Bay Area Moreno Institute

 

San Francisco Bay Area, CA

 

Sylvia@imaginecenter.net

 

Phone: (415) 454 7308

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UPCOMING TRAININGS AND WORKSHOPS

 
January 27-28, 2024

Working Skillfully with Anger and Conflict: Finding Peace and Connection 

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A Two-Day In-Person Workshop/Training

 

Anger is crushed creativity. - JL Moreno

 

I don’t think there is such a thing as bad emotion. The only bad emotion is a stuck emotion. 

- Rachel Naomi Remen

 

There are many books written about anger, both in the field of psychology and spirituality. However, humans have difficulty knowing what do to with it. Anger is an emotion that can overwhelm our nervous system, turning to rage and violence and finding release in ways that may hurt ourselves or others. Anger may be denied and suppressed or turned inward, causing depression or physical ailments or lead to self-medication. Yet anger is a primary and powerful emotion which we all experience. It can show us what we are passionate about and value, and lead us to take action. When we can express our anger skillfully, it can connect us deeply to ourselves and others. An exploration of anger may lead us to identify deeper feelings that are out of our awareness, such as sadness and fear related to past events. 

 

In this workshop, we will explore our attitudes, beliefs and feelings about our anger and that of others. We will learn ways to calm our nervous system and release anger from our bodies. We will practice Moreno’s Encounter and the Imago Couple’s Dialogue, useful structures to express ourselves with assertiveness, rather than aggression or passivity. We will work to develop discernment as to when anger is guiding us towards an adaptive behavior and when we need to manage it to stay in our window of tolerance, where we can think and feel at the same time. 

 

Join us as we use sociometry, psychodrama, somatic therapy and spiritual teachings to discover how anger can be a gateway to resilient, skillful actions, leading to more peace and connection.

 

Educational Goal

Participants will learn how to work skillfully with anger and conflict in their own lives and with their clients. 

 

Learning Objectives

After the workshop, participants will be better able to: 

  • Discuss how anger can be a gateway to exploring feelings that fuel anger
  • Explain at least one way anger affects the brain and nervous system 
  • Demonstrate two ways to calm the nervous system when anger arises
  • Use at least one sociometric exercise to create cohesion and safety in a group 
  • Describe the Morenian Encounter
  • Discuss the Imago Dialogue
  • Explain the Window of Tolerance 
  • Describe dysfunctional versus functional expressions of anger
  • Identify at least three dysfunctional or indirect ways that anger can express itself 
  • Discuss how anger expressed functionally can lead to connection and authenticity 

 

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 is appropriate for those new to psychodrama, as well as experienced practitioners; anyone 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.

 

Dates & Hours: Saturday and Sunday, January 27-28, 2024; 9:30 am – 5:45 pm PDT

 

Where: 55 La Goma, Mill Valley, CA 94941

 

Fee: $425 by 1/13/24. $450 after. 

 

Students (with full-time ID) Fee: $325 by 1/13/24. $350 after. 

 

Refunds: Full refund up to 1/13/24. 50% refund up to 1/21/24. No refund thereafter. 

Payment plans available. Please inquire.  

 

INFORMATION: sylvia@imaginecenter.net 415-454-7308

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Laney Robbins laneyrobbins@gmail.com (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.

 

INFORMATION ON CONTINUING EDUCATION: 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 http://www.bayareamorenoinstitute.com/ceu-provider/ 

 

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.

 

 

 

 
March 16-17, 2024
Transforming the Trauma Triangle: Working Safely with Trauma Survivors
A Two-Day In-Person Workshop/Training
 

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 of 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 better 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
  • Predict actions the Appropriate Authority might take

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 is appropriate for those new to psychodrama, as well as experienced practitioners; anyone 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.

 

Dates & Hours: Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, 2024; 9:30 am – 5:45 pm PDT

Where: 55 La Goma, Mill Valley, CA 94941

Fee: $425 by 3/2/24. $450 after. 

Students (with full-time ID) Fee: $325 by 3/2/24. $350 after. 

Refunds: Full refund up to 3/2/24. 50% refund up to 3/9/24. No refund thereafter. 

Payment plans available. Please inquire.

 

INFORMATION: sylvia@imaginecenter.net 415-454-7308

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Laney Robbins laneyrobbins@gmail.com (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.

 

INFORMATION ON CONTINUING EDUCATION: 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 http://www.bayareamorenoinstitute.com/ceu-provider/ 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

May 18-19, 2024 

 

Connecting with our Ancestral Roots: Transgenerational Psychodrama
 
A Two-Day In-Person Workshop/Training

In this workshop, we honor our ancestors and the gifts they have given us. We also acknowledge any burdens or unresolved traumas passed down as part of our lineage. We bring to awareness the interpersonal and transgenerational dynamics such as hidden loyalties, family ledgers, unconscious repetitions, and family stories and myths. We include messages from the land/country our lineage came from and the land where we live. Our purpose is to connect to a greater view of ourselves and grow in positive ways, healing in body, mind and spirit. 

 

The workshop is highly experiential and will draw from role-play, sociometry, sculpting, playback theater and full psychodramas as well as theories of Family Constellations and Recall Healing. Participants will come away with ideas and techniques to apply in their practice settings or in their own lives.   

 

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 is appropriate for those new to psychodrama, as well as experienced practitioners; anyone 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.

Educational Goal

Develop tools to help ourselves and our clients explore ancestral relationships for support, connection and healing.

 

Learning Objectives

After the workshop participants will be better able to:

  • Discuss the importance of bringing awareness to ancestors’ stories and myths 
  • Discuss how ancestral trauma can affect ourselves and our clients in the present
  • Describe how to interview a client in the role of an ancestor
  • Describe how to direct a client to speak with an ancestor
  • Discuss different theoretical perspectives on ancestral healing 
  • Describe how the use of ritual can support ancestral explorations
  • Discuss how psychodrama can help people heal from ancestral trauma
  • Identify at least one example of ancestral trauma and how it might manifest in future generations
  • Describe how to help clients identify positive messages from their lineage
  • Describe how to help clients create a transformational versus a victimization narrative

 

Dates & Hours: Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, 2023; 9:30 am – 5:45 pm PDT 

 

Where: 55 La Goma, Mill Valley, CA 94941

 

Fee: $425 by 5/4/24. $450 after. 

 

Students (with full-time ID) Fee: $325 by 5/4/23. $350 after. 

 

Refunds: Full refund up to 5/4/24. 50% refund up to 5/11/24. No refund thereafter.

Payment plans available. Please inquire.

 

INFORMATION: sylvia@imaginecenter.net 415-454-7308

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Laney Robbins laneyrobbins@gmail.com (602) 502-5475

 

TO REGISTER: Complete the 3 forms attached on the bottom of this page and return to laneyrobbins@gmail.com and sylvia@imaginecenter.net. See the Registration Form for complete registration details and payment information.

 

INFORMATION ON CONTINUING EDUCATION: 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 http://www.bayareamorenoinstitute.com/ceu-provider/ 

 

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 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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