Bay Area Moreno Institute


San Francisco


San Rafael, CA


Phone: (415) 454 7308




Core Training Group 2019-2020

Nov 15-17, 2019 & Jan 24-26, 2020, May 1-3, 2020

for Professional Development and Personal Growth

With Sylvia Israel, MFT, RDT/BCT, TEP

It looks like magic -- but you can learn it! 

The Bay Area Moreno Institute is offering its 2019-2020 Psychodrama Core Training Group. This group provides in-depth training for people seeking to expand their knowledge of the theory and practice of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy.

The training group is a supportive, stimulating community of learners and a laboratory in which to develop spontaneity as a director, auxiliary, protagonist and group member. Trainees will have input into specific areas of study and will have numerous opportunities for directing.
Trainees can expect to learn:
  • The interplay of creativity and spontaneity and how to bring these concepts to aliveness within people and groups.
  • How to judiciously and safely use improvisation, role play and other proven action-oriented techniques to support behavior change, healing and wellness.
  • Activities that support healthy connections within groups of people.
  • How to direct action vignettes in a variety of settings.

See individual workshops for specific learning objectives. 

Training is open to professionals and students in the fields of mental health, law, substance abuse and recovery, creative arts therapies, religion, human services, personnel management, group facilitation and education, as well as those wanting to further their knowledge of psychodrama.  
If you are interested in additional supervision or consultation, please let Sylvia know.
Core Training Group Topics:
Weekend 1: November 15-17, 2019
Honoring and Healing our Relationships 

We all have relationships. Some of our relationships bring us joy and satisfaction, and others bring us anguish and stress. Psychodrama and sociometry teach us how to identify, understand and heal the important relationships in our lives, and how to feel more connected and less isolated.

In this interactive training workshop, we will identify the people we are emotionally related to -- partners, family members, friends, co-workers and the like, as well as those we are distant from. Using improvisational methods, we may decide to focus on our past, present or future relationships. We may try new ways of relating, dare to express the unsaid, say goodbye to someone lost or absent, or stand in the shoes of the "other" to embody a new perspective.
Learning Objective: Learn how to administer the social atom, use it in assessment and treatment planning and how to bring it to life with psychodramatic techniques
After the workshop participants will be able to: 
- Define the social atom.
- Discuss why Moreno is sometimes called the "social atom repair man."
- List different types of social atoms and explain why you would use each one.
- Demonstrate how to instruct a client to draw a social atom.
- Explain how the social atom may be used as in assessment and treatment planning.
- Discuss why Zerka Moreno suggests that we each regularly explore our social atom.
- Demonstrate how mirroring is used to bring the social atom to life.
- Describe how role reversal and mirroring assist a protagonist in bringing their social atom to life.
- Discuss how intergenerational patterns of relationships may be uncovered through exploration of the social atom.
- Describe how family of origin relationships can be explored through the social atom.
- List the three parts of every psychodrama.
- Identify the five elements of psychodrama.
- Explain why all of psychodrama has been referred to as "spontaneity training."
- Apply one psychodramatic technique to your work.
- Use the technique of doubling in your work
Weekend 2: January 24-26, 2020
Dreams, Metaphors and Images: Embodied Imagination in Action 

Dancing dragons, colliding stars and planets, and bottomless rabbit holes -- these are the "stuff" of dreams, art, fantasies and metaphor. Yet how do we understand them? And how do we actually apply our understanding to our life? These moments -- when the borders between the real and the imaginary fuse -- are the doorways where images enter not only our awareness but also our therapy and coaching rooms. 

Using the Jungian technique of Active Imagination, matched with the art of psychodrama, we will welcome these alternative realities, embodying the images so they can reveal their logic and their personal and communal messages. Rather than seeking answers in early childhood experiences, Active Imagination plumbs the distinctive messages that images, dreams and fantasies carry. Psychodrama is uniquely able to expand and enrich this process, moving the message from the cognitive to the kinesthetic, providing color, texture and context, we give our fully animated bodies and living voices to these images, allowing them to reveal their logic as well as their personal and communal meanings.

Join us as we bring dreams, images, metaphors, art and fantasies to life using psychodramatic techniques such as role reversal, doubling and mirroring. There will be opportunities for directing and taking auxiliary roles. Time will be set aside at the end of the workshop to discuss how you can apply your learning into your own practices.
Learning Objective: Students will learn how to bring images, dreams and fantasies to life using psychodramatic techniques. 
After the workshop participants will be able to: 
- Define Jung's concept of Active Imagination.
- Discuss how psychodrama and the Jungian concept of Active Imagination work together to reveal the meaning of images.
- Discuss Moreno's concept of Surplus Reality.
- Describe how role reversal and mirroring assist a protagonist in understanding their images.
- Give examples of metaphors that may arise in your work.
- Summarize the classical Morenian/psychodramatic method of enacting dreams.
- Demonstrate how you can use sculpting to bring an image to life.
- List the three parts of every psychodrama.
- Identify the five elements of psychodrama.
- Explain why spontaneity and creativity are important in psychodrama in general and in dream and image enactment in particular.
- Give an example of how metaphor is enacted.
- Apply one psychodramatic technique to your work.
- Use the technique of doubling in your work.
- Explain the philosophy of doubling. 
Weekend 3: May 1-3, 2020
Transforming the Trauma Triangle: Working Safely with Trauma Suvivors

