Bay Area Moreno Institute


San Francisco


San Rafael, CA


Phone: (415) 454 7308


January 31 - February 2, 2020
Psychodrama Core Training Group for Professional Development and Personal Growth
With Sylvia Israel, MFT, RDT/BCT, TEP

It looks like magic -- but you can learn it! 

The Bay Area Moreno Institute is offering its 2019-2020 Psychodrama Core Training Group. This group provides in-depth training for people seeking to expand their knowledge of the theory and practice of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy.

The training group is a supportive, stimulating community of learners and a laboratory in which to develop spontaneity as a director, auxiliary, protagonist and group member. Trainees will have input into specific areas of study and will have numerous opportunities for directing.
Trainees can expect to learn:
  • The interplay of creativity and spontaneity and how to bring these concepts to aliveness within people and groups.
  • How to judiciously and safely use improvisation, role play and other proven action-oriented techniques to support behavior change, healing and wellness.
  • Activities that support healthy connections within groups of people.
  • How to direct action vignettes in a variety of settings.

See individual workshops for specific learning objectives. 

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, as well as those wanting to further their knowledge of psychodrama.  
If you are interested in additional supervision or consultation, please let Sylvia know.
Core Training Group Topics:
Weekend 2: January 31 - February 2, 2020 (Note: This is a new date!)
Dreams, Metaphors and Images: Embodied Imagination in Action 

Dancing dragons, colliding stars and planets, and bottomless rabbit holes -- these are the "stuff" of dreams, art, fantasies and metaphor. Yet how do we understand them? And how do we actually apply our understanding to our life? These moments -- when the borders between the real and the imaginary fuse -- are the doorways where images enter not only our awareness but also our therapy and coaching rooms. 

Using the Jungian technique of Active Imagination, matched with the art of psychodrama, we will welcome these alternative realities, embodying the images so they can reveal their logic and their personal and communal messages. Rather than seeking answers in early childhood experiences, Active Imagination plumbs the distinctive messages that images, dreams and fantasies carry. Psychodrama is uniquely able to expand and enrich this process, moving the message from the cognitive to the kinesthetic, providing color, texture and context, we give our fully animated bodies and living voices to these images, allowing them to reveal their logic as well as their personal and communal meanings.

Join us as we bring dreams, images, metaphors, art and fantasies to life using psychodramatic techniques such as role reversal, doubling and mirroring. There will be opportunities for directing and taking auxiliary roles. Time will be set aside at the end of the workshop to discuss how you can apply your learning into your own practices.
Educational Goal
Students will learn how to bring images, dreams and fantasies to life using psychodramatic techniques. 
Learning Objectives
After the workshop participants will be able to: 
- Discuss the importance of warm-up before enactment
- Explain Jung's concept of Active Imagination
- Discuss how psychodrama and the Jungian concept of Active Imagination work together to reveal the meaning of images
- Discuss Moreno's concept of Surplus Reality
- Describe how role reversal and mirroring assist a protagonist in understanding their images
- List examples of metaphors that may arise in your work
- Explain the classical Morenian/psychodramatic method of enacting dreams
- Demonstrate how you can use sculpting to bring an image to life
- List the three parts of every psychodrama
- Identify the five elements of psychodrama
- Explain why spontaneity and creativity are important in psychodrama in general and in dream and image enactment in particular
- Demonstrate interviewing various parts of a metaphor.
- Apply one psychodramatic technique to your work
- Use the technique of doubling in your work
- Explain the philosophy of doubling
Hours:   Friday 10AM - 6PM
              Saturday 10AM - 8PM (includes group dinner)
              Sunday 10AM - 4PM
Where: IMAGINE! Center for Creativity and Healing
             1924 Fourth Street San Rafael 94901 (Map)
Fee: When registering for each workshop individually:
$550 per weekend three weeks prior to start date. $575 after. 
Students (with Full-time ID) when registering for each workshop individually:
$425 per weekend three weeks prior to start date. $475 after. 
Payment plans available. Please inquire.
Fee: When registering for two workshops -  #2 (1/31-2/2/2020) & #3 5/1-3/2020
$50 fee reduction for each workshop
Full refund up to two weeks prior first day. No refund thereafter.
Information/Registration: Sylvia Israel (415) 454-7308.
An interview with Sylvia is required if this is your first time attending.
Payment: Check to Sylvia Israel, 1924 Fourth Street San Rafael, CA 94901. Zelle or Venmo to Sylvia Israel. (Contact Sylvia with questions.)
Licensed Psychologists
CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring the program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this programs and its content. 
Additional Fee: $75. 
Registered Nurses
SCRS is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. 
Additional Fee: $75.
LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs
Course meets the qualifications for 20 continuing education hours for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Sylvia Israel, Provider # 019617, is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Sylvia Israel maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Certificates will be distributed upon completion. 
Additional fee: $50.
For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Sylvia Israel, 
For questions about CE for Psychologists and Nurses, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at
Drama Therapy & Psychodrama
20 Hours may also be applied for Drama Therapy (recognized by NADTA), & Psychodrama (Recognized by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy)
Accommodations and Grievances.
Sylvia Israel, MFT (mfc #31245), TEP, RDT/BCT, Board Certified Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Psychodrama and Registered Drama Therapist/Board Certified Trainer, teaches at CA Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and Kansas State University. Sylvia is cofounder of Bay Area Moreno Institute, IMAGINE! Center for Creativity & Healing and Bay Area Playback Theatre.  She is also a Certified Trainer in the Therapeutic Spiral Model of working with trauma and a national (including Spirit Rock Meditation Center) and international presenter. Sylvia enjoys supporting clients in awakening to their spontaneity and creativity and living more fully in the present moment. Her work blends verbal and somatic therapy with drama, sandtray and other expressive arts. Sylvia maintains a private practice in Marin and San Francisco working with individuals, couples, families and groups.
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