December 9-10, 2023
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.
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.