Bay Area Moreno Institute


San Francisco


San Rafael, CA


Phone: (415) 454 7308




core training group (CTG)

weekend program for 2016-2017

To apply, fill out application and return form to  Sylvia Israel at
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Bay Area Moreno Institute (BAMI) will be accepting applications for the 2016-17 Psychodrama Core Training Group (CTG) beginning July 1, 2016. CTG is a training program for people seeking to expand their knowledge of the theory and practice of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. 


CTG is a supportive, stimulating community of learners; a laboratory in which to develop spontaneity as a director, auxiliary, protagonist and group member. The Training will include topics such as working with individuals, spontaneity, directing skills, working with trauma, integrating psychodrama with neuroscience and psychodrama theory, philosophy and history. Students will have input into specific areas of study and will have numerous opportunities for directing. 


Group and Individual Case Supervision will be provided at each session using psychodramatic and other action methods. If you are interested in additional supervision/consultation, please let us know. 


Training is open to professionals and students in the fields of mental health, law, substance abuse and recovery, creative arts therapies, religion, human services, personnel management, group facilitation and education, and those wanting to further their knowledge of psychodrama.


Dates:   October 14-16, 2016

             December 2-4, 2016

             February 3-5, 2017 

             You may register for all three weekends (encouraged) or individually.


Hours:   Friday 12PM - 8PM

             Saturday 10AM - 6PM

             Sunday 9 AM - 4PM


Where:  IMAGINE! Center for Creativity and Healing

             1924 Fourth Street San Rafael 94901 (Map)


Fee:      $450 per weekend when registering for all 3 by 9/23/16.

             $475 per weekend after 9/23/16. (Payment plans available. More details will follow.)

             $500 per weekend when registering for each workshop individually by 9/23/16. 

             $525 after 9/23/16. 


             Students (with Full-time ID): $375 if registered for 3 weekends by 9/23/16.            

             $400 after 9/23/16.  $425 per weekend when registering for each workshop individually              by 9/23/16. $450 after 9/23/16.  


             Full refund up to 14 days prior first meeting. No refund thereafter.


Questions: Sylvia Israel (415) 454-7308.


Core Training Group Topics:
1. Psychodrama with Survivors of Trauma:
This workshop provides the opportunity to learn safe and effective action strategies for working with survivors of trauma, including elements of the Therapeutic Spiral Model (TSM). Learn how to use the Trauma Survivor's Intrapsychic Role Atom (TSIRA) to assess a client's strengths and ability to contain, while exploring internalized trauma roles safely and effectively. We will use Sandtray to enhance our experience and deepen our learning.
This workshop is open to professionals and to those on the path of healing from trauma.
2. Neuroscience Meets Psychodrama:
The Neurobiology of Trauma
Drawing from The Therapeutic Spiral Model, Somatic Attachment Therapy, mindfulness and the theory of neuro-plasticity, we will explore techniques and methods to help ourselves and others stay in the window of tolerance where healing is optimal. Our focus on the body and regulation will support access to spontaneity and creativity. Brain anatomy will be put into action.
3. TBD


Continuing Education for licensed professionals: Courses meets the qualification of continuing

education credit for LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, LEP as required by the CA Association of Marriage and
Family Therapists, Sylvia Israel provider #129230. Certificates will be distributed upon completion.
Additional $25 fee applies for each weekend or $40 if attending all 3 weekends.
CEUS for Psychologists and Nurses Pending. Please inquire.
See for information about Accommodations
and Grievances.


60 psychodrama training hours may be applied toward certification (Recognized by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy). Hours may also be applied for Drama Therapy (recognized by North American Drama Therapy Association),


Sylvia Israel, MFT (mfc #31245), TEP, RDT/BCT, is a nationally certified Psychodrama Trainer, Educator, Practitioner (TEP), Registered Drama Therapist/Board Certified Trainer (RDT/BCT) and Founder/Director of IMAGINE! Center for Creativity and Healing, Founder/past-Director of Bay Area Playback Theatre and Founding member of Bay Area Moreno Institute. She is adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and Kansas State University and has presented at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and at professional gatherings nationally and internationally. Sylvia is past President of the Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Drama Therapy. Her work blends verbal therapy, psychodrama and other expressive arts. Sylvia specializes in grief and loss, blocks to creativity, trauma and childhood abuse recovery. She maintains a private practice in Marin and San Francisco working with individuals, couples and families.

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