John Faisandier

Programme author and facilitator

John Faisandier has Bachelor degrees in Anthropology and Theology, and a Masters in Adult Education (with Distinction). He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Association of Training and Development to which he has belonged for over 20 years, including holding office at regional and national levels. He is a member of the New Zealand Human Resources Institute (HRINZ) and the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association (AANZPA), as well as a qualified psychodramatist and a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner in Psychodrama (TEP). He was chair of AANZPA’s Ethics Committee for seven years and a trainer in the Wellington Institute for Training in Psychodrama for 10 years; an accredited speaker member of The National Speakers Association of New Zealand (NSANZ); and formerly a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC) for 10 years where he also served on their Ethics Committee.

John has worked as a teacher, pastoral assistant, university chaplain, counsellor, Race Relations mediator, Life Skills tutor, psychodramatist and trainer of counsellors in a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility. For the past 14 years he has run his own business TUF: Thriving Under Fire, a training company that assists people to communicate well in a business context.


Faisandier, John (2009) Thriving Under Fire: turn difficult customers into business success. Wellington: Steele Roberts Publishers.

John has written a variety of articles in HRINZ, NZATD and AANZPA magazines and journals over the years.


2010 – NZATD Education Trust Award for Innovation

2008 – NZATD Education Trust Award for Facilitation.