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May 6 - 7, 2023

Integrating Psychodrama in Individual Therapy

A 2-Day In-Person Workshop/Training

CEs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, Licensed Psychologists and Registered Nurses


Incorporating psychodrama and other experiential methods into individual therapy sessions can enliven and inspire both client and therapist. Participants will learn practical action techniques drawn from psychodrama including role-play, use of the action timeline and methods of choice-making. Attention will be given to warm-up, action and closure of each session. Therapeutic goals will inform the use of each intervention. Participants will practice techniques, taking the role of therapist, client and witness.


This training draws on psychodrama theory and methodology, Somatic Attachment Therapy, mindfulness and Buddhist Psychology and the theory of neuroplasticity. All teachings are trauma-informed, emphasizing the importance of clients staying in their window of tolerance. Join us for an engaging and stimulating weekend, while adding to your tool box of psychodramatic interventions. 


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/training 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; and those wanting to further their knowledge or experience of psychodrama. No acting skills are needed and participation is at your level of comfort. Shy people are welcome. 


Educational Goal 

Participants will learn techniques from psychodrama and other experiential methods to integrate into their work with individual clients.


Learning Objectives

After the workshop/training participants will be better able to: 

  • Apply three psychodramatic methods when working with individual clients
  • Assess how to work safely with individuals, drawing from trauma and brain research
  • Utilize body awareness through mindfulness
  • Demonstrate moving from talking to action, from the therapist chair to action or stage area
  • List two uses of an empty chair in individual therapy
  • Use props, scarves, pillows, etc., in an individual session
  • Discuss the importance of the warm-up phase of psychodrama in working with individuals
  • Drawing from psychodrama and attachment theories, explain why doubling is effective
  • Demonstrate interviewing a client in a supportive role
  • Utilize the timeline as a pencil and paper technique and in action


DATES & HOURS: Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7, 2023; 9:30 am – 5:45 pm


WHERE: Mill Valley, CA


FEE: $400 by 4/13/23; $435 after.

Students (with full-time ID): $300 by 4/13/23; $335 after.


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

Payment plans available. (415) 454-7308


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




CEs for 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



CEs for Licensed Psychologists and Registered Nurses:

• CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


• SCA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. RNs must retain their certificate of attendance for 4 years after the course concludes.


•For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Sylvia Israel Additional Fee: $100 per workshop. Certificates of Attendance: Will be distributed upon completion. 


•For questions about above CE, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at 



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)




All attendees must have a negative COVID test (home or PCR) within 48 hours of arriving at the workshop. Should you test positive or be experiencing Covid symptoms, please stay home and rest. You will receive a full refund.  


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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