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June 10-11 2023
Cultivating Wisdom in Everyday Life

A Psychodrama Workshop

for Personal Growth and/or Professional Development


With the passing years I stopped thinking of myself as a psychotherapist, because it became clear that I do not heal any psyches. Protagonists themselves do the healing. My task is to find and touch that "autonomous healing center" within, to assist and direct the protagonist to do the same. I am merely a guide in the wilderness, clearing away obstacles so protagonists can find their very own path. 

-  Zerka T. Moreno



Each of us has inner wisdom. Yet, there are times when our wisdom seems distant and out-of-reach. Even when we know better, we find ourselves reacting with repetitive, unskillful patterns. We lose touch with the wise part of ourselves, with our autonomous healing center that truly knows what we need. How do we access our inner wisdom? What skills can we draw upon and develop to bring it forth? What blocks us from our inner knowing? What spiritual and other practices can help?


In a supportive group we will access our deepest knowing and practice applying wisdom to our everyday interactions. We will use psychodrama, expressive arts and guided imagery to accomplish these goals and learn methods to work with ourselves and others.


What is Psychodrama? Psychodrama is an experiential method of exploring our private and public worlds in a multidimensional, creative way. It helps you to safely express feelings, develop insights and practice new, desired behaviors. Psychodrama meets you where you are in the present and assists you in contacting and developing the best that is within yourself. As a natural outgrowth, people experience a deeper connection and appreciation of others. Psychodrama emphasizes creativity and spontaneity rather than illness and pathology.


Who should attend? This workshop is appropriate for those new to psychodrama, as well as experienced practitioners; professionals and students in mental health and related fields; criminal and civil lawyers; anyone wanting to further their knowledge of psychodrama; and to those seeking personal growth. No acting skills are needed and participation is at your level of comfort. Shy people are welcome. 



Professional Educational Goal

Participants will learn psychodramtic methods to address blocks and access wisdom for personal growth and/or when working with clients. 


Learning Objectives

  • After the workshop participants will be better able to:
  • List three parts of every psychodrama
  • Describe the autonomous healing center 
  • Describe the benefits of role reversing with a wisdom figure
  • Explain the importance of clients staying in their window of tolerance 
  • Utilize mindful body awareness in taking a role
  • Discuss the importance of the warm-up phase of psychodrama


DATES & HOURS: June 10-11, 2023; 9:30 am – 5:45 pm 


WHERE: Mill Valley, CA


FEE: $365 by 5/21/23; $400 after.

Students (with full-time ID): $290 by 5/21/23; $325 after.


Full refund up to two weeks prior to first day of workshop. 50% one week prior. No refund thereafter.

Payment plans available.


INFORMATION: 415-454-308


TO REGISTER:  Complete the 3 forms attached at the bottom of this page and return to along with payment. See the Registration Form for complete details.




LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs: Course meets the qualifications for 14 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.


Additional fee: $25 per workshop. Certificates of Attendance: Will be distributed upon completion. 


Accommodations and Grievances:

See for information about Accommodations and Grievances.


Drama Therapy and Psychodrama Training Hours: 14 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). Psychodrama Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to all participants upon completion. (No Fee)



COVID POLICY: Participants’ health is important. Respectfully, we also acknowledge that each individual is entirely responsible for their health & safety. If you test positive for COVID or are sick prior to the weekend, you will be fully refunded minus a $50 administrative fee.




Sylvia Israel

Sylvia Israel LMFT (mfc #31245), TEP, RDT/BCT, Board Certified Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Psychodrama and Registered Drama Therapist/Board Certified Trainer, is adjunct faculty 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 and past Board Member and Officer of the American Board of Examiners of Psychodrama. She is also a Certified Trainer in the Therapeutic Spiral Model of working with trauma and a national and international presenter. Sylvia enjoys supporting clients in practicing self-compassion, 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 has maintained a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area working with individuals, couples, families and groups for 30 years.

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