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October 18, 2020
Promoting Resilience and Posttraumatic Growth
Led by: Catherine D. Nugent, LCPC, TEP, and
Sylvia Israel, LMFT, RDT/BCT, TEP 
Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 9:30 am -1:45 pm PST (12:30-4:45 pm EDT)
Online via Zoom
     "The world breaks everyone, and afterward, 

             many are strong at the broken places."
                      - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
Comments by past participants of Promoting Resilience & Posttraumatic Growth
  • This was the best on-line training I have experienced since the world went virtual (much to my dismay). It was also beneficial to watch the parallel process of Cathy and Sylvia working together - again an excellent model for  collaboration. Thank you so much for your commitment and professionalism.  I admire you greatly.
  • Cathy and Sylvia co-led the workshop seamlessly, skillfully integrating clear theoretical presentations with engaging experiential activities. The opportunity to practice an action structure with a partner in the break-out room was particularly valuable. The leaders have been especially generous in providing PowerPoint slides, a guided imagery script,  and other training resources I can use my work.
  • It was truly a gift to receive the wisdom and generosity of heart and spirit that Cathy and Sylvia offered in this class. It was more of a journey- into ourselves, our resources, and how to shift the myth of what happened to reach another octave of transformation. I hope to take more classes from these two in the future. Their synergy and collaboration was inspiring. It was awesome how much can be done in the online format with Zoom, and amazing to be with people from all over the country and from other countries together!    
Overview: Posttraumatic Growth (PTG), a term coined by psychologists Tedeschi and Calhoun (2013), refers to positive psychological growth that occurs in the aftermath of adversity. Although only recently introduced into the psychological literature, the concept is not new, as evidenced by the Hemingway quote.
PTG is described in ancient wisdom traditions, diverse religions, literature and drama as a way human beings cope, make meaning of, and experience benefit from adversity. Now affective neuroscience, cognitive psychotherapy and positive psychology have given us new concepts and language to explain and promote resilience and PTG for ourselves and our clients.
Using action methods, we practice ways to soothe the activated nervous system. We also explore strategies that harness the brain's capacity to rewire neural circuits by focusing on new, corrective experiences. We explore this uplifting theme through presentations and discussions, small group activities, and interventions from sensorimotor psychotherapy, Playback Theater, mindful movement and psychodrama.
To register: Send an email to 
for a Registration Form & payment instructions. Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible.
Educational Goal:
Participants will learn the domains of posttraumatic growth (PTG) and ways to promote (PGT) when working with clients.
Learning Objectives:
  • Define the terms, resilience and posttraumatic growth (PTG).
  • Describe three of the five domains of PTG.
  • Explain the importance of schema reconstruction following trauma.
  • Explain the difference between a contamination/victim narrativeversus a victor/transformation narrative.
  • Describe at least 2 clinical interventions to enhance resilience and promote PTG.
Date/Time: Sunday, October 18, 2020  9:30 am -1:45 pm PST; 
12:30-4:45 pm EDT  (with a 15-minute break)
Continuing Education: (4.0 hours Category I, Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners; National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC - ACEP #6788); California Board of Behavioral Health Sciences (#019617); California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy. (See below for full CE information.)
Where: Online via Zoom
Investment: $90  
Note: Some partial scholarships are available. Please inquire.
Refund policy: Fees fully refundable until 2 weeks prior; 50% refundable after; no refunds day of workshop.
Workshop Leaders:
Sylvia Israel is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Drama Therapist/Trainer and Board-certified psychodrama trainer. Sylvia teaches at CA Institute of Integral Studies and Kansas State University. Sylvia is Director/Trainer of Bay Area Moreno Institute and founder of Bay Area Playback Theatre. She is also a trainer in the Therapeutic Spiral Model (TSM), an adaptation of classical psychodrama designed to meet the needs for safety and containment among those with trauma backgrounds. Sylvia is a Director and Officer with the America Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy. 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 San Rafael and San Francisco, CA, working with individuals couples, families and groups.
Catherine D. Nugent, Executive Director & Principal Trainer with Laurel Psychodrama Training Institute, is a licensed clinical professional counselor and Board-certified psychodrama trainer. In her private practice, Cathy helps individuals, couples and groups heal from trauma and attachment injuries, grief, crises of meaning and life transitions. From 2013-2019, Cathy taught in the clinical mental health counseling program at Johns Hopkins University. To her clinical and teaching roles, Cathy brings her holistic and experiential approach that integrates psychodrama, psychodynamic psychotherapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy and hatha yoga/mindfulness practices. Cathy currently serves as President, American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy. She is the humble and grateful recipient of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama's 2019 J.L. Moreno Award for Lifetime Achievement in Psychodrama.
Continuing Education Information:
Dramatic Transformations/Laurel Psychodrama Training Institute has been approved by
NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider with the National Board for
Certified Counselors (AEP # 6788) and certifies that this program meets the criteria for
up to 4.0 hours of continuing education for counselors. Programs that do not qualify are
clearly identified. Dramatic Transformations/Laurel Psychodrama Training Institute is
solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
Catherine D. Nugent/Dramatic Transformations is an Approved Provider of is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education learning activities and maintains full responsibility for this program. This training qualifies for up to 4.0 Category I continuing education for social workers in Maryland.
Catherine D. Nugent, LCPC, TEP, is a Board-certified psychodramatist and psychodrama trainer. Up to 4.0 hours may be credited toward the Certified Practitioner in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy certification, C.P. credential, as
approved by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group
Course meets the qualifications for 4.25 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, and/or LEP. Sylvia Israel maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Certificates will be distributed upon completely.
Psychologists and Registered Nurses
Contact Sylvia, for more information.
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