Monthly Training in Action Methods
September 2017-June 2018
One Friday afternoon every month
1:00PM to 4:00PM
Are you interested in the mind/body connection? Action
methods, taken from psychodrama, are a powerful addition
to the therapists repetoire 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.
Click here to sign up.
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.
Here are workshops scheduled for fall 2017 and spring
2018. (Dates subject to change.)
November 17, 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 15, 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 19, 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 16, 2018: 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
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 18, 2018: 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 20, 2018: 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 18, 2018: 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 15, 2018: 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.
September 21, 2018: 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 20, 2018: 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.
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
I am a Certified Practitioner and a PAT of psychodrama with
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.
Contact: Paula Ochs LCSW, CP, PAT
Training in Action Methods