Bay Area Moreno Institute


San Francisco


San Rafael, CA


Phone: (415) 454 7308


May 1-3, 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 healthcare, psychology, 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 and experience of psychodrama.  
Participants will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients and to their own self-care.  
If you are interested in additional supervision or consultation, please let Sylvia know.
Weekend 3: May 1-3, 2020
Transforming the Trauma Triangle: Working Safely with Trauma Survivors

The Therapeutic Spiral Model's (TSM) Trauma Triangle is a configuration that clarifies the destructive cycle of Victim, Perpetrator and Abandoning Authority. In addictions treatment, Karpman's Triangle is well-known with the interpersonal roles of Victim, Perpetrator and Rescuer. Through years of clinical experience, we've redefined this triangle to represent the internalized experience of the trauma survivor.

Using role theory, TSM's Trauma Triangle incorporates the trauma-based roles of Victim, Perpetrator and Abandoning Authority, the last which is internalized when there is no rescuer available in the interpersonal world. The unique TSM role of the Abandoning Authority helps describe how trauma survivors learn to abandon themselves to dissociation, self-harm, addictions, eating disorders and lack of self-care.

The Trauma Triangle represents a closed circuit of energy embedded in the personality structure of those who have survived cruelty or trauma, repeating itself as life-long patterns of abuse and neglect. Through personal dramas, this workshop and training provides tools to transform the trauma-based roles, empowering transformation from self-neglect to self-care and instilling healthy problem-solving into daily life. The transformative role of Appropriate Authority is taught as the antidote to the TSM Trauma Triangle using action demonstrations and psychodramas.

Assessment and enactment of the TSM Trauma Triangle is taught as a pen and paper tool, in action by walking the triangle, using sociodrama or individual psychodramas. 
Learning Objective: 
Learn the Therapeutic Spiral Model's Trauma Triangle and how it can help trauma survivors understand their experience and utilize it for healing and post-traumatic growth.
After the workshop participants will be able to: 
- Describe how sociometric exercises create cohesion and safety in a group 
- Use the role of Observing ego in a session 
- Describe the importance of the role of Observing ego
- List the three types of TSM's Prescriptive roles and why they are important for transforming the trauma-based roles safely without re-traumatization.
- Demonstrate how to help a client role play a Prescriptive role.
- Name the roles on the Trauma Triangle.
- Explain how the roles on the Trauma Triangle are internalized. 
- Discuss how the Trauma triangle is a useful tool for working with trauma.
- Describe the TSM Trauma Triangle and its many uses in education, therapy and organizations.
- Demonstrate how to teach the Trauma Triangle. 
- Give an example of messages from each role on the Triangle.
- Define a Transformative Role. 
- Give examples of actions the Appropriate Authority would take.
- List the three parts and the five elements of of every psychodrama.
- Utilize doubling. 
- Explain the importance of accessing spontaneity and creativity for healing. 
Dates:  May 1-3, 2020
Hours:   Friday 10AM - 6PM
              Saturday 10AM - 8PM (includes group dinner)
              Sunday 9 AM - 4PM
Where: IMAGINE! Center for Creativity and Healing
             1924 Fourth Street San Rafael 94901 (Map)
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. 

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,
Continuing Education for Health Professionals: Psychologists, Nurses, LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, LEP.  Additional Fees Apply. See each course listing for number of units. 


For complete Continuing Education Information See  

20 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, 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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