Bay Area Moreno Institute


San Francisco


San Rafael, CA


Phone: (415) 454 7308


Nov 15-17, 2019
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 - 20 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.
Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professional will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients.
If you are interested in additional supervision or consultation, please let Sylvia know.
Core Training Group Topics:
Weekend 1: November 15-17, 2019. 
Honoring and Healing our Relationships 

We all have relationships. Some of our relationships bring us joy and satisfaction, and others bring us anguish and stress. Psychodrama and sociometry teach us how to identify, understand and heal the important relationships in our lives, and how to feel more connected and less isolated.

In this interactive training and workshop, we will identify the people we are emotionally related to -- partners, family members, friends, co-workers and the like, as well as those we are distant from. Using improvisational methods, we may decide to focus on our past, present or future relationships. We may try new ways of relating, dare to express the unsaid, say goodbye to someone lost or absent, or stand in the shoes of the "other" to embody a new perspective. We will utilize Moreno’s social atom, a diagram or picture that represents all the individuals to whom we are emotionally related, as our point of departure. 
Learning Objective: Learn how to administer the social atom, use it in assessment and treatment planning and how to bring it to life with psychodramatic techniques
At the end of the program, participants will be better able to: 
- Create a social atom
- Discuss why Moreno is sometimes called the "social atom repair man"
- List different types of social atoms and explain when and why you would use each one with your clients
- Demonstrate how to instruct a client to draw a social atom
- Explain how the social atom may be used as in assessment and treatment planning
- Discuss why Zerka Moreno suggests that we each regularly explore our social atom
- Describe how role reversal and mirroring are utilized to bring a social atom to life
- Discuss how intergenerational patterns of relationships may be uncovered through exploration of the social atom
- Plan how to use the social atom to explore family of origin relationships with a client
- Explain how the three parts of psychodrama are utilized in individual and group sessions
- List the five elements of psychodrama
- Explain why all of psychodrama has been referred to as "spontaneity training"
- Apply one psychodramatic technique to your work
- Define "warm-up" and discuss its importance when using action methods in your work 
Dates:   November 15-17, 2019
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 



Presenter Bio

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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**highly recommended for this training

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