NEW TIMES: Now one Friday afternoon every month. 1:00PM to 4:00PM
Are you interested in the mind/body connection? Psychodrama is a powerful methodology which incorporates the body, mind, and the unconscious. It helps our clients to work through issues by using action methods to concretize 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. Psychodrama is a method that you learn by doing your own work.
If you are trained in family therapy or family systems work, psychodrama is 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.
May 19, 2017: 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 16, 2017: Termination: 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.
Here are workshops you might have missed that will be repeated in the fall and next winter:
September 2017: 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 2017: 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 you clinical work.
November 2017: 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.
December 2017: 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.
January 2018: 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 individual clients.
February, 2017: Forms of vitality: This workshop will help you to develop a better connection with your clients. You will understand the difference between focusing on what your clients say -- content-- and how they are saying it --process. Attending to process allows you to tune into your clients' subtle changes in mood, thoughts, and feelings. You will learn how to be more present in your work.
March, 2017: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 21, 2017: 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.
About the group leader: I am an experienced LCSW, Certified Practitioner and PAT of Psychodrama wtih 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups with a wide variety of issues. I have supervised (certified in NJ) social workers, family therapists, and counselors for 17 years. I have a passion for teaching family therapy and psychodrama--two very powerful and complementary methodologies.
I am a Certified Practitioner and a PAT of psychodrama with nearly 10 years of experience, which allows me to provide you with up to 160 hours of training towards certification. In addition, 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.
When: One Friday afternoon, 1:00-4:00PM, each month. Where: Upper Montclair, NJ Fee: $50 for each session. Discounts available for signing up for more than one workshop.