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May 18-19, 2024 


Connecting with our Ancestral Roots: Transgenerational Psychodrama
A Two-Day In-Person Workshop/Training

In this workshop, we honor our ancestors and the gifts they have given us. We also acknowledge any burdens or unresolved traumas passed down as part of our lineage. We bring to awareness the interpersonal and transgenerational dynamics such as hidden loyalties, family ledgers, unconscious repetitions, and family stories and myths. We include messages from the land/country our lineage came from and the land where we live. Our purpose is to connect to a greater view of ourselves and grow in positive ways, healing in body, mind and spirit. 


The workshop is highly experiential and will draw from role-play, sociometry, sculpting, playback theater and full psychodramas as well as theories of Family Constellations and Recall Healing. Participants will come away with ideas and techniques to apply in their practice settings or in their own lives.   


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; anyone wanting to further their knowledge of psychodrama; and those seeking personal growth. No acting skills are needed and participation is at your level of comfort. Shy people are welcome.

Educational Goal

Develop tools to help ourselves and our clients explore ancestral relationships for support, connection and healing.


Learning Objectives

After the workshop participants will be better able to:

  • Discuss the importance of bringing awareness to ancestors’ stories and myths 
  • Discuss how ancestral trauma can affect ourselves and our clients in the present
  • Describe how to interview a client in the role of an ancestor
  • Describe how to direct a client to speak with an ancestor
  • Discuss different theoretical perspectives on ancestral healing 
  • Describe how the use of ritual can support ancestral explorations
  • Discuss how psychodrama can help people heal from ancestral trauma
  • Identify at least one example of ancestral trauma and how it might manifest in future generations
  • Describe how to help clients identify positive messages from their lineage
  • Describe how to help clients create a transformational versus a victimization narrative


Dates & Hours: Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, 2023; 9:30 am – 5:45 pm PDT 


Where: 55 La Goma, Mill Valley, CA 94941


Fee: $425 by 5/4/24. $450 after. 


Students (with full-time ID) Fee: $325 by 5/4/23. $350 after. 


Refunds: Full refund up to 5/4/24. 50% refund up to 5/11/24. No refund thereafter.

Payment plans available. Please inquire.


INFORMATION: 415-454-7308



TO REGISTER: To register for any workshop(s), please fill out the Registration Form. If you have any questions regarding the form, contact Danielle.


INFORMATION ON CONTINUING EDUCATION: 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 

Additional fee if registering for 4 workshops: $40 ($10 per workshop) 

Certificates of Attendance: Will be distributed upon completion.

Accommodations and Grievances: See 


CEs for Licensed Psychologists and Registered Nurses: Contact Sylvia 8-weeks before the first day of the workshop. Additional Fee: $100 per workshop. 


Drama Therapy and Psychodrama Training Hours: 14.5 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)


HEALTH POLICY: Participants’ health is important. Respectfully, we also acknowledge that each individual is entirely responsible for their health & safety. If you are experiencing any (Covid, flu, cold) symptoms of illness prior to the weekend, please contact Sylvia. You will be fully refunded minus a $50 administrative fee.


Sylvia Israel 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 is a 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 and trainer. Sylvia also uses psychodrama to help civil and criminal lawyers with trial preparation. She 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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