first Indian living in India to be on the board of Directors of the International Association of group psychotherapy and group Process (IAGP). She is the founder of the Indian Institute of Psychodrama. 

Teachers are certified Psychodramatists, registered and practicing therapists, professors from colleges/ universities from different parts of the world.

How much is the course fee?

Rs. 1, 25,000 per year

Entrance requirments:

  • A  post graduate with 2 years of experience in the humanitarian field.
  • Anyone who has completed a Masters in Psychology/ Psychotherapy/H R/ Education/ Social Work. If your masters degree is not in any of the above, you will have to complete 3 courses of 2 credits (one credit is 15 hours)  ie, 90 Hours training.
  • All candidates must be 25 years before admission for the Diploma Program.

Who will benefit from this course?

Counsellors, Psychologists, Business Trainers, Educators, Theatre Directors, Life skills coach or mentor and Facilitators who work with groups of people in NGOs and other settings

Work and Employment:

  1. A person trained to be a psychotherapist / counsellor can use Psychodrama in his / her therapy as an addition to their toolkit.
  2. Those training only in psychodrama can continue further to complete 800 hours of training to become a certified psychodrama therapist.


Men and women are eligible to apply, since most alternate therapy courses have a lot of women candidates, male candidates are encouraged to apply.

How do you apply?

Please check if you are eligible to apply. (Scroll up for eligibility criteria) If in doubt please feel free to call 9884700104/ 9884700135

Registrations open for Batch 2 – (2020- 2021)

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Please request application form on our Email ID if you have issues in registration

Fill in your application form and attach relevant documentation and post it with a cheque in favour of “Indian Institute of Psychodrama Pvt Ltd” for Rs 500.

  • You will hear from us within a week. If you are admitted into the programme you will have to immediately book your seat by paying the first installment. We have students from different parts of India and abroad applying for this course. Fees once paid is not refundable as we are securing the seat and cannot take any more students.


Phone: 9884700135 / 9884700104

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