The Therapeutic Spiral Model's (TSM) Trauma Triangle is a configuration that clarifies the destructive cycle of Victim, Perpetrator and Abandoning Authority. In addictions treatment, Karpman's Triangle is well-known with the interpersonal roles of Victim, Perpetrator and Rescuer. Through years of clinical experience, we've redefined this triangle to represent the internalized experience of the trauma survivor.

Using role theory, TSM's Trauma Triangle incorporates the trauma-based roles of Victim, Perpetrator and Abandoning Authority, the last which is internalized when there is no rescuer available in the interpersonal world. The unique TSM role of the Abandoning Authority helps describe how trauma survivors learn to abandon themselves to dissociation, self-harm, addictions, eating disorders and lack of self-care.

The Trauma Triangle represents a closed circuit of energy embedded in the personality structure of those who have survived cruelty or trauma, repeating itself as life-long patterns of abuse and neglect. Through personal dramas, this workshop and training provides tools to transform the trauma-based roles, empowering transformation from self-neglect to self-care and instilling healthy problem-solving into daily life. The transformative role of Appropriate Authority is taught as the antidote to the TSM Trauma Triangle using action demonstrations and psychodramas.

Assessment and enactment of the TSM Trauma Triangle is taught as a pen and paper tool, in action by walking the triangle, using sociodrama or individual psychodramas. 
Learning Objective: 
Learn the Therapeutic Spiral Model's Trauma Triangle and how it can help trauma survivors understand their experience and utilize it for healing and post-traumatic growth.
After the workshop participants will be able to: 
- Describe how sociometric exercises create cohesion and safety in a group 
- Use the role of Observing ego in a session 
- Describe the importance of the role of Observing ego
- List the three types of TSM's Prescriptive roles and why they are important for transforming the trauma-based roles safely without re-traumatization.
- Demonstrate how to help a client role play a Prescriptive role.
- Name the roles on the Trauma Triangle.
- Explain how the roles on the Trauma Triangle are internalized. 
- Discuss how the Trauma triangle is a useful tool for working with trauma.
- Describe the TSM Trauma Triangle and its many uses in education, therapy and organizations.
- Demonstrate how to teach the Trauma Triangle. 
- Give an example of messages from each role on the Triangle.
- Define a Transformative Role. 
- Give examples of actions the Appropriate Authority would take.
- List the three parts and the five elements of of every psychodrama.
- Utilize doubling. 
- Explain the importance of accessing spontaneity and creativity for healing. 
Dates:   November 15-17, 2019
      January 24-26, 2020
      May 1-3, 2020
             You may register for all three weekends (encouraged) or individually.
Hours:   Friday 10AM - 6PM
              Saturday 10AM - 8PM (includes group dinner)
              Sunday 9 AM - 4PM
Where: IMAGINE! Center for Creativity and Healing
             1924 Fourth Street San Rafael 94901 (Map)
Fee:      When registering for all three weekends:
$450 per weekend ($1,350) by 11/1/2019.
$500 per weekend ($1,500) after 11/1/2019.
Students (with full-time ID) when registering for all three weekends
$350 per weekend ($1,050) by 11/1/2019.
$400 per weekend ($1,200) after 11/1/2019.
Payment plans available. Please inquire.
When registering for each workshop individually:
$550 per weekend three weeks prior to start date. $575 after. 
Students (with Full-time ID) when registering for each workshop individually:
$425 per weekend three weeks prior to start date. $475 after. 

Full refund up to two weeks prior first day. No refund thereafter.
Information/Registration: Sylvia Israel (415) 454-7308.
An interview with Sylvia is required if this is your first time attending,
Continuing Education for licensed professionals (additional fees apply): Courses meets the qualification for 60 psychodrama training hours (20 per weekend) for LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, LEP as required by the CA Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Sylvia Israel provider #129230. Certificates will be distributed upon completion. Additional fee: $50 per weekend. $90 if registering for all three weekends at one time.
Accommodations and Grievances.
CEUs for Psychologists and Nurses available. Please inquire. 
60 psychodrama training hours may be applied toward certification (Recognized by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy). Hours may also be applied for Drama Therapy (recognized by North American Drama Therapy Association).
Sylvia Israel, MFT (mfc #31245), TEP, RDT/BCT, Board Certified Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Psychodrama and Registered Drama Therapist/Board Certified Trainer, teaches 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.  She is also a Certified Trainer in the Therapeutic Spiral Model of working with trauma and a national (including Spirit Rock Meditation Center) and international presenter. 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 Marin and San Francisco working with individuals, couples, families and groups.

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