Clinical Work Using Action Methods
September 2020-June 2021
One Friday afternoon every month
1:00PM to 4:00PM
30 Clinical CEU's
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.
All seats are taken. Please apply next fall!
Here are the 10 classes scheduled for 2019/20 which will be
repeated in the fall of 2020. Dates TBD.
30 Clinical CEU's for 2019-20 for social workers, MFT's and
This course, Clinical Work Using Action Methods, Approval #183008-438
provided by Chrysalis Clinical Supervision & Training, 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: December 2018 through August 31, 2020.
September 27, 2019: 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 25, 2019: Role-Reversal. Role-reversal is a
powerful technique that allows us to step into someone
elses 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.
November 15, 2019: 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.
December 13, 2019: 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 yourwork.
This is my favorite workshop!
January 24, 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
relationshipsbut 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
February 21, 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.
March 20, 2020: 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.
April 24, 2020: 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.
May 15, 2020: 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.
June 12, 2020: 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, Certified Practitioner and PAT of
Psychodrama wtih 23 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 19 years. I have a
passion for teaching family therapy and psychodrama--two
very powerful and complementary methodologies.
In addition, to my 13 years of experience in psychodrama, I
am the Associate Clinical Director of Family Service League,
a local not-for-profit counseling agency, a staff PAT at the
Psychodrama & Creative Arts Institute, NYC, and an Adjunct
Associate Professor at NYU and Columbia.
When: One Friday afternoon, 1:00-4:00PM, each month.
Where: Upper Montclair, NJ.
Fee: $895 for the series. I have room for 8 participants only.
Contact: Paula Ochs LCSW, CP, PAT
Clinical Work Using Action Methods