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, which is very helpful in dealing with counter-transference.
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: Trainings are is designed for therapists and other professionals who wish to learn how to utilize the mind, body, and unconscious. Each training session will incorporate different aspects of the psychodramatic 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. See below for monthly schedule.
When: One Sunday each month. See below for details.
Where: Upper Montclair, NJ
Fee: $50 for each session. Discounts available for signing up for multiple sessions. Partial scholarships are available.
Jan 25: Doubling -- Doubling is a technique that allows therapists to convey understanding to our clients. Doubling can be used with individuals, couples, families, and groups.
Feb 21: Role-Reversal -- Using role-reversal with couples and families. Learn how this technique can help build empathy among family members/couples.
Mar 13: 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.
Apr 17: 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.
May 22: Doing family therapy with individuals using role-reversal -- Sometimes we wish to understand family of origin issues or current family relationships but are unable to get the family to participate in therapy. The technique of role-reversal allows us to work with systemically with individual clients.
June Termination in Action – Termination can be an important and lasting experience for clients. In this workshop you will learn how to make your terminations more powerful by concretizing gains through action. Different ways to concretize thoughts and feelings will be explored.
About the group leader: I am an experienced LCSW, Certified Practitioner and PAT of Psychodrama with 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups with a wide range of issues. I have supervised (certified in NJ) social workers and family therapists for over 15 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 Professor at Rutgers University and NYU