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Core Training Group 2020-2021

April 24 - 26, 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 3: April 24-26, 2020 (Note: This is a new date!)
Transforming the Trauma Triangle: Working Safely with Trauma Survivors

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. 
Educational Goal
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.
Learning Objectives
After the workshop participants will be able to: 
- Describe how sociometric exercises create cohesion and safety in a group 
- Demonstrate how to bring the role of Observing Ego into a session
- Describe the importance of the role of Observing ego
- List the three types of TSM's Prescriptive roles 
- Discuss why the Prescriptive roles are important for transforming the trauma-based roles safely without re-traumatization
- Demonstrate how to help a client role play a Prescriptive role
- List the roles on the Trauma Triangle
- Explain how the roles on the Trauma Triangle are intra-psychic, though they originated interpersonally
- Discuss how the Trauma triangle is a useful tool for working with trauma survivors
- Demonstrate how to teach the Trauma Triangle
- Recite messages from each role on the TraumaTriangle
- Define a Transformative role. 
- Predict actions the Appropriate Authority might take
- List the three parts and the five elements of of every psychodrama
- Explain the importance of accessing spontaneity and creativity for healing
Dates:  April 24-26, 2020
Hours:   Friday 10AM - 6PM
              Saturday 10AM - 8PM (includes group dinner)
              Sunday 9AM - 4PM
Where: IMAGINE! Center for Creativity and Healing
             1924 Fourth Street San Rafael 94901 (Map)
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,

CE credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include meals and breaks. 


Licensed Psychologists
20 CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring the program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this programs and its content. 

Additional Fee: $75. 


Registered Nurses

SCRS is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. 20 CE. 

Additional Fee: $75.


For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Sylvia Israel, 

For questions about CE for Psychologists and Nurses, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at



LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs

Course meets the qualifications for 20 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: $50.


Drama Therapy & Psychodrama
20 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.

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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