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October 8-9 2022
Practicing Self-Compassion with Psychodrama

A 2-Day Workshop for Personal Growth & Professional Development


I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side. 

- Maya Angelou

May there be kindness in your gaze when you look within

- John Donohue



Most of us practice compassion for others with some success. Yet, how much do we practice compassion for ourselves? Self-compassion means treating ourselves as we might treat others when they fail, suffer, or feel inadequate. This might seem simple, but it is easier said than done. A growing body of research points to the power and effectiveness of cultivating self-compassion in reducing depression, anxiety and shame and increasing

happiness and life satisfaction. Self-compassion has also been linked to better health and immune function, in part due to increased parasympathetic and reduced sympathetic nervous system activation.


In this workshop we will combine psychodrama with the teachings of Buddhist teachers Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer to explore the six attributes of self-compassion. Drawing upon Moreno’s role theory, we will put these attributes into action and practice how we might incorporate them into our daily lives. There will be opportunities to take the role of protagonist, auxiliary, group member, and director.


What is Psychodrama? Psychodrama is an experiential method of exploring our private and public worlds in a multidimensional, creative way. It helps you 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; to professionals and students in mental health and a variety of other fields; and those wanting to further their knowledge or experience of psychodrama. No acting skills are needed and participation is at your level of comfort.


DATES & HOURS: October 8-9, 2022; 9:30 am – 5:30 pm 


WHERE: Marin County. Location TBD


FEE: $360 by 9/25/22; $400 after. 

Students (with full-time ID): $285.  

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

CEUs for MFT, LCSW, LPC: Additional Fee $25. 




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




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. Certificates will be distributed upon completion. 

Additional fee: $25.


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)


See for information about Accommodations and Grievances.


Educational Goal: Participants will learn how psychodrama can be easily integrated with learning the six attributes/roles of self-compassion as delineated by Neff and Germer (Neff, 2013; Neff & Germer, 2018; Neff, 2020). 


Learning Objectives: After the workshop participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss the importance of self-compassion.

  • Apply self-compassion teachings to your own life and your work with others. 

  • Demonstrate how to teach the six attributes of self-compassion movement and sculpting. 

  • Use an experiential structure to explore blocks to self-compassion.

  • Name the three phases of psychodrama. 



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

Sylvia Israel LMFT (mfc #31245), TEP, RDT/BCT, Board Certified Trainer, Educator and Practitionerof 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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