Clinical Work Using Action Methods
September 2020-June 2021
One Friday afternoon every month
1:00PM to 4:00PM
30 Clinical CEU's
The group explores a case in action
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.
Please apply this summer for 2020-21.
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: 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: 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
November: 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: 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: 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: 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.
April 24, 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.
May 1, 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
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 TEP of
Psychodrama wtih 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 methodologies.
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: 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, TEP
Clinical Work Using Action Methods