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December 9-10, 2023

Spontaneity and Creativity: Change and Expansion Through Psychodrama


A Two-Day In-Person Workshop/Training


The universe is infinite creativity. Spontaneity is the constant companion of creativity. -JL Moreno

Life itself is change, as the Greek philosopher Heraclitus observed over 2500 years ago, each moment is different than every other. -James O. Prochaska

In our lives, there are many ways in which we are happy with how things are, roles we are satisfied with, behaviors and ways of thinking we enjoy. Yet, there are times we desire change. It could be for a new job, a new role, a creative endeavor we wish to undertake. How do we make the change? What is the creative process? How do we create something new? 


In this workshop we delve into one of the core philosophical underpinnings of Psychodrama, the Canon of Creativity. The Canon is a roadmap for change. It graphically explains the relationship among warm-up, spontaneity, creativity and cultural conserves. The Canon shows us the steps to move from things as they are to something new - new cultural conserves. 


The Canon integrates the spiritual component of Psychodrama. It also provides a practical map that guides directors through every enactment. Exploring the Canon gives us a fuller understanding of what it means to warm up to change and expand our roles. We also learn Prochaska’s Six Stage Program for Change model, put it into action, and see its relationship to the Canon. 


Join a group of enthusiastic, supportive co-creators, as we connect to our spontaneity and creativity for growth and change. 


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; those 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.


Professional Educational Goal

Participants will learn tools to identify and work through blocks to opening the heart and finding compassion, empathy, wisdom and peace. 


Professional Learning Objectives

After the workshop participants will be better able to:

- Discuss what Moreno meant by the Godhead

- List four components of the Canon of Creativity 

- Explain the importance of spontaneity and creativity in each psychodrama

- Apply your understanding of the Canon of Creativity to a drama 

- Give examples of warm-ups that enhance spontaneity 

- Describe the Robotic Cycle in the expanded Canon of Creativity

- Discuss the importance of warm-up in relation to spontaneity

- Define cultural conserve 

- List the steps in Prochaska’s Six Stage Program for Change model

- Discuss how the Canon of Creativity is a roadmap for change 

- Describe one way to incorporate psychodramatic roleplay into psycho-education on the Prochaska’s Six Stage Program for Change model 


Dates & Hours: Saturday and Sunday, December 9-10, 2023; 9:30 am – 5:45 pm PDT


Where: 55 La Goma, Mill Valley, CA 94941



Fee: $1560 ($390 per workshop) when registering for December 2023; January, March and May 2024 workshops – by 11/25/23. See registration form for payment options. 


STUDENTS DISCOUNTED FEE WHEN REGISTERING FOR ALL FOUR WORKSHOPS BY NOVEMBER 25, 2023 Fee: $1160 ($290 per workshop) when registering for December 2023; January, March and May 2024 workshops – by 11/25/23. See registration form for payment options.



Fee: $425 by 11/25/23. $450 after. 



Fee: $325 by 11/25/2023. $350 after.


REFUND for individual workshop: Full refund up to 11/25/23. 50% refund up to 12/2/23. No refund thereafter. 

REFUND when registering for all four workshops: If you do not complete the four workshops, your refund will be prorated at the full fee per individual workshop. 

Payment plans available. Please inquire.


INFORMATION: 415-454-7308

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Laney Robbins (602) 502-5475


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



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 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 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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