Clinical Work Using Action Methods
A 10-week course September 2020
through March 2021
Every other Tuesday morning
30 Clinical CEU's
A group explores a case in action
THIS COURSE HAS BEEN REVAMPED FOR DISTANCE
LEARNING. WE WILL RESUME FACE TO FACE MEETINGS
Are you interested in the mind/body connection?
Action methods, taken from psychodrama, are a powerful
addition to the therapists repertoire because they help to
incorporate the body, mind, and the unconscious. Action
methods help our clients to work through issues by
concretizing what is in their heads: when you can see in 3
dimensions what was previously in your mind only, you can
start to better understand your issues and to change them.
If you are trained in family therapy or family systems
work, psychodramatic action methods are an excellent
adjunct to your training. Psychodrama is an effective way
to work systemically with individuals.
About the workshops:
Workshops are is designed for therapists and other
professionals who wish to learn the fundamentals of
psychodrama. Each training session will incorporate
different aspects of the method. You will learn about the 5
elements of psychodrama and how to use role reversal to
re-create the family system when family members are dead
or otherwise unavailable. You will learn why working in the
"here and now" is so powerful. You will gain experience
with techniques such as the empty chair, role reversal, and
doubling. You will also learn how to "concretize" issues,
use metaphor, as well as “act out" stories.
THIS COURSE RECEIVED A RATING OF 4.8 OUT OF 5.0
FROM THIS PAST YEAR’S PARTICIPANTS WHO
EXPERIENCED THE CLASS IN PERSON AND ONLINE!
CEU's for 2020-22 for social workers, MFT's and counselors.
This course, Clinical Work Using Action Methods, Approval #202703-1044,
provided by Paula Ochs is approved for continuing education by the New Jersey
Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative, which is
administered by NASW-NJ. CE Approval Collaborative Approval Period: Friday,
May 1, 2020 through August 31,2022. New Jersey social workers will receive 30
Clinical CE credits for participating in this course.
Here are the 10 classes scheduled for 2020-21
30 Clinical Credits.
September 22, 2020: Doubling. Doubling is a technique
that allows therapists to convey understanding to our
clients. It can also be used with couple, families and groups
to help family or group members feel understood. It is a
powerful tool that is fundamental to psychodrama.
October 6, 2020: Role-Reversal. Role-reversal is a
powerful technique that allows us to step into someone
else's shoes. Using role-reversal with couples and families
can help build empathy among family members/couples.
Learn how to use this important psychodramatic technique
to enhance your clinical work.
October 20, 2020: The Empty Chair. This workshop will
explore relationships through the empty chair. The empty
chair is an excellent technique to help clients express
thoughts and feelings towards important people in their
lives in the here and now.
November 3, 2020: Concretizing Metaphor. Our clients
often use wonderful language that poetically describes their
circumstances, their thoughts, or feelings. Learn how to
put this language into 3 dimensions to deepen your work.
This is my favorite workshop!
November 17, 2020: The Social Atom. Doing family therapy
with individuals using the social atom. Sometimes we wish
to understand family of origin issues or current family
relationships but are unable to get the family to participate
in therapy. This workshop will help us explore family
relationships, our "social atom" using role reversal, a
technique which allows us to work with systemically with
December 1, 2020: The Magic of the Present Moment: How
to attend to changes in affect in the here and now. Many
therapists over-focus on what their clients are saying rather
than how. This workshop will help you understand the
difference between process and content and how to attend
to subtle changes in mood, thoughts, and feelings.
February 9, 2021: The Diamond of Opposites; working with
ambivalence in action. Ambivalence can be crippling
because we can become stuck in indecision and put our
lives on hold. This workshop will help you explore your
ambivalence by putting it into concrete form.
February 23, 2021: How to tell your story in action. This
workshop will focus on the key elements of psychodrama
including the walk and talk, scene setting, role reversal,
doubling, and using the mirror position. Content will focus
on family relationships.
March 9 , 2021: Telling our stories in action. This workshop
uses the elements of role reversal and doubling and will
teach the importance of scene setting in order to help us tell
our stories in action. Content will focus on loss.
March 23, 2021: Saying goodbye in action. Ending
relationships can be both gratifying and difficult. In this
workshop we will explore how we end relationships.
Insights gained will help you make your terminations more
powerful by concretizing gains through action. Different
ways to concretize thoughts and feelings will be explored.
I am an experienced LCSW and TEP (Trainer, Educator,
Practitioner)of Psychodrama with 24 years of experience
working with individuals, couples, families, and groups with
a wide variety of issues. I have supervised (in NJ) social
workers,family therapists, and counselors for 20 years. I
have a passion for teaching family therapy and
psychodrama--two very powerful and complementary
In addition, to my 14 years of experience in psychodrama, I
am the Associate Clinical Director of Family Service League,
a local not-for-profit counseling agency, a staff TEP at the
Psychodrama & Creative Arts Institute, NYC, and an
Adjunct Associate Professor at NYU and Columbia.
When: Every other Tuesday morning, 9:00AM-noon
Where: Upper Montclair, NJ.
Fee: $895 for the series. I have room for 8 participants only.
Contact: Paula Ochs LCSW, TEP