San Diego Psychodrama Training Group for Professionals

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Dates: Sep 25, 2020
Times:9:30 am - 3:30 pm


In this ongoing San Diego Psychodrama Training  Group – for professionals only and co-sponsored by BraveHeart Retreats and Action Institute of California – participants will be trained on the theory and practice of sociometry, psychodrama and group psychotherapy.  In addition, group members will have the opportunity to practice these techniques and to explore how they can be applied to their current clientele, and a safe space to do their own work.

Training topics will include:

  • Motivating clients
  • Helping clients connect to self and others
  • Helping clients progress in treatment
  • Building group cohesion
  • Revealing and clearing transferences in group
  • Using psychodrama with individuals, couples, and families
  • Working with “resistance”
  • Facilitating effective conflict resolution
  • Having a safe space for professionals to do their own work

Most professionals who train in psychodrama do not go on to pursue certification but are keen to learn effective techniques that they can ethically practice with their clients.  This group is open to therapists, counselors, interventionists, bodyworkers, treatment center front-line staff, coaches, teachers, doctors, nurses, attorneys or anyone working in the helping professional who can benefit from utilizing action methods such as sociometry and psychodrama in their work.

Those of us working in the helping professions often find it difficult to find safe spaces in which to do our own work – a place where we can find “role relief” so we don’t have to be in charge or “on”.   Everywhere we go, we find our clients and our colleagues, making it nearly impossible to be fully authentic and share our needs, fears, wants, and triumphs.  Moreover, working in a field where sometimes our desire to help our clients/patients can trump our own self-care can put anyone at risk for burn out.  Therefore, this group can also be utilized as a safe place to explore personal work, including issues of compassion fatigue, and offer opportunities to boost our own wellness and support each other in putting our masks on first.

When training in psychodrama, students direct each other in personal growth psychodramas, allowing for healing and transformation for everyone.  Great care is taken to build strong safety, and a commitment to confidentiality is made each time the group meets.  Group members have found the group invaluable in pursuing both their personal and professional work and in having an ongoing community of like-minded practitioners with whom they can continue to walk the path of healing and recovery.

Group members must make a 3-weekend commitment (including financially) to start. Since the dates are available in advance, the expectation is that group members will attend. If there is a cause for absence (full or partial weekend), refunds will not be issued.  Since we meet only twice a year, planning your closure is important.  It is required that you announce you’re leaving in one group, and return for closure in the next group.

$150 for this online training
There is a $10 charge per group for CEUs for LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, CAADAC/CCAPP, CET or Psychodrama.

Course meets the qualifications for a total of 5.0 hours of continuing education credit (per group) for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. CAMFT approved CE Provider #123417. Provider approved by CCAPP-EI, Provider Number 2N-10-135-0222 for 5.0 CEHs.  Approved for 5.0 CEHs for Experiential Therapy (ISEP) and Psychodrama. 

Action Institute of California is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs and/or LEPs.  Action Institute of California maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Please visit our FAQ page for information on special needs accommodation, our cancellation/grievance policy, and and course completion document issuance.

Location, Dates and Times:
September 25, 2020
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
On Zoom

Future Date for Group:
March 12-15, 2021

Ongoing Educational Goals For This Training Group:
-Participants will learn effective sociometric interventions they can use in their own clinical work.
-Participants will learn effective psychodramatic techniques they can use in their own clinical work.
-Participants will learn about the stages of group work (Forming, norming, storming, performing, adjourning) and which sociometric and psychodramatic techniques are applicable in each.
-Participants will learn the basic structure of warm-up, action and sharing in a psychodrama session.
-Participants will learn important ethical considerations in the use of both sociometry and psychodrama.
-Participants will learn the applicability of using of action methods is in the treatment of addiction.
-Participants will learn the applicability of using of action methods in the treatment of codependency.

Ongoing Educational Objectives For This Training Group:
-Participants will be able to identify 3 appropriate sociometric interventions they can use to engage clients.
-Participants will identify 1 psychodramatic technique that they can use to engage clients.
-Participants will be able to name all 3 components of the triadic system of psychodrama.
-Participants will be able to name the stages of group work.
-Participants will be able to identify at least 1 sociometric intervention for each stage of group work.
-Participants will be able to identify at least 1 psychodramatic intervention for each stage of group work.
-Participants will be able to name 2 clinical tools they can use to help maintain ethics and safety in their clinical practice while utilizing action methods.
-Participants will be able to identify at least 1 sociometric intervention for the treatment of codependency.
-Participants will be able to identify at least 1 psychodramatic intervention for the treatment of codependency.

A personal interview with our CEO, Jean Campbell, LCSW, TEP, is required before joining any ongoing training group.  If you are interested in joining this group, please fill out the form below  to begin the process.

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