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Psychodrama, Drama Therapy and Playback Theatre Workshop

Two Days of Personal Growth and Professional Development

with two prominent psychotherapists, master drama therapists and long-time collaborators, joining together for this unique offering!

Sylvia Israel, MFT, RDT/BCT, TEP       Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT

Saturday, January 20 and Sunday, January 21, 2018
9:30AM – 5:30PM

Fee: $400
(Limited partial scholarships available.)

Living Arts Counseling Center
Emeryville, CA

Workshop Description:
Action methods are powerful tools for personal and social change. Participate in a workshop that will help you move through your childhood woundings, unearth life scripts that block you from your authenticity, and reclaim your right to be the full person you were put on earth to be. Join us as together we take steps in creating new and life affirming narratives through the healing power of the arts and creativity.

This workshop and training is for those new to experiential therapy as well as seasoned practitioners.

Facilitator Bios:

Sylvia Israel, LMFT (mfc 31245), TEP, RDT/BCT, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Board Certified Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Psychodrama and Registered Drama Therapist/Board Certified Trainer, teaches at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and Kansas State University. Sylvia is co-founder of Bay Area Moreno Institute, IMAGINE! Center for Creativity & Healing and Bay Area Playback Theatre. In addition, she is a Certified Trainer in the Therapeutic Spiral Model of psychodrama with trauma survivors and has taught PTSD and Action Methods at various graduate programs. As a psychotherapist, spiritual seeker and meditator, Sylvia is interested in how our healing journey can awaken spontaneity and creativity, enabling us to live fully and in the present.  She maintains a private practice with individuals, couples and groups in Marin and San Francisco.

Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT, (MFT #28789) is a psychotherapist and Registered Drama Therapist in private practice and Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in Emeryville, California. He is a Board Certified Trainer in this discipline with The North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA). In addition, Armand is Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies and Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University, the Summer Peacebuilding Institute and the Canadian School of Peacebuilding. Armand has been honored with The Gertrude Schattner Award from the NADTA for his distinguished contributions to the field. He has developed innovative programs using drama therapy for social change, intercultural conflict transformation, intercultural communication and peacebuilding. For the past 30 years Armand has been Artistic Director of The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble. At the heart of Armand’s work is a profound respect for the power of personal story to build bridges between people and cultures.

Continuing Education Information for Professionals  

Course meets the qualifications for 14 hours of continuing education credit 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: $25.

 American Psychological Association: Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for its programs and their content.  California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP10318) for licensed nurses in California through the cosponsorship of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. For questions about CE contact, visitwww.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at david.lukoff@gmail.com or (707) 763-3576. Additional fee: $50.

 14 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 maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Certificates will be distributed upon completion. Additional $25 fee.

See  http://www.bayareamorenoinstitute.com/ceu-provider/ for information about
Accommodations and Grievances.

Professional Program Goals: 

Participants will experience Psychodrama, drama therapy and Playback Theater and learn how its methods can be integrated in their work.

Learning Objectives: 

After the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify the three parts of a Psychodrama
  • Apply one drama therapy/psychodrama skill to your work 
  • Demonstrate doubling and explain its clinical benefits 
  • Compare and contrast Psychodrama, Drama Therapy and Playback Theater methods
  • Discuss the therapeutic benefits of experiential methods 
  • Describe one warm-up exercise working with childhood wounds
  • Assess if a client is warmed up to move into action methods
  • Give examples of experiential structures that aid the client to stay in the window of tolerance
  • Utilize improvisational theatre techniques to facilitate spontaneity and creativity in group therapy


January 20, 2018

|Recurring Event (See all)
Daily until January 21, 2018
| $400


January 20, 2018
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Living Arts Counseling Center-Emeryville
1265 65th Street
Emeryville, CA 94608 United States
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